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Maryland Politics: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Busch Makes Shifts in Md. Committee Assignments

Speaker Michael E. Busch has shuffled committee membership in the House of Delegates, ruffling some feathers along the way. In all, Busch shifted nine members, an unusually high number of transfers for a session that has not followed an election....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 16, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MoCo Police Officers Pack Hearing on Disability Retirement

Montgomery County police officers in uniform packed the council chamber tonight to oppose legislation that would overhaul the county disability retirement system under scrutiny by the inspector general's office and federal law enforcement officials. Police and other union leaders criticized...

By Ann Marimow  |  January 15, 2009; 8:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Leggett Releases Budget For "Critical Capital Needs"

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) today sent the County Council his recommended revisions to the six-year budget for bricks-and-mortar projects. The budget slows down funding in some cases, reflecting the tough economic times for the county and the state....

By Ann Marimow  |  January 15, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Advocates: Spare Health Care Program From Cuts

The Maryland Hospital Association joined health care advocates today in urging the General Assembly and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to spare a new expansion of Medicaid to poor adults and families from the budget axe. The expansion, approved by the...

By Lisa Rein  |  January 15, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miller: Counties Have Been "Fat, Dumb and Happy"

Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said in a television interview yesterday that before Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) lays off employees to close a budget gap, he should look for savings by cutting state aid to local governments....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 15, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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MoCo Retains Seat on Appropriations

House Speaker Michael E. Busch has added Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) to the all-important Appropriations Committee, ensuring Montgomery retains four votes on the panel, which will be the center of action in this year's budget-dominated session. The move was...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 15, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MoCo's Police Union Takes Disability Debate to YouTube

Montgomery County's powerful police union is gearing up to play hardball in the debate over the county's troubled disability retirement system. Even before the County Council takes up legislation to overhaul the system tonight, the union has prepared an online...

By Ann Marimow  |  January 14, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barkley Off Appropriations

Montgomery Del. Charles E. Barkley (D) has been removed from the powerful House Appropriations committee by House Speaker Michael E. Busch. Barkley told the Gazette newspapers that the change came as punishment because of his resistance last year to a...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 14, 2009; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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O'Malley Warns Layoffs On The Way

Gov. Martin O'Malley told reporters this morning that an unspecified number of state employee layoffs will be included in the budget for next fiscal year that he submits next week to the General Assembly. O'Malley (D) is grappling with how...

By John Wagner  |  January 14, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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MoCo Delays Decisions on Parking Ban and Building Permits

In their first day back since the holiday recess today, Montgomery County Council members put off decisions on two hot topics: a parking ban on oversized vehicles and a notification requirement on major home construction projects. Council member Roger Berliner...

By Ann Marimow  |  January 13, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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ACLU Will Push For Police Surveillance Limits

Not surprisingly, the centerpiece of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland's legislative agenda in Annapolis is a ban on the kind of police surveillance of peaceful activists that led to last year's controversy over the Maryland State Police. The...

By Lisa Rein  |  January 13, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Lawmakers Get Taste of Tough Budget Choices

The Democratic Caucus of the House of Delegates met this morning for a 90-minute briefing on the state of the state budget, in preparation for the start of the legislative session tomorrow. It was apparently not a rosy picture presented...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 13, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Rallies Begin

Activist groups are starting to announce plans to rally in Annapolis, as the legislative session convenes Wednesday. Maryland IAF, a grassroots group that advocates for affordable housing, living wages and other issues, has announced an evening rally at St. Ann's...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 12, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Baltimore Official Considered for FDA Post

Our Washington Post colleague Al Kamen reports today that Baltimore health commissioner Joshua Sharfstein, formerly an aide to Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), is said to be the leading contender to run the Food and Drug Administration. He has advocated...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 12, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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