Md. lawmakers announce $2.2 billion school construction plan

Democratic leaders from both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, along with other officials, announced Wednesday a $2.2 billion plan to build and renovate schools across the state that will be taken up during the 2020 legislative session.

Climate Commission Changes Gain Senate Approval, Now Head to House

The Maryland Senate voted favorably Tuesday on a bill to expand and provide guidelines for membership and subdivisions of the Climate Change Commission, and now it heads to the House of Delegates for approval.

Law Would Give Autonomy Back To Local Schools

Some legislators, the teacher’s union and local school officials are fighting the Maryland State Board of Education to get local autonomy back for teacher evaluations.

Ban on Arsenic in Poultry Feed Inches Closer to Approval

After three years of failed attempts, efforts to pass a ban on arsenic in poultry feed used by the state’s chicken farms appear close to fruition. Eastern Shore senators largely opposed SB 207, sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky, D-Prince George’s, on the basis that it would be detrimental to the state’s struggling poultry farms.

Permits Could Be Required for Large Gatherings of Boats in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources wants to require large gatherings of boats to obtain permits because of the strain on police caused by events like Bumper Bash, Canal Day and AquaPalooza.

Bag tax legislation moving forward for Prince George’s County

As Prince George’s County lawmakers move to impose a tax on plastic bags, environmental organizations say that a similar fee in Washington, D.C., has severely cut down on the amount of trash in the Anacostia River.

O’Malley Introduces Updated Offshore Wind Bill

After failing in last year’s legislative session, Gov. Martin O’Malley is trying again with a new bill that would make offshore wind farming a viable energy source in Maryland.