Mike Busch

Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan signed more than 100 bills into law Tuesday morning, at the first of four scheduled signing ceremonies. Following a contentious 90-day legislative session, Hogan and the Democratic leadership projected unity at the event.

Baltimore bills clear Senate

Mar 30, 2016
Rachel Baye

State lawmakers approved Wednesday several bills aimed at improving quality of life in Baltimore. The bills pay for extended library hours and school days, and demolition of vacant houses.

Legislative leaders target Baltimore

Mar 17, 2016
Rachel Baye

With a month left in the General Assembly’s annual 90-day session, the leaders of both houses have announced a focus on Baltimore.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller are backing a package of bills that includes efforts to renew development and boost education in the city. 

Rachel Baye

When Gov. Larry Hogan canceled Baltimore's Red Line light rail project and altered the plans for the Purple Line light rail in the Washington suburbs last summer, he didn't give legislators a chance to weigh in first, House Speaker Michael Busch said Tuesday.

Legislative leaders plan to overturn Hogan's vetoes

Jan 19, 2016
Rachel Baye

As Maryland lawmakers return to Annapolis, one of the first things on the agenda is trying to overturn six of Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes from last year.

Among the most controversial is a measure giving former felons the right to vote while on parole or probation.

In the spring, Hogan said he rejected the measure because felons on parole are still paying their debt to society.  Felons currently regain voting rights after completing their sentences, including parole or probation.

Former felons rally for right to vote

Jan 19, 2016
Rachel Baye

Criminal justice activists and former felons rallied on the steps of the Statehouse Thursday in an effort to convince lawmakers to give released felons the right to vote immediately upon their release.

Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed the bill last spring. In a letter to lawmakers at the time, he pointed to the state’s existing law, which gives ex-offenders the right to vote once they’ve completed their parole or probation. Until that point, felons are still repaying their debt to society, he said.

Hogan Strong

Jan 15, 2016

WYPR's news director Joel McCord, and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR news team, talk about the respect Gov. Larry Hogan has gotten, from both sides of the aisle, for the way he's handled his non Hodgkin's Lymphoma fight.

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Gov. Larry Hogan started signing some of the hundreds of bills passed by the General Assembly over the 90 day session on Tuesday, and it was a packed house where everyone was on their best behavior.


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The Democratic-led House of Delegates gave its preliminary approval to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's budget Wednesday. The version passed by the lower chamber departs significantly from Hogan’s plan, beefing up spending on schools, safety net programs and state worker pay.

  The big story in Annapolis this legislative session is the budget and, more broadly, the state’s economic climate. WYPR’s Joel McCord sat down with politics reporter Christopher Connelly to wrap up the week in Annapolis, as they often do on Fridays – this week, a budget, tax and business edition.

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