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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.