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  • Charter government popular among Md. counties 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 9:30 am
  • WESTMINSTER, Maryland - Though all 23 Maryland counties started by being run by county commissioners, more and more counties have switched to a charter form of government in search for greater control over local issues.

  • Economist: 2018 minimum wage will be worth $9.25 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:23 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - In a plan approved by the legislature, full-time minimum-wage workers in Maryland will ultimately make about $875 less annually than they would have under the governor's proposed timetable, an economic analyst said.

  • Prosecutors confronting marijuana law's challenges 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 5:47 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

  • Correction: Train Service-Holocaust-Maryland story 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:55 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - In stories March 10 and April 9 about the French rail company SNCF, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the company acknowledged guilt and paid more than $6 billion in reparations for its role in the Holocaust. The company has expressed regret for its role in deportations, and the reparations were paid by the French government itself, not the government-owned SNCF.

  • Disability dept. secretary retiring after 7 years 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:31 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Catherine Raggio, the secretary of Maryland's Department of Disabilities, plans to retire at the end of this month after seven years in the position.

  • Candidates urged to take stance on cigarette tax 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:25 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Health advocates are starting a campaign to make each General Assembly candidate take a stance on a proposal to raise the cigarette tax from $2 a pack to $3.

  • Compromises fail on several high-profile Md. bills 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:32 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Lawmakers' plans to allow shielding of certain criminal records and reform Maryland's bail system were lost in the shuffle of the legislative session's final days.

  • Md. governor signs bill expanding pre-K program 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 2:28 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed his first bill of the year, expanding the state's pre-kindergarten program to another 1,600 children from low-income families.

  • Maryland lawmakers pass minimum wage increase 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 12:53 am
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - The Maryland General Assembly gave final approval to incremental increases in the state's minimum wage over several years to $10.10 in 2018 and to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession, as the final regular legislative session of Gov. Martin O'Malley's tenure ended Monday.

  • Md. lawmakers approve minimum wage hike 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 12:14 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - The Maryland General Assembly has approved incremental increases to the minimum wage over several years.

  • How Md. senators voted on increasing minimum wage 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 5:55 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Here's how members of the Maryland Senate voted Saturday on increasing the minimum wage. The vote was 34-13 to approve the increase. A majority of 24 was needed.

  • Maryland General Assembly passes $38.7B budget 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 1:29 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to the state's $38.7 billion budget.

  • Md. OKs restrictions on shackling pregnant inmates 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 3:32 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Restrictions on the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women during labor and delivery have been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

  • $4.3M pre-K expansion approved in Maryland 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:05 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - A $4.3 million expansion of pre-kindergarten has been approved by the Maryland General Assembly.

  • Budget committee agrees to raise film tax credits 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 11:03 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Lawmakers have agreed to pony up extra money next year to keep "House of Cards" filming in Maryland.

  • Md. audit released on health exchange problems 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:26 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Maryland auditors who examined the state's badly flawed health exchange website were given redacted documents to review and produced a report that is limited and provides an incomplete understanding of the development of the site, the state's legislative auditor wrote.

  • Md. House votes for dog-bite liability measure 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 4:24 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - All Maryland dog owners would be equally liable if their dogs bite someone but also would have a chance to defend themselves in court under a bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly on Thursday.

  • Md. approves wage bill for school construction 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 7:29 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - A measure to expand Maryland's prevailing wage law has been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

  • Bills to address problems with Common Core passed 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 1:35 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - The Maryland General Assembly has approved measures to address concerns with the education program known as Common Core.

  • Md. General Assembly approves wildland expansion 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 2:05 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Maryland will protect nearly 22,000 additional acres of sensitive land under a proposal approved by the Legislature.

  • Domestic violence measures clear Md. Legislature 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 10:26 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Two measures to help battle domestic violence have been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

  • Budget committee pushes back film company debate 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 5:10 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Lawmakers tasked with reconciling the House and Senate budgets have approved a first round of minor compromises. They are saving the toughest decisions for later this week.

  • House committee to consider marijuana bill 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 2:19 am
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - A House committee is preparing to take up a bill that would eliminate criminal charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

  • Purdue prof's book looks at black women lawmakers 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 4:06 am
  • WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana - A Purdue University professor has written a book that takes a close look at the state of Maryland's black female lawmakers and what drives their political decisions.

  • 70-mph speed limit bill won't advance to Senate 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 10:47 am
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Maryland's House of Delegates has passed a measure allowing 70-mph speed limits on expressways and interstate highways, but the bill apparently won't receive a Senate vote.