Wednesday, January 16, 2013
State Sen. Allan Kittleman wants voting sessions recorded, a Prince George's County senator suffers a basketball injury and two Baltimore County legislators team up to shorten the wait to get a divorce.
A proposal by Baltimore City to secure hundreds of millions in state money for school construction is missing a key ingredient, according to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. "The state needs to have a role in school construction," Miller said. Baltimore City wants the state to guarantee as much as $30 million a year for 20 years in the form of block grants for school construction and renovations. The city will then use that promise to leverage borrowing $1 billion for its plan. Miller rejects the plan saying it's a lot of money and that the state is needed to provide a check and balance to potential malfeasance and corruption. "I'm a historian, I study all history, OK," Miller said. "Whenever you have a one-sided government you …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Republican who represents Carroll and Howard counties said the health care law would be a major election issue.
Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman, who represents Howard and Carroll counties, said the Supreme Court’s Thursday decision to uphold the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax would be a major election issue. “I think it’s going to be one of the, if not the biggest issue in the election,” Kittleman told Patch. “It could be an albatross to hang around the president’s neck and make it difficult for re-election.” Kittleman, who may be considering a run for Howard County Executive, said Thursday that he was “disappointed” by the Supreme Court’s decision. “I’m glad the court said it violated the Commerce Act,” he said. “My concern--it seems the justices have stretched to find it valid under the power of taxing …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Republican State Senator announces his intentions at a breakfast fundraiser in Ellicott City.
Republican State Sen. Allan Kittleman, of West Friendship, told supporters at a breakfast fundraiser on Wednesday morning that if he gets the funds and support, he plans on running for county executive in 2014, according to an article on Explore Howard. In the article, Kittleman said he commissioned a poll this spring that surveyed 450 county voters. That poll, administered by a Republican political research firm, showed Kittleman 20 points ahead of likely Democratic candidates Del. Guy Guzzone and County Council member Courtney Watson, according to the article. In February 2011, Kittleman made headlines when he stepped down as GOP leader after a failed attempt to pass a bill supporting civil unions. He then announced he would support …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Law goes to governor for signature and a likely referendum challenge.
The Maryland State Senate passed same-sex marriage by a 25-22 vote Thursday night. The passage of the bill comes less than a week after the House of Delegates passed the identical bill. The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2013 is expected to face a referendum challenge and could end up on the November ballot along with the bill that grants in-state tuition rates to some children of illegal immigrants. Here's how the Howard County delegation voted:
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The General Assembly reconvened Wednesday.
Nearly 200 state senators and delegates from across Maryland returned to Annapolis Wednesday to begin the state's 430th general assembly session. Gov. Martin O'Malley is toying with the idea of raising the state sales tax by 1 cent to 7 cents but will consult General Assembly leaders before deciding, he said during an interview with WEAA 88.9 Wednesday morning. Also on the table is the much talked about 15-cent increase to the gas tax. "We'll be rolling these proposals out over the next few days," said O'Malley, of the possible revenue-raising alternatives. Controversial same-sex marriage and wind-farming bills are also on the General Assembly's agenda this session. See the Howard County's website for a complete list of legislation …