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Maryland recycling bill remains in limbo after not passing this legislative session

A Maryland bill that would have put in place new requirements for most manufacturers of packaged goods remains in limbo after not passing beyond committee reviews in the recently concluded legislative session. As proposed Senate Bill 0292 – and its companion legislation, House Bill 0307 – would require producers of packaged materials to submit what has been described as […]

Maryland board approves $5.2 million allocation to preserve historic Annapolis park

Once it was a place where such renowned acts as Chuck Berry, Billie Holiday, Little Richard, and The Temptations made stops on their music tours. It also gained notoriety as a beach for the Black community at a time when segregation was taking place. An effort has been underway to preserve the deeply rooted Carr’s […]

Connecticut bills could bring changes to property, income tax calculations

As inflation soars to 40-year highs, Connecticut lawmakers are considering a package of bills that could bring changes to the manner property and income taxes are calculated in the future. This legislative session, the General Assembly is considering House Bill 5487, which could increase thresholds for the state’s property tax credit and eliminate some of the […]

House passes ‘emergency preamble’ bill calling for increased funding for road, bridge improvements

A Massachusetts bill calling for $350 million in bonding for municipal road and bridge improvements has passed the House after a string of recent meetings related to the legislation. In January, Gov. Charlie Baker presented the legislature with House Bill 4358, which set the borrowing amount at $200 million. The House Committee on Ways and Means […]

Maryland General Assembly considering election bills on curing ballots, prosecuting violations

A pair of bills related to election integrity continued their progression through the Maryland General Assembly during this legislative cycle. The House Ways and Means Committee recently took testimony on a pair of Senate bills — SB 0015 and SB 0163 — that are under review at a time when election-related laws have been a hot topic within Maryland, […]

Bill could create revolving loan fund for Maryland child-care providers

A revolving loan fund benefiting Maryland child-care providers could be created within the state budget if legislation moves forward. As drafted, Senate Bill 0919 would establish the interest-free loan fund with an initial state investment of $30 million, paid to the account in the span of the next three years. State Sen. Mary Washington, D-Baltimore, introduced the […]

Maryland lawmakers review more than a dozen abortion bills in legislative cycle

The renewed focus on abortion procedures nearly a half-century after its legalization in the U.S. has come to Maryland as lawmakers on both sides of the issue introduce more than a dozen bills this legislative cycle. House Delegates sitting on the Health and Government Operations Committee held a lengthy four-hour hearing Friday and took testimony […]

Maryland delegates review bills related to tax cuts, election laws

A Maryland Delegate panel recently held hearings on more than a dozen bills pertaining to election laws and potential tax credits. The House of Representative’s Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 15 took testimony on each of the bills as they begin working through the legislative channels. Some of the pieces of legislation target specific […]

Maryland Senate panel reviewing eight election-related bills

Bills on ballot drop boxes, residency requirements and other election-related matters have been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly as the 2022 legislative session gets underway. The Maryland Senate’s Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee heard testimony last week on eight election-related bills in a year when voting rights and a hot mid-term election are […]

Maryland delegate introduces voting bills requiring photo ID, signature verification

A pair of election-related bills have been introduced into the Maryland General Assembly at a time when voting rights have been a front-and-center issue across much of the country. State Delegate Robert Long, R-Baltimore County, is the sponsor of HB0099, which would require residents voting by absentee ballot to furnish a signature and have it verified. […]