| Feb 21, 2013
| 9:21 PM
The General Assembly took an important step toward repealing Maryland's death penalty Thursday night when a key committee, for the first time in decades, approved a bill to end capital punishment.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings committee voted 6-5 to...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 7:08 PM
The centerpiece of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun control bill survived the Maryland Senate intact Wednesday, though opponents vowed to keep fighting the proposal to give the state some of the nation’s strictest gun laws.
A new licensing...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 9:40 AM
A Senate committee has killed a Republican-sponsored bill to shield
from public scrutiny the names and personal information of people who sign petitions to bring General Assembly-passed bills to referendum.
The Senate Education, Health and...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 3:23 PM
The Maryland Senate voted Wednesday to make Maryland the 18th state to abolish the death penalty, putting Gov. Martin O'Malley one step closer to a significant legislative victory.
The 27-20 vote sent the bill to the House of Delegates, where repeal...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 5:32 PM
In a long-sought victory for Baltimore, the Maryland Senate approved a $1 billion financing plan Friday for an unprecedented systemwide drive to rebuild and renovate the city's crumbling school buildings.
The measure passed easily on a bipartisan vote of...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 11:13 AM
The surprise retirement of Senate Minority Leader E. J. Pipkin has set up a succession scramble for his Upper Eastern Shore seat that is shaping up as a possibly brutal internal struggle among 36th District Republicans.
The three GOP delegates from that...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 6:20 PM
The director of the Maryland Republican Party resigned without notice. One of its state delegates was arrested for the second time on a serious alcohol-related charge. And a virtual civil war broke out over who should replace a leading senator who's...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:00 PM
Del. Wayne Norman and Teresa Reilly, vice chair of the Harford County Republican Central Committee, have jointly announced their campaign for the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, respectively.
Norman and Reilly said they will run together in...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday that the state is mustering all necessary resources to complete tens of thousands of background checks for gun buyers by Oct. 1, when Maryland's new gun control law takes effect.
The backlog of checks has put...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 7:07 PM
The Maryland Senate gave final approval to Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping gun control bill Thursday night, sending the legislation to the governor for his promised signature.
O'Malley said in a statement that the bill strikes "a balance between...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 11:20 AM
With much of the General Assembly in flux in the run-up to the 2014 election, Baltimore County's 11th District is what passes for an oasis of stability.
Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, Del. Dan K. Morhaim and Del. Dana Stein -- all Democrats -- announced...