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.
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...
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. […]
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...
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...
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
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
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
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
Kind of like Venezuela with Old Bay seasoning: “Responding to a threat that the “House of Cards” television series may leave Maryland if it doesn’t get more tax credits, the House of Delegates adopted budget language Thursday requiring the state to seize the production company’s property if it stops filming in the state. Show More Summary
The Fairness for All Marylanders Act just passed in the House of Delegates by a vote of 82-57 and now heads to Governor O’Malley for his signature. This bill will add explicit protections on the basis of gender identity to Maryland’s non-discrimination laws, making Maryland the 18th state to have such protections, and leaving only three […]
The individual cow-share (or herd-share) scheme Maryland legislative analysts said could double the number of the state’s raw milk-caused outbreaks is dead. Delegate James Hubbard (D-Bowie) withdrew House Bill 3 on Monday after failing to get it through the House Health and Government Operations Committee. Show More Summary
In a recent letter to her constituents, Republican Maryland State Representative Kathy Afzali said that she is “completely and unequivocally opposed” to the “Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014" (aka House Bill 1265) — a bill which would prohibit...
The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill over the weekend that would lift the ban on Sunday hunting in the state's three westernmost counties. In addition to a similar bill that passed the state Senate last month, House Bill 406 is on track to arr...
By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | Maryland Reporter The House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a tax cut in Friday’s session that would benefit Maryland’s millionaires after they die. In a 120-13 vote, the House voted to exempt more assets from the estate tax, which taxes a property of a deceased individual if it’s valued at $1 million.... Show More Summary
By Margaret Sea-Hawkins | Maryland Reporter Most of the time this session, the Maryland House of Delegates seem has seemed a charmingly amicable group. They have given each other standing ovations to celebrate birthdays at the end of floor sessions, and cheered veterans in unison. Show More Summary
By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | Maryland Reporter Almost a majority of the House of Delegates is sponsoring legislation to mandate many Maryland businesses offer paid sick and safe leave policy for their employees, a move one research group estimates would cost employers $165 million. Show More Summary
A spy agency without running water certainly can't have clean hands. Maryland's House of Delegates is now considering a bill that would prohibit state agencies, contractors and employees from providing "material support" to the National Security Agency, headquartered at Fort Meade, Md. U.S. Show More Summary
Here in Maryland, we have the best laws. And Delegate Robert Costa, a Republican from Anne Arundel County (District 33B), has another Bill proposed: HOUSE BILL 279 NOT WITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBSECTION A) OF THIS SECTION, A LICENSED...Show More Summary
By Len Lazarick | Maryland Reporter From my usual corner at the back of the House of Delegates chamber, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s eighth and final State of the State address seemed one of his better efforts. Think what you might of O’Malley’s accomplishments during the past seven years — the real subject of the... Show More Summary