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Grant money at risk if Maryland doesn't change sex offender registry

Maryland lawmakers thought the flurry of seven bills passed last year brought the state's sex offender registry in line with federal standards, but they discovered differently this week and now face a tough choice: Enact legislation to register juvenile offenders for life, or risk losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants.

Tags: sex offender registry , Byrne Justice Assistance Grants , Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act , Bill Toohey , Martin O'Malley

Friday - 01/21/2011, 02:00am EST

Md. lawmakers look to taxes, spending for $1.6B shortfall

The Maryland government will set its sights on raising taxes and cutting spending, as the general assembly begins a 90-day session Wednesday to tackle the $1.6 billion budget gap.

Tags: Annapolis , Thomas V. Miller , Martin O'Malley , John Astle , Patrick L. McDonough , Victor Ramirez

Monday - 01/10/2011, 10:46am EST

Lawmakers look to boost the booze tax in Md.

A bill to hike the taxes on booze by 10 cents a drink may be introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.

Tags: taxes , Richard Madaleno , Andrew Mollenbeck , booze , alcohol

Wednesday - 01/05/2011, 01:28am EST

Shift coming to critical Md. House committee

Witnesses headed to testify before lawmakers on sensitive topics like domestic abuse, cyber-bullying and drunk driving have complained that members of Maryland's House Judiciary Committee could be rude, sarcastic and even insulting.

Tags: Michael Busch , Maryland House Judiciary Committee , Joseph Vallario Jr , Kathleen Dumais , Sue Kullen

Thursday - 12/30/2010, 05:14pm EST

Md. government paying people to quit their jobs

In order to trim the budget and reduce the size of state government, Maryland is offering eligible state employees a buyout.

Tags: buyout , furloughs , Voluntary Separation Program , Martin O'Malley , Darci Marchese

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 04:53pm EST

Md. Del. paid taxpayer money to girlfriend as rent

Delegate Joseph Bartlett said a housing arrangement that saw him pay his girlfriend $120 per night to stay at her house while he attended General Assembly sessions has not benefited him financially.

Tags: Joseph Bartlett , Department of Legislative Services

Friday - 06/11/2010, 12:42pm EDT

Md. county makes curriculum marketing deal

Montgomery County will have some of Pearson's experts help district writers revamp the elementary education curriculum. In return, Pearson will market the curriculum with the Montgomery County Public Schools' name attached. In return for the use of its name, MCPS gets 2.5 percent of the material sales.

Tags: Montgomery County Public Schools , Pearson Higher Education , Brian Edwards , curriculum ,

Wednesday - 06/09/2010, 12:56am EDT

Bill establishes tax payment plan for small businesses

A Frederick County lawmaker's bill to offer a payment plan for small-business property taxes has passed both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly.

Tags: small business , Donald Elliott , Frederick County , Carroll County , David Brinkley , taxes

Friday - 04/09/2010, 11:11am EDT

Frederick Co. closer to pay-as-you-throw trash plan

A pilot program would create a volume-based or weight-based system, where customers are charged more for throwing away more trash, and less for recycling more.

Tags: Kai Hagen , trash , trash collection , recycling , Jan Gardner

Tuesday - 03/30/2010, 11:49am EDT

Debate continues over closing of girls' detention facilty

Girls currently in Maryland who require high-security facilities could be sent out of state.

Tags: Baltimore , Waxter Center , Anne Arundel County , juvenile crime , Kathleen Dumais , Department of Juvenile Services , ACLU

Thursday - 03/18/2010, 08:47pm EDT
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