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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,Sun reporter | January 6, 2008
Gov. Martin O'Malley has spent much of his first year in office getting his way. With the support of key lawmakers in November's special legislative session, he dispensed with two issues that had become perennial bogeymen for their ability to deadlock the General Assembly: a budget imbalance that eventually exceeded $1 billion and the question of legalizing slot machine gambling. But he spent a great deal of political capital in the process. And while supporters and even critics, albeit grudgingly, acknowledge his success, on the eve of another Assembly session, many wonder whether the Democrat can persuade lawmakers to follow his lead this year and beyond.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | April 5, 2014
Here are some of the things expected to happen as the General Assembly goes into one of the body's busiest days of the session. TOP NEWS: • Marijuana : The House will debate marijuana decriminalization, and it's likely that lawmakers could have a deal by the end of the day. This morning, the House Judiciary Committee approved amendments to the marijuana bill that restored decriminalization.  PRELIMINARY APPROVALS IN THE HOUSE: ...
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2000
The leader of Baltimore County's State House delegation had one request when he met recently with county lobbyist Patrick Roddy to chat about forthcoming legislative requests. "I said to Roddy, `If it's controversial, don't even bother bringing it,'" said Del. Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick, a Dundalk Democrat. It's no surprise that Minnick and other lawmakers have little appetite for contention. As Baltimore County finishes its wish list for the 2001 General Assembly session, it is recovering from a bruising battle over the economic development law that led to the biggest defeat of County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger's political career.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
At one end of the minimum wage battle, you'll find Marissa Greene in Randallstown, for whom an increase would mean not having to eat nearly every meal at the fast-food place where she works, because groceries are a luxury. And at the other end, you'll find Bob Garner, co-owner of a regional chain of full-service restaurants, who says an increase could cost him as much as $187,000 a year at just one of his 20 locations. Whether Maryland should raise its minimum wage above the current federal floor of $7.25 an hour is an issue that promises to dominate the legislative session that began last week in Annapolis - and have major implications for employers and employees alike.
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By JENNIFER SKALKA and JENNIFER SKALKA,SUN REPORTER | April 29, 2006
Democratic legislative leaders - and a key Republican - renewed calls yesterday to throw out the members of the Public Service Commission during a special session of the General Assembly after the regulatory agency voted to approve an electric rate deferral plan backed by the governor. Lawmakers suggested that the commission's late-night vote Thursday did little to inspire public confidence and provided the most recent example of why commissioners deserved to be stripped of their offices.
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January 9, 1991
Noon -- 1991 General Assembly convenes, House and Senate chambers.1 p.m. -- House Environmental Matters Committee receives briefings on agricultural, natural resources, farm and Chesapeake Bay issues, Room 160, House Office Building.There are 89 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.
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January 10, 1998
The Sun will offer weekly hearing schedules for the 1998 General Assembly session through SunFax. You must have a fax machine to use this service.If your fax machine can answer the phone at any time, you may have schedules delivered automatically by subscribing to The Sun's free broadcast service. To sign up, call 410-783-1800 and enter code 6105 when the attendant answers. If you subscribed last year, you must call this year to reconfirm.You can also retrieve hearing schedules by calling directly from a fax machine.
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January 19, 2006
NATIONAL Prescription for clarity Saturday Planting ahead Midwinter is the perfect time to be thinking about - and starting - your spring garden. IN GO TODAY ONLINE TODAY PICKS IN PLAYOFFS Baltimore Sun sports reporter Ken Murray discuss his selections in a podcast at: www.baltimoresun.com/murraynfl GENERAL ASSEMBLY For news and updates from the Maryland General Assembly session, go to: www.baltimoresun.com/politics
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February 4, 1991
The General Assembly did not meet during the weekend, th 26th and 27th days of the session.Today1 p.m.: Senate Budget and Taxation Committee receives fiscal briefing on the State Reserve Fund, public debt, Office on Aging, state treasurer and Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, Room 100, Senate Office Building.2 p.m.: House Appropriations subcommittees sponsor budget hearings on higher education issues, assessments and taxation, and the Patuxent Institution, rooms 130, 406 and 431 respectively, House Office Building.
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By ANDREW A. GREEN and ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER | June 9, 2006
Debate during next week's planned special session of the General Assembly could expand beyond electricity rates to include tougher penalties on sex offenders. House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller have said they would be willing to take up a sex-offender measure that was nearly approved during the regular Assembly session that ended in April, as long as it doesn't interfere with crafting a BGE rate-relief plan. "I think we should do it," Busch said.
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November 18, 2013
State Sen. Joe Getty (R-5th District) is hosting a series of Meet and Greet events in state legislative District 5 - including in two in areas that are being added through the state's legislative redistricting. The informal sessions are to provide an opportunity to meet with residents and discuss the upcoming 2014 legislation session. Sessions in the newly added area of the district include Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gunners Grille, 5525 Taneytown Pike, Taneytown; and Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Salerno's, 1043 Liberty Road, Eldersburg.
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By Luke Broadwater and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Baltimore's delegation leaders said Thursday that raising the state's minimum wage by nearly $3 an hour will be the city's top issue of next General Assembly session. "This is going to be our new strongest priority," said Del. Curt Anderson, chairman of the city's delegation at a news conference at City Hall. The state's minimum wage has been set at $7.25 per hour since 2009. That means minimum-wage workers earn about $15,000 a year for full-time, year-round work. The bill backed by city politicians would incrementally increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 and automatically increase it with inflation thereafter.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
Legislation that would have placed stricter limits on where local governments could put speed cameras and required them to appoint ombudsmen to hear complaints died in the General Assembly Monday night. The legislation would have strengthened language prohibiting governments from entering into new contracts under which they paid private companies for each ticket issued, but would have allowed current contracts to stand. A Republican filibuster prevented a Senate vote on the measure as the General Assembly session neared its end. Gov. Martin O'Malley had planned to sign the compromise legislation, which was prompted by a Baltimore Sun investigation that documented erroneous tickets and other problems in Baltimore's program.
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By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
Police could pull you over for talking on a hand-held phone while driving. Some patients could legally use marijuana. And veterans would get a new assist in getting jobs under legislation approved by the Maryland General Assembly on its final day. As they worked toward a midnight deadline, lawmakers considered - and shelved - hundreds of bills Monday on issues as small as designating a state sandwich and as dramatic as halting new fees designed to...
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By Scott Calvert and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
Legislators who learned this week that Baltimore will replace its troubled network of 83 speed cameras say the planned upgrade will do nothing to slow momentum in Annapolis toward tightening rules that govern the automated cameras across Maryland. "Even with new cameras, there is going to be significant legislation," said Del. Curt S. Anderson, a Democrat who chairs the city's legislative delegation. With a new General Assembly session starting Wednesday, state lawmakers are pushing ahead on multiple fronts.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
An ambitious plan to secure tens of millions of dollars in state funding to fix Baltimore's dilapidated school buildings is the top priority for city officials in the General Assembly session that begins next week. The city's delegates and state senators are also united in opposition to Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to build a new juvenile jail in Baltimore. "The governor had planned on building a new juvenile jail. That kind of flies in the face of the philosophy for most of us," said Del. Curt Anderson, who chairs the city's House delegation.
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Marta H. Mossburg | June 19, 2012
What's the rush? For years, gambling was so important to legislators from Maryland's majority party that it was better to spite a Republican governor than to allow it. Now delegates and senators will likely be asked to modify, in a few days of a special session next month, what took years of political infighting, bad policy and a constitutional amendment to give us: the crony capitalist disaster that is Maryland gaming law. Shouldn't amending a...
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May 9, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are making the best of the embarrassing situation caused by their failure to pass a balanced budget when the legislature adjourned in April. The special legislative session due to begin on Monday will focus only on the budget and taxes — not casino gambling or any of the other issues that were still on the table when time ran out — and will follow closely the compromise worked out by House and Senate negotiators on the regular session's final night.
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