Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Legislators from Districts 31 and 32 say tackling the budget is a big part of their plans for 2012.
The 430th legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly begins Wednesday at noon and legislators from Districts 31 and 32 said they are ready to tackle the state's biggest issues. Balancing the budget was a recurring theme among the state legislators representing the Glen Burnie area of things they plan to focus on this session. Delegate Pam Beidle (D-Linthicum) said in an email to her constituents that the budget continues to get headlines. "The Spending Affordability Committee has recommended that the governor’s proposed budget eliminate one-half of the [$1 billion deficit]. If the governor’s budget does not reflect these cuts, I am certain that the Appropriations Committee will recommend the cuts," she said in the email. Sen. Ed …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Congressional redistricting bill put forth by Gov. Martin O'Malley passed 91 to 46 in the House after passing 33 to 13 in the Senate on Tuesday.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
By Jessica Talson Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS—The Maryland House of Delegates passed a Congressional redistricting bill Wednesday that drew criticism from both Republicans and Democrats, who said it dilutes minority voting power and ignores geographical and political lines. The Congressional redistricting bill put forth by Gov. Martin O'Malley passed 91 to 46 in the House. The Senate approved the bill 33 to 13 on Tuesday. The bill will go back to the Senate on Thursday for approval of technical amendments, such as correcting typos. The new Congressional districts would slice away the more conservative part of District 6, represented by veteran Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-Buckeystown) making it marginally more Democratic. If a …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Committee votes to reject Republican alternative plan and sends Gov. Martin O'Malley's map to the full House.
A committee voted 18-5 along party lines late Tuesday afternoon to send Gov. Martin O'Malley's congressional redistricting plan to the full House of Delegates for a vote. The action by the House Rules Committee sets the stage for preliminary and final votes on Wednesday. The same committee rejected a Republican alternative plan similar to one proposed by Republican Sen. E.J. Pipkin in the Senate. The Senate also rejected Pipkin's plan. The House is expected to reconvene around 5 p.m. Tuesday night and the delay any action on the bill until 10 a.m. Wednesday in order to give Republican lawmakers an opportunity to prepare amendments to the bill. House Speaker Michael Busch said debate on the bill and the amendments could be extended. "It's …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Republicans offer only one amendment in a debate some expected would last until late Monday night.
UPDATED (7:23 p.m.)—A bill redrawing eight congressional districts in Maryland moved one step closer to final passage in the Senate with a 33-13 vote Monday night. The vote, taken nearly an hour after a specially appointed 15-member Senate committee voted late Monday afternoon to approve Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan, was anticlimactic. Republicans offered just one amendment to the bill in a debate that lasted minutes rather than hours. Sen. E.J. Pipkin's amendment would have stripped out O'Malley's plan in favor of Pipkin's, which added a third majority minority district and kept intact the two Republican districts. In the end, the Senate voted 13-33 to kill the amendment. Sen. Jim Brochin, of Towson, was the lone Democrat joining …
Focus turns to job creation plan that is likely to couple tax increases with growth in capital budget spending.
State agencies will begin a 60-day review of business regulations with an eye toward creating and retaining jobs in the state, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday. O'Malley announced his executive order just prior to the opening of a special session in which legislators will take up the issue of redrawing the state's eight congressional districts. The legislature will not take up a jobs bill or other related efforts between now and Wednesday when the the House and Senate are expected to recess. "The intent is to bring a package of things to the General Assembly" in January, O'Malley said. Part of that package is likely to include increased spending on capital budget items with a focus on transportation and school construction projects. "We …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Maryland legislators will meet beginning Oct. 17 for a special session to pass Congressional redistricting before the start of the 2012 legislative session, according to a press release from the governor's office.
Maryland legislators will return to Annapolis Oct. 17 for a special session ordered by Gov. Martin O'Malley in an effort to pass legislation for the state's Congressional redistricting plan. O'Malley issued an executive order Wednesday calling for the special session. Maryland must pass a Congressional redistricting plan before the 2012 legislative session begins in order to hold the presidential primary on April 3, 2012. “Every 10 years we create electoral districts from which our congressional representatives are to be elected based on census [data],” O’Malley said in a press release. “I look forward to working with Senate President Miller, House Speaker Busch and with the members of the General Assembly as we come together and work on…