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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2011
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold vetoed amendments Wednesday that were key to the approval this week of a bill that alters the binding arbitration process between the county and its public safety employees The move quickly garnered criticism from some members of the council and union leaders, who argued that Leopold's decision could upset a delicate compromise among members. The County Council unanimously approved the bill Monday giving the council final authority over whether to honor independent arbitrators' decisions in labor disputes between the county and its public safety workers.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
A diverse coalition of business groups, unions and transit advocates is urging Maryland voters to put a constitutional "lockbox" on state transportation funds, making it harder for governors and lawmakers to divert the money to other purposes. Andrew Feldman, a spokesman for the coalition, said more than a dozen groups will contribute money to back Question 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot, which would for the first time give transportation funding explicit protection in the state Constitution.
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By JAMES J. KILPATRICK | December 5, 1994
In the wake of the great Republican victory three weeks ago, Rep. Newt Gingrich and his colleagues have been whooping it up for constitutional amendments. I wish they would quiet down.2 James J. Kilpatrick is a syndicated columnist.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A proposed amendment to Maryland's constitution that would prevent funding diversions from the state's Transportation Trust Fund has been finalized — ready for voters to decide its fate in November. John P. McDonough, Maryland's secretary of state, certified the language of the proposed amendment last week. It will appear on Nov. 4 ballots as "Question 1. " The so-called "lockbox" amendment was pushed through late in last year's legislative session, and is aimed at preventing the trust fund — bolstered by the state's new gas tax — from being depleted for state needs unrelated to transportation.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2011
Anne Arundel County residents will have an additional opportunity to weigh in on proposed land zoning changes — a move made in response to community complaints. The Planning Advisory Board will hold public hearings on any amendments to pending rezoning bills, a new step in the county's once-in-a-decade comprehensive rezoning process. County Executive John R. Leopold called for the change in a letter to the board's chair, after residents complained they hadn't had a chance to voice opposition to several amendments affecting their neighborhoods.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,Sun Reporter | April 26, 2007
A bill that could drastically increase the number of video poker games, pool tables and other amusement devices in Baltimore bars and convenience stores has been sent back to committee for amendments. City Councilman Robert W. Curran asked that the legislation be remanded to the Land Use and Transportation Committee on Monday. In a memo obtained by The Sun, Curran said he wanted the committee to add amendments that would increase licensing fees for the games. The bill was amended once before to increase such fees from $180 to $350.
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By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas,Evening Sun Staff | February 27, 1991
The Maryland Association of Counties says it would support a Schaefer administration bill to protect Chesapeake Bay if the measure were amended to ban restrictions on development only in environmentally sensitive areas.In presenting the alternative, William V. Riggs, president of MACO, said yesterday the group would support the growth management bill "but only with amendments.""This is a major piece of legislation" that is in need of a "simpler and more workable framework," Riggs added.MACO had earlier opposed the measure, saying it would usurp local planning authority.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau | May 8, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- If Maryland had once had its way, America's First Amendment rights to free speech, a free press and freedom of religion would be known today as "Third Amendment" rights.Nearly 203 years ago, Marylanders approved 12 amendments to the newly ratified U.S. Constitution, the last 10 of which ultimately became the new nation's Bill of Rights.But neither of the first two amendments proposed by the first U.S. Congress, then sitting in New York, made it -- not until yesterday, that is, when Michigan rather belatedly ratified the second one, which would prohibit Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | April 11, 1995
Only two community groups spoke out last night to object to amendments the Anne Arundel County school board has made to a plan that will change school boundaries starting next fall.Shelly Shaplin, of the Eastport Elementary School Citizens Advisory Council, wanted to know why the board still wants to transfer 75 more students into the school.The additional students will mean that rooms now used for before- and after-school day care will be pressed into use as regular classrooms."For two years, whenever the redistricting issue comes up, Eastport always shows up with a group of parents to show that I'm not just speaking for myself," Ms. Shaplin said.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | April 26, 1992
The County Council amended a proposal to regulate adult bookstores last week, lowering the annual fee for a license from $500 to $200.The council must vote on the amended version of the bill at its nextsession, May 5, or the proposal will automatically die. The bill would affect stores whose principal business is selling or renting sexually explicit films and published material.At their meeting Tuesday, council members spent about 40 minutes debating the merits of 28 proposed amendments, many of which were minor wording changes that did not significantly alter the bill's effects.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 15, 2014
Looks like police in Ferguson, Mo., took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night. It seems two reporters, Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, were working at a McDonald's, which has been used as a staging ground by reporters covering the ongoing unrest following the Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man. According to their accounts, the two were accosted by...
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
The Baltimore County school board gave Superintendent Dallas Dance a $5,000 a year pay increase this week, part of several changes to his four-year employment contract. The increase raises his annual salary to $265,000. School officials said the percentage increase was equivalent to the 1.9 percent average increase teachers will get, in addition to a 3 percent bonus. The contract also will be amended so that Dance will not be allowed to take any outside consulting jobs. The board's ethics panel found him in violation of its rules in taking a part-time job with a professional development company last year.
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By Jonah Goldberg | August 4, 2014
Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy. Throughout my life, various Republicans have suggested amending the Constitution in one way or another. A few years ago, they suggested revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship. Before that, some proposed amending the Constitution to lock in the traditional definition of marriage. Ronald Reagan wanted a presidential line-item veto added to the Constitution. On nearly every occasion, Democrats opposed such efforts, not just on the merits but on the puffed-up principle that we mustn't "tinker" or "tamper" with the genius of the Founding Fathers' constitutional design.
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July 20, 2014
Thomas Schaller's ironic and disturbing commentary in The Sun, "Not taxing U.S. corporations gives a pass to foreigners" (July 8) yielded two takeaways: (1) In the wake of the Supreme Court decisions in "Citizens United" and "Hobby Lobby," we need a Constitutional amendment that invalidates the preposterous concept of corporate personhood; and (2) Any corporation that sells its goods or services to Americans must pay corporate taxes in the U.S., whether they are chartered in Maryland, an overseas tax shelter, or another solar system.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
The Baltimore City Council passed a bill Thursday backed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to make 10 years of tax credits available citywide for developers of apartments. The council amended the legislation to include developers who renovate apartments as well as those who build new structures. "Expansion of the current apartment tax credit program continues to move us in the right direction by encouraging investment that supports neighborhoods, promotes historic preservation and generates millions of additional dollars for the city," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
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By Chris Wood | June 18, 2014
On Monday, the Chesapeake Executive Council signed the Chesapeake Watershed Agreement, a collaborative effort across multiple states to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. But the celebration of the watershed agreement may be premature. Down the road in Congress there is an effort under way to strip the protections of the Clean Water Act from small headwater streams that feed the bay with cold, clean water. The federal government recently proposed a rule to clarify a politically charged Supreme Court ruling which undermined 30 years of protection of the Clean Water Act for small headwater streams.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter | March 30, 2007
Maryland state's attorneys said yesterday that they would no longer support legislation to strengthen gang prosecution approved by the House of Delegates unless the Senate reinstates key provisions of the bill. "With the current language, to say that the bang isn't worth the buck, is putting it mildly," said Frank M. Kratovil Jr., the state's attorney for Queen Anne's County and president of the Maryland State's Attorneys' Association. "Without the amendments we are proposing, it's not a reasonable compromise.
NEWS
October 25, 1998
MARYLAND voters will be asked Nov. 3 to amend the state constitution to speed the work of local courts. The proposed amendments deserve voter support.Question No. 1 would double the threshold damage level, to $10,000, before an individual can ask for a circuit court jury trial in a civil case instead of going before a district court judge. It now takes a year before a civil jury case comes to trial. This amendment would shorten that time to three months or less.Question No. 2 would permit retired judges in Harford and Montgomery counties to handle estate cases in those counties' Orphans' Courts.
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June 2, 2014
As a peace activist who believes strongly in the First Amendment and as a proponent of animal rights, I really enjoyed reading Bruce Friedrich's commentary, "Everybody suffers when officers act like they're above the law" (May 29). Of particular interest was the Frederick Douglass quote: "To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. It is just as criminal to rob a man of his right to speak and hear as it would be to rob him of his money.
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By Gwendoline Glenn | May 19, 2014
A new Main Street restaurant is the first in Laurel's Historic District to take advantage of the state law change that allows liquor licenses within 500 feet of a church. Olive on Main, which opened April 21 in the former site of Salute Italian Restaurant, is in the 500 block of Main Street and a block away from both First United Methodist Church and St. Philip's Episcopal Church. In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law amending a state law that denied establishments to serve alcohol within 500 feet of a church.
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