Tue March 24, 2015
Heroin Distribution

Bill that would strengthen heroin laws returns to committee

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill that would hold heroin dealers responsible in the case of a fatal overdose is returning to the committee level.

On Monday, lead bill sponsor Del. Kathleen Dumais asked that the measure be referred back to committee so that it can be considered next year. Dumais is a Democrat representing Montgomery County.

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Tue March 24, 2015
Electronic Court-Funding

House reconsiders, passes bill for court filing surcharge

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Members of the Maryland House of Delegates have passed a bill they voted down late last week.

In an 82-58 vote, the delegates reconsidered and approved legislation that adds a Maryland court filing surcharge to support judiciary technology projects.

Baltimore City Democratic Del. Luke Clippinger made the motion for the reconsideration. He said a number of people in the Democratic caucus were able to get more information on what the bill did and its impact on the judiciary's budget.

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Mon March 23, 2015
Maryland Governor-Delegation

Hogan to discuss priorities with congressional delegation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan and members of Maryland's congressional delegation will be outlining the state's federal priorities.

The governor has scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon in Annapolis.

One priority the governor has already met with delegation members is to relocate the new FBI headquarters to Maryland.

Maryland is competing with Virginia for the new complex, which would be home to about 11,000 jobs.

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Fri March 13, 2015
Fertilizer Regulations

Bill stripped, pressure is on for fertilizer regulations

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Senate committee has voted to gut legislation implementing former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's phosphorous management plans, in favor of an amendment that establishes just two deadlines for meeting pollution management.

In a 7-4 vote down party lines, the committee voted in favor of an amendment to Sen. Paul Pinsky's bill, which recommended ways to address high levels of phosphorous pollution in the Chesapeake Bay that are caused by excess fertilizer on Eastern Shore farms.

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Fri March 13, 2015
Senate Races

Virginia state Senate races poised to be big dollar affairs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The fight for control of the Virginia state Senate is shaping up to be a big dollar affair as Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he's making it a top priority for his party to retake control of the upper chamber.

Only a handful of races are expected to be competitive in this fall's elections with much of the attention focused on a Democratic-leaning district in the Richmond area that's home to retiring Republican Sen. John Watkins.

Democrats lost control of the Senate last summer with the surprise resignation of a former Democratic Sen. Phil Puckett.

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