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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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Bipartisanship was the buzzword at the start of the Maryland General Assembly session this year. But there's one topic where there is actual agreement between Democrats and Republicans: Mandatory testing of students in public schools. Opposition to mandatory testing has united both parties in Annapolis. In particular, the kindergarten readiness assessment test. Senate leader...
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The Maryland Senate is moving forward with creating a second state commission on climate change. Lawmakers want the commission to specifically look at sea-level rise. Maryland is especially vulnerable because of its shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. But the membership on the commission is creating a political battle. Two ...
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Speed cameras are commonplace throughout the D.C. region, but that isn't stopping some Maryland lawmakers from trying to make changes to the programs that allow them. While they have been around in parts of the state for almost a decade now, an air of controversy still hovers around speed cameras. Carroll County Republican delegate Haven Shoemaker expresses it. "I ...
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Supporters of a "Death With Dignity" bill in Maryland believe the measure may pass this year in the General Assembly, allowing the terminally ill to take their own lives should they choose. Sen. Ron Young (D-Frederick County) believes there's a "very good" chance his bill may pass this session based on the response his office has received. "Maybe people against it ...
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Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is announcing her retirement. The 78-year-old Democrat is the longest serving woman in the history of Congress. Mikulski is currently in her fifth term in the Senate, and needed to make a decision on whether she was going to run again by January o...
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Maryland senators will take up governor Larry Hogan's pick for transportation secretary for a second day Monday evening. The executive nominations committee didn't finish up its questioning of Pete Rahn during his confirmation hearing last Monday in Annapolis. So the hearing will continue for a second day. The issue holding up Rahn's confirmation deals with a road project in...
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Maryland State Sen. Ron Young (D-Frederick County) wants to drop the legal drinking age to 18 for active-duty military members. But under his bill they could only be served beer or wine — no liquor. Young tells the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee it's a small token of appreciation for soldiers, and he doesn't believe it will lead to a rash of...
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The election of Larry Hogan as governor of Maryland was seen by many as a signal that voters wanted the General Assembly focused on economic issues, not social ones, when they convened this year. But that hasn't stopped some lawmakers. Gay marriage, the Dream Act, gun control, repealing the death penalty. They're just some of the hot button social issues the General Assembly...
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Teachers unions — their role, their power and their future — have been a major issue in statehouses all across the U.S., and the latest battleground is forming in Annapolis, Maryland. A charter-school bill from Gov. Larry Hogan went before the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday, and multiple witnesses testified before lawmakers about why they like — or disliked ...
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Amid ongoing concerns nationally around racial profiling by law enforcement officers, the Maryland General Assembly is moving toward reauthorizing a program that says police must keep statistics on the race and gender of anyone pulled over in traffic stops. The reporting program was instituted following a 2001 lawsuit. Police now keep track of not only the race and gender of...
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Of all of Maryland governor Larry Hogan's cabinet choices, Pete Rahn, his pick for transportation secretary, is the most watched. Rahn was one of five Hogan cabinet appointees to go before the Senate Executive Nominations Committee, but he faced far more questions than the rest. And senators didn't waste time. The first query was on the future of two mass transit projects: t...
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A bill in the Maryland General Assembly to ban sales receipts that contain the chemical BPA faces bleak prospects. But that isn't deterring supporters. Sen. Roger Manno is behind the ban bill. The Montgomery County Democrat says his colleagues in the past three years have already voted to ban baby products and water bottles that contain BPA, and he says sales receipts are t...
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Some lawmakers in Maryland are trying to disallow the governor from making decisions on inmates serving life sentences and whether they can be paroled. Maryland is one of just a few states where the governor must still approve parole for those who are serving life sentences. Supporters of changing that are pushing a bill during this year's General Assembly that would give th...
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The Maryland senate Thursday morning gave final approval to a bill that would allow the speed limit to rise from 65 to 70 miles per hour on certain roads. The bill is the first measure to hit the floor of the Senate to see any opposition this session. "When the speed limit is 65, most people go 75, 76. So now when the speed limit goes to 70, people are going to go ...
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Environmental groups in Maryland want the state to create another commission on climate change. The first climate change commission was created last decade, and Mike Tidwell, the head of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, says the commission findings were instrumental in getting lawmakers to approve measures that increased the amount of green energy produced and used in ...
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Prince George's County Democrat Victor Ramirez is trying to expand access to protective orders for victims of domestic violence. Ramirez says there's a gap in who can seek and receive a protective order from an abuser. He's sponsoring a bill that aims to fill a hole in the current law. "If you're in a dating relationship with someone, you can't qualify for a prote...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrats in the General Assembly are already feuding over funding cuts to public schools, and it looks like both sides will be battling over expanding charter schools in the state too. After touring Empowerment Academy in Baltimore with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Thursday, Hogan called increasing the number of public charter school...
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A Maryland lawmaker wants to study whether "paying it forward" is a smart move for state universities. Montgomery County Democratic Sen. Richard Madaleno says states like Oregon and Washington are already looking at whether public universities should offer free or reduced tuition to students who would then pay the university back with money they make after they graduate....
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Supporters of the bill wore these buttons to a Senate committee hearing. (Matt Bush/WAMU) Beekeepers are asking the Maryland General Assembly to approve a bi...
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Federal and local governments were closed today because of the snow, but the Maryland General Assembly stayed open — and the Senate gave preliminary approval to a slew of bills. With the opening weeks centered on the pomp and circumstance of a new governor's arrival out of the way, and all the subsequent firsts done as well — like first budget plan, first state of the st...