Monday, August 13, 2012
Del. Curt Anderson said he spent the weekend looking for "dirty tricks" in the Senate bill. "I found several," the city delegation chairman said.
Concerns about a Senate gaming bill will lead to nearly a half dozen amendments from Baltimore City delegates. "Did they think we weren't going to read the bill?" said Del. Curt Anderson, chairman of the Baltimore City delegation to the House of Delegates. Anderson made his comments during and after a one-hour meeting with city legislators on the version of the Senate bill that seeks to expand gambling in Maryland. Anderson said he spent the weekend reading the bill looking for "dirty tricks." "I found several," Anderson said. The Senate passed its bill Friday night and will not reconvene until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Any changes made by the House would have to be approved by the Senate. Five provisions of the Senate bill have caused concern among…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
"Concerns are everywhere," said Del. Frank Turner, chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Gaming Law and Regulation.
A bill authorizing gambling expansion in Maryland will likely be amended, according to the chairman of the House subcommittee that is holding hearings on the legislation. Del. Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat, initially characterized possible changes to the bill passed Friday by the Senate as minor. "Mostly it's a lot of tweaks," said Turner, the chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Gaming Law and Regulation. When asked what concerns his committee might have, Turner suggested the changes might be more substantive. "I think there are concerns everywhere," Turner said. "There are all kinds of concerns and ideas. Some will be germane and others won't. I think we're going to make it a better work product than what the …
Friday, July 27, 2012
O'Malley says session, which begins on August 9, will be about job creation and funding for schools.
UPDATED (2:57 p.m.)—Gov. Martin O'Malley Friday announced he will call the General Assembly back to Annapolis for a special session on the issues of gambling and the creation of a sixth casino. "This is an issue about jobs," O'Malley said. "This is an issue about maximizing revenues from gaming." A bill was not available at the time of the morning news conference. O'Malley said it needed tweaking and would likely be made public shortly before the beginning of the special session. O'Malley, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller all said the bill would create about 2,500 jobs from the legalization of table games and generate $100 million for schools. Sen. E.J. Pipkin Friday afternoon blasted O'Malley for …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Del. Dan Morhaim and other advocates continue to support medical marijuana in Maryland even though Gov. Martin O’Malley’s said he will oppose the legislation this session.
Gov. Martin O’Malley says he will oppose medical marijuana legislation, citing the possibility of federal prosecution against state employees who implement medical marijuana programs. Despite the governor’s reservations, advocates and legislators, such as District 11 Democrat Del. Dan Morhaim, are pushing for the medical use of marijuana. A hearing on the subject was held Friday. “The threat is only in a letter to the governor of Delaware,” Morhaim said about the possibility of federal prosecution. “I think we should do what’s right for policy in Maryland.” The letter to which Morhaim referred was sent to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and it laid out what federal authorities could do to prosecute those who would comply with the state’s then-…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
State delegate sponsors pension bill for the county and is deputy director of Baltimore County Department of Human Resources.
Proposed state legislation to change Baltimore County's pension rules is attracting as much attention for who sponsored the bill as for what it would do. Del. Adrienne Jones, a long-time Baltimore County employee, is currently the deputy director of the county's Office of Human Resources. She is also the lone sponsor of a pension bill that her boss—County Executive Kevin Kamenetz—wants. Instead of using more traditional routes to propose legislation, Kamenetz asked Jones to file the bill because of her expertise with the subject. As speaker pro tem of the House of Delegates, Jones' position and reputation could also provide an added benefit to the bill's success. The close connection between the bill and Jones' government employer has …
Differences could derail plan to change the fully appointed Baltimore County school board for another year.
An expected amendment to a Senate bill could derail efforts to change how Baltimore County school board members are selected. The county's Senate delegation is expected to vote Wednesday to amend its version of a school board bill from a fully elected board to one that contains both elected and appointed members—the so-called hybrid school board. Currently, the bill, as proposed by Sen. Bobby Zirkin, calls for a fully elected school board made up of nine members. Sen. Zirkin, an Owings Mills Democrat and sponsor of the bill, said Tuesday the amendment creates a partially elected school board with one member elected from each of the county's current council districts. The board would also include up to four other members appointed at …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Minnick leads memorial ceremony for state veterans.
Del. Joseph "Sonny" Minnick, a Dundalk Democrat, shares a laugh with members of the House of Delegates Thursday morning as he was called to the rostrum to lead the chamber in the morning prayer. Minnick later led a ceremony in the House to honor veterans from the state. Minnick opened the session by reading "The Soldier's Prayer."