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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed the state's $43.5 billion budget.
The House voted 135-6 for the measure Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate.
The House also voted 112-29 for a companion bill that is working in tandem with the budget legislation to balance the state's books.
The measures passed with little debate, but lawmakers have expressed concerns about how changes in the federal government could affect the state's workforce and budget.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland workers could earn up to seven paid sick days a year, under a measure approved by the House of Delegates.

The House voted 84-54 on Tuesday for the bill.

Workers could earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work, up to seven full sick days a year. The House bill would apply to workers at companies with at least 15 employees.

Maryland law does not require private-sector employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid sick leave.

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The Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure that allows felons to vote while they complete parole or probation.

The key vote came from Democrat Craig Zucker who voted for the override first as a Delegate and then as a state Senator after his appointment.

The Senate vote was 29 to 16.

A similar bill now goes back to the House of Delegates where a second override effort will take place without his vote.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Del. Rob Bell is set to announce his candidacy for Virginia attorney general.
Bell is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday to make the announcement, which has been widely expected.
Bell represents an area just outside Charlottesville and was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2001. A former prosecutor who now works in private practice, Bell unsuccessfully pursued the GOP nomination for attorney general in 2013.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrats have picked up one seat in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.

Unofficial results on election night showed that Democratic Delegate Kathleen Murphy was leading the race for the House District 34 seat by fewer than 200 votes. But the race remained too close to call Tuesday evening.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group of Virginians who unsuccessfully challenged the state's legislative boundaries in federal court is appealing a recent ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The group, which is backed by lawyers who frequently work for the Democratic Party, filed its notice of appeal Monday.

Last week a panel of federal judges rejected the allegations that the Republican-led Virginia House of Delegates illegally packed black voters into a dozen legislative districts.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A panel of federal judges has rejected a lawsuit alleging that the Virginia House of Delegates illegally packed black voters into a dozen legislative districts.

The judges ruled 2-1 Thursday that the House redistricting plan approved in 2011 was constitutional and did not improperly gerrymander the legislative map to concentrate African Americans into 12 legislative districts and diminish black voters' influence in the rest of the state.

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Congressman Andy Harris will be facing a former Delegate in the next year’s Republican primary.

He’s Michael Smigiel who believes that Harris has become to open to compromise in Washington.

Smigiel describes himself as a libertarian conservative but touts his time in Annapolis as someone who worked across the aisle with Democrats.The Republican was elected to the House of Delegates from 2003 until his loss last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on the state's $40.7 billion budget.

The vote is expected Thursday afternoon.

The House has made room in the budget to restore education funding that had not been as high as Democratic lawmakers had been hoping for in Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's budget. The House also restored a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state employees.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will be delivering his first State of the State speech.

The speech, which is scheduled for noon on Wednesday in Annapolis, is expected to provide more detail about Hogan's main goals for the legislative session.

Doug Mayer, a spokesman for the governor, says Hogan plans to outline his legislative agenda in the speech, which will take place in the House of Delegates.

He also says Hogan will talk about some tax relief the Republican governor is backing this session.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is taking up the state's $39 billion budget.

The House on Wednesday will consider changes to budget measures that are working in tandem to balance the books for the next fiscal year.

The state Senate already has approved the measures.

The work done by the House on Wednesday will put delegates on track to pass their version of the budget legislation this week.

That will give lawmakers more than a week to work out any differences before the Maryland General Assembly adjourns April 7.

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The Mayor of Crisfield Percy Purnell has jumped into the race for District 38A in Maryland’s House of Delegates which represents Somerset County and parts of Wicomico County.

The 73-year old Purnell said that he was running because of concerns about the livelihoods of watermen and farmers.

The longtime Crisfield resident added many people urged him to run.

He also expressed a lack of confidence in first term incumbent Republican Charles Otto.

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A Democrat has entered the race for the two-seat District 37B in Maryland’s House of Delegates.

Keasha Haythe is the only Democrat so far and decided to entered the race after Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio was running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Haythe told the Salisbury Daily Times that she would focus on three main issues: economic development education and the environment.

The district runs from Talbot County through Dorchester County.

It also included parts of Caroline and Wicomico Counties.

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Retired teacher McKinley Albert Hayward has decided to run for District 1 on the Wicomico County Council next year.

The longtime local resident said he would focus his campaign on education, employment and housing.

In addition, he hopes to improve public schools and bring more high-tech jobs to the area.

In focusing on education, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Hayward said he is concerned that neighboring Worcester County’s schools get more blue ribbon recognition than Wicomico County.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - House Speaker Michael Busch has sworn in David Fraser-Hidalgo to the House of Delegates.

The speaker swore in Fraser-Hidalgo on Monday in the House chamber in Annapolis.

The new delegate will represent District 15 in Montgomery County. He replaces Brian Feldman, who was appointed to the state Senate last month.

Fraser-Hidalgo was a Montgomery County police officer before moving to the private sector. He currently works as area sales director for Regus, a global provider of small and midsize business support.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The longest-serving delegate in the Maryland House, Hattie Harrison, has died.

House Speaker Michael Busch announced Harrison's death late Monday night. The Baltimore Democrat was 84.

Harrison was the first African American woman to chair a legislative committee in the General Assembly. She chaired the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee for 33 years. The panel considers proposals on the rules, organization and procedures of the House and the General Assembly.

Harrison was first elected to the state's House of Delegates in 1973.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is set to take up a measure that would pave the way for expanded gambling in the state.

The House is scheduled to convene at 2 p.m. Tuesday to consider allowing table games such as blackjack at casinos, and to permit a new casino site in Prince George's County.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted Monday night to reduce taxes for the operators of a new Anne Arundel County casino and a planned one in Baltimore. The move is aimed at offsetting the economic impact of a future Prince George's casino near Washington.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates began working on a measure to expand gambling as a special session continues in Annapolis.

The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to work on the bill Monday afternoon.

The Senate passed the bill 28-14 on Friday, the second day of the special session Gov. Martin O'Malley has called to focus on resolving lingering gambling issues in the state.

The measure would allow table games like poker and a new casino site in Prince George's County. 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Maryland House of Delegates are scheduled to discuss a push to expand gambling in Maryland.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.

House Speaker Michael Busch met for about two hours on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland's largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George's County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is set to vote on a package of budget measures in a special session.

The House vote on Wednesday could wrap the session, if no changes are made to the bills that already have passed the state Senate.

One measure would increase state income taxes on individuals who make more than $100,000 a year in taxable income and couples who earn more than $150,000.

A companion bill would start shifting some teacher pension costs to local governments over four years.


       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of offshore wind will be highlighting its benefits as the House of Delegates nears a vote on a measure to develop it in Maryland.

     A coalition of supporters is scheduled to talk on Friday about how the measure could help minority-owned businesses in the state. They also will be discussing health benefits they say will result from reducing air pollution.

     The House of Delegates could vote on the bill as soon as Friday.





     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates will be working on the state's $35.9 billion budget.

     The House has scheduled two sessions for Thursday, as it considers amendments to a package of budget measures.

     One includes a scaled-back version of an income tax increase already approved by the state Senate.

     Another budget measure would phase in a split of teacher pension costs with the counties in three years, instead of four.


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Members of the House of Delegates will consider a bill to legalize gay marriage.

     After passing through a panel of 45 lawmakers, legislation to allow same-sex unions is expected to be introduced to the full chamber on Wednesday.

     The bill moves to the House floor with the support of at least

one Republican, Delegate Robert Costa.

     Costa voted to move the bill out of committee Tuesday, a day after Gov. Martin O'Malley said the support of GOP lawmakers could be critical to passing the legislation.