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7:53 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Educators Lobby Md Lawmaker for Higher Pay

Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch (D)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County teachers are telling House Speaker Michael Busch they are overworked and underpaid as the 2014 legislative session begins.

The Capital reports Busch, a former teacher, met with the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County on Saturday.

Busch said the General Assembly provides $6.2 billion for Maryland schools, making them some of the best funded in the nation.

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9:18 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Topped Issues at This Year's Annual Annapolis Summit

Governor Martin O'Malley and Marc Steiner at annual Annapolis Summit
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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.

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8:34 am
Tue October 22, 2013

New Md Delegate Sworn In

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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.

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10:46 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Anthony Brown To Get Endorsement by Top Md Legislator

MD House Speaker Michael Busch
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for House Speaker Michael Busch says he will be endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's bid to be the next governor of Maryland.

Alexandra Hughes said the speaker will announce his endorsement on Thursday in Annapolis.

Brown, a Democrat, served in the House of Delegates before Gov. Martin O'Malley chose him to be his running mate in 2005. Brown served two terms representing Prince George's County, and he rose to the position of majority whip in the chamber.

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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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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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12:14 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Internet Gambling Could Be Considered Next Week in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says the possibility of developing Internet gambling in the state will be under consideration in a special session next week.

The speaker briefly noted the possibility in a memo sent to members of the House of Delegates on Wednesday evening.

Busch, D-Anne Arundel, noted that an important component of the special session will be to ensure Maryland has a sustainable gambling program that is competitive with surrounding mid-Atlantic states.

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12:12 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Annapolis Takes Up Gambling Expansion in August

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks.

O'Malley said at a news conference Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller that the session will begin on Aug 9. O'Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state.

Efforts to expand gambling in the regular session collapsed in the final hours in April. A work group that was convened last month to address the issue failed to reach a consensus.

9:04 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Special Session On Gambling Expansion Expected From MD Governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md  (AP) House Speaker Michael Busch says he believes Governor Martin O’Malley has decided to go ahead with a special legislative session to expand gambling in Maryland.

O’Malley held a meeting with House Democrats to get them up to speed for announcement.

Busch says that he believes the Governor thinks the votes are there for legislative approval.

The session would look at adding a 6th casino site in Prince George’s County and adding table games such as blackjack.

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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9:03 am
Wed July 18, 2012

MD Governor Hopeful for Solving Impasse on Gambling Expansion

Governor Martin O’Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County.

His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor’s residence.

The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.

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3:15 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Meeting of Top Maryland Officials Fails to Reach Agreement on Gambling Expansion

No decision yet on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s according to House Speaker Michel Busch who emerged this afternoon from a meeting with Governor Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller.

Meanwhile, Miller who supports expansion told reporters that he believe there are people need more persuading – or in his words – we need some elbow grease.

The key stumbling block is the state’s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.

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12:21 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Last Ditch Effort In Maryland to Expand Gambling This Year

There are some last minute efforts to revive the prospects for expanded gambling in Maryland.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with top Prince George's and Montgomery County officials as well as the Mayor of Baltimore today.

Tomorrow O'Malley is set to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.

Lawmakers have had trouble reaching an agreement on how to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George's County.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session, if lawmakers can work out an agreement.

12:00 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Door Cracks Open In Maryland for Special Session on Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says the door is still open for further discussion on expanding gambling in the state.

Busch spoke to reporters on Thursday, a day after a workgroup looking at the issue announced it could not reach consensus at this time.

The speaker, who held two separate availabilities with reporters, said in the first gathering that House members on the panel had very strong feelings against lowering the state's 67 percent tax to accommodate a casino in Prince George's County.

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8:44 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Pit Bulls on Agenda for Maryland Lawmakers

Maryland legislators are gearing up to take a close look at a state court ruling that says Pit bulls are inherently dangerous.

Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch announced that they were forming a 10-member taskforce to examine the issue.

Miller said that the decision would have profound effects on dogs, dog owners, tenants and property owners.

8:25 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Special Session in Annpolis on Gambling Set for Week of July 9


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislative leadership has announced a possible date for a special session to consider the expansion of gambling.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said Monday evening that if a work group reaches a consensus, a special session will be held the week of July 9.

The Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion will study the issue and may propose legislation that the General Assembly could consider at the special session.

8:45 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Special Session in Annapolis Considers Revenue Measures


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers are heading back to Annapolis

for a three-day special session to approve a budget deal hashed out by Gov. Martin O'Malley and House and Senate leaders.

The deal includes income tax increases for individuals making $100,000 or more and households making $150,000 or more. The Democratic governor says the tax hikes are necessary to avoid cuts to education and other critical services.

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8:47 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Top Maryland State Leaders on Special Session to Close Budget Deficit


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley and leading lawmakers are set to discuss Maryland's upcoming special legislative session.

The Democratic governor agreed to call the special session after the Democratic-led legislature failed to agree on a budget, triggering more than $500 million in cuts.

The House and Senate are expected to use the session to push through an income tax increase that would eliminate the need for the cuts, which would largely affect education and social services.

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11:30 am
Fri April 13, 2012

O'Malley Accepts Some Blame for Budget Impasse


      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he accepts part of the blame for the breakdown that led to $512 million in cuts instead of new tax revenues and alternative savings in state spending.

     O'Malley, who spoke on WTOP Thursday, said "we all hold blame," referring to himself and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch.

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