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by Annie Linskey | March 23, 2012
Table games would be allowed in Maryland along with a sixth casino in Prince George's County, if a measure on the Senate floor tonight is passed by the General Assembly. The bill is set for debate in the Senate Monday evening and, if it passes, it will miss a key deadline for consideration in the House of Delegates. The lower chamber is thought to be unfriendly to the bill. The legislation would change how the slot machines for casinos are purchased. Now the state buys or leases them, but under the new plan casinos would take on that burden.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
The Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay is in line to receive $21 million to continue its ship repair mission in fiscal year 2014 under the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Monday. The 113-acre yard on the Baltimore-Anne Arundel County line is the Coast Guard's only shipbuilding and repair facility and also provides all logistical support for Coast Guard vessels. "The Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay employs more than 600 military and civilian personnel," said Mikulski in a statement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 24, 2011
In a move that should be getting more notice this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has thrown down the gauntlet over the renewal of the Patriot Act, provisions of which would expire Friday if not extended.  Paul has offered several "controversial" amendments to the bill, and could single-handedly cause the Patriot Act to lapse for a day, The Hill reported today .  What are these so-called "controversial" changes to the post-9/11 act...
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
Efforts to end Maryland's death penalty moved forward late Monday as the Senate squashed attempts to retain the death penalty for what one senator called "the worst of the worst. " Senators resumed an emotional debate they left off Friday evening, considering Monday whether to keep capital punishment for people convicted of murdering police officers or inmates who kill correctional officers. Both amendments, offered by Republicans in the Democrat-controlled chamber, failed by wide margins.
NEWS
By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,Sun Staff Writer | March 10, 1994
A proposed ban on 18 types of semiautomatic pistols is expected to reach the floor of the Maryland Senate for debate as early as tomorrow, with opponents threatening to filibuster or sink the measure with amendments."
NEWS
By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Annapolis Bureau | February 13, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- A bill that would require motorcyclists to wear helmets survived a close Senate committee vote yesterday and now has its best chance of becoming law in more than a decade.Forget rhetoric, safety arguments and the lure of federal safety funds, said the two senators who proved to be the swing votes on the Judicial Proceedings Committee.The only issue for them was the $1.3 million the state can save on medical care for injured cyclists who are on Medicaid or have no health insurance.
NEWS
By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2002
The House of Delegates approved a measure yesterday that would restore voting rights to people convicted of felonies and other crimes, but a similar proposal stalled on the Senate floor when senators threatened to derail it. After the Senate debate delayed action on the measure, Majority Leader Clarence M. Blount, who is making passage of the bill one of his priorities this year, agreed to send it back to committee. Blount, a Baltimore Democrat, said he plans to make changes to the proposal and return it to the Senate floor within days.
NEWS
By GWYNETH K. SHAW and GWYNETH K. SHAW,SUN REPORTER | February 6, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Legislation that would create a federal trust fund to compensate victims of asbestos exposure will come to the Senate floor this week after months of delay, although the bill's prospects remain uncertain. The legislation would move asbestos cases out of the court system and create a $140 billion fund to compensate people sickened by asbestos. A new federal office would oversee payments ranging from $25,000 to $1.1 million. Asbestos manufacturers and insurance companies would pay into the fund, in exchange for relief from any further liability.
NEWS
By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2003
A bill that would halt executions in Maryland for the next two years while the death penalty receives a more stringent review cleared a major hurdle yesterday, surviving a close committee vote and moving next week to the Senate floor. The move comes after a study conducted last year by a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park that found geographic and racial disparities in how the death sentence is handed down in the state. It comes as 12 men sit on Maryland's death row, with several death warrants ready to be signed in the next few months.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
It was refreshing to see The Sun come down on the right side of the Harry Reid and Mitt Romney tax disclosure issue ("Reid goes too far," Aug. 6). What a dishonor that the Senate's majority leader, of all people, misused his position to spread phony accusations backed up by not a sliver of evidence. The only people who could have revealed anything about Mr. Romney's personal tax returns are the Romneys, their accountant and the IRS. Could there be any more reason for Senator Reid's censure than lying on the Senate floor?
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
On its third try in three years, Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill to spur development of an offshore wind farm off the coast of Ocean City won the approval of a key committee Tuesday night, setting the stage for what is expected to be easy passage on the Senate floor. The Senate Finance Committee, which spurned the bill the past two years, voted 7-4 for this year's version of one of O'Malley's  top environmental priorities. The governor was helped by a change in the composition of the committee, which previously has six members who were committed to voting it down.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Key provisions of Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping gun-control plan face renewed battles in the Maryland Senate next week, while the House of Delegates launches hearings expected to be just as contentious as those that brought thousands of people to Annapolis this month. Lawmakers are again bracing for crowds as each chamber presses forward with O'Malley's proposal, which would give Maryland some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. The governor is scheduled to appear at a Friday rally for his bill.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
The General Assembly took an important step toward repealing Maryland's death penalty Thursday night when a key committee, for the first time in decades, approved a bill to end capital punishment. The Senate Judicial Proceedings committee voted 6-5 to send Gov. Martin O'Malley's death penalty bill to the Senate floor, with Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat, dropping his long-held opposition to repeal of capital punishment and providing the decisive vote.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2013
State Sen. Allan Kittleman is torn. When lobbied by the ACLU and the NAACP to repeal Maryland's death penalty, Kittleman asks how he can ensure the most heinous murderers will never kill again. When approached by fellow senators or state's attorneys who want to keep capital punishment, Kittleman questions whether there can be a foolproof way to ensure the state doesn't kill an innocent person. "My mindset on this has always been divided," said Kittleman, a Howard County Republican who hopes to skip his own committee to listen to another panel's death penalty hearings before the legislation reaches the Senate floor.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
Good morning and welcome to a fairly sleepy morning on the Internet. Twitter is mostly concerned with heady topics like Happy Hump Day and #ILoveMyPhone, but there are a few news stories bubbling up.  The lovely ladies of the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show , which aired last night on CBS, are performing well to no one's surprise. Meanwhile, Jets head coach Rex Ryan is standing by his man, deciding to start Mark Sanchez this Sunday. Is it me or is there more quarterback drama than ever this year?
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
The General Assembly deadlocked Tuesday night over legislation that would have overruled a widely criticized court decision labeling pit bulls as inherently dangerous, apparently killing the bill in this summer's special session. Senate PresidentThomas V. Mike Millersaid he did not believe there would be any action on the legislation because "the difference is very stark" between House and Senate versions of the bill. Miller, a Calvert County Democrat, spoke on the Senate floor just before 9 p.m. as the chamber gathered to consider a bill on gambling expansion, the main purpose for a special session that was expected to continue long into the night.
NEWS
By Rebecca McClay and Rebecca McClay,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2003
Anti-war protesters who rallied yesterday in front of Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes' downtown Baltimore office called on him to raise the volume of his political voice against an impending armed conflict in Iraq. Among about 100 people who gathered in the late afternoon at the Bank of America Plaza on South Charles Street were a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty and draped in chains and a man in an Uncle Sam outfit with painted-on bruises. The hourlong protest was organized by Citizens for Peace, an organization established about a year ago. Although Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat, has said he opposes a U.S.-led war without the approval of the United Nations, protesters called on him to be more outspoken.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
The Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay is in line to receive $21 million to continue its ship repair mission in fiscal year 2014 under the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Monday. The 113-acre yard on the Baltimore-Anne Arundel County line is the Coast Guard's only shipbuilding and repair facility and also provides all logistical support for Coast Guard vessels. "The Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay employs more than 600 military and civilian personnel," said Mikulski in a statement.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
It was refreshing to see The Sun come down on the right side of the Harry Reid and Mitt Romney tax disclosure issue ("Reid goes too far," Aug. 6). What a dishonor that the Senate's majority leader, of all people, misused his position to spread phony accusations backed up by not a sliver of evidence. The only people who could have revealed anything about Mr. Romney's personal tax returns are the Romneys, their accountant and the IRS. Could there be any more reason for Senator Reid's censure than lying on the Senate floor?
NEWS
June 6, 2012
If Maryland's resident pit bull, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, has demonstrated anything in her several decades in Congress and as dean of Senate women, it's a willingness to stand up for the less powerful in society, and she was at it again this week advocating for the Paycheck Fairness Act and the rights of women to secure equal pay for equal work. To the surprise of no one, Senate Republicans were unmoved by the cause and blocked the much-needed legislation from floor debate as it fell eight votes short of the 60 required.
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