Maryland craft brewers hope to press for revamping laws next year

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – The state’s craft brewing community and its allies failed to convince the legislature this year to ease restrictions on the production and distribution of craft beer, but the industry expects to try again next session. “The battle…

Tracking, Recording, Detecting: Trio of Data-Gathering Measures Presented at House Economic Matters Hearing

A trio of bills on snooping dominated the agenda at a Maryland House Economic Matters Committee hearing Wednesday.

Bill Would Ban Electronic Cigarettes Indoors in Public

Smoking electronic cigarettes would be banned indoors in public places as part of Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act under a bill Delegate Aruna Miller, D-Montgomery, presented Wednesday at a hearing of the House Economic Matters Committee.

Gubernatorial Candidates Split on Minimum Wage

When Gov. Martin O’Malley claimed a minimum wage increase as his top priority of the 2014 legislative session, his final as governor, he sparked a firestorm of debate between lawmakers in Annapolis and the handful of candidates fighting to succeed him.

O’Malley Meets With Business Owners Who Back Minimum Wage Increase

Sitting around a conference table at Linemark printers, O’Malley and about a dozen business people discussed how a wage hike would benefit companies of all sizes by boosting the economy and reducing turnover.

Lawmakers Target Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Renewable Energy Goals

With six years left until the state meets its self-imposed deadline for greenhouse gas reduction, projections show the state will miss its target without legislation to promote increased use of renewable energy sources.

Minimum Wage Hike Debated Before Maryland Lawmakers

Business owners, low-wage workers, economists and community leaders crowded into an overflowing House committee room Tuesday to offer testimony alongside Gov. Martin O’Malley on a handful of proposals seeking to change Maryland’s minimum wage.