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Gun Control

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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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.

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

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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.

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."

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.

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.

Death Penalty

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.

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.

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.

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.

Betting on the Ravens

Jan 11, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller says he will allow a vote on a measure that would repeal the death penalty.

Miller personally supports the death penalty.

But the Democrat said he has told Governor Martin O’Malley he would give him an opportunity to have a vote.

In the past it has been buried in a Senate committee.

Miller told the Baltimore Sun that if the Governor has the votes he will allow it to go to the floor.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - For 26 out-of-state trips, the state of Maryland spent $98,460 on Gov. Martin O'Malley's security detail from January until Sept. 18.

The Maryland State Police released the figure at the request of a Public Information Act request by The Baltimore Sun from Sept. 18.

A review by the state police says the total cost includes overtime, hotel bills, meals, rental cars, gas, airline and train tickets and other related expenses.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is headed for North Carolina to help raise money in that state's gubernatorial race.

O'Malley is scheduled to be in Raleigh on Thursday.

It's the latest stop on a carousel of out-of-state governors speaking and raising money in the state.

O'Malley, who is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, will campaign with Democrat Walter Dalton.

Gay Marriage,

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is teaming up with a Baltimore Ravens linebacker to raise money to support same-sex marriage.

The governor announced in an email on Wednesday that he will be attending a fundraiser next month with Brendon Ayanbadejo to support same-sex marriage in Maryland.

O'Malley and the linebacker are scheduled to attend a Monday Night Football party in Baltimore on Oct. 8 to raise money to support the November ballot question.

Governor Martin O'Malley, Biopic

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley walked an early — and tricky path — into presidential proving ground Iowa on Sunday, less than 60 days before the 2012 election.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association says he was focused on helping Iowans elect a Democratic governor in 2014, not sowing seeds for his own presidential ambition.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging Democratic Party activists to get fully behind President Barack Obama in the next two months.

O'Malley is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and is considered a likely 2016 presidential contender. He spoke Wednesday morning at a breakfast with Iowa delegates at the Democratic National Convention.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration says homicides, violent crime and property crime have dropped to the lowest levels since 1975 in Maryland.

O'Malley released year-end crime data on Wednesday for 2011. The Maryland State Police compile the data, which is submitted each year to the FBI.

O'Malley, a Democrat, says the total number of crimes has dropped 4.6 percent, compared to 2010. The governor says it's the lowest total crime rate reported in Maryland since the Uniform Crime Reporting program was adopted in 1975.