February 26, 2014
In 2011, Prince George's County Del. Benjamin S. Barnes became a partner in one of the state's busiest workers' compensation firms. The lawmaker wrote a three-word disclosure in blue ink on his state ethics forms, and began working on legislation that made it easier for injured workers to win awards. As he sponsored or co-sponsored workers' compensation bills, his firm's founding partner brought in millions in workers' compensation claims over an 18-month period - raising questions about whether Barnes should be advocating for laws that could help his business.
January 13, 1991
Status of Carroll County's legislative packageBill--91-1Description of proposed legislationGeneral obligation bond authorization: Authorize the county to sell bonds to pay for capital projects, included in the fiscal 1992 county budget (such as for schools, landfills, senior centers); amount to be determined.Status (as of Jan. 11)Delegation has agreed to draft bill.Bill-- 91-2Description of proposed legislation.Carroll County General Hospital contribution: Authorize County Commissioners to grant $200,000 per year, for a five-year period, to CCGH to help finance its capital improvement programup.
February 11, 1992
Of 463 SUNDIAL callers who responded to a question about proposed legislation that would require guns at home to be kept under lock, 183 (39.5 percent) said the bill would accomplish its goal of preventing shooting accidents; 108 (23.3 percent) said stronger measures should be taken; and 172 (37.1 percent) said no bill is needed."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.
February 4, 2005
Proposed legislation would allow early voting in elections Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller proposed legislation yesterday that would allow voters to participate in elections up to eight days early. Other states that allow early voting have found the alternative to be successful, Miller said, because many voters have trouble finding time to get to the polls as they juggle family, work and other responsibilities. Miller's legislation would allow local election boards to determine the number and location of polling places that would be open prior to Election Day. Proposal would change BWI name to honor judge The Baltimore-Washington International Airport would be renamed the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport under a proposal from Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat.
October 1, 2013
There is an established way to make or change laws: A majority of the House and Senate agree and send their proposed legislation to the president. He then approves or vetoes it ("House sets vote on funding bill; agencies brace for shutdown," Sept. 29). The Republicans try to get around the established process by threatening to hurt lots of people if a certain law isn't changed. No voting, no legislative agreement, just threats. They are just a bunch of gangsters in neckties. William Akers, Baltimore
February 4, 2004
Sen. Robert H. Kittleman proposed yesterday a change to the Senate rules that would require lawmakers to vote on every bill introduced in the legislature. The rule change, which would affect only the Senate, aims to end a practice by committee chairmen to block passage of a bill by never bringing it to a vote. Kittleman, a Republican who represents Howard and Carroll counties, said the rule change, which would require a committee vote on each piece of proposed legislation, would help keep the process open.