Maryland General Assembly

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the spending plan for the next fiscal year, after House and Senate negotiators worked out some minor differences.

They agreed on $5 million in state money for scholarships based on need for students who attend private schools.

The House voted 130-7 for the budget a short time later.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the spending plan for the next fiscal year, after House and Senate negotiators worked out some minor differences.

They agreed on a $5 million initiative for tax credits for businesses to donate to private schools that serve low-income students.

The House could take a final vote on budget later Tuesday.

Governor's office

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is supporting a measure to live stream and archive video of General Assembly floor and voting sessions.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford expressed support for the bill Wednesday at the Board of Public Works. The board live streams its meetings at an annual cost of between $3,000 and $3,500.

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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.

creative commons

An ice hockey rink in Worcester County is one step closer.

The Maryland Stadium Authority has voted to go ahead with a study to evaluate the 62-hundred seat arena.

It will look at the project from a marketing and economic standpoint.  

Worcester’s economic development director Bill Badger told the Salisbury Daily Times that this gives the county an official opportunity to get an evaluation.

The proposal for the study must now get through the Maryland General Assembly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's crunch time for the Maryland General Assembly, and lawmakers still have a budget to pass.

The 90-day legislative session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.

Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a budget compromise on Saturday, but it's unclear if the Legislature is willing and able to pass some of Hogan's legislative initiatives that the governor says are important to the deal.

Don Rush

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.

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.

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is moving toward a vote on its version of the state budget.

     Lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday on four measures that are being used in tandem to balance the state's books for the next fiscal year and cut the state's long-running structural deficit in half.

     The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday night.