Rachel Bluth
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Rachel Bluth is a graduate student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She covers Governor Hogan, social services and Western Maryland for Capital News Service. She has written for the Prince George’s Sentinel. Follow her on Twitter or e-mail her at rbluth@umd.edu.

January 15, 2016
Activists and Former Felons Advocated to Override Gov. Hogan’s Veto

With the possibility of a veto override in the General Assembly looming next week, activists gathered on the steps of the Maryland State House to urge legislators to expand voting rights for former felons.

January 28, 2016
Advocates for Maryland’s Death with Dignity Act Lobbied Lawmakers, Saying Assisted Suicide is About Choice, Not Morality

Supporters of ‘right to die’ legislation say people, not the government, should make choices about the final six months of life.

April 5, 2016
As session nears close, Hogan vetoes two bills, signs three

General Assembly has time to override governor’s early vetoes

March 31, 2016
Bipartisan Show of Support for Justice Reinvestment Act

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, a Republican, spoke alongside top Democrats Wednesday in support of the Justice Reinvestment Act.

January 20, 2016
General Manager of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Lays out Plans to Improve Metro

Riders can look forward to better cell service, but first responders may have to wait years for improved radio signals.

March 8, 2016
Gov. Hogan Calls General Assembly ‘Irresponsible’ for not Paring Back Spending Mandates

Hogan said mandated funding levels aren’t sustainable if the economy gets worse.

January 20, 2016
Gov. Larry Hogan Funds Education, Prioritizes Tax Reduction in Budget Proposal

Republicans and Democrats disagree over just how much of the budget should be allocated by legislative mandate.

March 3, 2016
Gov. Larry Hogan’s Redistricting Amendment Debated Before Senate Committee

Hogan’s redistricting plan inched forward one more step with a Senate committee hearing Thursday, but it still has a long way to go.

February 5, 2016
Hogan Delivers Budget Supplement to Fund Prince George’s Hospital

Hogan proposed $55 million for Prince George’s Regional Medical Center, which has been a funding goal of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert.

February 3, 2016
Hogan Takes Bipartisan Tone for Second State Address, Focuses on Fiscal Conservatism

Hogan praised bipartisan efforts in the past year and pledged for more inter-party cooperation in the coming year. Some Democratic county executives, however, were not impressed.

April 15, 2016
In a State Home to the NSA, Many Rural Residents Are Left Without Wired Broadband

Residents of parts of rural Maryland face problems in business, education and agriculture because of unreliable Internet.

January 28, 2016
Legislators from Maryland’s Rural Districts Say Permitting Requirements Hurt Their Constituents

The secretary of agriculture also warned that avian flu is a threat to Maryland poultry this year, but the state is prepared for an outbreak.

February 10, 2016
Maryland Democrats Introduce Gun Safety Legislation

The bills will ban guns on college campuses, prevent anyone on the FBI terror watch list from buying a gun and make judges remind anyone convicted of domestic violence to surrender their weapons.

February 16, 2016
Maryland Democrats Propose More Transparency, Oversight for Transportation Funding

Democrats advocated for a both an oversight panel and a scoring system to better explain and account for transportation spending.

April 12, 2016
Maryland General Assembly Ends Session With Criminal Justice Reform, but No Tax Cuts

A session marked by tension between the Legislative and Executive Branches ended up being called successful by both.

January 13, 2016
Maryland General Assembly kicks off 2016 session with education, police, vetoes atop the agenda

On the first day of the legislative session, some lawmakers were mingling and greeting while others touted their agendas for the coming year.

January 22, 2016
Maryland Lawmakers Override 5 of Hogan’s Vetoes; Senate Delays on Felon Voting Rights

The Maryland General Assembly voted to overturn several vetoes, including one that decriminalizes marijuana paraphernalia.

February 2, 2016
Maryland Lawmakers to Introduce Bills Guaranteeing a Week of Paid Sick Leave for All Workers

Advocates say that paid sick leave will make everyone healthier.

May 4, 2016
Maryland’s onetime mental hospitals cost the state millions of dollars annually

Maryland has spent around $27 million in the past decade on buildings that are mostly vacant.

January 29, 2016
Paper Ballot System Will Be Ready For April 2016 Primary Elections

Without funding for outreach, elections officials are concerned some voters won’t be ready.

April 6, 2016
Though Justice Reinvestment is Closer to Final Passage, House and Senate Versions Remain Apart

As the 2016 legislative session draws to a close, the House of Delegates and state Senate still haven’t reached a compromise on criminal justice reform.