ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A workgroup has failed to reach a consensus on gambling expansion in Maryland, meaning there will be no special session on the issue, and a sixth casino will not be recommended for Prince George's County this year.
After a three-hour delay Wednesday afternoon on the start of the group's final public meeting, the group of lawmakers and advisers to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley admitted that a consensus of the 11 members could not be reached.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A work group of lawmakers and aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley that is studying a potential expansion of gambling in Maryland is scheduled to hear from analysts who have been looking at the proposals.
The meeting is set for Tuesday in Annapolis.
Lawmakers will hear from analysts from PricewaterhouseCoopers. They'll talk about their findings on a potential gambling expansion.
O'Malley has said he will call a special session next month to take up the expansion, if lawmakers can reach a consensus on how to do that.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislative leadership has announced a possible date for a special session to consider the expansion of gambling.
Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said Monday evening that if a work group reaches a consensus, a special session will be held the week of July 9.
The Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion will study the issue and may propose legislation that the General Assembly could consider at the special session.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland senators are criticizing regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment that would require the use of best available technology for nitrogen removal septic systems in new construction near the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed.
The matter came up during debate Monday during a special session that has been called to address budget matters.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is poised to vote on a package of budget measures in a special session.
The Senate is set to take a vote needed to send the legislation to the House of Delegates on Tuesday.
The special session, which began Monday, has been called by Gov. Martin O'Malley to avert about $500 million in cuts triggered by a "doomsday budget" that was triggered when lawmakers failed to pass a package of legislation during the regular 90-day session last month.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers are heading back to Annapolis
for a three-day special session to approve a budget deal hashed out by Gov. Martin O'Malley and House and Senate leaders.
The deal includes income tax increases for individuals making $100,000 or more and households making $150,000 or more. The Democratic governor says the tax hikes are necessary to avoid cuts to education and other critical services.
That’s the to-the-point response offered by Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt on criticism lodged at Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s alleged -“cozy relationship” with an attorney for Perdue Farms Incorporated.
RIVA, Md. (AP) - Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay had an easier winter this year than last when cold killed off nearly a third of them.
But while the winter was warmer, it followed two major fall storms that dumped tons of trash, mud and sediments into the bay.
Answers to how the weather has treated the bay's biggest money maker are expected to be released Thursday at a crab house in Riva, where Gov. Martin O'Malley is to make an announcement about the crab fishery.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley and first lady Katie O'Malley will be attending the premiere screening of the film "Bully."
The screening on Thursday night will be followed by a town hall discussion on the effects of bullying in Maryland's schools and communities.
Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students David Esquith is scheduled to attend, as well as bullying expert Rosalind Wiseman, students, parents and educators.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he has no plans to call a special session until legislative leaders have a plan to avoid more than $500 million in cuts that are scheduled to take effect on July 1.
The governor's press secretary tells The Baltimore Sun that there has to be some kind of consensus before O'Malley would consider bringing lawmakers back to Annapolis. Lawmakers this week failed to pass a budget package that included raising taxes on those making more than $100,000 a year.
Around 500 Marylanders joined hands around the State House building in Annapolis last night calling it a circle of support for the offshore wind energy legislation now pending in the General Assembly. They were equipped with eco-friendly glow-in-the-dark miniature wind turbines handmade banners and signs and wearing electric blue t-shirts.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports…that neither lawmakers nor activists could remember ever seeing the State House encircled like this.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is moving toward a vote on its version of the state budget.
Lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday on four measures that are being used in tandem to balance the state's books for the next fiscal year and cut the state's long-running structural deficit in half.
The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday night.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to sell lawmakers on his plan to create a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline.
The governor is expected to testify on the bill Wednesday afternoon before the state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee as well as the House of Delegates Environmental Matters and Ways and Means Committees.
His plan would apply the sales to gasoline in 2 percent increments for three years, generating about $613 million annually. Maryland's 23.5-cents per gallon gas tax has not been raised since 1992.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says increasing fees on water use and limiting where developers can put new septic systems are essential to preserving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Democratic governor spoke to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Tuesday afternoon, advocating for change to the state's so-called "flush tax" that would charge residents and business based on how much water they use.
The tax, created by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, supports
During his state of the state address, Governor Martin O'Malley asked for more revenue to shore up transportation and education in Maryland. However, Republicans responded by sharply criticizing the Governor's tax proposals as well as his executive order, PlanMaryland, that would coordinate state and local actions to control development.