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12:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Peter Franchot Hands MD Governor Surprise

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - For once, Gov. Martin O'Malley got a pleasant surprise from Comptroller Peter Franchot at the start of a Board of Public Works meeting.

Franchot presented the governor with a check for $271 from the comptroller's unclaimed properties division Wednesday.

O'Malley told the comptroller: "This is the first thing you've ever given me." The remark prompted laughs from people attending the meeting.

The two have had frequent sparring bouts over the years about board decisions.

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8:26 am
Thu May 9, 2013

New Data Website for MD Info

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has launched an initiative releasing a wide variety of state data to the public online.

O'Malley announced the initiative at a panel discussion on Wednesday that included the Future of Information Alliance, a partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and 10 other partners.

The O'Malley administration is describing it as the first statewide open data portal that will provide information to researchers, entrepreneurs, public servants and residents.

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9:19 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Anthony Brown to Announce for MD Governor

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Officials say that Brown will make the announcement Friday during a picnic at Prince George's Community College.

The lieutenant governor is also expected to make stops in Frederick, Montgomery County and Baltimore on Saturday.

Brown, a Democrat, has served as the lieutenant governor of the state since 2006 alongside of Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Prior to assuming the post of lieutenant governor, Brown represented Prince George's County for two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, rising to the position of majority whip.

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9:28 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Maryland Governor to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Law

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland.

O'Malley, a Democrat, is set to sign the measure at a bill-signing ceremony on Thursday.

Maryland will become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.

The state has five men on death row. The bill will not apply to them retroactively. However, the legislation makes it clear the governor can commute their sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole. O'Malley has said he will consider them on a case-by-case basis.

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9:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Maryland Shark Fin Ban to be Signed into Law

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A shark fin bill passed by Maryland lawmakers is drawing support from fishing and conservation interests.

Environmental groups have long pushed for shark fin bans, noting shark populations are being decimated by the practice of finning in which live sharks are left to die after having their fins cut off for the lucrative trade in the Asian delicacy.

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9:36 am
Wed May 1, 2013

O'Malley Calls Baltimore Jail Indictments A Fight Against Gangs

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is casting the recently announced corruption case in a Baltimore jail in a positive light by saying it represents a strong step toward fighting gang crime.

O'Malley described it Tuesday as "a very positive achievement" in the state's fight to dismantle gangs.

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9:58 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Gov. Martin O'Malley Considers Presidential Run

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JERUSALEM (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a rising star in Democratic politics, said Wednesday that he is considering making a run for the White House in 2016 and will likely make a decision later this year.

O'Malley, in Jerusalem on a Mideast tour, said he was still undecided but intends to dedicate "reflection time" on whether to seek the Democratic nomination.

"I plan for the latter half of this year to dedicate some more thought time - reflection time - to the question of whether or not I would run in 2016," O'Malley, a former mayor of Baltimore, told reporters.

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11:56 am
Tue April 23, 2013

New Maryland University Ties with Jordan

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland has signed a new agreement that establishes the school's first formal reciprocal student exchange program with the University of Jordan.

The agreement was signed on Monday during a visit to Jordan by Gov. Martin O'Malley and University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh.

Officials say that Maryland is the second largest U.S. import market by volume for Jordan, and that Jordan is the 63rd largest export market for Maryland.

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8:55 am
Mon April 22, 2013

New Maryland-Israeli Adivsory Board Announced

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's office has announced a new Maryland-Israeli advisory board.

The governor's office announced the new board on Sunday as O'Malley arrived in Israel on an economic development mission. O'Malley's office says the board will work to develop business opportunities that will benefit both Maryland and Israel. Board members are business, scientific and civic leaders from Maryland and Israel.

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9:14 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Martin O'Malley Holds Cybersecurity Conference

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A cybersecurity conference is being held in Baltimore to discuss commercial developments in the field.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden are scheduled to speak at the event on Monday. Hayden is a former National Security Agency director. He also is a principal at The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that provides consulting, business development and merger acquisition advisory services for clients in the security and government services industries.

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10:11 am
Fri April 5, 2013

MD House of Delegates Approves Gun Control Bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a gun-control measure proposed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The House voted 78-61 Wednesday for the bill.

It has a number of differences from a measure the Senate passed more than a month ago. The two chambers will have to work out the differences before the General Assembly adjourns at midnight Monday.

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12:04 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Gun Control Inches Forward in Maryland and Delaware

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says the Senate is planning to get to work on a gun-control measure.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the Senate would hold two sessions Thursday in order to take up the bill.

The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill more than a month ago. The House of Delegates passed it with some changes Wednesday. The Senate still needs to concur with those changes to send the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

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8:35 am
Thu April 4, 2013

MD House Approves Gun Control Bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a gun-control measure proposed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The House voted 78-61 Wednesday for the bill.

It has a number of differences from a measure the Senate passed more than a month ago. The two chambers will have to work out the differences before the General Assembly adjourns at midnight Monday.

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9:20 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Lombardi Trophy Comes to Annapolis (Update)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith visited state lawmakers in Annapolis, and he brought the Lombardi Trophy along.

Smith appeared Thursday with team president Dick Cass in the state Senate and the House of Delegates.

The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in last month's Super Bowl to win the Lombardi Trophy.

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11:07 am
Fri March 22, 2013

MD Gas Tax Hike Moves to Senate

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ANNAPOLIS (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is poised to vote on a measure to raise taxes on gasoline in the state for the first time in more than two decades.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Friday. A majority vote would send the legislation to the Senate.

The House has made some changes to the proposal made by Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this month. The measure would still raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually, but more gradually than under the governor’s plan.

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8:56 am
Wed March 20, 2013

MD House of Delegates Expected to Take up Modified Gas Tax Bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is scheduled to take up a transportation funding measure.

The House is set to take up amendments on Wednesday to the bill, which would raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually in new revenue for roads, bridges and mass transit.

A House committee already has made changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to phase in a sales tax on gasoline over a longer period of time.

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9:21 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Offshore Wind Bill Gets Past Final Hurdle in Annapolis

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In Annapolis the General Assembly has finally handed Governor Martin O’Malley a victory in his search to bring the wind industry to Maryland.

The House of Delegates approved a Senate version of the legislation on a final vote of 88-to-48.

It now goes to Governor Martin O’Malley for his signature.

Supporters say it will help diversify the state’s sources of clean and renewable energy.

The measure would require electricity suppliers to produce at least 2.5 percent of their power from offshore wind by 2017.

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8:56 am
Tue March 19, 2013

O'Malley Transportation Tax Measure Inches Forward in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A House panel has approved Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to raise new revenue for transportation projects with some changes when various increases will take effect.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 15-4 on Monday for the bill.

It's estimated the measure will raise roughly the same amount of money as O'Malley's initial proposal, but it is being phased in more gradually in the opening years.

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9:19 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Former MD Official Thomas Perez to Head Labor Dept.

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Maryland’s former Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is set to be named Secretary of Labor by President Obama.

Perez is currently in the civil rights division of the Justice Department and would replace Hilda Solis.

He would also satisfy pressure from the Hispanic community to put more Latinos into administration positions.

The 51-year old Perez has been popular within the labor movement.

Some Democrats are hoping that he will signal a renewed push for an increase in the minimum.

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9:32 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Maryland Business Supports Gas Tax Hike for Transportation Projects

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland business leaders are speaking out in support of new revenues for transportation projects.

Several will be expressing their support in Annapolis Friday, the same day lawmakers will hold a hearing on a bill backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Don Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, is scheduled to attend. Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, is scheduled to speak.

The plan would apply a new 2 percent sales tax on gasoline starting in July. It would increase to 4 percent in July 2014.

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8:57 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Maryland Poised to Abolish Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is poised to become the 18th state in the nation to abolish the death penalty.

A death penalty repeal bill has already passed the state Senate and is expected to pass the House of Delegates on Friday.

Supporters of the repeal argue that capital punishment is costly, error-prone, racially biased and a poor deterrent of crime. Opponents say it's a necessary tool to punish lawbreakers who commit the most egregious crimes.

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9:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Employment Advancement Now Initiative Heads to O'Malley's Desk

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates has passed Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to create a grant process to help get people the skills for jobs that are in high demand.

The House passed the bill 115 to 23 on Tuesday. The Senate already has approved the measure.

It makes $2.5 million available for the Employment Advancement Now Initiative. The program will encourage regional training collaborations among businesses, nonprofits, colleges and local governments.

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11:08 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Gun Control Rally as Maryland Senate Approves Legislation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Capitol Police say thousands are expected to attend gun control rallies in Annapolis.

And police say that is prompting them to close some streets around the State House on Friday.

Police say Bladen Street and College Avenue will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. and are expected to remain closed for most of the day. And they are advising motorists to be prepared for traffic congestion and delays.

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10:23 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Governor O'Malley Meets With Top MD Lawmakers on Transportation Funding

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has met with the Legislature's top lawmakers to talk about transportation funding issues.

The governor met Thursday with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, and House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel.

O'Malley says they're still searching for a consensus on how to raise money to address a backlog of transportation projects.

Matt Gallagher, O'Malley's chief of staff, says the discussion was constructive, and discussions are still ongoing.

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8:26 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Governor O'Malley to Co-Chair Council of Governors

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - President Barack Obama has named Gov. Martin O'Malley co-chair of the Council of Governors.

The announcement was made Monday.

The council includes 10 governors, including five Democrats and five Republicans. It brings together governors and federal officials to address issues relating to the National Guard and homeland security.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was first appointed to the Council in 2010. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, is the co-chair of the council.

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8:29 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Sequester to Hit Maryland and Virginia Hard

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Virginia say they agree that huge, automatic federal budget cuts set to begin this week need to be avoided.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and his Virginia counterpart, Republican Bob McDonnell appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

The $85 billion in cuts that are scheduled to begin taking effect Friday would have a big impact on Maryland and Virginia due to proximity to the nation's capital.

O'Malley says they are job-killing cuts, and the country can't cut its way to prosperity.

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9:14 am
Fri February 22, 2013

MD Gun Control and Death Penalty Repeal Bills Make Progress

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee has approved a sweeping gun-control measure.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 late Thursday night in favor of the bill, which is a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda. The vote sends the legislation to the full Senate for debate next week.

In one of the biggest changes, the legislation would prohibit someone from owning a handgun if he or she has been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons.

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8:47 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Expected GOP Push Back on MD Gas Tax Proposal

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House Republicans are scheduled to talk about why they don't think the state should raise the gas tax.

Members of the GOP caucus have set a Tuesday morning news conference in Annapolis.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley last week expressed confidence that the Democratic-controlled House and Senate will reach a consensus on a new revenue plan for transportation.

O'Malley proposed phasing in a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline last year, but the idea stalled amid high gas prices.

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8:25 am
Fri February 15, 2013

MD Governor Urges Lawmakers to Repeal Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers to pass a measure that would repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

The Democratic governor and death penalty opponent denounced the practice of capital punishment during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, calling it inaccurate, costly, racially biased and ineffective in deterring violent criminals.

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9:04 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Push for Wind Power on Delmarva

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley told members of a reformulated state Senate committee that an offshore wind bill he is promoting for a third straight year could create hundreds of jobs.

O'Malley appeared Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee that has twice failed to pass the key part of his environmental agenda.

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