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March 21, 2013
A bill introduced by Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, to increase the scope of a protective order to better protect some victims of domestic violence has cleared the Senate and is now headed to the House of Delegates for consideration. Shank, has said previously that SB 490 was a response to some incidents in Washington County including the shooting death of Heather Harris, a Hagerstown resident who was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend in June 2011. Under current law, Harris would not be eligible for a protective order.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
A bill calling for the removal of convicted killer Russell Wayne Wagner's ashes from Arlington National Cemetery took another step late last week with unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate. Read the full story in Tuesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
NEWS
February 20, 2001
Senate passes resolution against judicial taxation By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed Sen. Alex X. Mooney's resolution that aims to prevent courts from taxing citizens. The resolution passed the Senate last year, but was killed by the House Judiciary Committee. It asks the U.S. Congress to consider a constitutional amendment to prevent courts from causing tax increases through their rulings. Twenty-one other states have passed similar resolutions.
NEWS
October 3, 2008
http://www.rules.house.gov/110/text/110_hr4221_text.pdf Above is a link to the 442-page Senate approved financial markets bill as posted on the House Committee on Rules Web site. This is the base text under consideration. A vote by the House is expected Friday.
NEWS
March 25, 2000
Here are some bills of local interest and their status in this session of the Maryland General Assembly, which concludes April 10. Bills can be tracked on the Internet at mlis.state.md.us. HB 17 - Would subsidize regional air service from Hagerstown Regional Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The bill has passed the House and is in the Senate. HB 186 - Would provide counties with matching grants of up to $1 million for increasing the amount they spend on agriculture land preservation.
NEWS
April 10, 2011
‘Slipping’ in the Senate During a spirited debate Thursday on establishing collective-bargaining rights for independent home-care providers, Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, tried to limit the bill’s scope through amendments. With his first one defeated, Shank argued for his second amendment — a tax credit to help those who don’t belong to a union, yet who still must pay a fee for the union’s collective-bargaining services. Then, someone noticed a problem: Shank had handed out amendments for the wrong bill.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 11, 2012
In Annapolis, bills can be killed when they're assigned to a committee and nothing happens. For Gov. Martin O'Malley's state legislative redistricting plan, inaction will have the opposite effect - the new map will become law unless lawmakers change it. With less than two weeks to go before a deadline, the governor's plan is looking increasingly likely to become final as is. There's no sign the legislature will have a chance to amend or...
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 15, 2011
The Eastern Panhandle's delegation in the state Legislature voted along party lines on the pay raise bill for teachers, elected judiciary and other state workers, with Democrats voting for the bill and Republicans voting against it. The House voted 74-24 for a compromise measure Saturday. The Senate passed the bill 27-6. Del. Walter Duke, R-Berkeley, who voted for the House Finance Committee's version of the bill on March 2, said he opposed the Senate's subsequent move to amend the legislation to include pay raises for the judiciary, and ultimately joined 24 delegates in voting against the compromise measure on Saturday.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 22, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- She's seen two protest demonstrations and a hearing where the merits of the death penalty were debated. And that was in just her first three days as a page to the Maryland General Assembly. Laurel Kays, 17, a Williamsport High School senior, will spend two weeks in Annapolis as part of the program, and finished up her first week Friday. She'll return in the 12th week of the legislative session, which begins March 30. Laurel's older sister, Holly Kays, went through the program two years ago and enjoyed it, leading Laurel to apply when the opportunity was mentioned by one of her teachers in October.
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By U.S. REP. BILL SHUSTER | July 26, 2013
“But we have to pass the health care bill so that you can find out what's in it …” - Nancy Pelosi, March 2010 Remember those words from then Speaker Pelosi? As one of the loudest voices in Congress opposing the federal takeover of our health care system, I knew what was in the bill - trouble. And yet President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid shoved Obamacare down the throats of the American people without considering the devastating consequences. Unfortunately, the Senate recently made the same mistake by passing a bad immigration bill without consideration of the consequences of their actions.
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NEWS
April 17, 2013
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams/York, is under consideration by the Pennsylvania Senate after clearing a committee last week. The Pennsylvania Senate's local government committee approved Senate Bill 744, which would give counties greater control over the makeup and responsibilities of local row offices such as prothonotary. Under current law, counties advancing from the fifth class to the fourth class based on population gains are mandated to increase their number of elected row offices.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would provide a subsidy for the MARC commuter train service in the Eastern Panhandle. Senate Bill 103, which proposes the creation of the West Virginia Commuter Rail Access Act, passed by a 33-0 vote. State Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, was absent, according to the roll call for the bill. The legislation would provide a mechanism for the state to give CSX Transportation a tax credit for not billing the Maryland-run commuter rail service for its use of the railroad's tracks in West Virginia.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2013
Two bills - one to free up $100 million for public sewer treatment plant upgrades to meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup requirements and one to protect commuter train service for Eastern Panhandle riders - saw action Friday in the West Virginia Senate. Senate Bill 596, the Chesapeake Bay appropriation, heads to the House of Delegates, where it is assured of passage, said state Sen. Herb Snyder D-Jefferson/Berkeley. “This is the governor's bill,” he said. Twelve plants in seven of the eight Eastern Panhandle counties that feed into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will have access to the $100 million beginning in January, Snyder said.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
With less than two weeks remaining in the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly, Washington County legislators are banking on the passage of a measure cleared by a senate committee that would bring the county $1.55 million in fiscal year 2014 as part of a wealth-based grant known as the disparity grant. However, the prospect for success is uncertain, and the amount is less than the county would have received if it had remained eligible for a share of the grant. Additionally, prospects for passage of a House bill seeking relief are grim.   County lawmakers have been looking at various avenues in the General Assembly to get the county a share of the grant.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
A bill introduced by Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, to increase the scope of a protective order to better protect some victims of domestic violence has cleared the Senate and is now headed to the House of Delegates for consideration. Shank, has said previously that SB 490 was a response to some incidents in Washington County including the shooting death of Heather Harris, a Hagerstown resident who was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend in June 2011. Under current law, Harris would not be eligible for a protective order.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2013
An amended version of a bill that tasked a state education council with finding out more about the resources needed to support a compulsory online course requirement in state high schools or a course that blended online learning and traditional teaching has been voted down by a senate committee. But Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said Tuesday that the bill was “just an effort to keep the discussion moving.” “I think the idea that the senate committee had was that they were going to contact the virtual learning council ... and suggest that this would be a worthwhile topic that didn't necessitate a piece of legislation,” he said.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2013
The Washington County delegation's efforts to secure a share of a wealth-based grant were rewarded Thursday when a key Senate committee voted to approve a measure that could bring about $1.55 million to the county's general fund for fiscal year 2014. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee adopted a formula based on the local piggyback income tax rate of counties, which could give Washington County a share of the wealth-based grant called the Disparity Grant. Getting the grant money has been one of the top priorities of the county delegation during the current session of the Maryland General Assembly, and delegation members were cautious, but optimistic Thursday.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | February 28, 2013
A Washington County delegation bill asking for bond authorization worth $60 million to fund the county's Capital Improvement Plan passed the third reading in the House on Thursday. House delegates voted 137-0 for the bill without any discussion. A cross-filed version of the bill filed by Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, will be heard by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee March 5. The bond money could be used to construct and renovate public schools, buildings for public safety, health and social services and libraries and fund other capital projects.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | February 28, 2013
A gun-control bill endorsed by Gov. Martin O'Malley passed the Senate on Thursday after days of spirited debate and heads now to the House of Delegates. There are Washington County legislators such as Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, who are opposed to the bill with “every fiber of our being.” On the other side is Sen. Ronald N. Young, D-Frederick/Washington, who said that the bill might not be the complete answer but is a step in the right direction. The bill passed 28 to 19 about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with the day's proceedings lasting more than four hours.
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