March 3, 2012
Both voter fraud and voter suppression, the subject of recent Sun op-eds and an editorial ("Voter ID laws uphold system's integrity," Feb. 26, and "The phantom menace," Feb. 27), have been addressed by the General Assembly. When an individual's right to vote is challenged at the polls, that person may establish his or her identity by presenting a voter registration card, Social Security card, valid Maryland driver's license, any identification card issued by a government agency, any employee identification card with a photo, or a copy of a current bill, bank statement, or government document that shows the individual's name and current address.
January 9, 1999
Maryland General Assembly hearing schedules will be available again this year through SunFax. To subscribe to The Sun's automatic fax delivery service or learn how to retrieve schedules manually with your fax machine, call Sundial at 410-783-1800 and enter code 6105.If you received automatic delivery last year and want to continue this year, you must call this number to confirm your subscription.Hearing schedules are also available on the General Assembly's World Wide Web site at http: //mlis.
September 25, 1994
The Sept. 13 primary election reinforced the notion that the next session of the Maryland legislature will consist of younger, more energetic lawmakers. Fifty-four of the 188 incumbents had already decided to retire or move on. The number of departures expanded on Sept. 13.Sen. Patricia Sher of Montgomery County, age 63, lost to freshman Del. Chris Van Hollen, age 35. Sen. Thomas M. Yeager of Howard County, age 57, lost to Del. Virginia Thomas, age 53. (She now faces freshman Del. Marty Madden, age 45, in November.
April 20, 1993
A separate Family Court, authorized in the General Assembly this year, should make a big difference for families who find themselves caught up in the judicial system. From custody cases to families with children in trouble with the law, the current justice system is characterized by long delays and the distinct signal that other cases take priority over family matters. That move is one of several actions taken by the legislature this year that will have a tangible effect on the lives of children in Maryland.
January 10, 1995
When nearly 44 percent of its members are newcomers, predicting what will happen is extraordinarily difficult. That's the case with the 1995 General Assembly, which begins its 90-day session in the State House tomorrow. With so many freshmen lawmakers, the tenor and direction of the legislature are wrapped in mystery.The size of the incoming class of legislators is unmatched in modern times. Will that mean revolutionary changes, or extreme caution in taking controversial action?It will be different, though.