Maryland Lawmakers Crack Open Official State Sandwich Legislation

Some Maryland lawmakers are pushing legislation to make the soft-shell crab sandwich the state’s official sandwich for the second year in a row.

General Assembly Set to Hear Slew of Minimum Wage Bills Next Week

The options range in scope from one statewide increase to “county choice” measures that would grant jurisdictions the individual authority to set their own base rates of pay.

Legislators’ Reactions To Gov. O’Malley’s Address

After Gov. Martin O’Malley delivered his final State of the State address on Thursday, Maryland lawmakers responded.

With Minimum Wage Debate Set to Take Center Stage, Some Believe the County Makes the Difference

Maryland is primed for a battle between lawmakers who are pushing a statewide increase of the minimum wage and others who believe that one comprehensive hike doesn’t make sense.

Legislators Want to Restrict Custody Rights for Parents Convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Child

A bill that would deny custody and visitation to parents guilty of sexual abuse of a minor was heard by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Thursday.

Legislators Push to Make Soft-Shell Crab State Sandwich

Both the Maryland House and Senate heard a bill Thursday that would make the soft-shell crab sandwich Maryland’s state sandwich. Legislators say it will be economically beneficial for watermen.

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.

Legislators Concerned About Number of Natural Resources Police Officers

The number of Natural Resources Police Officers – about half as many as there were in 1990 – has some legislators and state officials concerned about safety and the protection of the state’s vital resources.

Salisbury Company Banking on Wind Farms to Create Jobs

Salisbury-based AC Wind is poised to benefit from the newest iteration of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore wind farming bill.

Possible Doubling of Flush Tax Worries Some Legislators

A number of legislators are concerned that Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to raise the flush tax from $2.50 to $5 a month to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay could be too much for constituents to handle, especially in a bad economy.