July 27, 2012 •
Governor hopes for quick passage of gambling expansion
Governor Martin O’Malley has announced a special session of the general assembly. The session, scheduled to begin August 9, 2012, is for the purpose of considering a new casino in Prince George’s County and table games at the state’s five other slots locations.
If approved by the Legislature, the gambling expansion would also need voter approval. Proponents hope to pass legislation in time for the issue to appear on this November’s ballot.
Photo of Governor Martin O’Malley by Jay Baker in Wikipedia.
May 7, 2012 •
Lawmakers to convene May 14th
Governor Martin O’Malley has ordered the General Assembly to convene a special session on May 14th.
Lawmakers are expected to pass legislation regarding state revenues and income-tax increases.
The special session became necessary after a stalemate during the regular session between the House and Senate.
The photo of the Chamber of the Maryland House of Delegates courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
April 10, 2012 •
Special session may be called
The General Assembly adjourned Monday at midnight following a tense debate that failed to pass a revenue plan needed to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts.
Democratic legislators say they will ask Governor Martin O’Malley to call a special session for more time to work on the revenue package and other measures.
The governor would not say whether he planned to call for a special session.
Photo of the Maryland State House by Thisisbossi on Wikipedia.
May 23, 2011 •
Directly to Shareholders or Link From Homepage
Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill which requires corporations to disclose to shareholders the dates and amounts of political independent expenditures and the candidate or ballot issue to which the expenses related, or post a link to this information from its homepage.
All entities making an aggregate independent expenditure of $10,000 or more in an election cycle will be required to file reports detailing information such as the identities of those making, or those exercising direction or control over those making, the independent expenditures. Included in the report must be the identity of each person who made cumulative donations in excess of $51 to the entity making the independent expenditure. Entities include corporations, partnerships, committees, associations, and labor organizations.
The law redefines independent expenditure to mean expressly advocating the success or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or ballot issue. Separate and distinct from the definition of independent expenditure, the law also defines electioneering communications to cover expenditures for broadcasts made within 60 days of an election. Based on the amount of money spent and the size of the audience of the broadcast, separate and additional disclosure reports may be required for electioneering communications.
The new law takes effect December 1.
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