Tue April 7, 2015
Fracking Moratorium

Senate: No pause in support for bill to halt fracking

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senators are supporting a bill that would put a two year stop to any fracking in the state.

Senators on Monday voted 45-2 in favor of the bill, which sets adoption and implementation deadlines for hydraulic fracturing regulations, and prevents drilling permits from being issued until October 2017.

The bill originally proposed an eight-year moratorium on the controversial drilling method so that impacts to public health and the environment could be studied.

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Tue April 7, 2015
Charter Schools

Governor's charter school gets passing grade in Senate

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate is giving good marks to Gov. Larry Hogan's charter school bill.

On Monday, the Senate voted 46-1 in support of the amended bill, which some lawmakers called a "balanced approach" to the governor's initiative.

In an interview on Monday with The Associated Press, Hogan said the amendments "basically gutted" his bill.

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Tue April 7, 2015
Sick Days

Bill requiring paid sick days not advancing in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to require paid sick leave in Maryland is not moving forward in the Legislature this year.

Supporters of a bill requiring up to seven paid sick days released a letter on Monday from two leading lawmaker who say the measure will not advance this session.

Sen. Thomas Middleton, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and Del. Dereck Davis, who chairs the House Economic Matters Committee, wrote that their panels recognize the complex nature of the measure and the potential impact it would have on the state's businesses and workforce.

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Mon April 6, 2015
Ex-Offender Bills

Lawbreakers getting second chances from Maryland lawmakers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Bills giving law-breakers a chance to get back on their feet are making progress in the Maryland General Assembly — and with bipartisan support.

The legislation ranges from removing certain mandatory minimum sentences to restoring voting rights to ex-offenders once they leave prison.

Even Gov. Larry Hogan has publicly backed one bill that would shield certain non-violent offenses from the public eye.

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Fri April 3, 2015
Right to Work

GOP lawmakers eye "right to work" zones in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill that would create "right-to-work" zones in Delaware in an effort to spur economic development.

Under the legislation introduced Thursday, a person would not be required to be a member of a labor union or to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

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