Archive: March 2007

Public Financing for Campaigns Debated

A bill to provide public funding to Maryland candidates for their campaigns will be debated on the Senate floor today, a victory for advocates who lobbied hard to get the measure out of committee this week. The goal is to...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 30, 2007; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (6)

O'Malley Popular--Especially with Women

Gov. Martin O'Malley is getting solid marks for his early job performance -- particularly from women -- according to a new poll by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies. The poll found that 52 percent of voters approve of the job...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 29, 2007; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sudan Divestiture Bill Passes

The state pension board will have the authority to pull the state's investments from companies that do business with Sudan under a bill that has received final approval in the House and Senate. The 2007 Darfur Protection Act does not...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 28, 2007; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Immigrant Tuition Clears House

One of the most heartfelt debates of the General Assembly session came shortly after 8 p.m. last night, as the House of Delegates took up a bill to allow undocumented immigrants who have lived in Maryland for a length...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 27, 2007; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plotting a Future for Baby Boomers

The Baby Boomer Initiative Act may be the bill with the catchiest name of the 2007 General Assembly. Approved Saturday by the House of Delegates, it addresses the needs of one of Maryland's fastest-growing populations: people born after World War...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 26, 2007; 9:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich Joins Giuliani Team

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. plans to endorse Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani for president today and announce that he has accepted a position in Giuliani's campaign as the former New York mayor's chairman of the mid-Atlantic region. "I believe...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 22, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

From Prison to Movie Set?

The Maryland House of Correction in Jessup has been shuttered since only Monday, but there's already lots of talk about what to do with the notorious maximum-security prison. One idea making the rounds in the O'Malley administration: market it...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 21, 2007; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Big Chill: O'Malley and Grasmick

The chilly relationship between Gov. Martin O'Malley and long-serving state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick shows no signs of thawing. The latest evidence came during a radio interview yesterday when O'Malley (D) disclosed that he and Grasmick have not spoken...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 20, 2007; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (27)

Divorce Bill Breaches Church-State Wall

After an emotional debate about marriage, women's rights and the separation of church and state, the Senate voted against a measure seeking to remove religious barriers that prevent spouses from remarrying after obtaining a civil divorce. The bill failed on...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 19, 2007; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (39)

Smoking Ban Picks Up Steam

A statewide smoking ban, a top priority of health activists this year, is gaining support from key legislative committees and is likely to reach the Senate floor next week. In the Senate, Finance Committee Chairman Thomas M. Middleton (D-Charles) said...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 16, 2007; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (65)

Dead or Alive: Where are the Hot Bills?

The past week brought a flurry of activity on legislation that has stirred debate on this blog and beyond. Moving forward for further consideration are bills to expand access to health care, apologize for slavery and recognize the difference in...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 12, 2007; 6:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Bang or Bust

When Miss Maryland received a resolution from the Senate congratulating her for winning her crown, all the senators in attendance pressed their green buttons in support of her resolution. That's the custom. But a strange thing happened yesterday when Sen....

By Phyllis Jordan | March 7, 2007; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (17)

Diluted Bills Anger Republicans

When a special legislative committee wrapped up an 14-month investigation last fall into then-Gov. Bob Ehrlich's hiring and firing practices, a special counsel decided no pursue no criminal charges. Instead lawmakers said they would rely on legislation to fix what...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 2, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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