Sunday, April 21, 2013
Security scares after the Boston bombings dominate several jurisdictions and other state news you may have missed.
Sunday, April 21
By Patch Staff Running clubs across Maryland had members who ran in the Boston Marathon, the bombing story follows a trail to Montgomery County and hoaxes send local law enforcement scrambling statewide. Read more in state news: Suspects in Boston Marathon Bombings Have Maryland Ties The investigation into the Boston Marathon bomber case turned to Maryland on Friday with media flocking to a Montgomery County neighborhood to hear the suspects' uncle say he was ashamed of what his nephews are accused of doing. Marathon Tragedy: How a Tragedy Hit Home in Maryland Monday's terror attack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon shocked the country and touched communities far from Massachusetts, including many right here in Maryland. Chevy …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-MD, calls Maryland postal workers selfless for the risks they sometimes face in national letter threats.
Wednesday, April 17
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-MD, (Dist. 5) Wednesday thanked Maryland postal workers, some of whom may face increased risk in cases of dangerous substances being mailed in threats against Washington officials. Federal investigators searched a mail sorting facility in Prince George's County Tuesday night for clues to the origins of a ricin-laced letter sent to Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, according to The Washington Post. The U.S. Senate's mail sorting operation is located at 6330 Columbia Park Road in Landover. An FBI spokesperson would not divulge the location of the bureau's investigation, but several outlets published images of hazmat trucks parked outside of the Landover facility on Tuesday. Hoyer issued the following statement thanking …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Learn about a different kind of Maryland "crab," where Costco fans are flocking and how a flash heat wave felled students. Be prepared with all the Maryland news across Patch.
Sunday, April 14
By Patch Staff Relationship Between Army Recruiter and Slain Rockville Teen Examined As the community grieves, details are emerging about the nature of the relationship between a Rockville High School student and an Army recruiter whom police say shot and killed the teen before killing himself at his Germantown home. Blue Angels Cancel Remaining Air Shows in 2013 The rest of the season—including the air show in Annapolis—was canceled due to budget constraints in the defense department, an official said. Michelle Obama to Speak at Bowie State University Commencement The first lady will address approximately 600 graduates during commencement excercises on May 17, and BSU will confer an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon the first lady. …
Friday, April 12, 2013
John Leopold, former Anne Arundel County executive, left jail Friday after serving a 30-day sentence for misconduct.
John Leopold, the former Anne Arundel County executive found guilty on two counts of criminal misconduct in January, was released Friday after serving a 30-day jail sentence. Leopold will continue to serve 30 days on house arrest, according to his sentencing. After starting his political career 43 years ago as a state representative in Hawaii, the 70-year-old faces his first time out of elected office since 1995, according to Maryland State Archives. Patch wants to know what readers think Leopold should do next. Vote in our poll. Editor's note: The poll has been published to all eight Patch websites in Anne Arundel County.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The news you may have missed from across Maryland.
Sunday, April 7
By Patch Staff Maryland Senate Passes Gun Control Bill Maryland senators voted Thursday night to approve an amended gun control bill rather than send the legislation to conference committee. Mike Miller Wouldn't Mind A Toke Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he supports medical marijuana for cancer patients. "I've got a fractured nerve in my tooth right now," Miller said. "I wouldn't mind a toke myself." Cicadas Return: 17-year Cicadas to Overtake East Coast by the Millions In May, cicadas in Maryland and along the Eastern seaboard will wake from their 17-year sleep. First Lady Hosts Watkins Mill Students for Jackie Robinson Film Workshop First Lady Michelle Obama and actor Harrison Ford were among participants in a panel…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The 28-19 vote helps Gov. Martin O'Malley's top legislative priority avoid a conference committee some believed would kill the legislation.
Maryland senators voted Thursday night to approve an amended gun control bill rather than send the legislation to conference committee. Senators approved the bill by a vote of 28-19 just one day after the House debated the bill for 10 hours over two-days and added 17 amendments to a bill previously approved by the Senate. The bill was a major component of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s legislative priorities for the 90-day legislative session. “The fact is, the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 provides no safety,” said Sen. EJ Pipkin, Senate Minority Leader. The concurrence means that the bill goes to Gov. Martin O’Malley for his signature rather than to a conference committee with just four days left in the session. Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The amended bill, passed by a 78-61 vote, will go back to the Senate and possibly a conference committee.
The Maryland House of Delegates Wednesday passed gun control legislation proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley by a vote of 78-61. The amended bill bans 40 kinds of rifles including the AR15, requires fingerprinting and licensing of all purchasers of new guns and broadens the law prohibiting firearms purchases by anyone who is involuntarily committed because of mental illness. The bill was a major component of O'Malley's legislative package announced at the beginning of the 90-day session. The House of Delegates debated the bill for nearly 10 hours over two days. The amended bill will return to the Senate. The bill could go to a conference committee if the Senate does not accept the changes made by the House. Both the House and Senate must …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The bill that increases the gasoline tax by as much as 20 cents by 2016 now heads to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.
A tax that will increase the cost of gas by as much as 20 cents by 2016 was given final approval Friday by the Maryland Senate. The bill passed largely along party lines by a vote of 27-20. Eight Democrats joined all 12 Republicans in opposing the tax increase measure. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign the tax into law. The final vote came after legislators suspended the rules, allowing them to take both a preliminary and final vote in the same day and allow many lawmakers to leave the capital to observe Good Friday. The bill increases the state's tax on gas by more than 20 cents to 43.7 cents per gallon on July 2016. The tax would increase to 44.6 cents per gallon if the federal government …
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman continued to change the leadership in Anne Arundel this week.
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman's transformation of departments within the county government continued this week, as two more people were replaced. A press release from Neuman's office announced the appointment of two new members to the Constituent Services team. The release did not mention any dismissals, but The Maryland-Gazette reported the appointments came with the removal of two constituent services specialists. Neuman announced Amy Leahy will represent her hometown of Severna Park and west county. Eastport resident Hope Stewart will represent south county and Annapolis, while North county will be temporarily represented by a veteran constituent services employee. Mark Chang and Kelsey McConkey, both of whom represented …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A preliminary vote in the full Maryland Senate could be scheduled as early as Friday.
The Senate Budget and Tax Committee Thursday approved a bill that would increase the gas tax by as much as 20 cents by 2016. Sen. Ed DeGrange, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, joined Republican Sens. David Brinkley, Richard Colburn and George Edwards in voting against the bill. The nine remaining Democrats on the committee voted in favor of the bill as approved last week by the House of Delegates. With the committee's approval, the bill could be scheduled for a preliminary vote by the full 47-member Senate as early as Friday. The bill would increase the state's tax on gas by more than 20 cents to 43.7 cents per gallon on July 2016. The tax would increase to 44.6 cents per gallon if the federal government fails to pass an Internet sales tax…