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State moves forward with health care program as Supreme Court questions federal law

As the U.S. Supreme Court heard its third and final day of arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, Maryland plunged ahead in preparing the state for the law’s implementation.

Despite concerns that the 2010 Affordable Care Act could be overturned by the Supreme Court, both chambers of the General Assembly have approved bills backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley that lay the groundwork for the execution of the federal law on the state level. Read more

House approves public-private partnership bill, threatening pending State Center lawsuit

The House of Delegates approved a controversial bill backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley that would better define the state’s policy on public-private partnerships for major construction projects after a spirited debate on Monday.

The bill, originally backed by the O’Malley administration and written by a task force that looked at improving public-private partnerships, would provide an improved process for the state to review and coordinate infrastructure project proposals from private developers. Read more

House defeats bill to nearly double costs of hunting licenses

Legislation that would have nearly doubled the price of hunting licenses faced a rare defeat in the House of Delegates Monday night after a lively debate.

The bill would have increased the cost of a hunting license from $24.50 to $40 as well as imposed various other fees related to hunting stamps, with revenue generated going toward the State Wildlife Management and Protection Fund. Read more