With time waning, legislators stall on proposal to ban water lien tax sales in Baltimore


With less than a week left in Maryland’s 2018 legislative session, water-rights advocates are growing restless about the fate of proposed legislation that would ban sales of Baltimoreans’ properties at auction due to water bill-related debt.

Hogan, ACLU reach settlement on social media protocol

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and state Board of Public Works have agreed to a settlement on how Gov. Larry Hogan can use social media after the civil rights group sued the governor’s office to argue Hogan had suppressed free speech by deleting Facebook posts that disagreed with his views.

Franchot vows to fight on after committee rejects beer bill

Comptroller Peter Franchot hoists a beer with Maryland brewers. Image courtesy of Comptroller Peter Franchot/Facebook.

Last Friday, Comptroller Peter Franchot’s bill to loosen regulations on the state’s craft brewers, the Reform on Tap Act, failed to escape the House Committee on Economic Matters. And it wasn’t close, with the vote going 17-4 against.

But the committee did pass another measure establishing a task force to see if the comptroller’s office should maintain oversight of the state’s alcohol industry. The House of Delegates passed that bill yesterday by a vote of 128-10.

‘Finally won one’: Court of Appeals reverses rule change that struck police officers from court database

The Maryland Court of Appeals. Back row, from left to right: Judge Michele D. Hotten, Judge Robert N. McDonald, Judge Shirley M. Watts, Judge Joseph M. Getty. Front row, from left to right: Judge Clayton Greene, Jr., Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Judge Sally D. Adkins.

Duane “Shorty” Davis stood before the judges of the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, and told them he was an ex-felon. He was the one who left a toilet outside a courthouse in Towson, triggering a bomb scare, he reminded them. He’s had hostile encounters with the Baltimore Police Department, he recounted.

Emergency meeting called over court database change

A screenshot from the Maryland Judiciary Case Search website.

The Maryland Judiciary will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow to consider changes to a rule that wiped police officers’ names from online court records.

Annapolis Restaurant Week Now – March 3


Foodies of many different tastes are readying their palates for a week of deals and savory dishes during the last week of February for the city’s annual Restaurant Week.

Bill expanding medical cannabis licenses advances

Medical marijuana growing in Colorado

By Sean Whooley
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A bill that would expand Maryland’s medical cannabis industry to include more minority ownership, after more than a month in legislative limbo, is moving again in the General Assembly, with amendments.

Marylanders strongly back term limits for General Assembly members, poll finds

The inside of the General Assembly chambers in Annapolis. Photo by Roxanne Ready, via Flickr, used with a Creative Commons license.

Three of every four Marylanders support capping the time that state delegates and senators can serve in Annapolis, according to the newest Goucher Poll.

Annapolis Restaurant Week Starts Sunday!


Foodies of many different tastes are readying their palates for a week of deals and savory dishes during the last week of February for the city’s annual Restaurant Week.

Trump’s Proposed Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Cuts Faces Hill Battle

Ducks gather on the ice in the Chesapeake Bay. Image by Amanda Salvucci/Capital News Service.

By Julia Karron, Jarod Golub and Timmy Chong

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s plan to slash 90 percent of Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding, which could dismantle several decades of environmental restoration, met resistance from Maryland’s Democratic congressional delegation.