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December 28, 2013
Regarding your recent editorial about state lawmakers' salaries, as far back as the late 1960s an independent group from Rutgers University evaluated Maryland General Assembly members' pay and concluded that the then salary of $2,400 a year should be increased to $11,000 and the length of sessions be increased from 70 days to 90 days ( "Raising legislative pay," Dec. 18). In 1975, salaries were raised to $12,500, but unfortunately no provisions were put in place for future salary adjustments.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
The nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization has listed U.S. Rep. Andy Harris -- a Baltimore County Republican -- among the nation's "most anti-equality members of Congress. " The Human Rights Campaign said Tuesday that Harris made its new "Hall of Shame" list of 19 legislators nationwide for having "gone out of his way to sponsor nearly every anti-LGBT bill introduced in the House" since he arrived there in 2010. The list, which also includes high-profile legislators such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
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NEWS
March 3, 2011
In his letter to the editor ("Gay marriage contradicts God's word"), Robert Greene says he is upset with the politicians that we have entrusted to run our government and believe they have sold us out. I have to point out that Maryland's legislators represent all Maryland citizens, including tax-paying gays and lesbians. Mr. Greene alleges that "those of us who know the Bible know that it soundly condemns homosexuality, despite what some denominationalists say. " That would be relevant if we lived in a theocracy like Iran or Saudi Arabia.
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Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she is throwing her support behind City Councilman William "Pete" Welch's bill calling for a large tax break for urban farmers in Baltimore. In legislation pending in a City Council committee, Welch is seeking a 90 percent break on property taxes for urban farmers who grow and sell at least $5,000 of fruit and vegetables a year. The credits, which must be approved by the city's Cffice of Sustainability, are good for five years, but can be renewed for a total of 10 years, according to the bill.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
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NEWS
March 7, 2011
It seems that our state legislators, with big deficits looming in their faces, have plenty of time to involve themselves with such topics as cutting tuition for illegal immigrants and allowing dogs in restaurants ( "Bill would cut tuition for illegal immigrants" and "More eateries may proclaim 'bone app├ętit,'" March 7.) They should be ashamed to take their salary. We could elect monkeys and chimps to do that. F. Cordell, Lutherville
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2011
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston told legislators that the district may have been too rigid in enforcing a policy on use of school facilities that led to some fundraisers being canceled, one of numerous topics he addressed during a meeting Tuesday. Hairston described the meeting held at school headquarters in Towson, scheduled at the county delegation's request, "a courtesy and a good-faith effort to reaffirm our transparency. " The school system has come under fire recently from legislators and parents for a perceived lack of openness.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
According to the book of Genesis, the core of the devil's temptation of Adam and Eve was the suggestion that they would become like gods, knowing good and evil. Last Friday's decision by the Maryland House of Delegates is only one of several recent attempts by legislatures, courts and government executives to act like gods, redefining good and evil. How much longer will it be before they start acting like Roman emperors, demanding that we worship them as gods? Charles Roswell, Columbia
EXPLORE
June 13, 2011
A six-month impasse between the Board of Education and the Howard County Education Association the largest union in the school system, will now be determined by the Maryland Public School Labor Relations Board (MPSLRB). It is important for the reader to understand that the MPSLRB was established by Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Democrat-led General Assembly in 2010 to settle disputes between local school boards and unions. The MPSLRB consists of five members appointed by the governor with Senate consent.
NEWS
October 4, 2012
Let's remind Del. Pat McDonough ("Towson melee not the same as Inner Harbor crime," Sept. 29) and Sen. Jim Brochin ("On Towson melee, Rodricks needs to check his facts," Oct. 1) that we live in a region that includes Baltimore City and county. This region is made up of all types of people - black, white, brown, rich and poor. If our politicians started seeing this as a region, they could begin addressing problems of poverty, unemployment and education in a meaningful way rather than resorting to stereotypes to lay blame for our region's problems.
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
A limit should be set on the time it takes to clear or dismiss a teacher accused of misconduct so that employees do not remain out of their schools for months and even years, legislators and education advocates said this week. While two legislators suggested action by the General Assembly, an education advocate said some agreement could be reached between unions and school systems on how to expedite a process that is expensive to taxpayers and detrimental to children whose classrooms are staffed by substitutes.
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By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Environmentalists will team up Saturday to build support for a 5-cent plastic bag fee in Baltimore by handing out reusable bags and taking part in a citywide cleanup effort. Blue Water Baltimore, Waterfront Partnership, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Trash Free Maryland Alliance, Clean Water Action and volunteers will fan out across Baltimore to pick up litter in a show of support for legislation introduced by Councilman James B. Kraft that would impose a fee on most plastic bags distributed in the city.
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Tim Wheeler | September 9, 2014
Legislators from Maryland and Pennsylvania sparred at a hearing in Annapolis Monday over whether their states are doing too much or too little to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution. In a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing called to review the new bay restoration agreement, Maryland state Sen. Steve Hershey complained about the "astronomical cost" of cleaning up the ailing estuary, calling it an "unfunded mandate" from the federal government. Maryland's share has been estimated at nearly $15 billion through 2025, he noted.
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By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
How's "Baltimore - Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" sound for a new city slogan? City Councilman James B. Kraft is expected to introduce legislation at Monday's meeting to set a new official slogan to "celebrate Baltimore's essential link to our national anthem. " Kraft, who represents Southeast Baltimore, is asking for immediate adoption of a resolution to set the new slogan. He's also expected to file a companion bill. It's too soon to tell if the slogan will have more staying more power than the city's last: "Baltimore: A Great Place to Grow," which was unveiled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2011.
SPORTS
By Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Sun and By Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Liz Sweeney of Timonium used to race her kayak while living in New York City. At the time, Sweeney would practice in the Hudson River, though public access to waterways was hard to find. Now, she is able to get up early and take her kayak to Loch Raven Fishing Center in Baltimore County, as she did on a recent day. Although she no longer races, she still uses her kayak for exercise. Elsewhere at the fishing center that day, minutes after Sweeney got out of the water, Rick Warner of Carney came in on his fishing boat following a morning excursion.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Representatives of Maryland's game machine businesses lost a round in their fight against proposed state regulations they say could cripple the industry. Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Legislative and Executive Review, said his panel won't ask that the rules proposed by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission be put on hold to allow for committee hearings. Under the proposed regulations, operators would have to register all their machines with the lottery agency, pay fees for some of them and file reports on when they are moved.
NEWS
February 7, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malleyis a lame duck, so we can't refuse to re-elect him. His "flush tax" will affect people of all incomes, as will his gas tax, which will affect not only drivers but transportation costs on all goods. While we can't do anything about our out-of-touch governor, our legislators in Annapolis can be voted out of office. Some of them have been in office way too long anyway, but if they just choose to rubber stamp the governor's proposals instead of cutting the spending and corruption, they should be tossed out on their collective ears.
NEWS
April 28, 2012
Gov.Martin O'Malley's claim that legislative agreement on all points is needed in advance for him to call a special session to pass a budget is completely bogus ("Leaders float the idea of two special sessions," April 25). The General Assembly's most important responsibility is to pass a budget every year. It failed that duty. Our state constitution allows Governor O'Malley to give the legislature another chance to do its job. The legislature will not likely fail to do its No. 1 job a second time.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Law enforcement agencies across Maryland are no longer required to collect and report the race of drivers in traffic stops to the state because legislators didn't notice a 3-year-old law expiring. Police, sheriff's departments and other similar agencies also no longer have to provide the state with information about their SWAT deployments as another expiring law had stipulated. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland decried the lapses, especially the lifting of the requirement to track traffic stops by race.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Brian E. Frosh, a veteran state senator from Montgomery County who championed gun control and environmental protection, defeated two opponents to win Tuesday's Democratic primary for Maryland attorney general. Frosh, 67, who had trailed in early polls but was better-funded than his rivals, held a commanding lead over Baltimore County Del. Jon. S. Cardin - the nephew of U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin - and state Del. Aisha N. Braveboy of Prince George's County. After a concession call from Cardin, Frosh addressed supporters at the quaint Women's Club of Chevy Chase.
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