| 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...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 4:29 PM
Republican state Sen. Nancy Jacobs, running a long-shot campaign to oust Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, stood in a cold wind along York Road waving a big purple sign along with a dozen supporters.
Money is scarce. There's been little help from her party in...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 3:10 PM
A bipartisan group of senators put aside the battling that often prevails in Annapolis to announce Thursday a common agenda of bills that Democrats and Republicans can rally around.
The bills would preserve scholarships for veterans, protect children...
| Feb 17, 2011
| 6:55 PM
A key senator announced his support for gay marriage legislation on Thursday, giving it enough votes to clear the upper chamber.
The declaration by Sen. James C. Rosapepe came shortly after a Senate committee approved an amended version of the...
| Feb 22, 2011
| 6:34 PM
The state Senate has just one bill on its agenda Wednesday: the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Act.
"We've cleared the desk," Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told senators Tuesday morning. "We have nothing else to do tomorrow aside from that...
| Jun 4, 2012
| 3:52 PM
Harford County Executive David R. Craig has asked a state work group studying gambling expansion to consider Harford as a casino site despite the proximity of an existing slots parlor in neighboring Cecil County.
Craig, a Republican considered likely...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 5:26 PM
Educators, health practitioners, social service workers and police officers are required under Maryland law to report suspected child abuse to local authorities and to their bosses. But the state has no power to prosecute when the law is not followed....
| Jan 20, 2012
| 6:47 PM
A former plastics salesman, House Speaker John A. Boehner stood before the GOP majority with a pitch: Members must stick together like never before, not only for the sake of their agenda in Congress, but for the larger prize of reclaiming the White...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 8:28 PM
They have the governor's backing and a rewritten bill, but advocates of legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland have made little progress in quieting the concerns of many faith leaders who adamantly oppose the legislation.
"Society should protect and...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 5:13 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley used his State of the State address Wednesday to make his case for his most ambitious legislative agenda since taking office.
Now comes the hard job of selling it.
In an upbeat, 33-minute speech to both chambers of the General...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 5:22 PM
Prince George's County Sen. Ulysses S. Currie attended a closed-door meeting of the legislature's ethics committee Monday, making his first appearance before a panel expected to recommend whether he should be punished for failing to report income on...