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The War on Fast Food: Can a D.C. Suburb Fight Fat with Zoning?

2 years agoNews : Reason

Maryland's Prince George's County council is considering a bill hat would give it zoning authority to keep new fast food eateries out of its jurisdiction. But is tackling obesity as easy as keeping cheeseburgers and fries out of people's...Show More Summary

The War on Fast Food: Can a D.C. Suburb Fight Fat with Zoning?

2 years agoNews : Reason

Maryland's Prince George's County has the highest obesity rates in the Washington, D.C. area. Now the county council is considering a bill that would give it zoning authority to keep new fast food eateries out of its jurisdiction. But...Show More Summary

Redskins, residents get boost as Prince George’s council rushes to adjourn for six weeks

As the Prince George’s County Council prepared for its annual six-week summer recess, members handled a packed agenda Tuesday that included several bills: Among them: ?A bill sought by the Washington Redskins and backed by the office of County Executive Rushern L. Show More Summary

Redskins get approval to sell parking lot naming rights

The NFL is good at many things, but the league’s number one skill remains extracting money from others. On Tuesday, the Redskins received approval from the Prince George’s County Council to sell advertising in their parking lots. That’s right, naming rights for the parking lot. Other businesses in the county are not allowed to have…

Rushern Baker names five to public arts panel in Prince George’s

The Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved five new members of the county’s Art in Public Places committee. The program uses public funds of at least 1 percent of construction costs to acquire and install art work in public buildings. Read full article >>

Prince George’s officials to hear Cafritz pitch for Whole Foods project

The Prince George’s County District Council will meet on Friday — the fourth day of hearings on the question of whether a mixed-use development that would include a Whole Foods should be built in the county. Read full article >>

Prince George’s delays decision on Whole Foods development

Supporters of the plan to bring a mixed-use development that includes a Whole Foods to Prince George’s County had hoped the project would be approved by the District Council this week — clearing the way for construction to begin on the project. Read full article >>

Prince George’s council splits on gambling; six members say they now back casino bill, referendum

A majority of the Prince George’s County Council, whose members have been closely divided about bringing gambling to the county, said Tuesday they back legislation pending in the General Assembly that would allow voters to decide if they want a full-fledged casino in the county and add Las Vegas-style table games to Maryland’s five other slots venues. Read full article >>

Baker appointees win nod from Prince George’s Council

The Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday approved three top appointees in the administration of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). The council unanimously backed the appointment of Bradford L. Seamon to be the county’s chief administrative officer. Show More Summary

Prince George’s Council outlines conditions for county casino

The Prince George’s County Council has been unhappy about proposals to bring gambling to the county, and this week, the nine-member body outlined in a detailed letter all the conditions it would insist on if a statewide referendum leads to approval of gambling in the county. Read full article >>

Leslie Johnson expected to report to prison by Friday

Former Prince George’s County Council member Leslie E. Johnson (D) was scheduled to report to federal prison by Friday. Johnson, 60, was sentenced last December to a year and a day in prison for her role in a far- reaching corruption scheme that was spearheaded by her husband, former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Show More Summary

Toles issues another apology

3 years agoNews / Crime : Crime Scene

Prince George’s County council member Karen R. Toles on Wednesday issued another apology for allegedly driving on the Capital Beltway at more than 100 mph. In a mid-afternoon news conference outside her attorney’s Largo office, Toles apologized for the incident last month in which police said an officer spotted her speeding. Show More Summary

Prince George’s Council prohibits councilwoman from using county-owned vehicles

3 years agoNews / Crime : Crime Scene

A Prince George’s County councilwoman, who apparently drove more than 100 miles per hour on the Capital Beltway last month, can not drive or have access to a county-owned vehicle until at least a police investigation is completed. Read full article >>

Prince George’s Council says proposed slots bill has little appeal

The Prince George’s County Council is unanimously opposed to the proposed slots bill pending in the General Assembly that could open the door to a casino in the county. Council chairman Andrea Harrison (D-Springdale) said the panel is expected to formalize its opposition by voting on a resolution on Tuesday. Read full article >>

Bagged! Five-Cent Fee for Prince George's County Fails

Despite a unanimous vote in support of a five-cent bag fee in the Prince George's County Council this week, a Maryland State House committee voted the proposal down yesterday. [ more › ]

Prince George’s 5-cent bag tax killed in legislative committee

A proposed 5-cent bag tax for Prince George’s County died in a General Assembly committee Wednesday morning, a day after it won broad support from the Prince George’s County Council. State Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s), a co-sponsor of the measure with House Del. Show More Summary

Morning Roundup: Foreign Edition

Good morning, Washington. In the news today: the region's foreign-born population surges, the Prince George's County Council approves a five-cent bag fee and Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) won't ever give up the dream of getting the Redskins back. [ more › ]

Prince George’s paves way for 5-cent bag tax

The Prince George’s County Council endorsed a 5-cent tax on bags, opening the way for the General Assembly to approve a bill that would give the county the right to impose the tax. The council voted 8-0 with one abstention on Tuesday to back the tax, which supporters say will help the county reduce trash and clean up roadways and neighborhoods. Read full article >>

Prince George’s lawmakers want to force convicted felons from public office sooner

It was an embarrassing spectacle in Prince George’s that seemed to compound the county’s image problems. Even after council member Leslie Johnson (D-Prince George’s) pleaded guilty last year in a federal corruption probe, she clung to her council seat, saying she wanted to stay in office until she was sentenced. Show More Summary

Prince George’s council removes barrier for Reaching Hearts church

Reaching Hearts International, which wants to build a 900-seat church and grade school in Laurel, won approval Tuesday for water and sewer rights needed before it can build. The Prince George’s County Council voted 7-1 in favor of the church, which already has won $3.7 million from the county in a lawsuit over the proposed church. Read full article >>

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