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Maryland will become the 19th state to approve a medical marijuana program, but it's unclear when one will be up and running.
Former Delegate Tiffany Alston automatically lost her seat in the Maryland House of Delegates when she was convicted of misconduct in office in October, and a Prince George's County committee can withdraw the name of a former drug dealer it nominated to replace her, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is locked in a standoff with Prince George's County Democrats over appointing a House of Delegates nominee who has a dark past and is already suing to keep control of the seat.
First there was a new casino and table games, then came "inherently dangerous" dogs, and now Maryland's transportation system has joined the growing list of legislative issues state lawmakers are hoping get onto the special-session agenda next week.
A special General Assembly session to discuss a potential casino in Prince George's County and statewide table games is not off the table, but some General Assembly members were unwilling to gamble on the final outcome of Gov. Martin O'Malley's efforts to resolve the gambling issues.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's office took a swipe at a grass-roots citizens' group over a report claiming people are leaving Maryland for Virginia, beginning a fight in cyberspace between the governor, the citizens' group and an established nonpartisan tax research organization.
The chances of Maryland lawmakers spending next week in a special session shrank more on Thursday, as Gov. Martin O'Malley continued to focus his attention on the weather and fellow legislators remained as much in the dark about plans as some of their constituents did in their homes.
Maryland lost the most residents in the mid-Atlantic between 2007 and 2010 — and many of them moved to Virginia, according to a study released Tuesday.
Opponents of the new Maryland congressional map met their petition deadline Saturday night, turning in what they believe to be enough names to force a November referendum.
As Puerto Rico prepares to hold its first status referendum in 14 years this November, a leading advocate for D.C. statehood said he sees strong parallels between the two jurisdictions' political situations.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's expected push for a gas-tax increase during the 2012 General Assembly is already facing stiff opposition, but the proposal is just one of several likely tough sells in his legislative agenda for next year.
A majority of Marylanders approve of Gov. O'Malley's performance but also are sharply divided on issues.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday he might push for jobs legislation during the General Assembly's upcoming special session, according to a spokesperson.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley could announce by the end of the week whether he plans to sponsor a same-sex marriage bill in next year's General Assembly session.
Supporters of same-sex marriage in Maryland have quickly shaken off their defeat in this year's General Assembly and reorganized for another drive. But opponents say they are equally ready if a bill passes in 2012 and could employ a petition drive similar to the one that will likely force a referendum on the state's recently passed Dream Act.
Raquel Guillory, a spokesman for Mr. O'Malley, said the governor was pleased with the judge's decision.
"We're reviewing the options here," Ms. Guillory said.