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  • Hearings on Md. health exchange woes put off

    Hearings on Md. health exchange woes put off
    The head of the state Senate committee that is leading an inquiry into what wrong with Maryland's health exchange is planning to turn the probe over to state auditors — who would not release a report until summer at the earliest. Sen. Thomas M....
  • Labor wants guaranteed role in wind-power plan

    Organized labor wants a guaranteed role in the offshore wind project Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to propose — and the unions want it in writing. The demand by construction unions is the latest hurdle for O'Malley's effort to spur the...
  • Senate defeats bill allowing gas utility surcharge

    A bill that would have let gas utilities seek a surchage of up to $2 a month on customers' bill was shot down -- for a second time --  Wednesday by a bipartisan coalition of senators who contended the measure would let monopolies charge ratepayers up...
  • O'Malley readies new offshore wind bid

    O'Malley readies new offshore wind bid
    After being thwarted the past two years by skittish lawmakers, Gov. Martin O'Malley is preparing once again to introduce a bill aimed at planting mammoth wind turbines off Ocean City — and the measure may finally pass, thanks to a shake-up in a...
  • Spirited Senate gun debate expected to last all week

    Maryland senators alternatively questioned, challenged and heralded Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun-control bill for more than two hours Tuesday, a prelude to a debate expected to stretch through the week as lawmakers wrestle over whether to...
  • Patronage endures, even in hard times

    State lawmakers, using a system of patronage that persists in Annapolis despite tight budgetary times, are seeking to direct hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to projects at nonprofit organizations they help run. In Baltimore, Del. Hattie N....
  • Tax rise opposed by state businesses

    With a new legislative session under way - and the state looking at its biggest budget deficit in years - lawmakers must slash spending, boost revenue by adding carefully controlled slot machines and avoid new across-the-board taxes on businesses,...
  • Mental health proposal praised

    Maryland's long-neglected mental health system for the poor and uninsured could rebound quickly because of a cash infusion proposed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., but it still faces staffing shortages and other problems, experts said yesterday. At a...
  • Slots foes expect fight, but not win

    Senate opponents of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s bill to allow slots at Maryland racetracks girded for a floor fight today while conceding their chances are dismal in the face of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's determined support. The...
  • Slots get tentative Senate approval

    The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s slot machines bill yesterday -- but not before weakening Baltimore's ability to insist the state pay for road improvements around Pimlico Race Course. Mayor Martin O'Malley...
  • Md. Senate acts to leash expanding hospice chain

    Maryland lawmakers, who are used to seeing fights over the rules on who can offer lucrative health services such as open-heart surgery, this year are witnessing one over a service that loses money - hospice care for the terminally ill. Maryland Community...