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January 15, 1996
BALTIMORE COUNTY'S legislative agenda for this year in Annapolis reflects the stagnating local tax revenues that can no longer meet the demands of an older county that still has a burgeoning population of more than 100,000 school-age children.The priority is for state school construction funds, and for money to expand a teacher-mentor program in under-performing schools. County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is asking for $15 million to build new schools and additions, at least to put a dent in serious overcrowding.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley this week announced his longtime aide Jeanne Hitchcock will lead his lobbying efforts during his final year in office. Hitchcock, who will also keep her role as secretary of appointments, will take over as chief legislative officer. She began working for O'Malley in 2000 as a deputy mayor in Baltimore, a role that included lobbying state and local lawmakers. O'Malley said in a statement that "I know that her wealth of experience, wisdom, and commitment to forward progress for our State will serve the people of Maryland well.
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By GWYNETH K. SHAW and GWYNETH K. SHAW,SUN REPORTER | February 9, 2006
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are taking over a luxury resort on the Eastern Shore for a conference that will feature a speech by President Bush and closed-door strategy sessions about changing Congress' ethics and lobbying rules. More than 160 of the 231 Republican representatives are expected to attend the event, which starts today, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge. The annual gathering is a chance for House Republicans to discuss their legislative agenda and the fall elections with party leaders and pollsters.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 7, 2013
Editor: Regarding Gov. Martin O'Malley's Gift List: O'Malley's fans in the press and media have proclaimed the governor has had another successful session.  Let us review the gifts that O'Malley has provided for his fellow Marylanders during the past six years: ·       Gas tax hike; ·       Sales tax hike; ·       Alcohol sales tax hike; ·       Rain tax; ·       Flush tax Increase; ...
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2000
Drug treatment, tax cuts, west side redevelopment and "brownfields" cleanups top the legislative agenda this year for one of the Baltimore area's leading business groups. The Greater Baltimore Committee's wish list for the General Assembly session that begins Wednesday includes a mix of economic and social causes, reflecting the complexity of the problems confronting the city and its suburbs. But with Maryland sitting on a $1 billion budget surplus, business leaders hope the Baltimore area can reap its share of the state's largess to fight urban crime and attract more jobs.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1997
The county commissioners got some blunt talk yesterday from Del. Ellen L. Willis of Westminster.They are unlikely to get General Assembly approval to hold a referendum on whether voters want to tax real estate transfers, she said.A tax of 1 percent or less -- which would be paid at the time of settlement -- is necessary, the commissioners say, for the county to achieve its goal of keeping 100,000 rural acres out of development.The 1 percent transfer tax would raise an estimated $4 million a year for the county's agricultural land preservation program.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 14, 2004
Harford County officials are pursuing a modest legislative agenda for next year's General Assembly session, with a wish list that includes more money for schools and roads, permission to start some four-year programs at the community college and a call to find an alternative for a gasoline additive that was detected during the summer in Fallston drinking wells. State Sen. Nancy Jacobs, who represents Harford and Cecil counties, noted that officials were realistic with their requests. They were so low-key, she said, that Aberdeen and Havre de Grace "had nothing on their agenda that they wanted us to do. They know the climate."
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2004
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. gave an upbeat assessment of the state of his legislative agenda yesterday, but warned lawmakers about "very troublesome" attempts by the General Assembly to encroach on executive powers. In an unusually wide-ranging news conference on the second floor of the State House, Ehrlich said he was pleased by the progress being made on several of his high-priority proposals - including transportation, environmental and ethics initiatives. Appearing confident and relaxed, Ehrlich boasted that he had beaten back what he called politically motivated attempts to weaken his administration.
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By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 13, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Journeying to Capitol Hill for solace and support, President Clinton received a rousing welcome yesterday from congressional Democrats.At the orchestrated pep rally, Clinton and Vice President Al Gore helped roll out a legislative agenda that has united Democrats more thoroughly than they have been since early in Clinton's administration. But Clinton also used the event to mend fences with Democratic members of Congress, many of whom have felt for years that the president has been insensitive to their political futures or legislative needs.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2004
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has expressed conditional support for legalizing slot machines in Maryland as the governor prepares to introduce a gambling bill during this year's General Assembly, which begins Wednesday. The chamber, which revealed its legislative agenda to the Carroll County delegation on Friday, said it would back "carefully regulated slot machines in limited locations to fund public education as an alternative revenue source." A costly state initiative, known as the Thornton Plan, which would add $1.3 billion yearly in spending for public schools, is one education program that could be funded by revenues from slot machines, said Chamber President Bonnie J. Grady.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley urged the General Assembly on Wednesday to approve an unabashedly liberal agenda that includes repeal of the state's death penalty, new curbs on guns and spending for construction projects that create jobs. Asking Maryland lawmakers to make what he called “better choices,” the governor also prodded them to raise new revenue to relieve traffic congestion and to pass his twice-rejected legislation to foster a new industry harnessing the power of offshore wind.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2013
A nonbinding referendum on whether residents want an elected county school board and elimination of the county's Orphans Court are among Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's legislative priorities for this General Assembly session. "We should give the voters the right to have a direct say in who should oversee this 53 percent of the county budget," Leopold said of school system funding, hitting what has been a hot-button issue in the county for more than a decade. Leopold outlined his agenda Friday to the county's General Assembly delegation, giving legislators a mix of items affecting only the county and statewide legislative ideas, and drawing a mixed reception on his wish list.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2012
Maryland's highest court on Tuesday blocked police in most cases from collecting DNA samples when they arrest suspects in violent crimes and burglaries, dealing a blow to one of Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature initiatives. The Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 that the state violated Alonzo Jay King Jr.'s constitutional rights by using DNA evidence taken from him after a 2009 assault arrest. That sample led to his conviction in a six-year-old rape case, but the court said it also ran afoul of protections against unreasonable searches without a warrant.
NEWS
January 30, 2012
Many Maryland citizens are morally opposed to same-sex marriage. There is real outrage aimed at Gov.Martin O'Malleyfor encouraging another legislative battle on this issue. I believe it is arrogant and dangerous to redefine God's eternal law. Doing so would usher in an era of depravity that no amount of lawmaking could ever correct. I recognize that some legislators may not agree with my opinion, so I offer pragmatic reasons to oppose same sex marriage. It will bog down the legislative agenda unnecessarily when we have serious issues to address in our state.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2011
Daisy Alverda "Bert" Booth, who was elected to the House of Delegates from Baltimore County and was known for her strong advocacy of civil rights, died July 2 of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The former Chestnut Ridge resident was 85. The daughter of a Catonsville pharmacist and a homemaker, Daisy Alverda Stagmer was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. Mrs. Booth, who family members said never used her first name, preferred to be known as Alverda "Bert" Booth.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2011
With Democratic lawmakers in Maryland largely unaffected by the Republican tide that swept the rest of the country, and no one facing re-election for another four years, the General Assembly is looking forward to a busy legislative session. Gov. Martin O'Malley and the legislature will spend much of the 90-day session that begins Wednesday in Annapolis grappling with the $13 billion state operating budget — and the $1.6 billion gap in it. But they'll also take up hundreds of policy issues, some of them so contentious that they could end up on the ballot during next year's presidential election.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | December 28, 1999
City Council President Sheila Dixon has appointed three top aides who will be responsible for the office's legislative agenda, fiscal affairs and community outreach.Dixon named Beatrice L. Tripps as director of fiscal affairs, Peter Dolkart director of legislative affairs, and Debbie Sines Crockett director of community outreach.Tripps, a former contract and program operations specialist in the city Office of Employment Development, will be responsible for budget issues before the Board of Estimates, of which Dixon is chairwoman.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | January 26, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley released his 2010 legislative agenda Monday, saying he will focus on creating jobs, promoting renewable energy, strengthening education and improving public safety. But the first measure that the Maryland General Assembly will consider is the Democratic governor's emergency bill to change the state's unemployment insurance system. The insurance fund, which is rapidly being depleted because so many residents are out of work, stands to gain more than $80 million in federal cash if the state increases the period of time that can be considered when someone applies for unemployment benefits.
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