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Maryland Politics: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Peter O'Malley takes helm of Md. Dems

Peter O'Malley, a younger brother of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), was unanimously elected Saturday as chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party at a meeting of its central committee.

By John Wagner  | March 5, 2011; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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How they voted: House Judiciary on same-sex marriage

A look at how the House Judiciary voted Friday afternoon on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriages in Maryland

By John Wagner  | March 4, 2011; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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House panel passes same-sex marriage bill

A previously stalled bill to allow same-sex marriages in Maryland was approved by a House committee Friday, but only after the panel's chairman, who rarely votes, augmented the final tally.

By John Wagner  | March 4, 2011; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Md. likely to stiffen ban on texting while driving

 Maryland's Senate is expected to pass a bill Monday to tighten significantly its ban on texting while driving, making it illegal to glance at a hand-held device to read a message while behind the wheel and increasing the potential fine for the offense to $500.

By Aaron C. Davis  | March 4, 2011; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Arora pledges support for Maryland same-sex marriage bill

After several days of wavering, Del. Sam Arora (D-Montgomery) announced Friday morning that he intends to vote for legislation allowing same-sex marriages in Maryland.Arora said in a statement that he will vote for the bill both as a member of...

By John Wagner  | March 4, 2011; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Md. House panel again delays vote on same-sex marriage bill

A Maryland House of Delegates committee again delayed voting on a bill allowing same-sex marriage Thursday, hours after Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) publicly encouraged lawmakers to pass the legislation.

By John Wagner  | March 3, 2011; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Alston exploring civil unions amendment in Md.

Del. Tiffany T. Alston (D-Prince George's), who has been rethinking her support of Maryland's same-sex marriage bill, said Thursday that she is researching an amendment that would offer civil unions instead.

By John Wagner  | March 3, 2011; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Md. same-sex marriage bill still in limbo

Prospects for a Maryland House committee vote on same-sex marriage remained unclear Thursday as the panel began a long afternoon of unrelated bill hearings and a key member was out sick.

By John Wagner  | March 3, 2011; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Same-sex marriage bill remains stalled in Md. House

The fate of Maryland's same-sex marriage bill remained unclear Wednesday, as House leaders indicated they would not try again to bring it to a committee vote until at least Thursday.

By John Wagner and Sandhya Somashekhar  | March 2, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley concedes controversial septic ban unlikely this year

One of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's only new legislative priorities for the year -- a ban on most new septic systems -- will not be passed into law during this legislative session, the governor all but conceded on Tuesday. Responding...

By Aaron C. Davis  | March 2, 2011; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In statement, Alston says she is prepared to vote on same-sex marriage bill

Del. Tiffany T. Alston (D-Prince George's) issued a statement early Wednesday morning saying she is now prepared to vote on Maryland's same-sex marriage bill and will do so "based on what I believe to be right."

By John Wagner  | March 2, 2011; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Md. Republicans propose "alternate" budget

They weren't asked to, but for a second straight year Maryland House Republicans on Tuesday released their own "alternate" budget to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed spending plan. By eliminating an education formula that benefits counties with high costs of...

By Aaron C. Davis  | March 1, 2011; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bill for 10-cent Md. gas tax hike gains support

Schemes to raise Maryland's gas tax that just weeks ago seemed to have little-to-no chance of passing the General Assembly gained important allies on Tuesday, even as the price of gas rose significantly amid concerns of ongoing turmoil in the...

By Aaron C. Davis  | March 1, 2011; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Updated: Missing delegates stall Md. same-sex marriage bill

One of two legislators who went missing Tuesday morning for a committee vote on Maryland's same-sex marriage legislation said they are withholding their votes on the bill to gain "leverage" on unrelated issues they consider equally important. Del. Jill Carter...

By John Wagner  | March 1, 2011; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Catholic leaders urge continued fight against same-sex marriage in Md.

The Catholic Church isn't giving up its fight against same-sex marriage in Maryland.

By John Wagner  | February 28, 2011; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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O'Malley administration opposes medical marijuana bill

Maryland would join 15 states and the District of Columbia in allowing marijuana use for medical purposes The health department's analysis also found that it would cost several million dollars and at least several years to set up a state program, and suggested launching a study to come up with an alternative.

By Ann Marimow  | February 28, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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