Compromises Fail On Several High-Profile Md. BillsLawmakers' plans to allow shielding of certain criminal records and reform Maryland's bail system were lost in the shuffle of the legislative session's final days.
Maryland General Assembly Decriminalizes Marijuana, Approves Minimum Wage IncreaseThe Maryland General Assembly decriminalizes marijuana. A bill that takes jail time out of the equation for possession of small amounts of weed is headed to the governor's desk. Meanwhile, the General Assembly has also given final approval to a minimum wage increase.
A Look At Bills Approved By The General AssemblyHere's a look at some measures already approved by the Maryland General Assembly, which adjourns at midnight Monday.
Gubernatorial Candidate Heather Mizeur Holds News ConferenceDel. Heather Mizeur is holding a news conference to criticize some economic initiatives that have passed during the Maryland legislative session.
Maryland House Approves State's $39B BudgetThe Maryland House of Delegates is set to vote on the state's $39 billion budget for the next fiscal year.
Emergency Responders Promise Constant Vigilance After Mall In Columbia Shooting Safety concerns continue to be a high priority at the Mall in Columbia. On Saturday, a training session took place that brought to mind the significance of effective emergency response.
Md. Lawmakers Move Forward On Marijuana BillsDespite a negative reception from Gov. Martin O’Malley, lawmakers are moving forward on bills to stop arresting people for small amounts of marijuana.
Gov. O'Malley Says He Will Focus On Minimum Wage Hike Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will be focusing his energy on raising the state's minimum wage in his last legislative session as Maryland's governor.
Wages, Marijuana, Polluted Water All On Md. AgendaDecriminalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage and adjusting the fees paid to contain polluted stormwater are all likely to find their way into debates during this year's legislative session.
Md. Lawmakers Outline Session PrioritiesA Maryland court ruling requiring poor defendants to have an attorney at initial bail hearings is expected to be a significant issue in the upcoming legislative session, along with a challenging budget situation, debate about raising the minimum wage and revisiting contentious stormwater management fees, leading lawmakers said Friday.
Wind Energy Becomes First Bill Signed By Gov. O’MalleyIn Annapolis Tuesday, state leaders signed new bills into law, and explained what went wrong with others.