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9:32 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Maryland Business Supports Gas Tax Hike for Transportation Projects

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland business leaders are speaking out in support of new revenues for transportation projects.

Several will be expressing their support in Annapolis Friday, the same day lawmakers will hold a hearing on a bill backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Don Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, is scheduled to attend. Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, is scheduled to speak.

The plan would apply a new 2 percent sales tax on gasoline starting in July. It would increase to 4 percent in July 2014.

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8:57 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Maryland Poised to Abolish Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is poised to become the 18th state in the nation to abolish the death penalty.

A death penalty repeal bill has already passed the state Senate and is expected to pass the House of Delegates on Friday.

Supporters of the repeal argue that capital punishment is costly, error-prone, racially biased and a poor deterrent of crime. Opponents say it's a necessary tool to punish lawbreakers who commit the most egregious crimes.

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9:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Employment Advancement Now Initiative Heads to O'Malley's Desk

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates has passed Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to create a grant process to help get people the skills for jobs that are in high demand.

The House passed the bill 115 to 23 on Tuesday. The Senate already has approved the measure.

It makes $2.5 million available for the Employment Advancement Now Initiative. The program will encourage regional training collaborations among businesses, nonprofits, colleges and local governments.

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11:08 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Gun Control Rally as Maryland Senate Approves Legislation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Capitol Police say thousands are expected to attend gun control rallies in Annapolis.

And police say that is prompting them to close some streets around the State House on Friday.

Police say Bladen Street and College Avenue will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. and are expected to remain closed for most of the day. And they are advising motorists to be prepared for traffic congestion and delays.

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10:23 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Governor O'Malley Meets With Top MD Lawmakers on Transportation Funding

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has met with the Legislature's top lawmakers to talk about transportation funding issues.

The governor met Thursday with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, and House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel.

O'Malley says they're still searching for a consensus on how to raise money to address a backlog of transportation projects.

Matt Gallagher, O'Malley's chief of staff, says the discussion was constructive, and discussions are still ongoing.

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8:26 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Governor O'Malley to Co-Chair Council of Governors

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - President Barack Obama has named Gov. Martin O'Malley co-chair of the Council of Governors.

The announcement was made Monday.

The council includes 10 governors, including five Democrats and five Republicans. It brings together governors and federal officials to address issues relating to the National Guard and homeland security.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was first appointed to the Council in 2010. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, is the co-chair of the council.

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8:29 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Sequester to Hit Maryland and Virginia Hard

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Virginia say they agree that huge, automatic federal budget cuts set to begin this week need to be avoided.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and his Virginia counterpart, Republican Bob McDonnell appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

The $85 billion in cuts that are scheduled to begin taking effect Friday would have a big impact on Maryland and Virginia due to proximity to the nation's capital.

O'Malley says they are job-killing cuts, and the country can't cut its way to prosperity.

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9:14 am
Fri February 22, 2013

MD Gun Control and Death Penalty Repeal Bills Make Progress

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee has approved a sweeping gun-control measure.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 late Thursday night in favor of the bill, which is a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda. The vote sends the legislation to the full Senate for debate next week.

In one of the biggest changes, the legislation would prohibit someone from owning a handgun if he or she has been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons.

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8:47 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Expected GOP Push Back on MD Gas Tax Proposal

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House Republicans are scheduled to talk about why they don't think the state should raise the gas tax.

Members of the GOP caucus have set a Tuesday morning news conference in Annapolis.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley last week expressed confidence that the Democratic-controlled House and Senate will reach a consensus on a new revenue plan for transportation.

O'Malley proposed phasing in a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline last year, but the idea stalled amid high gas prices.

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8:25 am
Fri February 15, 2013

MD Governor Urges Lawmakers to Repeal Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers to pass a measure that would repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

The Democratic governor and death penalty opponent denounced the practice of capital punishment during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, calling it inaccurate, costly, racially biased and ineffective in deterring violent criminals.

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9:04 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Push for Wind Power on Delmarva

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley told members of a reformulated state Senate committee that an offshore wind bill he is promoting for a third straight year could create hundreds of jobs.

O'Malley appeared Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee that has twice failed to pass the key part of his environmental agenda.

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8:58 am
Thu February 14, 2013

O'Malley Testifies for Repeal of Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley will testify in Annapolis on a measure to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

O'Malley is scheduled to speak Thursday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

The Democratic governor, who opposes capital punishment, pushed for repeal in 2009 and fell short.

O'Malley says he believes the Maryland General Assembly has the will to ban capital punishment this session.

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11:44 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Governor Pushes Offshore Wind Farms

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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.

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.

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10:13 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Governor O'Malley's Job Proposals

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is highlighting some initiatives he hopes will spur job growth.

The governor on Thursday outlined plans to help people get training for jobs that are in high demand. O'Malley has put $2.5 million in his budget proposal to create a competitive grant process to help get people the skills for jobs that are in high demand. He's calling it the Employment Advancement Now Initiative.

He's also backing a measure to speed up the professional licensing process for military families who move to Maryland from other states.

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8:31 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Fracking Ban on Table In Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fracking opponents plan to be in Annapolis for the introduction of a bill calling for a state moratorium on the natural gas drilling technique until studies are completed on its impact.

Delegate Heather Mizeur plans to introduce the bill on Thursday. Opponents of the drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing plan to join her at a news conference.

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8:51 am
Wed February 6, 2013

MD Governor to Testify on Gun Control Legislation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley will be testifying in Annapolis on a comprehensive gun-control measure he is backing this year.

O'Malley is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

The Democratic governor wants to ban assault weapons and create stricter licensing requirements for handguns.

The measure also includes provisions to improve the state's mental health services as a way to prevent violence. It would also set aside money in the state's capital schools budget for school safety.

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9:14 am
Wed January 30, 2013

MD State of the State, Repeal of Death Penalty

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State of the State Address

Governor Martin O’Malley is set to give his seventh State of the State address to the General Assembly at noon today.

Legislators will be looking to see what the governor has to say about funding transportation projects which could include a hike tax hike.

Unlike previous years the state is not facing a dire budgetary shortfall that at one point approached $2 billion.

The Maryland Democrat has also joined other counter parts in proposing gun control measures and school safety legislation.

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8:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Hopes for Kick Starting MD Off Shore Wind Power

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing a measure to help develop offshore wind that is very similar to a bill that fell short last year, but this time he's finding a more favorable climate in the Maryland General Assembly.


O'Malley, a Democrat, outlined details in the proposal on Tuesday.


The governor says a project of this magnitude will need to involve partners in othe


r states or the federal government to offshore wind started.

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11:56 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Gov. Martin O'Malley Elaborates Safety Priorities

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has elaborated on his public safety priorities for this year's legislative session.


O'Malley said Friday he wants to make $25 million available for schools to invest in security like locks and cameras. O'Malley also wants to boost the number of Maryland State Police officers.

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11:15 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Gov. O'Malley Proposes Expansion of Early Voting

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing legislation to increase the number of early voting days from six to eight and to allow people to register at the polls just before they vote early.


The Washington obtained a draft of the bill, which O'Malley is expected to propose Friday in Annapolis.


A gubernatorial spokeswoman says the bill is "about providing more opportunities for citizens to register and vote."

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8:47 am
Thu January 17, 2013

MD Budget Bracing for Federal Cuts


Governor Martin O’Malley says his $37 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year would boost jobs and protect the state from the financial uncertainty of deep spending cuts being considered in Washington.


The Maryland Democrat plans to increase the state’s from 5 percent to 6 percent of the state’s $16 billion general fund.


This will result in a $153 million increase in the fund bringing it to $921 million.


All told this would leave the state with about a$1.1 billion in cash reserves to make any adjustments to any federal cuts.

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11:58 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Capital Projects To Boost Growth in Maryland


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate president says Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget proposal includes a boost in capital projects to help spur job growth, and there is some debt that goes along with that.


Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller received a briefing on O'Malley's budget plan on Wednesday morning. He spoke to reporters in general about the proposal, leaving details for the governor to discuss later in the afternoon.

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8:53 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Martin O'Malley Expects Death Penalty Repeal This Year


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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he believes the Maryland General Assembly has the will to repeal capital punishment this session.


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.

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8:33 am
Wed January 16, 2013

New Climate Change Order's Uncertain Impact on Worcester County

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - Worcester County's planning director says it's too soon to say how a new climate change executive order will affect the county.


Worcester County planning director Ed Tudor says it certainly can't hurt, adding the state is already facing rising sea levels and sinking ground. Tudor told The Daily Times of Salisbury some projects could be affected, but he was waiting to see a Department of Natural Resources report called for in the order.

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11:36 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Doug Gansler Fills War Chest for Potential Run for Governor


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he has $5.2 million in his campaign account.


The attorney general, who is weighing a bid for governor in 2014, reported the amount to the Maryland State Board of Elections on Tuesday.


His campaign says it's five times more than Gov. Martin O'Malley had eight years ago as he was preparing to run for his first term.


The report says Gansler has raised $1.2 million since last year's filing.



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8:56 am
Tue January 15, 2013

O'Malley & NAACP Call for End to Death Penalty

BALTIMORE (AP) - The NAACP is joining Gov. Martin O’Malley and lawmakers in a call to repeal the death penalty.


Benjamin Jealous, the CEO of the National Association of Colored People, will participate in the news conference on Tuesday in Annapolis.


Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings and Gerald Stansbury, president of the NAACP’s state conference, also are scheduled to attend.


The potential of repealing capital punishment in Maryland has been highlighted since the General Assembly convened last week for the state of its legislative session.

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12:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Betting on the Ravens

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Chesapeake Bay crab cakes and Colorado lamb chops are on the line between Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.


The two governors made the wager Friday over this weekend's playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos.


Maryland will get a dozen lamb chops if the Ravens win, and O'Malley will send his Colorado counterpart 12 crab cakes in the event of a Broncos victory.


The AFC Divisional playoff game is being played Saturday in Colorado.

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9:28 am
Thu January 10, 2013

MD Gov. Hints at Tax Hike for Transportation Fund




During an appearance at Marc Steiner's Annual Summit in Annapolis, Governor Martin O'Malley made it clear he would be seeking new revenue to shore up the transportation fund due to run out of money for new projects by 2017.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared report on the summit and the governor's plans.

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8:55 am
Tue January 8, 2013

MD General Assembly Set To Begin Session

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democratic members of Congress will gather with state legislators for their 15th annual lunch on the eve of the General Assembly's legislative session.


The lunch is being held in Annapolis on Tuesday.


Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are scheduled to attend. Most of Maryland's seven Democratic House members also are scheduled to attend.


Gov. Martin O'Malley and the presiding officers of the General Assembly are scheduled to be at the luncheon as well, in addition to other Democratic lawmakers.

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8:53 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Air Conditioning Money for MD Schools

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration says $336 million in school construction funding and upgrades will be in the budget for the next fiscal year.


The governor made the announcement in Baltimore on Monday.


The budget will include $325 million for the state's Public School Construction Program. That will include $25 million for air conditioning in schools.

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