February 9, 1998
Highlights in Annapolis today:House of Delegates meets, 8 p.m., House chamber.Senate convenes at 8 p.m., Senate chamber.House Environmental Matters, Economic Matters and Appropriations committees briefed on health care for children with "special needs," 3 p.m., Joint Hearing Room, Legislative Services Building.Pub Date: 2/09/98
February 3, 1995
It was the kind of measure lawmakers dream about voting for: a bill that simultaneously cuts taxes for businesses and increases benefits for the unemployed.The Maryland House Economic Matters Committee, presented with such a bill yesterday (House Bill 217), voted for it unanimously and sent it to the full House for consideration.The measure would cut the surtax that every business in the state must pay for unemployment insurance from 1.7 percent of wages to 0.9 percent. The estimated savings to businesses: $112 million.
June 20, 1994
After weeks of debate and accusations, the Annapolis City Council is set to vote tonight on the operating budget for fiscal 1995, which begins July 1.The finance committee, headed by a new chairman, spent most of last week trying to work out compromises that would win the support of a majority on the council.On Friday, the committee met for four hours before coming up with a list of amendments to the budget the finance committee proposed two weeks ago.The amendments to be introduced tonight include the elimination of seven city jobs, an increase in garbage fees from $188 to $200 a year per household in order to pay for twice-a-week garbage collection, and money to continue bus service on Riva Road to the health clinic.
March 30, 1994
Elks clubs across Maryland and other men-only retreats such as Baltimore's posh Maryland Club could lose their liquor licenses under a bill passed by the state Senate yesterday.The measure would deny liquor licenses to private clubs with rules, regulations or bylaws that exclude members because of their race, sex, religion, physical handicap or national origin."It is very disappointing," said Frank Webber, Maryland spokesman for the Elks. If Elks clubs lose their liquor licenses, attendance will decline and there will be a commensurate drop in charitable giving, he predicted.
November 26, 1993
Decidedly UpbeatMy recent testimony before the House Economic Matters Committee was mischaracterized as presenting "a gloomy assessment of Maryland's economy." Lest there be any doubt, I am decidedly upbeat about our medium and long-term prospects.My current position carries with it a responsibility to present informed, objective assessments of the state economy from time to time. The initial thrust of my presentation was to explain why it has been that Maryland has suffered the effects of the recent recession more severely than much of the rest of the nation.
March 28, 1993
MONDAYSENATE* Economic and Environmental Affairs: HB137, Maryland Office of Planning; HB236, Wildlife Management and Protection Fund; HB254, student assistance grants; HB704, negligent hunting; HB730, Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission; HB832, tourism and promotion; HB1018, nontidal wetlands; HB1376, State Board of Waterworks and Waste Systems operators; HB1536, culling standards for imported oysters; HJ22, Maryland energy policy, 1 p.m., Room 200.HOUSE*...