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.


Pepco Asks For More Money

640px-Romanian electric power transmission linesBALTIMORE - Pepco is asking the Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) for its third rate increase in three years. The company is asking for more than $43 million in rate increase which, if approved, will become effective on July 4, 2014. The increase will raise the monthly bill of Montgomery County and Prince George’s County customers by $4.80. 


Dog lovers openly cheer new law to help pit bulls


myth 1ANNAPOLIS - Dog activists say the passage of HB 73 is a step in the right direction of eliminating breed specific discrimination. The bill, which was passed on April 3, reverses the 2012 ruling by the court of appeals which ruled that pit bulls and pit bull breeds were inherently dangerous and landlords were also responsible for the damage caused from dog attacks.