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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
Sen. Ben Cardin used a roundtable discussion in Prince George's County on Thursday to call on House Republicans to pass the Senate version of a bill that would reauthorize hundreds of millions of dollars of spending on domestic abuse shelters and violence prevention programs. Both chambers of Congress have passed legislation to spend $660 million a year over five years to combat violence against women -- funding programs that have been reauthorized twice before with bipartisan support.
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Erin Cox and Timothy Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
The plan to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour cleared Maryland's Senate Saturday afternoon. Although lawmakers must still work out details on who would be exempted from the hike and how long it would take to implement, compromises reached by key lawmakers and Gov. Martin O'Malley earlier in the week suggest the Senate version will become law. That plan, approved by senators in a 34-13 vote, calls for incrementally raising the...
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | March 29, 2001
One day after a decisive Senate vote, a House of Delegates committee swiftly approved yesterday a proposal to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians in Maryland. The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-8 to send the measure to the full House, where it is expected to be easily approved. The committee amended the bill to exactly match the version that cleared the Senate 34-12 Tuesday. "The fact is, if there is one case of discrimination that can be prevented or one case of discrimination that needs to be adjudicated, then we need to have the law in place," said Del. Kenneth C. Montague Jr., a Baltimore Democrat.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
The Senate passed legislation Thursday that would give Marylanders with serious medical conditions access to marijuana if it is recommended by a specially licensed physician. As amended in the Senate, the bill is significantly different from the version passed by the House. The Senate bill, which passed 45-1, takes a much less restrictive approach to the number of licenses for growers and distributors of marijuana, which the House had restricted to 10. The Senate version has no limit on the number of growers and calls for a minimum of 94 distributors to be spread across the state.
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March 15, 1992
This is the status of the Schaefer administration's 1992 legislative package as of Friday:*Assault weapons ban: House version amended and passed. Senate version killed in committee. House version could pass Senate if it can get one vote in committee.*Requiring guns to be stored away from children: Passed by House. Senate version amended and sent to floor. Passage likely.*Higher penalties for taking prison guards hostage: Passed both houses.*Increased protection for battered women: House version pending in committee.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | April 5, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Demonstrating the increasing popularity of environmental issues among legislators, the House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved yesterday a Senate bill designed to protect Maryland's remaining forests from the chain saws and bulldozers of developers.Introduced at the request of Gov. William Donald Schaefer and approved 121-14, the heavily amended measure now is headed for a joint conference committee where Senate conferees hope to convince their House counterparts to accept strengthening amendments.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Annapolis Bureau | March 20, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- As the Gershwin song goes, they all laughed -- at Christopher Columbus, Hershey and his chocolate bar, and the dogged female legislators who wanted to make "potty parity" the law of the land.But with the unanimous approval yesterday of Senate Bill No. 437, known officially as "Public Restrooms -- Number of Sanitary Fixtures," the women might have the last laugh."It was a joke. Everybody laughed and thought it was funny," Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman said of the legislation's history in the General Assembly.
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By Sonni Efron and Sonni Efron,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 9, 2004
WASHINGTON - A divided House approved an intelligence agency overhaul bill yesterday that differs sharply from a Senate version passed earlier and sets up a showdown between the two chambers over the shape of the final bill. Opponents said the House bill, which passed 282 to 134, was laced with anti-immigrant provisions that had little to do with intelligence or national security. GOP leaders said their bill would not only reform intelligence gathering, but also strengthen border security, help prevent identity theft, improve the ability of the Homeland Security Department to block terrorist travel and create a new post inside the department to head up cyber security.
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By James Oliphant and James Oliphant,Chicago Tribune | February 13, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The Senate rejected Democratic attempts yesterday to scale back expansion of the government's powers to monitor phone calls and e-mail as part of its efforts to fight terrorism. Senators also voted to immunize telecommunications companies from lawsuits for their role in aiding the government's warrantless eavesdropping program. The bill, comprising amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, now goes to the House for a potential showdown. The House version offers no protection for the telecom industry and more restrictions on government power.
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By Boston Globe | September 10, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The Senate endorsed a tougher version of President Clinton's policy on gays in the armed forces yesterday, defeating a proposal to ease the policy and calling homosexuality "an unacceptable risk" to morale in the armed forces.An amendment proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California, which would have given the president the final say in policy on gays in the military, was defeated as expected by a vote of 63-33. Key Democratic leaders voted against Ms. Boxer's proposal.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
Maryland's pit bulls remained in peril Wednesday as two legislators clashed over a lingering House-Senate impasse on a bill that would invalidate a court decision labeling the bill as inherently dangerous. Del. Luiz R. S. Simmons took advantage of a House hearing on the Senate version of the bill to fire question after question at Sen. Brian E. Frosh, chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, over changes that panel made to a compromise the two Montgomery County Democrats struck early in this year's session.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman lent his support this week to a pair of bills in Annapolis that would make cyberbullying a crime in Maryland. "The insults and accusations that rush through the cyber-sphere can be beyond anything with which we adults are familiar," said Ulman in written testimony submitted for a March 7 hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. A House version of the bill, the subject of Thursday's hearing, is sponsored by Del. Jon Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2013
The state's House of Delegates recently passed by a 134-to-0 vote a bill that would make it easier for homeowners to refinance mortgages at today's low rates. The bill, modeled after a law Virginia adopted more than a decade ago, would allow homeowners to proceed with refinancing a first mortgage without permission from a second mortgagor. The process of seeking such approval can be costly, confusing and time-consuming, according to the bill's sponsors. “Too many homeowners struggle to make payments on more than one mortgage,” said Del. Sam Arora, a Montgomery County Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, HB 88. “We have a real opportunity to help them by removing an unnecessary barrier to locking in lower interest rates and stay in their homes.” For the law to apply, the principal of the second mortgage would have to be $150,000 or less.
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Letter to The Aegis | August 21, 2012
Editor: The recent Special Session convened in the Maryland General Assembly dealt with two proposed bills in which four days of debate were spent. Senate Bill II was designed as the supposed answer to the recent Maryland Court of Appeals ruling in Tracy vs. Solesky regarding pit bull dogs and Senate Bill I was the controversial expansion of a sixth casino forPrince George's County.  The Senate took what was a bad ruling in Tracy vs. Solesky and made it much worse by deciding that all dog owners would be liable for injuries to victims.
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August 8, 2012
Former Gov. Robert L. EhrlichJr.used a bit too much dramatic license in claiming that the Transportation Security Administration was the brainchild of the "left" ("The left and right view the world in predictable ways," Aug. 5). My recollection is that the TSA was put into motion by former PresidentGeorge W. Bush, who could not be considered a member of the "left" by any reasonable measure, and that the actual creation of the agency reflected the bi-partisan spirit in Congress that existed immediately after the9/11terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
Sen. Ben Cardin used a roundtable discussion in Prince George's County on Thursday to call on House Republicans to pass the Senate version of a bill that would reauthorize hundreds of millions of dollars of spending on domestic abuse shelters and violence prevention programs. Both chambers of Congress have passed legislation to spend $660 million a year over five years to combat violence against women -- funding programs that have been reauthorized twice before with bipartisan support.
NEWS
April 4, 1993
A month ago, attempts by the Schaefer administration to improve child-support collections were dealt an apparent fatal blow in a House committee. But as sometimes happens, those proposals have now been resurrected by a Senate panel in a new format that might well meet with House approval.The matter is serious enough that delegates on the House Judiciary Committee ought to give the omnibus Senate child-support bill careful consideration. The House committee acted in haste when it quickly quashed much of the administration's child-support package a month ago. Now it gets a second chance to look at an appealing new approach aimed at improving the collection of a half-billion dollars in overdue child-support payments.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Annapolis Bureau | March 20, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- As the Gershwin song goes, they all laughed -- at Christopher Columbus, Hershey and his chocolate bar, and the dogged female legislators who wanted to make "potty parity" the law of the land.But with the unanimous approval yesterday of Senate Bill No. 437, known officially as "Public Restrooms -- Number of Sanitary Fixtures," the women might have the last laugh."It was a joke. Everybody laughed and thought it was funny," Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman said of the legislation's history in the General Assembly.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2012
Updated with comments from Harris and Bartlett. In a rare intra-delegation, across-the-aisle nudge, Sen.Barbara A. Mikulskion Tuesday called on the state's two Republican lawmakers in Washington to support a Senate version of an overhaul of theU.S. Postal Servicethat would save a pair of mail sorting facilities that just happen to be located in the lawmakers' districts. The move instantly put Republican Reps. Andy Harris and Roscoe Bartlett on defense, forcing them to either support the bipartisan Senate version of the postal legislation -- which is not popular with Republican House leaders -- or acknowledge that the Postal Service must be allowed to trim costs and close plants, even if the cuts are made in their own districts.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
The Senate Budget & Taxation Committee has rejected a controversial amendment the House attached to an administration bill creating a new framework for public-private partnerships before sending its own version of the the legislation to the Senate floor. Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, the committee chairman, said his panel did not adopt language from the House  bill that would have allowed expedited appeals in a pending case involving a $1.5 billion partnership for the redevelopment of the State Center office complex in Baltimore.
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