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Maryland Politics: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

Delegate: Don't "Fiddle" At Time of Crisis

Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr. (D-Baltimore) has written an unusual letter to his colleagues in the General Assembly, urging them to establish a list called "The Daily Coin" of ideas to be presented to Gov. Martin O'Malley suggesting ways to...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 23, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Police Listed Gay Rights Group Among Terrorists

Equality Maryland, the state's largest gay rights group, was among the peaceful protest groups to be classified as terrorists in a Maryland State Police database. The group was designated a "security threat" by the Homeland Security and Intelligence Division, which...

By Lisa Rein  |  January 23, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley: Not a Fan Of His Layoff Plan

Gov. Martin O'Malley bristled this morning at characterizations that he is pushing a plan to lay off hundeds of state workers. The budget proposal O'Malley (D) put forward Wednesday includes about $30 million in savings that he said would be...

By John Wagner  |  January 23, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gay Rights Group Made the "Terrorist" List

Equality Maryland, the state's largest gay rights group, was among the peaceful protest groups to be classified as terrorists in a Maryland State Police database. The group was designated a "security threat" by the Homeland Security and Intelligence Division, which...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  January 23, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MoCo Administrator: Slow Down Disability Overhaul Bill

Legislation to overhaul Montgomery County's police disability retirement system should be put on hold until county officials have a chance to negotiate the issues with the police union, a top personnel executive told a legislative committee this morning. "We are...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 22, 2009; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Medevac Overhaul Plan Has First Hearing

Top Maryland State Police officials told a senate committee today that the state's Medevac helicopter system does not need comprehensive reform and formally opposed separating police fleet's medical mission from its police and homeland security functions. Dividing the missions is...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 22, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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O'Malley Bill Would Mandate 25 Percent Cut in Carbon Emissions

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) tomorrow will call for legislation to mandate a set of controls on carbon dioxide emissions in Maryland that are believed to contribute to global warming, sources in his administration said this afternoon. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction...

By Lisa Rein  |  January 22, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Lawmakers Look into Budget Error

The Senate's Budget and Taxation Committee held a hearing this afternoon on a data error by state workers that resulted in Montgomery County schools being shorted $24 million in state aide, while 17 other counties were overpaid by $31 million....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 21, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miller: Tuition Increase Better Than Layoffs

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) this morning criticized a plan by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to lay off 700 state workers, suggesting university tuition increases could offset a portion of the cost savings. O'Malley is scheduled to...

By John Wagner  |  January 21, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Moco's Praisner Admitted to Hospital

Montgomery County Council member Don Praisner (D-Eastern County) has been admitted to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda for tests involving "recurring stomach discomfort," and was transferred to the internal care unit for further evaluation, a council spokeswman said today in a...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 20, 2009; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A First and More Reasonable Bill Signing

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) this morning signed into law the first bill emerging from the 2009 session of the General Assembly: a measure to keep the bars in Anne Arundel County open an hour later on Inauguration night. The ceremony...

By John Wagner  |  January 19, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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