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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2012
Many Maryland legislators were making happy returns to the General Assembly Wednesday, but nobody -- not even Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller -- could approach the record held by Baltimore County Sen. Norman R. Stone. The Dundalk Democrat marked his 50th opening day in the Asembly, where  the 76-year-old Democrat made his debut in the House of Delegates in January 1963. Four years later, he moved up to the Senate, where he has been a fixture since Lyndon Baines Johnson was president.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Developers of the Merritt Pavilion project in Dundalk say restaurant chains Chipotle, Panera and Five Guys are among tenants negotiating to lease space there. Baltimore County officials and Baltimore-based developer Vanguard also said this week they are working to address community concerns about the office and retail project, slated to be built at the site of the North Point Government Center. Residents packed a hearing in the spring to express concerns about traffic, a loss of community open space and disruption.
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June 6, 2014
I was interested to read that a campaign slate account formed by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has directed the majority of its funds to the campaign committee of County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. - even though the Dundalk Democrat is not running for office ( "Kamenetz slate transfers $90,000 to committee for retiring Dundalk councilman," May 31). The story says this was a move to use the money to support candidates of his choosing, meaning Mr. Olszewski, in a variety of election races.
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June 6, 2014
I was interested to read that a campaign slate account formed by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has directed the majority of its funds to the campaign committee of County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. - even though the Dundalk Democrat is not running for office ( "Kamenetz slate transfers $90,000 to committee for retiring Dundalk councilman," May 31). The story says this was a move to use the money to support candidates of his choosing, meaning Mr. Olszewski, in a variety of election races.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter | April 10, 2007
Dundalk activists say they expected a bill to block a liquefied natural gas facility off Sparrows Point to fare better than a proposed ban on trans-fatty foods or a measure to create a license plate honoring Maryland's mountains. But as state lawmakers concluded the 90-day session in Annapolis late last night, legislation aimed at stopping the unpopular LNG project in eastern Baltimore County failed to win approval. Three LNG measures were among the dozens of bills - including the trans-fats and license plate legislation - that stalled in committees.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | July 15, 1992
Baltimore County would lose district courts in Owings Mills and Dundalk when a new district courthouse is built in Towson under a plan to reduce the number of court locations in the county from five to three.The change would occur by late 1994. The plan escaped the attention of Baltimore County's legislative delegation on the final day of the four-day special General Assembly session in April when a House-Senate conference committee amended the capital budget by inserting language limiting the number of district courts in the county to three.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Smoking will be banned in parts of Baltimore County parks under legislation approved Tuesday by the County Council. The measure, which passed 6-0 with one member absent, bans smoking at playgrounds, tot lots, dog parks and athletic fields, and also within 30 feet of recreation buildings. Violators could be fined up to $50. "I think this is a good bill that will advance public health in Baltimore County," said Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican who sponsored the legislation with Democrats Vicki Almond of Reisterstown and Tom Quirk of Catonsville.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2011
Baltimore County Council members are privately discussing the lucrative pension deals of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and former councilmen Sam Moxley and Vince Gardina. A Sun editorial published this Sunday highlighted the men's retirement benefits . An amendment to a 2010 pension reform law - which reduced county workers' benefits - allowed them to return to work for the county and accrue new pension benefits while earning their salary. “It sounds like double dipping to me,” Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said.
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Liz Bowie | February 7, 2014
A bill to require a partially elected school board in Baltimore County gained overwhelming approval this week from a Senate committee, and will now go to the full Senate for a vote. Whether the eight-year effort by a group of county legislators and parents will have enough support to become law is still in question, but Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a Democrat from Pikesville, is more optimistic that it will pass this year. A hearing for the House bill is scheduled for next week, said Del. John Olszewski Jr., a Dundalk Democrat who chairs the county's House delegation.
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By JOSH MITCHELL and JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER | June 14, 2006
A proposed ban on liquefied natural gas terminals in Baltimore County drew support from community leaders and opposition from representatives of a Virginia energy company yesterday in Towson. But whether a county law prohibiting the project would affect the federal government's approval process for a terminal proposed for Sparrows Point remains unclear. AES Corp. wants to build a tanker terminal, as well as a pipeline from the area to Pennsylvania, for transporting natural gas along the East Coast.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Smoking will be banned in parts of Baltimore County parks under legislation approved Tuesday by the County Council. The measure, which passed 6-0 with one member absent, bans smoking at playgrounds, tot lots, dog parks and athletic fields, and also within 30 feet of recreation buildings. Violators could be fined up to $50. "I think this is a good bill that will advance public health in Baltimore County," said Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican who sponsored the legislation with Democrats Vicki Almond of Reisterstown and Tom Quirk of Catonsville.
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Liz Bowie | February 7, 2014
A bill to require a partially elected school board in Baltimore County gained overwhelming approval this week from a Senate committee, and will now go to the full Senate for a vote. Whether the eight-year effort by a group of county legislators and parents will have enough support to become law is still in question, but Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a Democrat from Pikesville, is more optimistic that it will pass this year. A hearing for the House bill is scheduled for next week, said Del. John Olszewski Jr., a Dundalk Democrat who chairs the county's House delegation.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Longtime Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. will not seek re-election next year, he told supporters this weekend. The Dundalk Democrat, first elected in 1998, says he wants to put his energy into the campaign of his son, Del. John Olszewski Jr., who is running for the state Senate. The councilman made the announcement in front of about 150 supporters at an event. "I thought long and hard about it," he said Monday in an interview. "It was a bittersweet day for me. " In addition to helping with his son's campaign, Olszewski is serving as a county co-chairman of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown's campaign for governor.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
A Baltimore County councilman did not disclose his outside employment over the past several years, including his work with a painting and drywall company that has a $3.1 million contract at a new high school being built in his district. Councilman John Olszewski Sr., a Dundalk Democrat, only recently revealed in required disclosure forms that he has employment outside his elected post, filing amended reports going back to 2009. Council members and other county officials must report any outside jobs on annual reports so that the public can examine whether they have conflicts of interest.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2012
Many Maryland legislators were making happy returns to the General Assembly Wednesday, but nobody -- not even Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller -- could approach the record held by Baltimore County Sen. Norman R. Stone. The Dundalk Democrat marked his 50th opening day in the Asembly, where  the 76-year-old Democrat made his debut in the House of Delegates in January 1963. Four years later, he moved up to the Senate, where he has been a fixture since Lyndon Baines Johnson was president.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2011
Baltimore County Council members are privately discussing the lucrative pension deals of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and former councilmen Sam Moxley and Vince Gardina. A Sun editorial published this Sunday highlighted the men's retirement benefits . An amendment to a 2010 pension reform law - which reduced county workers' benefits - allowed them to return to work for the county and accrue new pension benefits while earning their salary. “It sounds like double dipping to me,” Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said.
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By ANDREW A. GREEN and ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER | April 3, 2006
Saying Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. must be denied a second term, more than 30 current and former elected Democrats from Baltimore County endorsed Mayor Martin O'Malley for governor yesterday, giving him an early boost in what could be the most pivotal jurisdiction in the November election. Strong O'Malley support in Baltimore County would also form a bulwark against the mayor's Democratic primary opponent, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. But the focus at an O'Malley rally at a union hall in Dundalk yesterday was squarely on Ehrlich, an Arbutus native who represented the county in the legislature and Congress.
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By ANDREW A. GREEN and ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER | May 26, 2006
Opponents of a liquefied natural gas facility in Dundalk said yesterday that they would file an ethics complaint against Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s personal lawyer, accusing him of lobbying without registering and violating the state ban on fundraising by a lobbyist. The LNG Opposition Team's complaint against attorney David B. Hamilton, written in response to a Washington Post article, alleges that he met with legislators and other state officials in a successful effort to get a $150,000 grant for dredging necessary to construct the proposed LNG terminal.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2010
Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. could make history if he's elected to a fourth term in the heavily Democratic council District 7, but he's got to make it past challenger Charles "Buzz" Beeler first. If re-elected, Olszewski, a 50-year-old Dundalk native better known as "Johnny O.," would be the longest-serving councilman ever to represent the district, which includes Dundalk, Sparrows Point, Rosedale and part of Essex. But longevity doesn't always mean efficacy, says Beeler, a 62-year-old retired county police officer also from Dundalk.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter | April 10, 2007
Dundalk activists say they expected a bill to block a liquefied natural gas facility off Sparrows Point to fare better than a proposed ban on trans-fatty foods or a measure to create a license plate honoring Maryland's mountains. But as state lawmakers concluded the 90-day session in Annapolis late last night, legislation aimed at stopping the unpopular LNG project in eastern Baltimore County failed to win approval. Three LNG measures were among the dozens of bills - including the trans-fats and license plate legislation - that stalled in committees.
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