Jacob Taylor
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Jacob Taylor is a journalist in the Capital News Service Annapolis bureau and an assistant editor at iJET International. He has written as a freelancer for the Greenbelt News Review and was the managing editor of The Point News at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Contact him at jtaylor@smcm.edu

February 7, 2017
Bill introduces criminal, civil penalties for ransomware

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A bill that introduces steep penalties for the perpetrators of ransomware attacks, like the one that disabled the network of several Maryland hospitals last year, is making its way through the Maryland legislature. The bill defines ransomware attacks as felonies that would carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison […]

February 14, 2017
Comptroller seeks power to combat tax fraud

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Legislation supported by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and Gov. Larry Hogan would give new powers to the comptroller’s office to combat tax fraud. Testifying Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, Franchot, a Democrat, asked lawmakers to “give me the power to make a difference here.” At a summit he hosted last month, […]

February 1, 2017
Dems propose withdrawal of constitutional convention calls

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — State Democrats announced a package of new legislation Tuesday aimed at resisting policy efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration and the Republican-controlled Congress. Five pieces of legislation are included in the package. One would withdraw all of Maryland’s past calls for a constitutional convention, another would direct the attorney general to oppose […]

February 10, 2017
GOP senators walk out over resolution to fight Trump orders

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Republican senators walked out of the Maryland Senate during debate over a resolution introduced by Democrats that would direct state Attorney General Brian Frosh to challenge federal actions that cause harm to Marylanders. Republicans tried to secure a special order to delay debate of the resolution to Friday; doing so would have […]

February 1, 2017
Gov. Hogan delivers third State of the State address

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, devoted most of his third State of the State speech to calls for bipartisan efforts to advance key parts of his policy agenda, but strongly criticized several legislative efforts by state Democrats, including a controversial transportation bill. The governor described the past two years as a success […]

January 18, 2017
Gov. Hogan releases 2018 fiscal year budget proposal

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Gov. Larry Hogan, a popular Republican governor, released detailed budget numbers to the Democrat-controlled General Assembly Wednesday morning. In a preview Tuesday, the governor touted that his proposed budget would decrease general fund spending. Indeed, details released Wednesday propose a $19.5 million reduction in general fund spending, approximately one tenth of a […]

March 16, 2017
Gov. Hogan touts legislative agenda in late-session push

Gov. Larry Hogan is pleased with the passage of some items from his 2017 legislative agenda but, at a press conference Wednesday, offered scathing rebukes to some of his political opponents, whom he accused of playing politics at the expense of Marylanders.

January 17, 2017
Gov. Larry Hogan touts smaller Maryland budget, no ‘serious cuts’

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that his 2018 budget proposal includes less spending, in real dollars, than last year’s budget but includes “no serious cuts to any agencies or programs” and no new taxes. The governor said this was accomplished by making minor cuts to programs that were providing fewer services and […]

January 25, 2017
Hogan announces new measures to address opioid addiction

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford announced Tuesday they are rolling out new legislation that would counter Maryland’s growing opioid addiction crisis. The Prescriber Limits Act would prevent doctors from prescribing more than seven days worth of opioid painkillers during a patient’s first visit or consultation. The law exempts patients […]

March 9, 2017
Hogan announces tech upgrades to better connect Md. agencies

Gov. Larry Hogan announced an effort to modernize the technical infrastructure at certain state departments. Initially, these efforts will focus on the technology used by caseworkers who administer aid programs to poor and at-risk Marylanders.

March 3, 2017
Hogan holds news conference to push for redistricting reform

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — At a press conference Friday, Gov. Larry Hogan sought to rally support for a bill that would set up an independent, non-partisan committee to handle the redistricting process. Hogan called the state’s current partisan redistricting process “disgraceful” and lambasted the legislature for not acting to implement reforms. Hogan has made passage of […]

February 23, 2017
Hogan’s legislative priorities go to committee

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Lawmakers this week began hearing testimony and debating several key pieces of Gov. Larry Hogan’s legislative agenda, including his proposed repeal of the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016. The act, which Hogan calls “the Road Kill Bill,” has become a point of bitter partisan contention between the Republican governor […]

April 5, 2017
House debates child-marriage restrictions

A bill that would ban marriage involving people younger than 18 in all circumstances cleared a major hurdle in the House of Delegates Friday and is set to receive a final vote.

May 20, 2017
House debates child-marriage restrictions

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Minors can get married in Maryland if they have their parents’ consent or the woman to be married is pregnant or has given birth. The problem, advocates say, is that parents coerce children, usually girls, into forced marriages. In the worst cases, these marriages can be used to cover up sexual assaults […]

March 2, 2017
Key components of Hogan’s budget cuts go to committee

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The state legislature this week began the arduous task of determining which programs and services will suffer cuts and funding deferments in 2018. The pain comes in the form of a bill called the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act — or the BRFA, as it’s known. The bill’s provisions reduce funding mandated […]

January 12, 2017
Maryland’s General Assembly gavels in 2017 session

The 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly began Wednesday amid confusion stemming from federal investigations plaguing Democrats and concern among Republicans over the possible override of several vetoes issued by Gov. Larry Hogan at the end of the 2016 session.

February 10, 2017
Md. Senate approves resolution to empower attorney general

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The Maryland Senate voted 29-17 Friday, largely on party lines, on a resolution that will empower the state attorney general to pursue cases against Trump administration policies. Republicans have staunchly opposed the resolution and walked out of the Senate Thursday morning in protest after their efforts to delay the vote failed. The […]

April 13, 2017
Trump, corruption, state finances color legislative session

Democrats during the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session made concerted efforts to preempt policies from the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress.

May 20, 2017
Trump, corruption, state finances color legislative session

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Democrats during the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session made concerted efforts to preempt policies from the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress. An unexpected shortfall in revenue added to the usual partisan conflict over the budget while a series of corruption scandals dogged the Democratic Party, fueling several reform efforts by Republican […]