Mike Miller http://delmarvapublicradio.net en MD Senate President Braces for Hard Debate on Minimum Wage http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-senate-president-braces-hard-debate-minimum-wage <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president is bracing his colleagues for a difficult debate over raising the state's minimum wage.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:18:17 +0000 Don Rush 47825 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Senate President Braces for Hard Debate on Minimum Wage Marijuana Legalization Topped Issues at This Year's Annual Annapolis Summit http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/marijuana-legalization-topped-issues-years-annual-annapolis-summit <p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:18:59 +0000 Don Rush 47407 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Marijuana Legalization Topped Issues at This Year's Annual Annapolis Summit Anthony Brown To Get Endorsement by Top Md Legislator http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/anthony-brown-get-endorsement-top-md-legislator <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for House Speaker Michael Busch says he will be endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown&#39;s bid to be the next governor of Maryland.</p><p>Alexandra Hughes said the speaker will announce his endorsement on Thursday in Annapolis.</p><p>Brown, a Democrat, served in the House of Delegates before Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley chose him to be his running mate in 2005. Brown served two terms representing Prince George&#39;s County, and he rose to the position of majority whip in the chamber.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:46:23 +0000 Don Rush 42691 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Anthony Brown To Get Endorsement by Top Md Legislator Key Endorsements for Brown in Governor's Race, Democrat Announces for Attorney General http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/key-endorsements-brown-governors-race-democrat-announces-attorney-general <p><strong>Brown Endorsement</strong></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:44:10 +0000 Don Rush 38119 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Key Endorsements for Brown in Governor's Race, Democrat Announces for Attorney General Governor O'Malley Meets With Top MD Lawmakers on Transportation Funding http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/governor-omalley-meets-top-md-lawmakers-transportation-funding <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has met with the Legislature's top lawmakers to talk about transportation funding issues.</p><p>The governor met Thursday with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, and House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel.</p><p>O'Malley says they're still searching for a consensus on how to raise money to address a backlog of transportation projects.</p><p>Matt Gallagher, O'Malley's chief of staff, says the discussion was constructive, and discussions are still ongoing.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:23:41 +0000 Don Rush 30012 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Governor O'Malley Meets With Top MD Lawmakers on Transportation Funding O'Malley Testifies for Repeal of Death Penalty http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/omalley-testifies-repeal-death-penalty <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley will testify in Annapolis on a measure to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.</p><p>O'Malley is scheduled to speak Thursday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.</p><p>The Democratic governor, who opposes capital punishment, pushed for repeal in 2009 and fell short.</p><p>O'Malley says he believes the Maryland General Assembly has the will to ban capital punishment this session.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:58:15 +0000 Don Rush 29162 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net O'Malley Testifies for Repeal of Death Penalty Governor Pushes Offshore Wind Farms http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/governor-pushes-offshore-wind-farms <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:44:42 +0000 Don Rush 29100 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Governor Pushes Offshore Wind Farms Martin O'Malley Expects Death Penalty Repeal This Year http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/martin-omalley-expects-death-penalty-repeal-year <P></P> <P><STRONG>Death Penalty</STRONG></P> <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he believes the Maryland General Assembly has the will to repeal capital punishment this session.</P> <P>O'Malley, who said Tuesday he will be making repeal a priority, says the death penalty is a waste of resources that could be better used to fight crime in more productive ways.</P> <P>The potential repeal of capital punishment has received added attention recently, after Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he believes it will pass this year. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:53:02 +0000 Don Rush 27569 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Martin O'Malley Expects Death Penalty Repeal This Year MD Gov. Hints at Tax Hike for Transportation Fund http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-gov-hints-tax-hike-transportation-fund <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P>During an appearance at&nbsp;Marc Steiner's Annual&nbsp;Summit in Annapolis, Governor Martin O'Malley made it clear he would be&nbsp;seeking new revenue to shore up the&nbsp;transportation fund due to run out of money for new projects by 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp;Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared report on the summit and the governor's plans.</P> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:28:52 +0000 Don Rush 27268 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Gov. Hints at Tax Hike for Transportation Fund Death Penalty Vote in MD Senate Expected http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/death-penalty-vote-md-senate-expected <P>Maryland Senate President Mike Miller says he will allow a vote on a measure that would repeal the death penalty.</P> <P>Miller personally supports the death penalty.</P> <P>But the Democrat said he has told Governor Martin O’Malley he would give him an opportunity to have a vote.</P> <P>In the past it has been buried in a Senate committee.</P> <P>Miller told the Baltimore Sun that if the Governor has the votes he will allow it to go to the floor.</P> <P>O’Malley has been a longtime opponent of the death penalty and he has gotten some pressure from the NAACP to push again for its end d Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:40:24 +0000 Don Rush 26925 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Quick Maryland Senate Action on Gambling Expansion Expected Next Week http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/quick-maryland-senate-action-gambling-expansion-expected-next-week <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week&#39;s special session to expand gambling.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:28:20 +0000 Don Rush 17921 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Governor Hopeful for Solving Impasse on Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-governor-hopeful-solving-impasse-gambling-expansion <p>Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George&rsquo;s County.</p><p>His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor&rsquo;s residence.</p><p>The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:03:15 +0000 Don Rush 17002 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Meeting of Top Maryland Officials Fails to Reach Agreement on Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/meeting-top-maryland-officials-fails-reach-agreement-gambling-expansion <p>No decision yet on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to House Speaker Michel Busch who emerged this afternoon from a meeting with Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley and Senate President Mike Miller.</p><p>Meanwhile, Miller who supports expansion told reporters that he believe there are people need more persuading &ndash; or in his words &ndash; we need some elbow grease.</p><p>The key stumbling block is the state&rsquo;s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:15:43 +0000 Don Rush 16958 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Last Ditch Effort In Maryland to Expand Gambling This Year http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/last-ditch-effort-maryland-expand-gambling-year <p>There are some last minute efforts to revive the prospects for expanded gambling in Maryland.</p><p>Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley is set to meet with top Prince George&#39;s and Montgomery County officials as well as the Mayor of Baltimore today.</p><p>Tomorrow O&#39;Malley is set to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.</p><p>Lawmakers have had trouble reaching an agreement on how to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George&#39;s County.</p><p>O&#39;Malley has said he will call a special session, if lawmakers can work out an agreement.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:21:03 +0000 Don Rush 16865 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Pit Bulls on Agenda for Maryland Lawmakers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pit-bulls-agenda-maryland-lawmakers <p>Maryland legislators are gearing up to take a close look at a state court ruling that says Pit bulls are inherently dangerous.</p><p>Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch announced that they were forming a 10-member taskforce to examine the issue.</p><p>Miller said that the decision would have profound effects on dogs, dog owners, tenants and property owners.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 12:44:43 +0000 Don Rush 13955 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Special Session in Annpolis on Gambling Set for Week of July 9 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/special-session-annpolis-gambling-set-week-july-9 <p>&nbsp;</p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland&#39;s legislative leadership has&nbsp;announced a possible date for a special session to consider the&nbsp;expansion of gambling.</p><p>Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker&nbsp;Michael Busch said Monday evening that if a work group reaches a consensus, a special session will be held the week of July 9.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:25:46 +0000 Don Rush 13433 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Spectic Regulations Come Under Fire in Annapolis http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-spectic-regulations-come-under-fire-annapolis <p>&nbsp;</p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland senators are criticizing&nbsp;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.</p><p>The matter came up during debate Monday during a special session that has been called to address budget matters.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 12:54:48 +0000 Don Rush 13011 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Dooms Day Budget Could be Avoided With Maryland Senate Vote http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/dooms-day-budget-could-be-avoided-maryland-senate-vote <p>&nbsp;</p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is poised to vote on a&nbsp;package of budget measures in a special session.</p><p>The Senate is set to take a vote needed to send the legislation&nbsp;to the House of Delegates on Tuesday.</p><p>The special session, which began Monday, has been called by&nbsp;Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley to avert about $500 million in cuts triggered by a &quot;doomsday budget&quot; that was triggered when lawmakers failed to pass a package of legislation during the regular 90-day session last month.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 12:45:53 +0000 Don Rush 13010 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Special Session in Annapolis Considers Revenue Measures http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/special-session-annapolis-considers-revenue-measures <p>&nbsp;</p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers are heading back to Annapolis</p><p>for a three-day special session to approve a budget deal hashed out by Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley and House and Senate leaders.</p><p>The deal includes income tax increases for individuals making&nbsp;$100,000 or more and households making $150,000 or more. The&nbsp;Democratic governor says the tax hikes are necessary to avoid cuts to education and other critical services.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 12:45:36 +0000 Don Rush 12938 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Top Maryland State Leaders on Special Session to Close Budget Deficit http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/top-maryland-state-leaders-special-session-close-budget-deficit <p>&nbsp;</p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley and leading lawmakers&nbsp;are set to discuss Maryland&#39;s upcoming special legislative session.</p><p>The Democratic governor agreed to call the special session after the Democratic-led legislature failed to agree on a budget, triggering more than $500 million in cuts.</p><p>The House and Senate are expected to use the session to push through an income tax increase that would eliminate the need for the cuts, which would largely affect education and social services.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 12:47:06 +0000 Don Rush 12675 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net O'Malley Accepts Some Blame for Budget Impasse http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/omalley-accepts-some-blame-budget-impasse <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley says he accepts part of the blame for the breakdown that led to $512 million in cuts instead of new tax revenues and alternative savings in state spending.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; O&#39;Malley, who spoke on WTOP Thursday, said &quot;we all hold blame,&quot; referring to himself and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:30:40 +0000 Don Rush 11238 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net