February 10, 2012
Advocates and Opponents of In-State Tuition Bill Gearing Up for November

While Barack Obama and his Republican opponent will capture national headlines this November, Maryland voters will turn their attention to in-state policy disputes, like 2011’s In-State Tuition Bill, also known as the DREAM Act.

March 1, 2012
Bill Attempts To Fix Maintenance of Effort Law

A new bill would help fix problems with school funding and maintenance of effort laws that have become a “toothless tiger,” said Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr, D-St. Mary’s, in a joint hearing with the House Appropriations Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday.

March 29, 2012
Could Increasing the Cost of Cheap Cigars Reduce Teenage Marijuana Use?

Supporters of tax increases on cheap cigars say higher prices will be a disincentive for teenage tobacco use. What’s not clear is whether the increases will also dissuade kids from smoking blunts — hollowed out cigars filled with marijuana.

January 25, 2012
Financial Literacy Course for High Schoolers Gains Support

Comptroller Peter Franchot says a mandatory, statewide six-week course that teaches students about the basics of financial literacy, including lessons on credit cards and checking account balances, would help young adults foster consumer confidence and financial security.

February 2, 2012
Lawmakers Move Forward to Address Fake Marijuana

Synthetic cannabinoids are designed to mimic the effects of marijuana, but can be purchased legally in Maryland. Some lawmakers are concerned about potential health risks involved with the drug, which is rising in popularity among teens.

January 27, 2012
New Law Would Ban Minors From Using Artificial Tanning Beds

A group of lawmakers wants to expand on current restrictions and place an outright ban on the use of artificial tanning beds for anyone under 18.

February 29, 2012
State Legislators Suggest Changes to School Funding System

In an effort to help counties match state school spending, legislators have introduced a bill to help fix what many consider to be a broken maintenance of effort law.

March 8, 2012
State Senate Moving Forward with Tobacco Tax

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted Thursday to increase tax rates on cigars and smokeless tobacco from 15 to 75 percent. However, taxes on premium, hand-rolled cigars will be increased to 20 percent.

January 17, 2012
Supporters Pushing Medical Marijuana in Maryland

Less than a year after providing a legal defense for the possession of medical marijuana, proponents are now pushing for Maryland to legalize the drug for licensed patients.

January 18, 2012
Teacher Pension Shift a “Non-Starter,” Leggett Says

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to shift hundreds of millions of dollars in teacher pension costs from the state to the county level is “a non-starter,” Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said, after emerging from a meeting with the governor and county leaders from around the state.