"This commission will be charged with top to bottom review of every single regulation on the books," said Hogan. "We will look to see what regulations have outlived their usefulness or have failed to accomplish their objectives or are so poorly rewritten, implemented or interpreted that they cause much more harm than good."
Several new laws approved during Maryland's last legislative session are taking effect Wednesday, July 1.
“This increase is another positive step for Maryland’s working families,” said Charly Carter, executive director of Maryland Working Families in a press release. “At the same time, we recognize that the state's lowest wage workers will not earn the full $10.10 until more than three years from now and that tipped workers will not benefit from this increase because legislators permanently froze their wages at $3.63 per hour.”
Starting July 1, tolls for bridges, tunnels and roadways across Maryland will be lowered for the first time in nearly 50 years as part of Governor Larry Hogan's statewide Toll-Tax Rollback Plan.
“Public safety is imperative for healthy, vibrant communities across our State,” said Speaker Busch in a press release.
When Governor Larry Hogan started his first term, his agenda was clear. "Today let me tell you Maryland is open for business," said Governor Hogan on in January during inauguration.
"We had some concerns about the budget as we talked about earlier. The good news is the rate of growth is the lowest it's been in decades. We had concerns about raising the pension," said Governor Larry Hogan.
"I do this not only for myself, and not only my family that travels on these roadways and your family and everybody else's family but I do it for him," said Sr. Trooper Talbert.
"That is the goal of these two houses and I think that we will continue to work with the governor and we'll get it done by Sine Die I'm sure of that," said Senator Catherine Pugh, (D-Baltimore City).
"Actually nothing will really change because we don't have true autonomy and we don't have fair funding. We opened that way and that way we will remain," said Sue Middleton, Board of Trustees for the Frederick Classical Charter School.
"Today, let me say loudly and clearly, Maryland is open for business," said Governor Larry Hogan during this inauguration speech.
On Monday evening, the Maryland Senate passed legislation that would put a temporary moratorium on hydraulic natural gas drilling, also known as fracking.
On Monday, Governor Larry Hogan issued Executive Order 01.01.2015.15 that will extend Maryland's General Assembly session for no longer than 10 days to give legislators additional time to pass the FY16 budget.
"He's made progress. [Governor Hogan’s] made incremental progress. You got to remember he's dealing with super majority members of the other party in both the house and senate and we're making a very good faith effort to move his agenda forward, every single issue," said Senate President Mike Miller.
"This is about updating our laws in order to reflect the reality that two women can be married and want to start a family. They deserve the same kind of health care coverage that straight couples would have if they're having trouble conceiving " said Senator Cheryl Kagan, (D) Montgomery County.
"So I would consider it half-time right now with the Maryland budget," said Delegate Neil Parrott, R-Washington County.
The Maryland Senate unanimously passed the Governor's proposed $40.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2016.
"Eventually the cancer comes back and knowing that this was an option, I think would be so comforting to people who don't necessarily fear death but don't want to deal with pain or suffering, loss of control of their own disease and their own lives," said Lange.
West Virginia Senate Bill 347 has gained national attention during the recent legislative session. Now, the highly partisan bill is off the governor's desk, and the bill's supporters are less than thrilled.
Senator Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), who's against fracking in the state, introduced the Hydraulic Fracturing Liability Act because if fracking comes to the state, he wanted to establish a process that would hold energy companies responsible for any injuries, deaths or loss caused by fracking.
"Competition is good and the states do compete for businesses," said Paul Frey, President & CEO for the Hagerstown-Washignton County Chamber of Commerce. "They do compete for jobs because they know it add to their tax base so this is another tool in the toolbox."
Maryland lawmakers are pushing a bill that will give a second chance to criminals with minors offenses.
Maryland lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are split when it comes to debate on fracking, or hydraulic natural gas drilling. Many are concerned it will harm the environmental while others say it will bring jobs and revenue to the state.
"Because this is a safety issue in a historic structure that certain serves a great community need and it's a great economic development tool," said Delegate Brett Wilson (R-District 2B). "This bill would actually provide monies so we could make the theatre safe."
- On Thursday, Anayah's Law passed 133-2 in the Maryland House of Delegates.
"The only thing that got me through when he first died was knowing that he died doing exactly what he wanted to do," said McWilliams. "That's the only thing that gave me peace and to see his name on a bridge for the service that he gave our country. The only word I can think to use would be I'd be very, very proud."
Senate Bill 347 passed the state Senate Friday and has been sent to the state House for a vote.
As the law currently stands, West Virginians have to go through a series of background checks and courses to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. But if the state approves a new law, that could change.
"I lost a first cousin to a heroin overdose just a couple of years ago," said Governor Hogan. "So I know the kind of devastation it can cause families and communities."
"Everything they've come to us with was in response to saying we can't just do things the same. We've got to develop a workforce for the new and future jobs, not the old ones," said Senator Serafini.
"We have listened to the agricultural and environmental communities to find a fair and balanced plan for limiting phosphorus, and I am pleased to announce the details of that solution today," said Governor Hogan.
The Maryland Senate has voted to raise the speed limit on state highways.
Western Maryland lawmakers proposed a bill that would offer several tax incentives to attract new business and expand current ones in rural parts of the state.
After Procter & Gamble announced plans to build a new facility in West Virginia, lawmakers in Maryland discussed how to change the state's business climate, and become more attractive to big-name manufacturers.
Currently, the Doleman Black Heritage Museum doesn't have a permanent home in Hagerstown, but that could soon change.
Even confidential medical records aren't completely confidential. Insurance policy holders have access to patient care information via an insurance bill that is mailed home, putting many people who are in abusive situations at risk.
Dr. Barrie Ciliberti was sworn into the Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday, representing Frederick County and portions of Carroll County.
On Monday, Delegate Andrew Serafini resigned his State Delegate Seat and he was sworn in to the Maryland State Senate after being confirmed by Governor Larry Hogan.
Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner is looking for two qualified individuals to fill seats on the county planning commission.
A house bill proposed by one of Northern Virginia’s state delegates is hoping to ease some of the Commonwealth’s strict laws on alcohol promotions.
It was back to business in Annapolis on Wednesday, as several freshman delegates stepped up with new ideas.
Local drivers might know Virginia has a strict ban on radar detectors, which are used to try to beat speeding tickets. But now, a state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would change that.
Governor Hogan revealed his budget proposal on Thursday, in which he commits record funding to K-12 education, but still some counties will face substantial cuts.
"I'm very blessed to have good, good working relationships with all the folks. With Neil's help as vice chair, I think our delegation's in good shape," said Delegate Serafini.
In Virginia, six bills have been introduced to the General Assembly aimed at fighting the heroin epidemic.
Nearly 1,000 people attended the Mountain Maryland Positive Attitudes Change Everything (P.A.C.E) event in Annapolis on Thursday night and Friday morning.
Thousands celebrated the inauguration of Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan, but now it's time to get down to business - a topic the Frederick Chamber of Commerce looks forward to discussing with the new administration.
On Thursday evening, the Washington County Republican Central Committee chose Delegate Andrew Serafini as their nominee for State Senator of District 2, representing Washington County.
The West Virginia House of Delegates has repealed the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act.
Governor Larry Hogan was sworn into office in Annapolis on Wednesday.