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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2012
Maryland energy regulators on Tuesday extended the deadline to Feb. 2 for public comment on Constellation Energy Group's plan to sell itself to Exelon Corp. The initial public comment period closed Dec. 9, but Exelon agreed a week later to a settlement with the state and Gov. Martin O'Malley over the proposed merger. As a result, the Maryland Office of People's Counsel, the consumer advocate in utility matters, said the public has not had an opportunity comment on that settlement and requested an extension for filing written comments.
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NEWS
September 4, 2014
As members of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission's policy subcommittee, we are honored to be able to serve our fellow citizens to develop a program that makes medical marijuana available to those Marylanders who have not found relief from conventional treatments and may benefit from its many medicinal uses in a safe, affordable manner ( "Proposed medical marijuana rules under fire," Aug. 27). As we have been writing the regulations to implement this new law, we are very mindful to balance the concerns of the General Assembly to assure ease of access for the patient and provide necessary security safeguards.
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Editorial from The Record and The Aegis | October 16, 2013
Aberdeen's mayor and city council received a reasonable and rational request last week from a former city councilman. Former city councilman Mike Hiob suggested a second opportunity for public comment be included on the agenda at regular city council meetings. Generally, when the mayor and council meet, the agenda has time allocated for public comment near the beginning of the session. This is a good time for public comment because, from time to time, people will show up at a meeting of a local government to raise a particular issue - like the need that a pothole be filled - that can be easily addressed.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
Ocean City officials plan to meet again after Labor Day to discuss tightening the rules around short-term rentals in some residential neighborhoods. The city hosted a public hearing Tuesday for people to air their opinions on the subject. Some residents have called for a ban of weekly rentals in single-family neighborhoods, which they say disrupt the quality of life and character of those areas. The proposal has prompted pushback from other property owners, who say restricting rentals would violate property rights, hurt people's investments and make the resort town less appealing to families.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop
The Baltimore Sun
| August 1, 2013
The Towson University Police Department is seeking accreditation from a national law-enforcement standards agency and inviting public comment about its practices and procedures. The comment session is scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 5 in the administration building, room 424. Those who can't make the session may call 410-704-6531 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that day and speak directly with an assessor from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Comments must be limited to 10 minutes and address the department's performance.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
The state panel that is considering whether Maryland's laws and policies on access to guns by people who are mentally ill will hear from the public through Sept. 21 on key issues. Among those issues are whether there should be more gun restrictions for people who are mentally ill and whether current laws that don't allow anyone who's been in a mental facility for 30 or more consecutive days to purchase a regulated gun should be changed. The task force must make suggestions to the governor by the end of the year.
NEWS
By Don Markus | April 19, 2009
The Howard County Police Department will take public comment Monday about the agency's performance as part of the process to gain accreditation. The session is part of an assessment of the department by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the James N. Robey Public Service Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive. A team of assessors consisting of law enforcement officers from around the country will be visiting the department throughout April.
NEWS
By Stephen Henderson and Stephen Henderson,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1999
In Howard County, the school budgeting process spans six months and includes no fewer than six public forums -- including one before the budget is crafted. In Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, the public gets similar access to the budgeting process, and at least a month to comment before spending is set in stone.By those standards, public access to Baltimore's school budget process seems woefully inadequate, chief executive officer Robert Booker acknowledged yesterday.Copies of the proposed fiscal 2000 budget were handed out Tuesday, just hours before the only scheduled public hearing took place.
NEWS
February 29, 2004
Public comment essential at meetings Although Bainbridge Board Chairman [Harland R.] Graef teaches a leadership seminar at Cecil Community College, one wonders if public comment in open meetings registers as a valued element in such political leadership? As in four previous meetings, Bainbridge Board's "Order of Business" agenda for Feb. 17 omitted any place for public comment, reflecting the anti-public attitude of the board's leadership. Board Member Dennie Poist brought this omission to attention by commenting on many complaints made to him concerning suppression of public comment.
NEWS
By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1998
Saying it was "the wrong way to do the right thing," Maryland State Board of Education members yesterday defeated a resolution that would have allowed the public 45 minutes a month to have a say before the panel.The board defeated perhaps the most controversial issue to come before it in many months by a vote of 5 for and 6 against (7 votes were needed to pass), after a spirited discussion led by student member Ritchie Sharpe, who proposed the resolution to establish a "public comment period" during each of the board's monthly meetings.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
In his first public comments since his February arrest following a physical altercation with his now wife, Ravens running back Ray Rice appeared emotional and uncomfortable as he apologized to fans, family members and the Ravens' organization. With his wife, Janay Rice, seated next to him, and his mother and father-in-law in the front row during a Friday news conference at the Under Armour Performance Center, Rice acknowledged that he has failed. However, the veteran NFL running back said that he's working every day to be a better father, husband and role model.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
The new express toll lanes set to open next year along Interstate 95 north of Baltimore are not popular among the residents who have shared their opinion with the Maryland Transportation Authority. Of the 73 public responses submitted, mostly online, to the authority since it released its proposed toll rates in September and asked for feedback, 80 percent were in opposition, according to a final summary of the public's responses released last week. Another 19 percent were considered "neutral" comments, and just 1 percent supported the project.
NEWS
Editorial from The Record and The Aegis | October 16, 2013
Aberdeen's mayor and city council received a reasonable and rational request last week from a former city councilman. Former city councilman Mike Hiob suggested a second opportunity for public comment be included on the agenda at regular city council meetings. Generally, when the mayor and council meet, the agenda has time allocated for public comment near the beginning of the session. This is a good time for public comment because, from time to time, people will show up at a meeting of a local government to raise a particular issue - like the need that a pothole be filled - that can be easily addressed.
NEWS
By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
There's a reason people want to own or visit properties that back up to open spaces: Nature enhances lives. And that's why protecting and preserving the Patapsco Valley "is really all about quality of life," says John Slater, president of Patapsco Heritage Greenway, a 13-year-old organization dedicated to ensuring the valley's future. With an eye toward moving that mission forward, the group will host a public forum at 7 p.m. Monday. The event, "Envision the Valley," will be held at St. Augustine School in Elkridge and is a repeat of presentation of a consultant's final report given this week in Catonsville.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones made his first public comments Wednesday night since reports he was involved in an altercation early Monday morning while celebrating teammate Bryant McKinnie's birthday.  On his radio show with 105.7 The Fan, Jones briefly addressed the situation. "I'm going to take the responsibility that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Jones said. "There was no altercation. There's nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong but I take responsibility for being in wrong place at the wrong time.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2013
A proposed pricing structure for electronic toll lanes set to open next year along a congested stretch of Interstate 95 northeast of Baltimore was ha sbeen approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority Board. Two-axle vehicles (per mile): Peak: $0.25 - $0.35 Off-peak: $0.20 - $0.30 Overnight: $0.10 - $0.30 Southbound peak hours: M - F, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Northbound peak hours: M - F, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Weekend peak hours (both directions): Sat., 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Overnight hours (both directions)
NEWS
February 24, 2002
Two teen-agers injured by gunfire on Annapolis street A gunfight that broke out early yesterday in Annapolis between occupants of a car and pedestrians sent two teen-agers to the hospital, police reported. Eugene Martin, 19, and Mario Kaskins, 19, both of Annapolis, were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered in the shooting, which occurred shortly after midnight in the 1800 block of Bowman Court, Annapolis police said. Martin was shot in the arm and Kaskins was shot in the ankle, police said.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2011
Maryland energy regulators on Thursday approved the publication of proposed reliability standards for state utilities in the Maryland Register for public comment. The Public Service Commission this week tweaked proposed standards that would establish specific electric reliability performance standards for each of the state's utilities, including Baltimore Gas and Electric. They would also set rules for tree trimming and customer service performance and require greater accountability.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Rush-hour commuters could pay nearly $5 a day in tolls to travel back and forth on a seven-mile stretch of express toll lanes set to open next year along Interstate 95 east and north of Baltimore, according to proposed pricing approved Thursday by the board of the Maryland Transportation Authority. The new lanes, scheduled to open late next year, would offer a quicker travel option for commuters willing to pay. The suggested tolls vary by the time of day and the type of vehicle, but a car traveling on the toll lanes during peak hours would pay between 25 cents and 35 cents per mile.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop
The Baltimore Sun
| August 1, 2013
The Towson University Police Department is seeking accreditation from a national law-enforcement standards agency and inviting public comment about its practices and procedures. The comment session is scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 5 in the administration building, room 424. Those who can't make the session may call 410-704-6531 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that day and speak directly with an assessor from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Comments must be limited to 10 minutes and address the department's performance.
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