Tag: general assembly

Guinness, Craft Breweries Get OK to Sell Lots of Beer in Maryland

Courtesy Diageo USA

A couple of weeks ago, it looked like a bill in the state legislature that would clear the way for Guinness to move into Baltimore County was souring with craft brewers in the state. But since the end result was more beer for everyone, a deal ended up getting done.

With Hogan’s Signature, Bill Would Let Attorney General Fine Price-Gouging Drug Companies

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This year, Maryland became the first Republican-led state to ban energy firms from drilling for natural gas. Another bill that now sits on Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk would make Maryland the first to target another industry known for a controversial practice.

Maryland Lawmakers Pass Bill Stopping Ray Hunting Contests Through June of 2019

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A proposal to temporarily ban sport hunting of cownose rays in the Chesapeake Bay is one signature away from becoming law.

GreenLaurel: Marylanders Choose To Ban Fracking

Protesters outside Baltimore Sen. Joan Carter Conway’s office in November 2016.

Maryland’s legislature has officially voted to ban fracking within its borders. Yesterday, the Senate voted 35-10 in favor of banning hydraulic fracturing, a little over two weeks after the House of Delegates passed the same ban bill with a veto-proof margin. How Maryland banned fracking is pretty interesting, especially in light of the complete undoing of environmental laws by the Trump administration.

Senate Committee Moves Fracking Ban Proposal to a Full Vote

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A measure that would permanently ban fracking across Maryland has moved one step closer to fruition by escaping, thanks to a Senate committee.

Hogan Promises Lawmakers He Will Veto Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Small Businesses

Still via video from Gov. Larry Hogan/Facebook

With less than a month left before Maryland’s 2017 legislative term ends, Gov. Larry Hogan says he wants lawmakers to get their act in gear and move various bills forward to full votes. But for one highly debated proposal about mandatory paid sick leave for small business employees, the governor says he plans to stop it from becoming law.

House of Delegates Passes Permanent Fracking Ban for Maryland

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An overwhelming majority of the members of the Maryland General Assembly’s lower house today decided the state would be better off without natural gas drilling.

Lawmakers Decide Del. Dan Morhaim Deserves a Reprimand for Working for Cannabis Company

Photo via Dan Morhaim Facebook Fan Page

A General Assembly ethics panel has recommended Del. Dan Morhaim of Baltimore County receive an official reprimand for working for a planned pot business while also helping design the framework for the state’s medical marijuana program.

‘The Food Desert is Real’: Legislators, Community Advocates Discuss Food Access, Environmental Health in Annapolis

Del. Cheryl Glenn, D-Baltimore City, speaks at an event on food access and environmental health in the House of Delegates.

For Rodette Jones and her neighbors in Curtis Bay, a simple trip to the grocery store isn’t so simple. For anyone without a car, the errand can require hopping on two buses to the nearest supermarket two miles away, shopping and then hauling the groceries back home on the bus.