What to Watch on Sine Die

By Josh Kurtz Happy Sine Die! Even though a lot of the most heavily-debated legislation has already been taken care of, there are still a few closely-watched issues that have yet to be resolved, including some crime bills and a proposal to increase the number of medical cannabis growers and processors in Maryland. And unexpected dramas always flare up on

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Anderson’s Plan to Resign as Baltimore City Delegation Chair Goes Awry

By William F. Zorzi Del. Curtis S. Anderson announced to the press last week that he planned to step down as chairman of the Baltimore city delegation to the Maryland House of Delegates, saying that 12 years was enough for him in the job. But at the all-Democratic delegation meeting Friday, Anderson’s best laid exercise in democracy went awry. And

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Notebook: Likely Demise of Fight for $15 Bill Leaves Advocates Disappointed

By Bruce DePuyt Advocates for an increase in Maryland’s minimum wage are expressing disappointment that a measure they championed during the legislative session seems likely to die without a vote. “We are very disappointed that this bill has not yet progressed,” said Ricarra Jones of Maryland Fight for $15. “Studies show that increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour

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School Construction Fracas Spills Over Into Baltimore County Executive Race

By Bruce DePuyt One Republican member of the General Assembly is ready to kiss the “beg-a-thon” goodbye. Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Baltimore, Harford) was the only GOP lawmaker in either chamber to vote to override Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan’s veto of the 21st Century School Facilities Act. McDonough said he did it in part because he was tired of seeing

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Legislature Overrides Hogan Veto on School Construction Funding Bill

By Bruce DePuyt Maryland lawmakers shrugged off dire warnings from Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan on Thursday, voting to override the Republican executive’s veto of a controversial school construction measure. Because of the Democrats’ sizable advantage in the 141-member House of Delegates, backers of the legislation had little trouble marshaling the necessary votes, ending up with a five-vote cushion. In the

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Assembly OKs $5B+ Incentive Package to Lure Amazon to Montgomery County

By William F. Zorzi The Maryland General Assembly crossed the midpoint of the final week of its regular 90-day session Wednesday, giving final approval to key legislation and sending it to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) for his signature. The bill with the biggest price tag is the Hogan administration package put together to lure Amazon to Montgomery County

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Del. Shares Personal Story Before Vote to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors

By Bruce DePuyt The existence of a father-daughter legislative duo in the halls of the Maryland legislature was a quaint novelty until about 2 p.m. Wednesday. All that changed when — in an extraordinary moment of personal disclosure on the floor of the House of Delegates — Meagan C. Simonaire (R-Anne Arundel) shared a painful story about how her parents

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For Now, Oaks’ Name Remains on Primary Ballot for Senate, Central Committee

By William F. Zorzi The name of former Maryland state Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks will appear twice on the June primary election ballot in Baltimore’s 41st District – as candidate for both Senate and the Democratic State Central Committee – despite his pleading guilty last week to two federal felonies related to political corruption. The removal of Oaks’ name from

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Chances Dim for Bill to Strip Corrupt Lawmakers’ Pensions

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. The original version did not report that existing state law bars legislators convicted of a felony from collecting their pensions. By Bruce DePuyt A bill targeting the pensions of state legislators who run afoul of the law is likely to die in a committee chairman’s drawer this week, amid concerns the measure is

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