Thursday, May 2, 2013
The bill signing will be live-streamed over the Internet.
Hundreds of new bills, including the repeal of the death penalty, anti-cyberbullying legislation and a bill to allow voter registration during early voting, will become Maryland law Thursday in Annapolis. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate Pres. Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch will preside over the bill signing at 10:30 a.m. in a ceremony that will be live-streamed on the Internet. (Click here for the live stream) Among the bills to be signed into law: A full list of bills is online, here.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Grace McComas, 15, was a Glenelg High School sophomore.
A bill known as “Grace’s Law,” inspired by a 15-year-old Howard County teen who committed suicide on Easter Sunday in 2012, would make it a crime to bully someone repeatedly online, according to the Baltimore Sun. McComas’s parents told media outlets that she was harassed online for months before her death. Grace’s suicide resulted in an outcry of condemnation against bullying. Her friends wore blue – Grace’s favorite color – at her funeral, and went on to wear “Blue4Grace” to make visible their stance against bullying. Howard County Republican Allan Kittleman sponsored the Senate version of the bill, which was introduced by Rep. John Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat. Last week, the Senate approved the bill, which Kittleman called “…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
A study recently released by a Maryland group found approximately $100 million in new business revenue could be generated from sales of beer and wine in chain stores.
A recent study commissioned by a statewide advocacy group found selling beer and wine in chain stores could result in significant revenue for Maryland. The study concluded that opening up wine and beer sales in chain stores, such as convenience stores and groceries, would generate $72 million in upfront licensing fees for the state. The issue of alcohol sales in chain stores became a major topic in Columbia in the summer when the husband of the president of Wegmans attempted to open a 10,000 square foot liquor store on the second floor of the new grocery store. The Howard County Beverage Board voted down that proposal after its members agreed it would violate state law and harm local businesses. Currently, Maryland is only one of four …
Monday, December 10, 2012
A state delegate wants speeding tickets dismissed in cases where it's unclear the motorist was in violation.
A recent report published by the Baltimore Sun points out an issue with speed cameras in Howard County—citizens who receive a ticket can't check the accuracy of the camera based on the photographs provided. Because Howard County speed cameras round the times each photograph is taken to the nearest second, motorists who receive a ticket are not able to calculate the accuracy of the camera's radar gun based on the distance their vehicle travels between photographs, according to the Sun. In Baltimore County, a state delegate is calling for a state audit and possible reboot of the speed camera program in Maryland. Del. Jon Cardin told Patch Monday he would like judges to throw out tickets when it's not clear that the driver was speeding. He …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Removing the Columbia Association from the Maryland Homeowners Association Act may result in less transparency.
Monday, March 26, 2012
The need for more open and transparent governance is just as important an issue at the Columbia Association (CA) as it is at local, state, and federal government agencies. However, there is a recent proposal, drafted by CA staff, that would go in the opposite direction, making CA less accountable to the people of Columbia. The proposal is in the form of a potential State bill, which would redefine CA and Columbia’s village associations. They would no longer be considered “homeowners associations,” under State law. They would be called “nonprofit community service corporations,” a new category that would have weaker provisions. The proposal would remove some State protections of Columbia residents' rights under the Maryland Homeowners …