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The Maryland Senate, sometimes referred to as the Maryland State Senate, is the upper house of the General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maryland. Composed of 47 senators elected from an equal number of constituent single-member districts, the Senate is responsible, along with the Maryland House of Delegates, for passage of laws in Maryland, and for confirming executive appointments made by the Governor of Maryland. - Source: Wikipedia
The Maryland Senate this week will consider a House-approved proposal to raise the state's tax on gasoline, even as states such as Virginia have recently questioned the long-term value of tying transportation funding to fuel consumption.
The Maryland Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, taking an action that mirrors those in a growing number of states relaxing their laws against the drug.
Here's a recap, or wrap, on the week that was from The Washington Times
The Maryland Senate voted Thursday to approve Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun-control legislation, clearing the bill's biggest hurdle and sending it to the House where its passage would make Maryland's gun laws among the strictest in the nation.
The Maryland Senate has passed a comprehensive gun-control measure.
The Maryland Senate has passed a gun control bill that would ban certain assault weapons and require residents to obtain a permit before buying a handgun.
The Maryland Senate voted Wednesday to keep one of the strongest components of Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control bill — a licensing provision for handguns that would require gun buyers to submit fingerprints to state police.
As a husband and the father of a 19-month-old daughter, I strongly oppose the Maryland Senate's Firearm Safety Act of 2013. It represents no viable solutions to violent crime, and like other anti-gun proposals, has been proven as a resounding failure across the country. Criminals simply do not obey gun bans, register their firearms or comply with any gun control schemes. As a result, only law-abiding citizens will be left defenseless.
Maryland's revenue projections are better than they've been in years. The state is on the verge of wiping out what was once a $2 billion budget deficit through cuts and tax increases, and it's on track to reap financial benefits in future years from full-fledged casino gambling.
The Maryland Senate on Friday gave preliminary approval to allowing table games like blackjack and a new casino near the nation's capital.
The Maryland Senate killed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed gas-utility companies to hit consumers with as much as a $2 monthly surcharge to pay for pipeline and infrastructure improvements.
The Maryland Senate passed a $35.9 billion budget package Thursday that would increase income-tax rates on nearly all earners and impose a flat income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year.
The Maryland Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban smoking in vehicles carrying children younger than age 8.
The Maryland Senate could vote as early as Thursday on a state budget package and send its proposal to the House.
Virginia legislators took time from wrapping up the people's business on Friday, the penultimate day of the 2012 General Assembly session, to participate in the annual "Sensitivity Caucus Awards Day."