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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1998
It's official: The Howard County Council will have one less role this fall.Gov. Parris N. Glendening signed into law yesterday a bill that creates a separate, appointed county liquor board. The council, which will still double as the zoning board, will retain veto power over the liquor board's decisions.State Sen. Martin G. Madden, a Clarksville Republican who opposed the legislation until recently, said the council will be relieved of routine duties."We recognize that about 95 percent of what the liquor board does is license transfers and expansions and other noncontroversial stuff," Madden said.
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April 7, 2014
The bill designed to kill the wind energy project in Somerset County would have far-reaching and dire implications for the state if passed ( "Bill thwarting wind energy project could hurt state," April 1). It would set a precedent whereby one region of the state could exercise veto power over economic development in another region. This would be a very slippery slope. Rick Peterman, Marion Station - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff | August 28, 1991
Republicans in Howard County are looking to flex their newfound political muscle against the traditional power of Democrats during the process of reshaping councilmanic districts.When the county last drew the districts in 1986, the county executive had switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP, but all five members of the County Council were Democrats.Now, there is another Democrat-turned-Republican serving as county executive, but he is flanked politically by two Republicans on the five-member council.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose | April 19, 2011
William and Kate are getting hitched soon. And if they are like most newlyweds, they need to discuss finances. Should they merge accounts? Shall Kate be added as an authorized user on William’s card? Will the Queen have veto power on purchases over 5,000 pounds? (Ok, most newlyweds don’t have to deal with a monarch.) Anyway, we’re looking to interview couples — those just married or about to be — about how they plan to handle their finances and maintain marital bliss. Please email me at eileen.ambrose@baltsun.com if you’re interested in talking.
NEWS
By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter | April 25, 2007
The Baltimore County Council has twice passed legislation designed to stop the project, and it has been taken to court both times. State lawmakers introduced measures with the same goal in mind, but in two years, nothing has come of their effort. County executives, two Maryland governors and the state's representatives in Congress all have come out against the proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal on Sparrows Point. But even a collective this powerful faces what could be an insurmountable obstacle: A federal commission has the final authority to decide the project's fate.
SPORTS
By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | August 1, 1999
More certain than whether the Orioles can discover at least four wins and Cal Ripken's 400th home run against the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics on their six-game road swing is that they will return much if not entirely the same as when they boarded a charter Thursday.General manager Frank Wren never promised a midseason overhaul. Indeed, he suggested otherwise as recently as Monday.Wren said he has scripted an extended vision for a club that has typically been constructed around each year's free-agent pool.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 15, 2005
WASHINGTON - The United States has warned four nations campaigning jointly for permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council that Washington will not support their cause unless they agree not to ask for the veto power that the five current permanent council members hold, senior diplomats and administration officials said. The four nations - Brazil, India, Germany and Japan - are unhappy about that position. "The Security Council is not like an aircraft, with first-class, business and economy seats," said Ryozo Kato, Japan's ambassador to the United States.
NEWS
By KELLY BREWINGTON AND ANDREW A. GREEN and KELLY BREWINGTON AND ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTERS | March 28, 2006
A Senate committee approved yesterday a bill that would effectively fire the five current members of the Public Service Commission, which has been under intense criticism for not doing enough to protect Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. ratepayers from an impending 72 percent increase in electric bills. The move -- supported by Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee -- is a rebuke to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who appointed four of the commission's five members and has spoken of trying to make the body more helpful to business.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose | April 19, 2011
William and Kate are getting hitched soon. And if they are like most newlyweds, they need to discuss finances. Should they merge accounts? Shall Kate be added as an authorized user on William’s card? Will the Queen have veto power on purchases over 5,000 pounds? (Ok, most newlyweds don’t have to deal with a monarch.) Anyway, we’re looking to interview couples — those just married or about to be — about how they plan to handle their finances and maintain marital bliss. Please email me at eileen.ambrose@baltsun.com if you’re interested in talking.
NEWS
April 7, 2014
The bill designed to kill the wind energy project in Somerset County would have far-reaching and dire implications for the state if passed ( "Bill thwarting wind energy project could hurt state," April 1). It would set a precedent whereby one region of the state could exercise veto power over economic development in another region. This would be a very slippery slope. Rick Peterman, Marion Station - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By SUSAN REIMER | May 13, 2007
A RECENT NEWSPAPER STORY revealed that there is something in the marketing business called "the wife test." Apparently, if the husband takes the initiative in purchasing anything for the home short of lawn and garbage bags, and she doesn't like it, it doesn't stay. The story made specific reference to compact fluorescent lights, particularly unattractive energy-saving alternatives to the light bulb. They aren't big sellers in this country because women don't like them, global warming notwithstanding.
NEWS
By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter | April 25, 2007
The Baltimore County Council has twice passed legislation designed to stop the project, and it has been taken to court both times. State lawmakers introduced measures with the same goal in mind, but in two years, nothing has come of their effort. County executives, two Maryland governors and the state's representatives in Congress all have come out against the proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal on Sparrows Point. But even a collective this powerful faces what could be an insurmountable obstacle: A federal commission has the final authority to decide the project's fate.
NEWS
By Larry Williams and Larry Williams,Ideas Editor | January 7, 2007
This week the new Democratic House is expected to move with lightning speed to pass legislation aimed at showing a disenchanted public that the days of the do-nothing Congress are gone. House leaders are promising to vote quickly centscm+RDjlandaw:vote to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour, to repeal subsidies for the oil industry, cut college-loan interest rates in half, require Medicare to negotiate lower prescription-drug prices for seniors and implement unfulfilled recommendations of the Sept.
NEWS
August 2, 2006
How openly can a president express his displeasure with a law without actually vetoing it? President Bush has been pushing the limit by offering far more statements than any of his predecessors, at the time he signs a bill into law, as to whether he will enforce certain provisions. These disapproving signing statements have come under increasing attack - as they should. Last week, Sen. Arlen Specter, who heads the Judiciary Committee, introduced a bill that would allow Congress to challenge a signing statement that disputed the words or meaning of a statute.
NEWS
By JANET HOOK and JANET HOOK,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 20, 2006
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, swiftly defying a bipartisan majority in Congress and a strong current in public opinion, exercised the first veto of his presidency yesterday by blocking an expansion of federal support for embryonic stem cell research that he considers immoral. Within hours of Bush's announcement, a House effort to override the veto fell 51 votes short of the required two-thirds majority, effectively killing the bill for the rest of the year. The vote was 235 for the override and 193 opposed, with 51 Republicans siding against Bush.
NEWS
By ANDREW A. GREEN and ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER | March 30, 2006
By the end of the week, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s desk will likely be covered with bills to agitate Constellation Energy Group executives enough to force their hand. The General Assembly is rushing to pass legislation that would require Constellation to give back $528 million to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers and cap their electric rates until the refund is paid. Other bills would fire the members of the embattled Public Service Commission, appoint a special counsel to investigate the utility's planned merger with FPL Group of Florida and give the General Assembly veto power over the $11.4 billion deal.
NEWS
March 9, 1995
A newly appointed commission will study the advisability of revising the 1708 Annapolis city charter to grant the mayor greater power over the government.The five-member panel, selected last week by Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, will examine whether the mayor's authority should be expanded or whether that power should be vested in a city manager, said Roger "Pip" Moyer, who was mayor of Annapolis in the 1960s.Mr. Moyer will lead the commission. The other members are Ward 7 Alderman M. Theresa DeGraff, City Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff and residents Hillard Donner and Harvey Ennis.
NEWS
By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | April 6, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland teachers and the State Board of Education struck an agreement yesterday that would permit teachers to have a greater say in the setting of educational and other standards for their profession in Maryland.The deal is reflected in a House-Senate conference committee agreement on legislation approved by the General Assembly establishing a new 25-member professional standards board that would include among its members at least nine teachers.Similar legislation was vetoed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer last year, but the governor's chief legislative officer, David S. Iannucci, said this year's version might not be vetoed.
NEWS
By KELLY BREWINGTON AND ANDREW A. GREEN and KELLY BREWINGTON AND ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTERS | March 28, 2006
A Senate committee approved yesterday a bill that would effectively fire the five current members of the Public Service Commission, which has been under intense criticism for not doing enough to protect Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. ratepayers from an impending 72 percent increase in electric bills. The move -- supported by Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee -- is a rebuke to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who appointed four of the commission's five members and has spoken of trying to make the body more helpful to business.
NEWS
By ANDREW A. GREEN and ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER | March 26, 2006
Voicing doubt about whether a merger between Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s parent company and a Florida utility will benefit consumers, members of the House of Delegates yesterday neared approval of a bill granting the General Assembly veto power over the $11.4 billion deal. BGE officials have threatened to sue if the legislature attempts to exert control over the merger, and they have said they would immediately withdraw a proposal to phase in this summer's 72 percent rate increase.
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