ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A $4.3 million expansion of pre-kindergarten has been approved by the Maryland General Assembly.
The Senate voted 46-1 for the bill Friday.
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.
It also creates a pre-K expansion fund for business and philanthropic entities to contribute money to support future expansion.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Democrat Heather Mizeur has released a plan to reduce crime as part of her primary campaign for governor.
Mizeur said Wednesday she supports universal background checks for all guns. She also wants to require law enforcement to seize all guns at the scenes of domestic violence incidents. Part of Mizeur's plan includes raising the age requirement for the purchase of all guns to 21 years and providing grants for local buy-back programs.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for House Speaker Michael Busch says he will be endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's bid to be the next governor of Maryland.
Alexandra Hughes said the speaker will announce his endorsement on Thursday in Annapolis.
Brown, a Democrat, served in the House of Delegates before Gov. Martin O'Malley chose him to be his running mate in 2005. Brown served two terms representing Prince George's County, and he rose to the position of majority whip in the chamber.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The Young Democrats of Maryland are attracting some high-profile officials to their annual convention.
Rep. Steny Hoyer is scheduled to deliver remarks at the event on Saturday in College Park.
Several officials who are eying a run for governor also are scheduled to speak. They include Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, and Delegate Heather Mizeur.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fracking opponents have introduced of a bill calling for a state moratorium on the natural gas drilling technique until studies are completed on its impact.
Delegate Heather Mizeur introduced a House bill on Thursday. Mizeur says it calls for an 18-month moratorium to protect against immediate pressure to drill once the first round of studies on the issue is completed.