Friday, March 15, 2013
The Maryland House of Delegates passed the bill on Friday.
Towson delegates unanimously voted to repeal the death penalty in Maryland on Friday. The bill passed the Maryland House of Delegates with a vote of 82-56. It will now go to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature. District 42: Del. Susan Aumann: Voted for Repeal Del. William Frank: Voted for Repeal Del. Stephen Lafferty: Voted for Repeal Patch Associate Regional Editor Bryan Sears contributed to this report.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Towson-based Maryland Business for Responsive Government released its report on the recent General Assembly session.
The Towson-based interest group Maryland Business for Responsive Government this week released its scorecard of Maryland General Assembly members, based on votes taken during the most recent legislative session. The group grades legislators based on their voting records on the floor and in committees on bills supported or opposed by the organization. For example, the group gave out poor grades to senators and delegates who voted in favor of an income tax increase on higher earners, as well as those who voted in favor of doubling the "flush tax" fee on residences and businesses for the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. Sen. James Brochin (D) Del. Susan Aumann (R) Del. Bill Frank (R) Del. Steve Lafferty (D) Related: Read grades handed out …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
State delegate sponsors pension bill for the county and is deputy director of Baltimore County Department of Human Resources.
Proposed state legislation to change Baltimore County's pension rules is attracting as much attention for who sponsored the bill as for what it would do. Del. Adrienne Jones, a long-time Baltimore County employee, is currently the deputy director of the county's Office of Human Resources. She is also the lone sponsor of a pension bill that her boss—County Executive Kevin Kamenetz—wants. Instead of using more traditional routes to propose legislation, Kamenetz asked Jones to file the bill because of her expertise with the subject. As speaker pro tem of the House of Delegates, Jones' position and reputation could also provide an added benefit to the bill's success. The close connection between the bill and Jones' government employer has …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
In emails to their constituents, Dels. Susan Aumann and Steve Lafferty posted two very different reactions to the bill.
Following the House of Delegates passage last week of a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Maryland, two Towson-area delegates sent two very different emails to constituents. The 42nd district delegates split on the issue, with Democrat Steve Lafferty voting for the bill and Republican Susan Aumann (as well as colleague Bill Frank) voting against it. The Civil Marriage Protection Act now goes to the state Senate, which passed the bill last year and is likely to do so again. Sen. James Brochin, a Towson Democrat, voted for last year's bill. Lafferty, a Stoneleigh resident and co-sponsor of the measure, said the bill caused much soul-searching among his colleagues in a statement emailed to residents and posted on the Forge Flyer. On Friday…