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Matt Bush

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Bush is the Maryland reporter for WAMU. He can be found most of the time on the job in Annapolis, Rockville, or Upper Marlboro covering state and county governments. He's a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Point Park College in downtown Pittsburgh


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The Montgomery County executive and county council are fighting over budget items. Among them: money for the county's newly created public election fund. The state of Maryland already has public financing for gubernatorial candidates. Last year, Larry Hogan became the first person to win the governorship using public funds. Montgomery County will have the same option for can...
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As the Maryland National Guard pulls out of Baltimore, local governments across the state are examining their police departments to ensure something similar to death of Freddie Gray does not happen. Around 50 officers from Montgomery County took part in the response to the unrest in Baltimore last week. As they return to Maryland's most populated county, a pilot program to p...
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So what happens when a law is being broken, but no one knows it? That's been happening once a year for many years in Maryland's capital city of Annapolis. Before Prohibition, many states forbade bars or any place that sold alcohol from being open on Election Day. The reasoning was to stop candidates who would look to buy votes through buying drinks for voters as they went to...
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Maryland remains one of 17 states where rapists can still seek paternity rights for children they fathered with their victims. Legislation to change that law and others related to sexual assault did not survive in the General Assembly this year, but two measures on rape kits were successful. The paternity measure has cleared the state Senate in recent years, but routinely ha...
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The death of Freddie Gray after he suffered a fatal injury while in the custody of Baltimore police has led to national headlines, the suspension of six officers and renewed calls for a harder look at police tactics and how officers report investigations to superiors. ...
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There's a push for criminal justice reforms across the country and Maryland is joining the effort. This year the General Assembly passed several bills that lawmakers believe will help those leaving prison re-enter society. They're also hoping the governor signs legislation that would reduce the penalties for certain crimes. Mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes in the...
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In Maryland, advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are hailing a measure passed by the General Assembly that will set up training programs for police. It's in response to the death of Ethan Saylor, a man with Down Syndrome ...
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Last year, the Maryland General Assembly decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. During their session this year in Annapolis, lawmakers had to fill in several gaps in that law. Possessing 10 or fewer grams of marijuana can no longer put a person in jail, and t...
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Ride-hailing apps like Uber are operating unregulated in Maryland, but that will soon change. Local governments — and Montgomery County in particular — were looking at creating their own regulations for the ride-hailing apps which have become so popular. State ...
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Before they adjourned for the year, the Maryland General Assembly passed bills that will allow for widespread use of body cameras by police. Police departments all across Maryland were hesitant to deploy cameras because of the state's wiretapping law, which mandates two-party consent. In other words, if an officer wearing a body camera approaches someone, the officer would h...
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The Maryland General Assembly adjourned for the year on time Monday night after both the House and Senate passed a budget. But it was a budget governor Larry Hogan warned them not send him. The dispute between the Republican governor and Democrat-controlled General Assembly was over a four letter acronym: GCEI. The Geographic Cost Of Education Index is a school funding form...
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Democratic leaders in the Maryland General Assembly are no closer to reaching an agreement with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on the final day on their yearly session. Both sides have failed to reach an agreement on the final day of the session, and at least right now, neither side is budging. The dispute is over money the General Assembly took out of the state's pension fund,...
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Two years ago Maryland became the most recent U.S. state to ban the death penalty, but doing so created a loophole in sentencing that the General Assembly sought to fix this year. A fix won't be happening, though, because state senators have decided the issue needs more consideration. Be...
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As the budget battle swirls in Maryland between the Republican governor and Democrat-controlled House of Delegates, the man stuck in the middle is urging both sides to find common ground. Senate President Mike Miller wants a fellow Democrat, House Speaker Mike Busch, to work with Hogan. Both sides are fighting over the state budget as well as supplemental budget proposals th...
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A bill intended to help people with low-level criminal convictions get jobs has cleared an important hurdle in Maryland's General Assembly. The Second Chance Act received initial approval from the House of Delegates on Friday afternoon. The bill would allow those who have been convi...
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With just four days left in Maryland's legislative session, there has been little movement in the Maryland General Assembly on two bills regarding the use of police body cameras. But as the end of the session approaches, a new sense of urgency is forming as lawmakers ready to adjourn. One of the bills makes exceptions to Maryland's wiretapping law sought by local police depa...
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Maryland is one of the few states in the U.S. that does not make convicted animal abusers pay for the costs of caring for those animals. But that may soon change. Montgomery County Democratic Senator Jamie Raskin is the sponsor of a bill that has cleared his chamber and has received initial approval from the House of Delegates. "The taxpayers are paying out hundred...
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After debating it all session, the Maryland General Assembly appears to have finally come to an agreement on a moratorium on fracking for natural gas. Initially supporters of a moratorium on wanted eight years before drilling permits could be issued to allow hydraulic fracturing in western Maryland. But as the legislative process dragged on that time frame was winnowed down ...
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The Maryland House of Delegates has given final approval to a bill applying the state sales tax to hotel bookings made through third party travel sites like Travelocity and Expedia, but the lobbying on the legislation is far from over. Supporters claim ...
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As this year's session of the Maryland General Assembly winds down, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrats who control both chambers in Annapolis are fighting over the state budget. In particular, it's a tax credit program that has Democrats and their allies up in arms. In a supplemental budget, the governor included $5 million for tax credits that would go to businesses ...