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9:44 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Possible Change for MD Stormwater Fees

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says there could be some changes to the state's so-called "rain tax," but he doesn't expect it to be repealed.

Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has said the stormwater management fee is one of the taxes he'd like to get rid of.

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11:18 am
Fri January 17, 2014

MD Senate President Braces for Hard Debate on Minimum Wage

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president is bracing his colleagues for a difficult debate over raising the state's minimum wage.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Thursday it will be difficult to find a solution to address economic differences in various parts of the state. He says he needs people to be open to compromise.

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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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10:46 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Anthony Brown To Get Endorsement by Top Md Legislator

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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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12:44 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Key Endorsements for Brown in Governor's Race, Democrat Announces for Attorney General

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Brown Endorsement

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Rep. Steny Hoyer and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in his run for governor of Maryland.

Hoyer, the second-ranking Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced his endorsement along with the Senate president at an event in Waldorf on Monday, with another scheduled for Greenbelt.

Hoyer says he's proud to be partner with Brown to improve the state's economy and create jobs. He also commended Brown for his service as a colonel in the Army reserves.

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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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8:58 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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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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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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9:40 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Death Penalty Vote in MD Senate Expected

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.

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11:28 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Quick Maryland Senate Action on Gambling Expansion Expected Next Week

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week's special session to expand gambling.

In a memo to senators, Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9. After a bill is officially introduced, the Senate will adjourn to allow a hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which will vote on the bill.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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8:54 am
Tue May 15, 2012

New Spectic Regulations Come Under Fire in Annapolis

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland senators are criticizing regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment that would require the use of best available technology for nitrogen removal septic systems in new construction near the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed.

The matter came up during debate Monday during a special session that has been called to address budget matters.

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8:45 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Dooms Day Budget Could be Avoided With Maryland Senate Vote

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is poised to vote on a package of budget measures in a special session.

The Senate is set to take a vote needed to send the legislation to the House of Delegates on Tuesday.

The special session, which began Monday, has been called by Gov. Martin O'Malley to avert about $500 million in cuts triggered by a "doomsday budget" that was triggered when lawmakers failed to pass a package of legislation during the regular 90-day session last month.

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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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