"Noah’s Law" heads to conference

ANNAPOLIS – Noah’s Law is bound for conference committee.

On Monday, the state Senate passed a version of the bill to cut down on drunken driving that is different than its counterpart passed by the House of Delegates earlier this month.

Members of the state legislature will have less than two weeks to pass identical versions of the bill through the House and Senate before the General Assembly adjourns April 11.


State battles over "Noah's law"


ANNAPOLIS – The House of Delegates and state Senate will need to reconcile two substantial differences and other minor ones in order to pass the Drunk Driving Reduction Act more commonly known as Noah's Law this year.


Cellphone simulators detailed in Annapolis


ANNAPOLIS -- During a first-of-its-kind public hearing, law enforcement officials detailed how cell site simulators are used as they addressed arguments from privacy proponents about the technology’s infringing on privacy rights.


Public notice legislation heard in Senate

MDDC leads charge to keep local governments accountable by printing public notices 


ANNAPOLIS – For the second week in a row, state legislators considered two bills that would allow county governments to serve as their own watchdogs when it comes to publishing public notices.


State lawmakers want to aid the honey bee

ANNAPOLIS – Recent studies have confirmed that a certain type of pesticide contributes to bee mortality. The pesticides also contribute to the mortality of other native pollinators such birds and butterflies. The decline of these pollinators poses a serious threat to our food supply, public health and overall environment.

Last month, members the Environment and Transportation Committee discussed a bill that would remove this commonly used pesticide from the hands of consumers. The bill is more commonly referred to as the Pollinator Protection Act.


Maryland Bill Would Require Sexual Abuse Awareness Education in Schools

ANNAPOLIS -- When Erin Merryn was sexually abused by a neighbor at the age of 6, she said, she felt she had no one to tell.

She said she did not tell her parents or report it to her kindergarten teacher. Growing up attending Illinois public schools, she had learned how to say no to drugs and what to do in the case of a tornado or a fire, but she had not learned how to deal with this.


Ex Virginia governor helps Howard County candidate


Bill-Campbell-George-Allen-Jody-Venkatesan-620x350Thursday was not a good day for the last governor of Virginia as Bob McDonnell was found guilty of corruption in a Richmond courtroom.

But another former Republican governor of Virginia, George Allen, had a better day of it in Howard County, talking up the candidacy of state Senate hopeful Jody Venkatesan in District 13 and other candidates at a Clarksville ballroom.

“There were a lot of folks from Maryland who helped me out” in his successful race for governor of Virginia 20 years ago, Allen told a crowd of about 50, and he was happy to return the favor.

Venkatesan is running against Democratic Del. Guy Guzzone for the seat now held by retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Robey. In 2010, Venkatesan lost the Republican primary for the seat that represents much of eastern and southern Howard County, but ran unopposed in June.

“In every way, Jody is running on the issues that matter to people,” said Allen, reading from Venkatesan’s palm card. He cited lower gas taxes, “free rain” — eliminating the stormwater charge dubbed the “rain tax” — a health-care website that works, and more bang for your tax dollars.

In Maryland, “you have to play tenacious defense against bad ideas,” Allen said.