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January 25, 2006
Legislators rejected another of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s vetoes yesterday and set the stage for more overrides in the coming days. The House of Delegates joined the Senate in overriding the veto of a bill to establish a transportation study in Southern Maryland. Delegates also voted to override the governor on a bill to allow unmanned cameras to catch speeders in Montgomery County. That bill still needs to be considered by the Senate. Debate over the two bills followed the lines of the discussions delegates had about them last spring, in some cases with the same legislators making the same points.
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By Jules Witcover | February 3, 2014
As President Obama embarks on his sixth year in the Oval Office, he does so with a greater reality of the political equation he faces, as clearly demonstrated the other night in his State of the Union address. The freshman chief executive five years ago entered the office expressly committed to change the way Washington worked. But now he's acknowledged to Congress and the nation that fundamental change was an illusion. As long as pivotal elements in the legislative branch are dug in against his aspirations for legislative cooperation, Mr. Obama has admitted, he has to rely on his own executive powers and persuasion.
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By DAVID NITKIN and DAVID NITKIN,SUN REPORTER | January 19, 2006
The Maryland Senate gave final approval yesterday to a bill that would make it easier for voters to cast absentee ballots in state elections. The Senate voted 33-14 to override a veto by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. of a bill (HB 622) that eliminates conditions - such as illness, death of a family member or enrollment in an out-of-state college - now required before voters can obtain absentee ballots. Supporters of the measure said it would increase voter participation, but Ehrlich and other critics argued that the potential for voter fraud outweighed any benefits.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
In Anne Arundel County, where new stormwater fees have generated national attention amid criticism of what some call Maryland's "rain tax," the debate over how much to charge property owners will continue into June. County Council members had been scheduled to vote Thursday on a series of alterations to its fee structure, but the councilman sponsoring the changes, Crownsville Democrat Jamie Benoit, missed the meeting for medical reasons. Earlier this week, the council approved a series of adjustments to the fees, including a three-year phase-in and capping the maximum fee for businesses.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | June 28, 1994
Suppose the Baltimore City Council held a meeting and not enough council members showed up to take action?That's what happened last night at a special council session called to attempt to override Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's vetoes of bills to allow municipal professional workers to unionize and to set up an office to regulate privatization of city services.Under the City Charter, an override of the mayor's veto requires 15 votes of the 19-member council. Last night, only 14 council members showed up.Those missing were 3rd District Democrat Martin E. "Mike" Curran, who colleagues said was hospitalized over the weekend; 4th District Democrat Agnes Welch; and the entire 5th District delegation of Democrats Vera P. Hall, Iris G. Reeves and Rochelle "Rikki" Spector.
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By Los Angeles Times | September 25, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The Senate, taking a political swipe atPresident Bush, voted 68-31 yesterday to override his veto of the family leave bill -- the first time in Mr. Bush's 3 1/2 -year term that Democrats in the chamber have been able to muster the necessary two-thirds majority.Democrats immediately boasted that the bipartisan action -- in which 14 Republicans voted in favor of the override -- showed that Mr. Bush was "isolated" on the question and had lost his credibility for using family values as an issue in the presidential campaign.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 26, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The House defeated a proposal yesterday to override President Bush's veto of the Democratic tax-cut bill, providing another humiliating setback for the Democratic leadership, which had promoted the legislation as a potential election-year campaign issue.Not only did Democratic leaders fail to muster the two-thirds majority needed for a veto override, but lawmakers actually defeated the proposal, 215-211. Some 52 Democrats joined 163 Republicans in opposing the override move.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 7, 1990
WASHINGTON -- The entire Maryland congressional delegation voted to override the president's veto of the continuing spending bill last night, including Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-Md.-6th -- who voted against the measure less than 24 hours earlier."I'm just as comfortable with that vote," said the Frederick Democrat, explaining that she was concerned about the effect of a government shutdown on federal employees, many of whom are in her constituency.Mrs. Byron opposes such "continuing resolutions" that keep the government in operation for a short period because they could continue "indefinitely and not accomplish anything," an aide said earlier.
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By David Nitkin and Andrew A. Green and David Nitkin and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | August 9, 2005
MOST OF THE EFFORTS to encourage or stop a veto override when legislators reconvene in January have been focused on the so-called Wal-Mart bill, which mandates higher health care spending by large companies. But lawmakers also are preparing for a struggle over a number of lower-profile bills Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. vetoed, including four that Democrats say would make voting easier and more secure but which Republicans claim are an invitation to fraud. At a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act last week, Sen. Lisa A. Gladden and Del. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, both Baltimore Democrats, launched an override effort for the bills.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2003
An obscure local liquor bill affecting Southeast Baltimore's Canton neighborhood could become a symbol of the Democratic-controlled General Assembly's willingness to override Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s vetoes, legislative leaders say. House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said yesterday that legislation that would have blocked a family with strong Republican ties from opening a tavern in the neighborhood is on...
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By Pamela Wood and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Council voted Wednesday to override County Executive Laura Neuman's veto of fees to pay for stormwater pollution projects, but council members then offered changes that could address some of her concerns. It was not clear whether their new bill, which would cap some fees at a lower rate and phase in the charges, would meet her approval. Her spokeswoman, Tracie Reynolds, said Neuman "is working with the County Council on new legislation. " Budget analysts have not determined how much revenue the council proposal would raise for pollution control projects.
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By James Burdick | January 22, 2013
Doctors are breathing a collective sigh of relief because we again escaped a cut in Medicare payments. But this whole recurrent charade underscores, once again, the unresolved issue of how to pay doctors. The fiscal cliff rescue included the usual "doc fix" - an override of the 27 percent Medicare reimbursement cut required by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) law this year. That law has dictated annual cuts in Medicare reimbursement, which have been overridden by Congress annually. Nevertheless, this escape only postponed the crisis for older patients for another year.
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December 24, 2012
As President of the Howard County Chapter of the Homebuilders Association of Maryland (HBAM), I would like to respond to Howard County Executive Ken Ulman's recent veto of County Council Bill 37, the growth tier map ("Ulman vetoes land preservation bill," Dec. 16). Members of HBAM, the farming community and a broad coalition of citizens worked closely with the County Council to craft a tier map that would continue to support the successful Density Exchange Option (DEO) program, which has led in part to the preservation of more than 21,600 acres of land in agricultural easements and thousands of additional acres preserved under environmental and other easements.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
City Councilman Bill Henry on Monday plans to introduce a series of bills aimed at reforming City Hall, including two that would curb some of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's power. Henry's four bills will be introduced at what should prove a busy meeting for the council. A bill sponsored by Councilman Carl Stokes that would require many city agencies to be audited every two years is expected to receive a second vote, after failing last month. Plus, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young is introducing bills aimed at tightening ethics laws and making it tougher for the mayor to close fire companies.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
Two Baltimore officers accused of taking kickbacks from the owners of the Majestic Auto Repair shop in Rosedale have pleaded "not guilty" to additional charges filed against them last week. Samuel Ocasio and Kelvin Quade Manrich were charged with conspiracy to commit extortion and three counts of actual extortion for allegedly accepting payments for steering car customers to Majestic. They denied the charges Friday, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. Seventeen other officers and two Majestic owners have been charged in the scheme . Most have taken plea deals or have arranged to take them.
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September 7, 2011
An Anne Arundel County Councilman on Tuesday night effectively killed a pair of controversial zoning plans that would intensify development in some of Anne Arundel County's most rural areas. In a reversal of his previous stance, County Councilman Jerry Walker, whose district includes rural South County, said he decided not to seek veto overrides for amendments that would allow development in the Lothian Circle area and south of Route 214 — an informal line of demarkation for development — after consulting with his constituents and County Executive John R. Leopold.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 25, 1990
WASHINGTON -- The Senate narrowly sustained President Bush's veto of a major civil rights bill yesterday, the first time Congress has failed to override any veto of a civil rights bill.The 66-34 vote fell one short of the two-thirds majority needed to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1990, which was intended to strengthen protections against job discrimination. It was Mr. Bush's 16th successful veto.All 55 Senate Democrats and 11 Republicans voted to override. One Republican, Sen. Rudy Boschwitz of Minnesota, who had originally voted against the bill, said he switched his vote after he saw David Duke sitting in the balcony.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 27, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Failing to override a presidential veto yesterday, the Senate kept legal a form of late-term abortion.Anti-abortion groups vowed retribution at the polls in November.Three senators switched sides to oppose the procedure that opponents call "partial-birth" abortion and doctors call "intact dilation and extraction." But the drive to overturn President Clinton's veto of a ban on the procedure still fell eight votes short.The vote was 57-41, well shy of the two-thirds needed to override the veto.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
Anne Arundel County Councilman Jerry Walker plans to attempt to override several vetoes issued by County Executive John R. Leopold on a rezoning bill for the southern portion of the county. Leopold vetoed 16 amendments Tuesday to the rezoning bill that sought to allow intensified development in some of the county's most rural areas, including south of Route 214, an unofficial line of demarcation for development. All but one of the vetoes affected South County. "I was surprised there were so many" vetoes, said Walker, a Republican, who shepherded the bill through the County Council, which passed it unanimously.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2011
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has vetoed several sections of a zoning bill that recently passed the County Council and sought to intensify development in some of the county's most rural areas. Leopold announced Tuesday that he had vetoed 16 amendments to the comprehensive rezoning bill for South County and Annapolis, which the council passed unanimously last week. Leopold called the amendments in question a "flagrant violation of the principles of the General Development Plan and the Small Area Plans that proceeded it. " The move is likely to be cheered by some South County residents, many of whom opposed the changes.
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