Fri March 13, 2015
Budget Maryland

Md. House panel has made budget cuts to add school money

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The chair of a Maryland budget panel says several hundred million dollars in added cuts have been made to the state budget to find more money for education and state employee pay.

Del. Maggie McIntosh told reporters Friday about changes the House Appropriations Committee has made to Gov. Larry Hogan's budget.

McIntosh says details will be discussed before the panel votes on budget legislation Friday.

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Fri March 13, 2015
Second Chance

Senate OKs bill that removes certain crimes from public view

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has passed a bill granting a clean slate to people convicted of certain non-violent crimes.

In a 46-0 vote, with one senator absent, lawmakers approved the Maryland Second Chance Act of 2015 on Friday.

The bill would allow people who have served their sentences— including probation and parole— and have maintained clean records for three years, to apply to have records related to non-violent misdemeanors made inaccessible to the public.

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Thu March 12, 2015

Voting rights for ex-felons take step forward in Senate

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill is moving forward in the General Assembly that would restore an ex-felon's voting rights while he is on parole or probation.

Senators debated the bill for an hour on Thursday, weighing the appropriate time for the restoration of someone's voting rights.

Current law states that someone in Maryland convicted of a felony is unable to register to vote for the length of their punishment, including prison time, probation and parole.

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Tue March 10, 2015
Hogan Stormwater Bill

Senate committee votes down governor's stormwater bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Senate committee is giving an unfavorable vote to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to repeal stormwater management fees.

The bill was voted down Tuesday 6-4 by the Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs, along with two other bills that proposed the repeal of the fees.

Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller also has proposed a bill that would end a state mandate for fees. On Tuesday he testified before the same Senate committee, touting the bill's bipartisan support and cooperation among counties and environmentalists.

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Tue March 3, 2015
Middletown Election

Mayor in Middletown, Delaware, elected to 14th term

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — Middletown Mayor Kenneth L. Branner has been elected to his 14th term.

The 68-year-old Branner received 940 votes in Monday's election, more than four times those of his two opponents.

Town Councilmen Andrew Chas and Jason Faulkner were re-elected to two year terms. Newcomer Howard Young was also elected to a two-year term.

Robert Stout was elected to a one-year term to succeed Councilwoman Robin Burgess, who died in December.

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