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Eileen Ambrose | August 14, 2012
The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition gave 80 Maryland legislators a perfect score for supporting consumers. That's 80 out of 188, so some of those other senators and delegates need to step it up. The consumer group rated legislators on their votes on during the 2012 General Assembly on consumer protection bills. The coalition looked at votes on eight key bills, including identify theft protection for children, tax on smokeless tobacco and small cigars, early mediation for foreclosures and a foreclosed property registry.
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By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Arguing their safe access to public lands is threatened, birders are making a last-ditch appeal to Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that would expand hunting on Sundays in western Maryland. The Maryland Ornithological Society joined horse lovers in opposing two bills that would authorize hunting deer and other game on private and public lands in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties. The General Assembly overwhelmingly passed both measures, sponsored by western Maryland lawmakers, on the final day of the legislative session April 7. The Maryland Horse Council , representing horseback riders, had testified against the bills during the 90-day legislative session.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
President Barack Obama will sign a proclamation Monday creating a Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on the Eastern Shore, a designation long sought by advocates and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The designation protects the land from development and complements plans to create a state park in Dorchester County, where Tubman was born, escaped slavery and helped lead other slaves to freedom. The monument will be managed by the National Park Service. Members of Maryland's congressional delegation have for years sought to approve funding to honor Tubman on the Eastern Shore.
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By Larry Hogan | April 11, 2014
Few things surprise me anymore, especially when it comes to our leaders in Annapolis. Still, the brazenness demonstrated this legislative session by politicians seeking to recast themselves as "pro-business" after years of supporting anti-business policies is downright amazing. It started back in January, which Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch unveiled their "Joint Legislative Business and Economic Development Agenda" for the 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly.
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By BARRY RASCOVAR | July 18, 1993
Taxpayers are getting a break this summer -- in more ways thanone.Not only is money being saved by the Maryland General Assembly, but lawmakers are being denied the opportunity to micromanage government and to create busy work to justify their existence.Chalk it up to a happy coincidence. Legislative leaders, faced with cutting back General Assembly operations earlier this year to help balance the state budget, decided to eliminate reimbursements for committee meetings this summer -- an item that meant on the order of $10,000 a week in expenses in previous years.
NEWS
December 11, 2008
When it comes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to furlough state employees to help offset a budget deficit, not all workers on Maryland's public payroll will be compelled to participate. The governor has no control over the legislative or judicial branches of government under the state constitution, which means Maryland lawmakers and judges won't necessarily have to feel the pinch. But the leaders of the General Assembly, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, have said they will voluntarily participate in the governor's unpaid furlough plan once it's been decided - and they will strongly encourage their fellow legislators to join them.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2001
As Maryland legislators begin hearings this week on reforms to the state's system for disciplining doctors, they are confronting a problem that has bedeviled other states throughout the nation for years: What is the most effective way to protect patients from medical errors that cause serious injury or death? The debate pits the state's medical society -- MedChi, which now plays a major role in the state regulatory process -- against those who want to make it easier to pursue cases against doctors accused of wrongdoing or of providing negligent or substandard care.
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April 5, 2013
Even during the taxing orgy called the legislative session, I am shocked that Maryland legislators nearly doubled the gas tax when gas prices hover near $4 a gallon ("General Assembly approves gas tax hike" Mar 29). People should be taking to the streets over this. Everyone that supported this bill should be voted out of office. It is now clear to me that retirement in this state is not an option. There is no amount of income that could possibly keep pace with the greed of the Maryland government.
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February 14, 2013
As Maryland legislators debate the repeal of the state's death penalty, everyone should go to see an excellent documentary, "West of Memphis," directed by Amy Berg. Sadly, three teenagers were falsely convicted of murders which someone else committed and they had their youth taken from them. Only because of the dedication of so many supporters were the three released after serving around 19 years in prison. However, they can't be compensated by the state of Arkansas because the government refuses to admit its malfeasance.
NEWS
March 7, 1991
Among the members of Congress assembled for President Bush's speech last night were Maryland legislators who were painfully divided, along policy more than partisan lines, when the fateful decision was made approving the use of force against Iraq.Rep. Tom McMillen, a Democrat, in support of the president, said there was no evidence economic sanctions would remove Iraq from Kuwait and warned that postponement of the Jan. 15 use-of-force deadline would allow the Iraqi dictator to conserve his military strength and risk the erosion of world support for the whole enterprise.
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By Michael Schatzow and Mitchell Y. Mirviss | March 28, 2014
"A poor man accused of a crime has no lobby," Robert F. Kennedy said 51 years ago, when, as U.S. Attorney General, he demanded legislation requiring counsel for federal criminal defendants. The legislation passed, much to Kennedy's credit, and, for the last half-century, counsel has been present at federal bail hearings. But not in Maryland. No Bobby Kennedy has taken leadership to fix our broken criminal justice system. And there is no lobby to oppose the vested economic interests (bail bondsmen and some criminal defense lawyers)
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper | November 13, 2013
The first time Kai Bacharach uttered his name — his male name, the one he chose for himself — was in the spring, at an event for students accepted to Goucher. For the first 18 years of life, Bacharach used the female name his parents bestowed at birth. But when it came time to start college this year, Bacharach decided to slough off an identity that never felt true. His professors, resident advisers and classmates all know him as Kai, a man. "It makes going back to see my family weird," said Bacharach, a Baltimore native who declined to reveal his birth name.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
Even during the taxing orgy called the legislative session, I am shocked that Maryland legislators nearly doubled the gas tax when gas prices hover near $4 a gallon ("General Assembly approves gas tax hike" Mar 29). People should be taking to the streets over this. Everyone that supported this bill should be voted out of office. It is now clear to me that retirement in this state is not an option. There is no amount of income that could possibly keep pace with the greed of the Maryland government.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
President Barack Obama will sign a proclamation Monday creating a Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on the Eastern Shore, a designation long sought by advocates and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The designation protects the land from development and complements plans to create a state park in Dorchester County, where Tubman was born, escaped slavery and helped lead other slaves to freedom. The monument will be managed by the National Park Service. Members of Maryland's congressional delegation have for years sought to approve funding to honor Tubman on the Eastern Shore.
NEWS
February 14, 2013
As Maryland legislators debate the repeal of the state's death penalty, everyone should go to see an excellent documentary, "West of Memphis," directed by Amy Berg. Sadly, three teenagers were falsely convicted of murders which someone else committed and they had their youth taken from them. Only because of the dedication of so many supporters were the three released after serving around 19 years in prison. However, they can't be compensated by the state of Arkansas because the government refuses to admit its malfeasance.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2012
Maryland's highest court upheld Gov. Martin O'Malley's new legislative redistricting map on Friday morning. The Court of Appeals issued an order, but no opinion, denying the claims in three challenges. The order comes only two days after the challenges were argued in court. The order said the judges found the plan, which will take effect with the 2014 elections, passed constitutional muster. The new map shifts the districts of Baltimore County Democratic Sens. James Brochin – whose new district is majority Republican – and Delores Kelley, both of whom objected to the plan.
NEWS
August 10, 2005
THE ISSUE: U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes has introduced a bill to close the Oak Hill Youth Detention Center in western Anne Arundel County and divvy up the land among the county, the National Park Service and the nearby National Security Agency. Under Sarbanes' proposal, the 888-acre property, the site of the District of Columbia's juvenile facility, would be transferred in pieces. The Army would help with Oak Hills' closure and with the building of a new facility, preferably in Washington.
NEWS
March 7, 2011
In a day and age where our society and Congress look to help out everyone they can, even if it means going into a budget deficit, Maryland legislators have proposed another bill giving rights to people who aren't supposed to be living here. While we don't need to go to the lengths Arizona has taken to crack down on illegal immigration, it is wrong for us to support illegal immigrants. Maryland's legislature is in the process of passing legislation to allow illegal immigrants in-state tuition for our community colleges and state colleges ("Bill would cut tuition for illegal immigrants," March 7)
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | August 14, 2012
The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition gave 80 Maryland legislators a perfect score for supporting consumers. That's 80 out of 188, so some of those other senators and delegates need to step it up. The consumer group rated legislators on their votes on during the 2012 General Assembly on consumer protection bills. The coalition looked at votes on eight key bills, including identify theft protection for children, tax on smokeless tobacco and small cigars, early mediation for foreclosures and a foreclosed property registry.
NEWS
August 5, 2012
It's unwise that the General Assembly will be considering the expansion of Maryland's gambling program to a sixth casino before its five existing slots parlors is up and running. But the idea of legalizing Internet gambling at the same time - with little opportunity for public debate or due diligence by legislators, and no precedent from other states - is downright reckless. Internet gambling may be the future of the industry, but that future is not yet upon us, and there are too many unanswered questions - legal, logistical and social - for the state to make a headlong rush to legalize it. The idea first surfaced in a serious way this week in a memo from Maryland Live developer David Cordish about the conditions under which he could drop his opposition to the proposed sixth casino inPrince George's County.
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