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State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller predicted Thursday that the General Assembly would approve an increase in Maryland's gas tax, putting his considerable influence behind an issue that is likely to be divisive in the coming legislative session....
The state Senate has just one bill on its agenda Wednesday: the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Act. "We've cleared the desk," Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told senators Tuesday morning. "We have nothing else to do tomorrow aside from that...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Marriage, Gays and Lesbians, Family
A key senator announced his support for gay marriage legislation on Thursday, giving it enough votes to clear the upper chamber. The declaration by Sen. James C. Rosapepe came shortly after a Senate committee approved an amended version of the...
Tags: Human Interest, Politics, Elections, Gays and Lesbians, Laws
Sun StaffNext week's scheduled execution of Steven Oken presents a difficult case for all but the most resolute opponents of the death penalty. He fits none of the categories for which recent constitutional challenges have been mounted against the death penalty:...
Sun StaffBrushing aside unproven allegations that she may have lied about her sexual orientation on Army personnel forms nearly two decades ago, the Maryland Senate confirmed the nomination of Baltimore City District Judge Halee F. Weinstein by a wide margin...
Sun StaffWomen who are breast-feeding their children could be exempted from jury duty under a bill considered yesterday by members of the Maryland Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee. "Obviously, everyone here knows the difficulty it would cause to bring a...
Sun StaffA measure that would lessen the penalty for sick people found with marijuana if they can prove they possessed it for medical reasons eked out a key Senate committee victory yesterday. The bill, approved 6-5 by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee,...
Sun StaffWhen Maryland Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a Baltimore Democrat, heard about the sentencing decision in Douglas A. Starliper's Baltimore County murder trial, she was incensed. To her, the result fit an all-too-familiar pattern: Killers whose victims are black do...
Tags: Elections, Health and Safety at School, Defendants, Laws, Family
Recap of The Sun's endorsements for the Nov. 5, 2002 election GOVERNOR Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D) -------------------- ATTORNEY GENERAL J. Joseph Curran Jr. (D) -------------------- BALTIMORE CITY YES to Questions A through N, P -------------...
Sun StaffMaryland is a step closer to enacting a state version of the proposed Laci and Conner federal law, after a Senate committee approved a bill yesterday to outlaw bringing intentional harm to an unborn child. Members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings...
Tags: Abortion, Politics, Criminal Laws, Death, Domestic Violence
Sun StaffA 2 1/2 -year study of Maryland's use of the death penalty entered the political galaxy of Annapolis yesterday, where lawmakers quickly spun it to their own purposes. The study, commissioned by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, has been awaited eagerly by...
Sun StaffThe Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval yesterday to a $23.6 million state budget despite complaints from Republicans that a $159 million tax package used to balance it is excessive and unnecessary. Majority Democrats fought back a Republican...
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