Maryland General Assembly
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will use his final State of the State address on Thursday to urge lawmakers to raise the state’s minimum wage.
Decriminalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage and adjusting the fees paid to contain polluted stormwater are all likely to find their way into debates during this year’s legislative session.
An emergency measure will be submitted in Maryland to put people who thought they were enrolled in a health care plan through the state’s troubled health exchange but still did not receive coverage into a separate state safety net health plan.
The Maryland General Assembly could help efforts to fight public corruption by passing a measure to allow state prosecutors to grant immunity to witnesses so their testimony could not be used against them.
Leaders in the Maryland General Assembly will appoint a special task force to identify legislative and budgetary measures to address contraband and corruption problems identified at the Baltimore City Detention Center in a federal indictment last week.
The General Assembly passed a measure on Monday to make talking on a handheld cellphone while driving a vehicle a primary offense.
Environmentalists got some of what they wanted from Maryland lawmakers during the legislative session that headed toward adjournment Monday, including an offshore wind bill and a divisive measure designed to help farmers comply with Chesapeake Bay restoration regulations.
The Maryland General Assembly breezed toward adjournment Monday following a session of heavy lifting, approving a medical marijuana measure and an expansion of early voting on the last day, after most of the major bills already had been passed last week or even earlier.
The Maryland General Assembly is sailing into the last day of this year’s legislative session on Monday under unusual circumstances: Bills tackling the budget, gun control, repealing the death penalty and other major issues already have been sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley for his signature.
A Maryland lawmaker wants to tax gun ammunition and charge an annual gun registration fee with the revenues going to help the mentally ill.