Politics & Business

A roundup of Maryland laws taking effect Oct. 1

Photo by Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Hundreds of Maryland laws are going into effect Tuesday, spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to the state’s medical cannabis commission.

After months of debate, delays, council committee advances income-based water billing legislation

Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

After hearings and multiple work sessions on legislation that would effectively scale water bills to income for Baltimore’s lowest-earning households, a council committee on Thursday approved the legislation and set it up for full council vote.

A third of Maryland Dems say they would vote for Biden, 21 percent for Warren in new poll

Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photos by Michael Stokes and Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons.

One-in-three likely Democratic voters in Maryland plan to go with former Vice President Joe Biden at the polls next November, according to the newest poll from Goucher College.

BSO management, musicians agree on one-year deal with shortened season, pay raises

BSO board chair Barbara Bozzuto addresses media inside the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

After a lockout that ran through the summer, and more than half a year of its musicians playing without a contract, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s management and players have agreed on a deal running through Sept. 6, 2020.

Poll: Optimism about state’s direction declines, Marylanders OK with raising taxes to help schools

Gov. Larry Hogan at a Baltimore Coca-Cola bottling plant in March 2018. Photo by Joe Andrucyk, via Flickr.

Gov. Larry Hogan has maintained inordinately high support as a Republican in deeply blue Maryland, though residents aren’t feeling quite as rosy about the direction of the state, according to the latest poll from Goucher College.

Baltimore County opioid working group calls for recovery homes, more services in draft report

The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

A working group examining Baltimore County’s response to the opioid epidemic published a draft report this week with 11 recommendations for tackling the drug crisis, including the establishment of recovery homes for people battling addiction.

Currently, the county has zero.

With approval of Rash Field agreement, Waterfront Partnership says work on redesigned park can start this winter

Rendering from June 6 UDAAP presentation, by Mahan Rykiel Associates

A waterfront transformation years in the making is finally close to breaking ground, with the approval of a management agreement today allowing the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to oversee construction of a new Rash Field.

Photo gallery: Trump protesters and supporters greet the president in Harbor East

Activist Claude Taylor of Mad Dog PAC brought an inflatable rat resembling the president to the protest, along with “baby” Trump balloons. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

With Donald Trump and GOP members of Congress in town for the House Republican Conference on Thursday, about 150 anti-Trump protesters gathered at the corner of President Street and Eastern Avenue to “welcome” the president.

Brandon Scott announces 2020 mayoral run

Photo via Councilman Brandon Scott/Facebook

After months of speculation by city residents and media, Council President Brandon Scott officially announced his mayoral run on Friday morning.

Mary Pat Clarke backs Odette Ramos for her 14th District seat

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (left) and Odette Ramos. Photo via Ramos’ campaign.

A second outgoing longtime council member has endorsed a hopeful successor, with Mary Pat Clarke backing Odette Ramos in the 14th District race.