Martin O'Malley http://publicradiodelmarva.net en Governor Signs Bill to Decriminalize Pot http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/governor-signs-bill-decriminalize-pot <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.</p><p>Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense, meaning a person could still be arrested for it.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:49:40 +0000 Don Rush 52592 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Governor Signs Bill to Decriminalize Pot Government is a Business, Say GOP Hopefuls http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/government-business-say-gop-hopefuls <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republicans in the governor's race agree the state government is essentially a business and the top administrator is an executive.</p><p>During a formal debate Thursday evening at Johns Hopkins University, the Republicans' fifth since January, they repeatedly accused Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration of making Maryland unfriendly to investors.</p><p>Ronald George and Charles Lollar both touted their business experience as a credential for leading the state. David Craig compared his position as Harford County Executive to managing an enormous business.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:15:04 +0000 Don Rush 52402 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Government is a Business, Say GOP Hopefuls Somerset County Wind Turbine Delay Gets Legislative Approval http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/somerset-county-wind-turbine-delay-gets-legislative-approval <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he still has misgivings about a bill to set a 13-month moratorium on the development of tall wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River base in southern Maryland.</p><p>O'Malley wouldn't say Monday if he would veto legislation that has been sent to his desk. But the governor, who is a strong supporter of wind energy, says, "I have yet to conclude that windmills are quite the threat to Naval air radar that those advocating for this ban have concluded."</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:32:24 +0000 Don Rush 52201 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Somerset County Wind Turbine Delay Gets Legislative Approval MD Legislature Approves Pot Bills http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-legislature-approves-pot-bills <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislature has given final approval to a bill that would eliminate criminal charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana and the governor says he plants to sign it.</p><p>The Senate voted Monday to accept several compromises the House added over the weekend.</p><p>The bill would keep marijuana use illegal but make it akin to a traffic violation. The House opted to require all teen offenders to be evaluated for treatment. It also voted to raise the penalties to $20 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense, up from a maximum of $100.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:14:28 +0000 Don Rush 52199 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Legislature Approves Pot Bills MD Governor Looks to Overhaul Bail Hearing System http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-governor-looks-overhaul-bail-hearing-system <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he plans to work on overhauling Maryland's bail hearing system, after a bill that would have done so stalled in the Legislature.</p><p>O'Malley told reporters Monday that he will work with stakeholders who supported the overhaul approach backed by Sen. Brian Frosh.</p><p>That would use data on each defendant, such as criminal history, to assess the person's risk of committing more crimes if they were released from jail. Low-risk defendants would be released automatically.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:04:02 +0000 Don Rush 52191 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Governor Looks to Overhaul Bail Hearing System Somerset Wind Project Faces Uncertainty After MD Senate Vote http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/somerset-wind-project-faces-uncertainty-after-md-senate-vote <p>With the overwhelming Senate vote to delay the $200 million wind project in Somerset County state Senator Jim Mathias said that this vote would be a $45 million loss for local residents.</p><p>Developers had hoped to move forward with construction of the Great Bay Wind Energy projection by next summer.</p><p>But the measure would delay that for another 15 months while a study is conducted to examine the impact of the wind turbines the U.S. Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:28:20 +0000 Don Rush 52131 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Somerset Wind Project Faces Uncertainty After MD Senate Vote MD General Assembly Approves Pre-K Expansion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-general-assembly-approves-pre-k-expansion <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A $4.3 million expansion of pre-kindergarten has been approved by the Maryland General Assembly.</p><p>The Senate voted 46-1 for the bill Friday.</p><p>The measure now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who proposed the bill. It will enroll an additional 1,600 children around the state for children whose families make up to 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.</p><p>It also creates a pre-K expansion fund for business and philanthropic entities to contribute money to support future expansion.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:47:21 +0000 Don Rush 52013 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD General Assembly Approves Pre-K Expansion Prevailing Wage Expansion Approved by MD General Assembly http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/prevailing-wage-expansion-approved-md-general-assembly <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to expand Maryland's prevailing wage law has been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.</p><p>The state Senate passed the bill 32-15 on Wednesday, sending the measure to Gov. Martin O'Malley.</p><p>The bill lowers the share of total school construction project costs paid by the state from 50 percent to 25 percent for the prevailing wage law to apply.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:26:57 +0000 Don Rush 51950 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Prevailing Wage Expansion Approved by MD General Assembly Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Headed to MD Governor's Desk http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/transgender-anti-discrimination-bill-headed-md-governors-desk <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.</p><p>The House of Delegates passed the measure 82-57 on Thursday. That sends a bill already passed by the Senate to Gov. Martin O'Malley. Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says he will sign the measure.</p><p>The bill aims to stop discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.</p><p>Passage came after long debate.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:16:54 +0000 Don Rush 51599 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Headed to MD Governor's Desk Push to Hike Salaries of Care Givers for Disabled Patients http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/push-hike-salaries-care-givers-disabled-patients <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - People with developmental disabilities are urging the governor's office and Sen. Thomas Middleton to give their caregivers a raise at the same time they raise Maryland's general minimum wage.</p><p>More than 200 disabled residents and caregivers came to Annapolis Wednesday afternoon to give the measure an extra push. After crowding the meeting room of the Senate Finance Committee, a small delegation met with the governor's chief of staff.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:36:40 +0000 Don Rush 51525 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Push to Hike Salaries of Care Givers for Disabled Patients Break For Estate Taxes Gets MD Senate Approval http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/break-estate-taxes-gets-md-senate-approval <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved raising the exemption on the estate tax.</p><p>The Senate voted 36-10 on Thursday for a measure already approved by the House of Delegates. That sends the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley.</p><p>The measure would recouple Maryland's estate tax to the federal one in several years. Now, Maryland estates worth more than $1 million are taxed at a rate of up to 16 percent.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:43:38 +0000 Don Rush 51187 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Break For Estate Taxes Gets MD Senate Approval MD Senate Committee Takes Up Minimum Wage Hike http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-senate-committee-takes-minimum-wage-hike <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A workgroup from Maryland's Senate Finance Committee is set to take up its minimum wage bill.</p><p>The measure would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by the 2016 fiscal year. The House passed a similar bill on March 7, but in the House's version, the rate wouldn't reach $10.10 until the beginning of 2017, and in the future it would not be tied to inflation.</p><p>The Senate committee is still working with the version proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and could make its own modifications.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:35:20 +0000 Don Rush 51065 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Senate Committee Takes Up Minimum Wage Hike MD Senate Approves $39 Billion Budget http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-senate-approves-39-billion-budget <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved the state's $39 billion budget.</p><p>The Senate voted 41-6 for the budget bill on Thursday. All 35 Senate Democrats and six Republicans voted for the measure. Six Republicans voted against it.</p><p>The Senate also approved a companion measure that is needed to balance the budget for this fiscal year and the next on a 42-5 vote.</p><p>Together, the measures leave a $111 million cushion and nearly $800 million in the state's Rainy Day Fund.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:14:08 +0000 Don Rush 50756 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Senate Approves $39 Billion Budget MD Pension System Could Shore Up State's Money Problems http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-pension-system-could-shore-states-money-problems <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to consider proposed changes to the state budget.</p><p>Last week, a Senate budget panel decided to address a downward revision in revenues by tapping into money set aside to shore up the state's pension system in a long-term plan. The Senate is expected to consider the changes Wednesday.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:52:54 +0000 Don Rush 50672 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Pension System Could Shore Up State's Money Problems Employee Pension System Could Help Fill MD Budget Gap http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/employee-pension-system-could-help-fill-md-budget-gap <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - More money set aside to reinvest in Maryland's state employee pension system could be tapped to help fill a budget hole.</p><p>The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is scheduled to make decisions on Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget proposal Friday.</p><p>Senators will be looking to fill a bigger budget gap than initially expected. That's because revenue estimates were revised downward Thursday by $238 million for the next 15 months.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:29:36 +0000 Don Rush 50420 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Employee Pension System Could Help Fill MD Budget Gap Vote on Minimum Wage Set for Today in Annapolis http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/vote-minimum-wage-set-today-annapolis <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on increasing the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2017.</p><p>The House is scheduled to debate the bill on Friday.</p><p>The bill would increase the minimum wage to $8.20 in January. It would rise to $9.15 in January 2016 and $10.10 in January 2017.</p><p>The measure as amended by the House does not include an indexing for inflation that Gov. Martin O'Malley had supported.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:05:08 +0000 Don Rush 50408 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Vote on Minimum Wage Set for Today in Annapolis Snow Storms Could Cause Utility Cutoffs to Customers http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/snow-storms-could-cause-utility-cutoffs-customers <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland utility regulators say the high cost of heating homes and businesses during this long, cold winter may put more customers at risk of being shut off after March 31.</p><p>The Public Service Commission is asking utility companies at a legislative-style hearing Friday in Baltimore to explain their policies and procedures for terminating service to customers who haven't paid their bills on time.</p><p>The commission says it also wants to know the number of current and projected customers in arrears.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:02:11 +0000 Don Rush 50404 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Snow Storms Could Cause Utility Cutoffs to Customers Indexing Minimum Wage Falls Short in Annapolis http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/indexing-minimum-wage-falls-short-annapolis <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has turned full force against Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to index the minimum wage to inflation.</p><p>Only eight delegates voted Wednesday to put an indexing provision back into the minimum wage bill. Another 124 followed the House Economic Matters Committee's recommendation.</p><p>Dereck Davis, D-Prince George's, the committee chair, said the Senate would almost certainly reject the provision. Del. Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery, urged delegates to vote for it anyway.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:05:38 +0000 Don Rush 50346 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Indexing Minimum Wage Falls Short in Annapolis MD House of Delegates Set to Vote on Minimum Wage Hike http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-house-delegates-set-vote-minimum-wage-hike <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to take up a bill to increase the state's minimum wage.</p><p>The House is set to consider changes to the measure on Wednesday.</p><p>It would boost the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2017.</p><p>A House committee made substantial changes to a bill backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. For example, it took out a proposal to begin indexing the minimum wage to keep up with inflation starting in 2017.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:31:21 +0000 Don Rush 50277 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD House of Delegates Set to Vote on Minimum Wage Hike MD Minimum Wage Hike Inches Forward, Hike for New Castle County Employees http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-minimum-wage-hike-inches-forward-hike-new-castle-county-employees <p>A Maryland legislative panel voted yesterday to raise the state</p><p>Minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years. &nbsp;</p><p>But they turned back an effort to index it to compensate for future inflation.</p><p>In addition, lawmakers delayed the implementation of the hikes by six months from June 1<sup>st</sup> to January 1<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>The vote in the House Economic matters Committee was 13-to-8.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:21:05 +0000 Don Rush 50212 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Minimum Wage Hike Inches Forward, Hike for New Castle County Employees Utility Assistance for Low Income Families in Maryland http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/utility-assistance-low-income-families-maryland <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced $20 million in additional help for low-income Maryland residents to pay higher utility bills from colder weather.</p><p>The governor announced Monday the assistance will be made available to all income eligible households that apply for the Electric Universal Service Program in fiscal year 2014.</p><p>The administration says households that have already been approved for assistance as of July 1 will see the benefit automatically post to their account.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:51:30 +0000 Don Rush 49869 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Utility Assistance for Low Income Families in Maryland MD Board of Public Works Okays Health Exchange Modifcation http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-board-public-works-okays-health-exchange-modifcation <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract modification of up to $2 million due to technical problems with the state's health care exchange.</p><p>The board approved the emergency modification 3-0 Wednesday. However, Comptroller Peter Franchot criticized the procurement process. Franchot says more than $160 million in contracts should have come before the Board of Public Works for greater scrutiny, instead of a separate health exchange board.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:29:03 +0000 Don Rush 49551 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Board of Public Works Okays Health Exchange Modifcation MD Gov. Pushes Minimum Wage Hike, GOP Hopeful Wants Tax Cuts http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-gov-pushes-minimum-wage-hike-gop-hopeful-wants-tax-cuts <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is already moving toward a "two-tier" minimum wage system, where counties will set their own minimums. But Gov. Martin O'Malley says he wants $10.10 to be the statewide minimum and let counties raise it from there.</p><p>O'Malley was arguing for the wage increase Monday before the Senate Finance Committee.</p><p>He said $10.10 is "pretty modest," considering the effects of inflation since 1968. The minimum wage that year would be $10.70 in today's economy, according to one measurement of inflation. Another puts it at $9.50.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:59:35 +0000 Don Rush 49475 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Gov. Pushes Minimum Wage Hike, GOP Hopeful Wants Tax Cuts Governor O'Malley Would Veto Chicken Tax http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/governor-omalley-would-veto-chicken-tax <p>Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley says he will veto the chicken tax.</p><p>That’s a 5-cent per bird tax being proposed in the state legislature.</p><p>The Democrat made his remarks during the annual Taste of Maryland dinner and were reported on Twitter by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his press secretary Nina Smith issued a statement saying that the governor did not feel the chicken tax would actually strike a balance between the needs of the bay and the needs of the agriculture industry.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:55:14 +0000 Don Rush 48963 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Governor O'Malley Would Veto Chicken Tax Cellphone Security System for Baltimore City Detention Center http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/cellphone-security-system-baltimore-city-detention-center <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans Friday to unveil a new cellphone security system at the Baltimore City Detention Center.</p><p>The technology automatically blocks calls from all cellphones inside the building, except a small number of phones assigned to employees. It also allows any phone to call 911.</p><p>It's a misdemeanor to smuggle a cellphone into a Maryland correctional facility. In 2007, an inmate used a cellphone to arrange the killing of a Baltimore County witness.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:19:10 +0000 Don Rush 48958 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Cellphone Security System for Baltimore City Detention Center Martin O'Malley Prepares Presidential Bid http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/martin-omalley-prepares-presidential-bid <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he is preparing for a possible run for president.</p><p>The Maryland Democrat tells <a href="http://wapo.st/1j05R3B">The Washington Post</a> that he can't waste time waiting for Hillary Rodham Clinton to decide whether she will run in 2016. He says he needs to get started on the groundwork for a national campaign.</p><p>On Friday, O'Malley reported raising nearly $1.7 million last year with his political action committee, O' Say Can You See.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:20:04 +0000 Don Rush 48678 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Martin O'Malley Prepares Presidential Bid Rally for Hike in MD Minimum Wage http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rally-hike-md-minimum-wage <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of a higher minimum wage plan to rally in Annapolis, but business owner Mark Pringle says higher wages would mean higher prices at his ice cream shops.</p><p>Pringle owns four Cold Stone Creamery shops. He tells The Capital that most of his 15 to 20 employees are either in high school or starting community college. Most make the state's current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.</p><p>Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:52:46 +0000 Don Rush 48674 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Rally for Hike in MD Minimum Wage Governor Signs Health Ins. Backup Law (Update) http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/governor-signs-health-ins-backup-law-update <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to help people get health insurance retroactive to Jan. 1, if problems with a state website kept them from doing so will be taking effect.</p><p>Gov. Martin O'Malley signed emergency legislation on Thursday in Annapolis to put it into effect immediately.</p><p>The measure will enable people who couldn't get through to enroll in Maryland health exchange insurance to be insured by the Maryland Health Insurance Plan. The program is a separate safety net plan that has served as a high-risk pool for state residents without insurance.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:05:35 +0000 Don Rush 48474 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Governor Signs Health Ins. Backup Law (Update) MD Health Insurance Back Up Passes Senate http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-health-insurance-back-passes-senate <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has given final approval to a bill to help people who could not enroll in a private health plan on Maryland's health exchange website due to computer problems last year.</p><p>The Senate voted 34-7 on Wednesday to agree with changes made by the House.</p><p>The change requires the Maryland Health Insurance Plan to report to legislative panels about how enrollment is going for people who sought coverage for Jan. 1 but couldn't get through the website in time.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:18:03 +0000 Don Rush 48420 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Health Insurance Back Up Passes Senate Governor O'Malley Pushes Hike in Minimum Wage http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/governor-omalley-pushes-hike-minimum-wage <p>ANNAPOLIS (AP) - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley highlighted his administration's successes while noting problems the state has had with its health care exchange.</p><p>The Democrat reflected on his time in office as he gave his eithth and last State of the State address.</p><p>He talked about a sweeping a gun-control measure the General Assembly approved last year and the state's&nbsp; repeal of the death penalty as notable successes. he also underscored Maryland's passage of same-sex marriage rights and a version of the Dream Act.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:38:10 +0000 Don Rush 48148 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Governor O'Malley Pushes Hike in Minimum Wage