ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president is bracing his colleagues for a difficult debate over raising the state's minimum wage.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Thursday it will be difficult to find a solution to address economic differences in various parts of the state. He says he needs people to be open to compromise.
With the opening of the General Assembly in Annapolis this week, expect the issue of marijuana to make a fuss with the possibility of decriminalization as Governor Martin O'Malley expresses his opposition to such a move. The legislature's two top leaders and the Governor hashed out issues with Marc Steiner during his annual Annapolis Summit this week.
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.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Rep. Steny Hoyer and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in his run for governor of Maryland.
Hoyer, the second-ranking Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced his endorsement along with the Senate president at an event in Waldorf on Monday, with another scheduled for Greenbelt.
Hoyer says he's proud to be partner with Brown to improve the state's economy and create jobs. He also commended Brown for his service as a colonel in the Army reserves.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to testify before a state Senate committee about a key part of his environmental agenda, an offshore wind energy bill that the panel has twice failed to pass.
The governor is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee. The senate's president has moved a member of committee to another panel in order to get the votes needed to move the measure to the full Senate, where it has enough sponsors to pass this year.
During an appearance at Marc Steiner's Annual Summit in Annapolis, Governor Martin O'Malley made it clear he would be seeking new revenue to shore up the transportation fund due to run out of money for new projects by 2017. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared report on the summit and the governor's plans.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week's special session to expand gambling.
In a memo to senators, Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9. After a bill is officially introduced, the Senate will adjourn to allow a hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which will vote on the bill.
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.