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Md. Del. Dereck Davis to join race to replace Edwards in Congress

The chair of Maryland’s powerful House of Delegates economic matters committee said Wednesday that he will compete for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), who is running for U.S. Senate.Read full article >>

Dr. Gridlock: Maryland lawmakers approve Uber bill, send it to Hogan for signing into law

The Maryland House of Delegates and Senate voted Monday to make commercial ride-sharing legal in the state. The “Uber” legislation now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for approval.The proposal would bring Maryland in line with the District and Virginia, where lawmakers recently approved regulatory frameworks for the popular app-based car services.Read full article >>

Maryland House and Senate resolve differences on budget

A day after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic leaders were at an impasse over the state budget, a group of senators and delegates came up with a plan that incorporates some of the first-term Republican governor’s priorities.Read full article >>

Hogan, Democratic lawmakers in standoff over Maryland budget

With just a few days left in this year’s legislative session, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and top Democratic lawmakers are in an intense standoff over the Republican’s first budget. The Senate and the House of Delegates have each approved initial changes to the governor’s $40.7 billion spending plan, with broad support from both sides of the aisle.Read full article >>

Cummings visits Annapolis to ‘take the temperature’ for possible Senate run

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who began his career in the Maryland House of Delegates, returned to Annapolis on Monday night to schmooze with lawmakers about a possible bid for U.S. Senate.“I wanted to come through just to show my face...Show More Summary

Report to MD Government: Raw Milk Benefits Don’t Outweigh Health Risks

Drinking raw milk has an increased risk of foodborne illness, according to a report prepared for the Maryland General Assembly. Last year, the House of Delegates’ Health and Operations Committee was considering a bill to legalize the on-farm sale of unpasteurized milk in Maryland and asked researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future... Continue Reading

Maryland Senate committee approves budget plan

A budget plan by the Maryland House of Delegates, which made significant changes to Gov. Larry Hogan’s $40.7 billion budget, received bipartisan support on Thursday night.The 129-to-10 vote came just hours after the Maryland Senate Budget...Show More Summary

Maryland Senate Passes Bill To Declare Fracking An ‘Ultrahazardous Activity’

Maryland's House of Delegates also passed a bill Tuesday that would declare a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The post Maryland Senate Passes Bill To Declare Fracking An ‘Ultrahazardous Activity’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Maryland House of Delegates passes 3-year fracking moratorium

Demonstrators protest in favor of a fracking moratorium at the state house in Annapolis, Maryland. It's taken years for activists to get this far, but on Tuesday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing by an overwhelming 93-45 vote. Show More Summary

As fracking becomes a possibility in Maryland, lawmakers try to stall it

The Maryland House of Delegates passed legislation on Tuesday that would forbid natural-gas drilling in the western part of the state for another three years, while the state Senate approved a bill that would hold drilling companies financially responsible if things go wrong. Read full article >>

Del. Kumar Barve will run for Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s seat

Kumar P. Barve, a Democrat who represents Montgomery County in the Maryland House of Delegates, announced on Monday that he plans to run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). "I am ready to take my experience working for economic growth and fighting for our middle class […]

Maryland Set to Decriminalize Marijuana After Gov. Pledges to Sign Bill

After some heated last minute maneuvers in the House of Delegates over the weekend the state of Maryland is set to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. On Monday, Gov. Martin O'Malley pledged to sign the marijuana decriminalization bill recently approved by the Senate.

Marijuana decriminalization passes hurdle in Maryland Legislature

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | Maryland Reporter Following hours of hot debate, negotiation and shouting, the House of Delegates Saturday approved removing criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in a 78-55 vote. The measure already approved by the Senate, SB364, would make possessing 10 grams of marijuana or less a civil offense, like a...

The man who saved marijuana decriminalization in Maryland talks to Death and Taxes

On Saturday, after a year-long fight, the Maryland House of Delegates passed marijuana decriminalization. The State Senate is expected to vote on the measure Monday (the last day of Maryland’s 2014 legislative session) and Governor Martin O’Malley, who was not supportive of the bill, has sent signals that he may be open to signing it. […]

$10.10 minimum wage passes Maryland Senate committee

By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins | Maryland Reporter The Senate Finance Committee approved a $10.10 minimum wage for most Maryland workers, but extended the increases over the next four years, rather than three as the House of Delegates had done. The bill also ties the minimum wage to increased state reimbursement for disability support workers, who currently...

Maryland House rejects attempts to force vote on legislative pay raise

By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins | Maryland Reporter A Republican attempt to force legislators to vote on their own pay raise was defeated in the House of Delegates Tuesday, with Democrats overwhelmingly rejecting the move. Introduced by Del. Cathy Vitale, R-Anne Arundel, the motion asked the House to suspend the rules so that a resolution to reject...

This Maryland Politician Pulled A Frank Underwood Move On 'House Of Cards'

The battle between the production company behind the Netflix original series "House of Cards" and the state of Maryland finally came to a head last week, when Maryland's House of Delegates pulled a move that would make Frank Underwood would be proud. Show More Summary

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Prosecution for profit: False Claims Act, empowering private lawyers to sue businesses on behalf of the state and rake off 25 percent bounty for themselves, passes House of Delegates on near-party line vote [roll call, text, ChamberShow More Summary

Maryland Notches Another Victory for LGBT Rights

In a major victory for dignity and equality in the State of Maryland, yesterday the House of Delegates followed the Senate in passing the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014. This new law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations, housing, and employment. Show More Summary

Maryland House Fights Back Over ‘House Of Cards’ Tax Break Threat

Netflix’s House Of Cards has threatened to pick up and move its production to another state if Maryland doesn’t approve sufficient tax credits And now the Maryland House of Delegates has responded, adopting budget language that would require the state to seize the production company’s property if it does any such thing. Show More Summary

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