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May 1, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Image of Maryland General Assembly where the Assembly approved an income tax hike.

Making History, Delegates Elect African-American Woman as Speaker

The Maryland House of Delegates made history Wednesday by selecting its first African American, and its first woman, to lead the chamber. Delegate Adrienne Jones, a Democrat from Baltimore County, won an election held because of the death of former speaker, Michael Busch, on April 7. Gov. Larry Hogan had convened a special session of […]

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April 8, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Barve: Speaker Mike Busch Was ‘Greatest Leader’

Michael Busch was “the greatest leader I have ever known,” said Del. Kumar Barve in a Monday morning interview. “An incredible sadness has come over me and I haven’t been able to shake it,” Barve said. Busch, who served as the speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2003, died Sunday. He leaves behind […]

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February 21, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Senate Approves Legislation to Add Unspecified Gender Option on License

The Maryland State Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would allow for a gender-neutral option when it comes to Marylanders indicating their sex on their legal form of identification. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Will Smith of Montgomery County District 20. It was also co-sponsored by Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan who represents District 17. It […]

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February 6, 2019 | Staff Writer

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Silver Spring State Senator to Be Deployed to Afghanistan in March

Sen. William Smith Jr. will be deployed to Afghanistan in March in support of Operation Resolute Support, his office said Wednesday. Smith is an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was commissioned to be an intelligence officer through the Navy Reserve’s Direct Commission Officer Program and has received the National Defense Service Medal; the […]

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January 10, 2018 | Staff Writer

Gov. Hogan Submits Emergency Legislation

Maryland’s General Assembly kicked off Wednesday and Gov. Larry Hogan has introduced what his administration calls “emergency legislation.” The bills would provide paid leave benefits to residents, combat violence across the state, and ensure accountability schools. “For three years in a row, we have remained committed to engaging our colleagues on both sides of the […]

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January 9, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Delegate: We Need To Be Hungry

The General Assembly opens at noon Wednesday at the State House in Annapolis. As always, the state budget will be a primary concern for lawmakers. Del. Shane Robinson, a Democrat whose District 39 includes Montgomery Village, and parts of Germantown and Clarksburg, is the chairman of the county’s delegation to the legislature. Here, he talks […]

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December 29, 2017 | Staff Writer

Eight New Laws Take Effect With Start of Year

Eight new laws take effect Jan. 1 in Maryland (most laws passed by the General Assembly take effect on Oct. 1). The laws are: SB 8 Insurance – Risk Management and Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Act Requiring specified carriers to maintain a risk management framework for specified purposes; requiring specified carriers or specified insurance […]

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November 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Hogan Proposes Paid Sick Leave Measure — Again

Watch the Paid Leave Compromise Act announcement live => https://t.co/jo48JVOuPI pic.twitter.com/HVl6Q8zw6W — Larry Hogan (@LarryHogan) November 28, 2017 Gov. Larry Hogan picked up where he left off on an issue from the 2017 General Assembly session: paid sick leave. The governor Tuesday said he would be introducing legislation at the start of the 2018 legislative […]

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July 3, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Elections Administrator Rejects Trump Administration Voter Data Request

State Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone has rejected a request for Maryland’s voter data by a Trump administration commission. Here is the link to our response to the Presidential Advisory Commission. https://t.co/kFFi267y9e — Maryland Elections (@md_sbe) July 3, 2017 Here’s her statement: In an earlier statement, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said he found […]

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June 22, 2017 | Staff Writer

Governor Hogan Announces Four Appointments to Maryland State Board of Education

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced his picks to fill four vacancies on the Maryland State Board of Education. Hogan’s appointees are David Steiner, Dr. Justin Hartings, Michael Phillips and Kyle Smith. “These talented individuals represent our administration’s continued commitment to ensuring that our already strong education system continues to improve while providing a world-class […]

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