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7:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

$39 Billion Budget Set for MD House of Delegates


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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9:18 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Crisfield Mayor Enters Race for Lower Shore Delegate

Crisfield Mayor Percy Purnell
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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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8:55 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Democrat Seeks to Succeed Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio

Keasha Haythe
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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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9:12 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Race for District 1 Seat in Wicomico County Begins

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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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8:34 am
Tue October 22, 2013

New Md Delegate Sworn In

David Frazer-Hidalgo

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.

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9:17 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Del. Hattie Harrison Dies, Age 84

Delegate Hattie Harrison (D-Baltimore)

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.

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9:31 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Gambling Expansion Goes to Full House in Annapolis

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.

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12:21 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

MD House of Delegates Takes Up Gambling

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. 

8:55 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Democratic Leaders In MD House of Delagates to Meet on Gambling Expansion

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.

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8:24 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Annapolis Could See Final Passage of Budget Bill


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.

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9:08 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Offshore Wind Supporters Make Push as Vote Nears in Annapolis


       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.




7:43 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Maryland House of Delegates Takes Up State Budget


     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.

8:47 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Gay Marriage Bill Expected on the Floor of the Maryland House of Delegates


     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.

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