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March 5, 2003
Today's highlights 10 a.m.Senate meets, Senate chamber. 10 a.m.House of Delegates meets, House chamber. 1 p.m.House Ways and Means Committee, hearing on campaign finance legislation, Room 110, Lowe House Office Building.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr., who faces alcohol-related charges in a powerboat crash off Pasadena that injured him and six others last August, has been moved off the House committee that handles legislation involving drunken driving and boating. Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican,  said House Speaker Michael E. Busch reassigned him to the Ways and Means Committee. He previously served on the Judiciary Committee. New House committee assignments are expected to be announced Friday.
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NEWS
April 15, 1995
Also, an article in April 5 editions of The Sun incorrectly stated the committee chairmanship of state Del. Howard P. Rawlings. He is chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the House of Delegates. The chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee is Del. Sheila E. Hixson.The Sun regrets the error.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2012
The Maryland Senate passed Gov. Martin O'Malley's gambling expansion bill on a 28-14 vote Friday, sending the legislation to a more closely divided House of Delegates for a decision when the the General Assembly's special session continues into a second week Monday. Approval came in the early evening after senators spent much of the afternoon debating and defeating amendments proposed by Republicans and a conservative Democrat opponent of the key provision allowing a casino in Prince George's County.
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By From Staff Reports | February 11, 1994
Maryland legislators will hear testimony next week in committee on five bills proposed by Carroll County commissioners. The bills and hearing times are:* House Bill 548 on school performance audits, at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill, which the same committee killed last year, would allow commissioners to audit the Board of Education's management practices.* House Bill 549 on fire police lights, at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2012
The Maryland Senate passed Gov. Martin O'Malley's gambling expansion bill on a 28-14 vote Friday, sending the legislation to a more closely divided House of Delegates for a decision when the the General Assembly's special session continues into a second week Monday. Approval came in the early evening after senators spent much of the afternoon debating and defeating amendments proposed by Republicans and a conservative Democrat opponent of the key provision allowing a casino in Prince George's County.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr., who faces alcohol-related charges in a powerboat crash off Pasadena that injured him and six others last August, has been moved off the House committee that handles legislation involving drunken driving and boating. Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican,  said House Speaker Michael E. Busch reassigned him to the Ways and Means Committee. He previously served on the Judiciary Committee. New House committee assignments are expected to be announced Friday.
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December 10, 1992
Delegate Huff joins panel on Ways and MeansDelegate W. Ray Huff, a District 31 Democrat, will have a new committee assignment when the legislature meets next month.Mr. Huff was transferred from the Environmental Matters Committee, which he joined last year, to the Ways and Means Committee. Ways and Means considers business and tax reform.Mr. Huff, 57, is chairman of the Commission to Save Lighthouses and a commissioner with the Anne Arundel County Housing Authority. He is active in the American Cancer Society, Explorer Scouts and the YMCA.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,Washington Bureau of The Sun | February 12, 1992
WASHINGTON -- In an unusual election-year strategy, congressional Democrats yesterday introduced a legislative version of President Bush's recovery plan to force a floor debate that will open the way to its televised denunciation and defeat.They moved quickly to set the stage for a political showdown over how to revive the moribund economy. The battle will center on whether taxbreaks should be more generous for the middle class, as advocated by the Democrats, or for the wealthy, as proposed by Mr. Bush.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
Maryland's House of Delegates is set to convene for a special session Friday Aug. 10, a day after members of the Senate are scheduled to come back to Annapolis, according to an email sent to members by House Speaker Michael E. Busch. The speaker also told members that they will debate legislation addressing a recent court decision on liability from pit bulls in addition to the higher-profile issue of expanding gambling in Maryland. The House is set to go into session at 11 a.m. Friday, according to the email.
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by Annie Linskey | April 9, 2012
House and Senate conferees sounded like they are still at odds on one key point: Should Marylanders making less than 100K see new income taxes? The Senate wants to raise about $50 million by making a temporary -- ie three year -- change to the exemptions that those making less than $100K can make. The change means about $40 for an average taxpayer, said Sen. Ed Kasemeyer. "It is a carton of cigarettes," he said. Del. John Bohanan, a key House leader, said his chamber has taken a firm position.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2012
With less than eight hours remaining before the General Assembly would have to go into an exteneded session, the House and Senate remain divided over income taxes and -- some believe -- casino gambling. As of late afternoon Monday, legislative leaders were doing more fingerpointing than negotiation as the clocked ticked down toward the scheduled adjournment at midnight. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller accused the House of intransigence in negotiations over the state budget and related bills.
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,SUN REPORTER | November 17, 2007
A hot-button topic among the naysayers of the General Assembly's special session -- those lawmakers and activists who believe it was premature to try to close a $1.7 billion budget gap without having Gov. Martin O'Malley's next budget in hand -- is how much the session is costing taxpayers. But according to state analysts, that's not an easy number to pin down, largely because of the unusual nature of this session. In the past, a good benchmark was $23,000 to $25,000 a day, according to Karl S. Aro, executive director of the Department of Legislative Services.
NEWS
October 15, 2006
Today, The Sun begins its endorsements for the Nov. 7 general election with the race for U.S. Senate. Against almost any election opponent imaginable, this newspaper would be strongly inclined to support Benjamin L. Cardin. Certainly against Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Green-Populist-Libertarian candidate Kevin Zeese, we are convinced that Mr. Cardin is the best choice to represent Maryland in the U.S. Senate and that he will serve both Maryland and the nation by helping to shape consensus on some of the most nettlesome but momentous issues of the era. During 40 years of service in the state legislature as well as in Congress, Mr. Cardin has displayed a rare combination of keen intellect and practical horse-trading skills that marked him for leadership in every arena he entered.
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By CLARENCE PAGE | June 16, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus have raised the bloody shirt of racism in defense of their embattled colleague Rep. William J. Jefferson of Louisiana. I appreciate their sense of loyalty to a friend, but Mr. Jefferson hasn't given them much to work with. Mr. Jefferson's friends say he deserves the presumption of innocence. But the court of public opinion, in which all politics operates, is quite another matter. There is, for example, the embarrassing little question of the alleged bribery money that the FBI found in Mr. Jefferson's freezer.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | March 26, 2006
While many legislative bills are bogged down in committees, the proposal to allow small-time wagering at Carroll County's senior centers is well on its way to becoming law. At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing this month, lively testimony from seniors intent on securing their right to gamble dimes and quarters led legislators to take immediate action. The committee approved the bill. Last week, it went to the state Senate for consideration. "It is not a done deal until it is signed," said Jolene Sullivan, county director of citizen services, who accompanied 13 seniors to Annapolis.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2005
Benjamin L. Cardin, the studious congressman from Baltimore County who has spent his political career mastering fiscal issues such as Medicare reform, announced yesterday that he is running for the U.S. Senate. Flanked by family members and many city and suburban elected officials, the 10-term Democrat declared his candidacy during a morning speech at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Key Highway, then repeated his announcement at events in Frederick and Montgomery County. He said the waterfront backdrop in Baltimore, with million-dollar condominiums under construction blocks away, symbolized his commitment to the environment and better jobs.
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