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Environmentalists Find Shortcomings In Session

Maryland environmental advocates say they are pleased the General Assembly approved $23.5 million for a fund to fight pollution in the Chesapeake Bay during a hard budget year, but still noted plenty of disappointments in this year’s legislative session.

04/13/2011

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O’Malley Signs Health Care Bills

Maryland’s efforts to implement federal health care reform topped a list of a list of bills signed Tuesday by Gov. Martin O’Malley.

04/13/2011

marijuana

Defense For Medical Marijuana Clears Legislature

A new defense for Maryland residents who use marijuana for medical reasons has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

04/12/2011

MONEY GENERIC

O’Malley’s Venture Fund Proposal Approved

The General Assembly has approved Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed venture capital fund.

04/12/2011

horse racing

Lawmakers Approve Millions For Md. Racetracks

The Maryland General Assembly sent a bill that provides millions of dollars in grants and loans to help horse racing tracks to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s desk for his signature Monday night.

04/12/2011

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Senate President Talks About Alcohol Tax Speed Up

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Friday he would be open raising the alcohol tax at a faster pace than it would be under current legislation, but only if the money is used to address a structural imbalance in the state budget.

04/03/2011

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Group Wants Legislature To Close Vehicular Manslaughter Loophole

Traffic safety advocates and family members of people killed by reckless drivers are calling the legislature to close what they are calling a loophole in the state’s vehicular manslaughter laws.

03/29/2011

marijuana

Senate Approves Defense For Medical Marijuana Use

Decriminalizing marijuana. The Senate passes a bill to establish a Maryland model for the distribution of medical marijuana.

03/24/2011

same sex marriage, gay marriage

Md. Same-Sex Marriage Bill Dies With No Final Vote

Not this year. Maryland lawmakers were on the verge of making history, to become the sixth state in the country to allow same-sex marriages, but on Friday those efforts are all but dead.

03/12/2011

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Md. Bill To Tighten Cell Phone Use While Driving

Too many Maryland drivers are still talking on handheld cell phones because a ban on using them while driving can only be enforced if they commit another violation, a lawmaker who supports a stronger law said Tuesday.

02/15/2011

Illegal immigrants, Tuition, School, Montgomery College in Rockville

Senate Leader: Tuition Vote Will Be Tough Battle

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Monday he is expecting a tough battle this year on legislation to allow illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition to public colleges and universities under specific circumstances in Maryland.

02/01/2011

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Bill Quickly Introduced For Table Games In Md.

It didn’t take long for legislation that would allow table games at Maryland slot machine venues to be introduced in the state Senate.

01/14/2011

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