"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.
Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan has selected local elected official Sen. David Brinkley (R) as budget secretary.
The Virginia General Assembly is now in session. House Bill 1670, proposed by Republican State Delegate Mark Berg of the 29th District, aims to make sheriffs the chief law enforcement officers in every locality in Virginia.
The 435th Maryland General Assembly started on Wednesday, with several new members swearing in to kick off this year's legislative session.
Maryland State Senator Christopher Shank will become the new executive director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention on January 21.
Lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia shared their goals on Wednesday for the upcoming legislative session.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on Tuesday that Senator Chris Shank will serve as the director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.
The West Virginia legislative session begins on Wednesday, and the Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual kickoff reception Tuesday night.
The 2015 Virginia General Assembly convenes next Wednesday. On the agenda is a proposal to require every state police trooper to wear a body camera.
"Things weren't changing and someone had to do it. I went over with my family and my boss here and quite frankly, I got so much support I had no trouble deciding."
Shelley Moore Capito is now the first woman to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Senate.
Before being sworn into office as part of the 114th Congress, Alex Mooney said he was ready to fight for the Republican Party and be the voice for West Virginia's Second District.
"I think it's going to be really difficult, especially for the 'Mom and Pa' shops - smaller businesses that have been in the area for 10, 20 years. They're really going to have to buckle down."
Charlie Smith took the oath of office on Monday for his third time being sworn in as the State's Attorney for Frederick County. While he's not new to the office, he's hoping to bring new changes.
Economic development, infrastructure needs and state mandates were top on the list for Cumberland - priorities that are already in the process of being solved.
The law requires people who owe child support and win money from gambling to report those winnings as part of their income.