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Delegates push for special elections for vacancies in U.S. Senate, legislature; parties opposed

By Rebecca Lessner For the MarylandReporter.com Two freshmen delegates are attempting to bring more democracy to the people by passing legislation that would allow voters to choose their own representative when there is an unexpected vacancy in the U.S. Senate […]

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Delegates push for special elections for vacancies in U.S. Senate, legislature; parties opposed

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By Rebecca Lessner For the MarylandReporter.com Two freshmen delegates are attempting to bring more democracy to the people by passing legislation that would allow voters to choose their own representative when there is an unexpected vacancy in the U.S. Senate […]

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Hogan budget chief justifies action to control spending growth

Budget Secretary David Brinkley (Photo by Rebecca Lessner for MarylandReporter.com By Len Lazarick Len@MarylandReporter.com Delegates grilled Budget Secretary David Brinkley on Tuesday, asking him to justify Gov. Larry Hogan’s plans to limit

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Freshman legislators finds State House not as partisan as expected

Photo above: House of Delegates being sworn in Jan. 14. By Rebecca Lessner For MarylandReporter.com The largest freshmen class in 20 years came in swinging at the State House this session, taking

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Maryland excessive testing in schools challenged by legislators

By Rebecca Lessner For MarylandReporter.com An unusually bipartisan group of 39 Maryland lawmakers, lead by a freshman delegate who is a veteran high school math teacher, is calling for reconsideration of

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Senates Past gets the inside baseball about the Orioles present

Senate President Mike Miller, left, talks to Orioles manager Buck Showalter with former Sen. Sandy Schrader. By Len Lazarick Len@MarylandReporter.com How do you get Orioles manager Buck Showalter to quit sunny Sarasota,

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Comptroller, budget secretary concerned about cuts to pension payments

By Len Lazarick Len@MarylandReporter.com Comptroller Peter Franchot and Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget secretary are both raising objections to a proposal reducing state pension payments, saving money that may be used to

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Hogan, business groups favor small business property tax break

By Rebecca Lessner For the MarylandReporter.com Part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s promise to make Maryland “open for business” is a bill exempting many small businesses from the personal property tax collected

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Major change in pension funding proposed

 By Len Lazarick Len@MarylandReporter.com The legislature’s staff is recommending that lawmakers make another major change in pension funding, eliminating extra payments into Maryland’s underfunded pension system and returning to full actuarial

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Health advocates want state to stop taxing bottled water

Photo of bottled water by caterina clemente with Flickr Creative Commons License By Rebecca Lessner For MarylandReporter.com Health advocates moved to make water the “default drink of Maryland” by submitting a bill

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Maryland law on police seizure of property in drug trade could be restricted

Photo above: By Ruin Raider with Flickr Creative Commons License. By Rebecca Lessner For MarylandReporter.com The chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee is sponsoring a bill that will prevent police officers

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