| Jul 3, 2011
| 5:00 AM
The passage late last month of a gay marriage bill in New York has renewed hope among advocates in Maryland who were disappointed by the narrow defeat of similar legislation here this year. New York's law doubled the number of people living in states...
| Aug 6, 2011
Hagrid, a 9-year-old bichon frise, got to celebrate his birthday with a night out on the town for the first time this year. At the edge of the patio leading into Jilly's, a bar and grill in Ellicott City, Hagrid met Saba, a 4-month-old mixed breed who was...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 6:21 PM
General Assembly negotiators broke a prolonged standoff over the state budget late Thursday as the Senate agreed to spare Marylanders making under $100,000 any income tax increase.
The Senate proposal did not resolve the budget issues still facing the...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 1:27 PM
ANNAPOLIS - Legislation on the budget, a teacher pension shift, casino gambling, wind farming and transportation infrastructure funding all were in limbo Friday, as the General Assembly prepared to wrap up for 2012.
With the legislative session set to...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 5:27 PM
While Maryland has been ratcheting up aid to local school systems, state education officials say that seven counties aren't paying their share and are failing to fund schools this year at the minimum level required under state law.
| Feb 16, 2012
| 5:05 PM
The General Assembly's joint ethics committee has recommended unanimously that the Senate censure Sen. Ulysses Currie, once a powerful committee chairman, for failing to disclose that he was being paid to represent a grocery chain before state agencies....
| Nov 28, 2011
| 3:00 AM
At an appearance before a business group in Howard County, state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer recently made a comment that he'd like to see Maryland's corporate tax rolled back from the current 8.25 percent by one-quarter of a percentage point per year for...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 5:22 PM
When the legislature went to work on Gov. Martin O'Malley's gambling bill, one of the first provisions to be rolled back was a sweeping ban on political contributions from casino interests.
As introduced, the bill would have prevented everyone from a...
| Aug 19, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malleyexplained his headlong push for expanded gambling in Maryland as an attempt to end debate on the issue once and for all — at least for as long as he is governor. But the legislature may have sabotaged that hope through an...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 4:29 PM
General Assembly analysts released estimates Wednesday painting a much grimmer picture of the impact of a continued federal budget impasse than the O'Malley administration did less than a month ago.
In a presentation to legislature's fiscal committees,...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 7:10 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to make a personal, perhaps quixotic pitch Wednesday for what could be the least popular proposal in Annapolis this year: raising the tax on gasoline.
The governor is scheduled to testify before House and Senate...