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Maryland House debates safety commission as FTA cuts funding

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ANNAPOLIS – A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) union member said at a bill hearing that he was concerned about the future of due process for employees if Maryland legislators pass a bill to create a new safety commission.

The commission would serve as WMATA’s state-level safety oversight agency, which Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are required to set up by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The FTA has been acting as Metro’s temporary state-level safety oversight agency since October 2015 after it determined the previous oversight agency, the tri-state oversight commission, failed to fulfill its safety oversight role effectively. The Metro Safety Commission would take over from the FTA.

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Raskin successor in state senate named

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Del. Will Smith 2Del. Will Smith (D-20) COURTESY PHOTO  

Del. Will Smith (D-20) was selected to replace outgoing Congress-bound Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) in the Maryland Senate last Wednesday.

A former appointee by President Obama to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Smith will become the first African American to represent Montgomery County in the state Senate.

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"Noah’s Law" heads to conference

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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.

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State battles over "Noah's law"

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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.

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Public notice legislation heard in House

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State delegates question legitimacy of allowing government total control over public notification

ANNAPOLIS – Members of a House of Delegates committee Tuesday questioned the House sponsor of two bills that would allow localities to post public notices on their own websites instead of in newspapers of general circulation.

During a joint public hearing in front of the House Environment and Transportation Committee, state Del. Shane Robinson (D-39) defended House Bills 663 and 666 while fielding questions from state Dels. Anne Healey (D-22) and William Wivell (R-2A)

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