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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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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 ...
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Lawmakers in Annapolis are getting closer to expanding the voting rights that Maryland grants to some convicted felons. Maryland is one of 18 states where felons can have their right to vote restored once their full sentence — prison time, parole and probation — is completed. Now the House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to changing that to allow felons to vo...
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The Maryland House of Delegates is moving forward with a bill that supporters claim closes a loophole in sales tax collection. Opponents call it a tax increase. The measure applies the state's 6 percent sales tax to hotel bookings made through third party travel websites like Travelocity and Expedia. It's already passed the Senate, and it got an initial okay from the House o...
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During their work every year, members of the Maryland General Assembly approve commemorative holidays in the state as well as resolutions that honor members of the community or bring attention to moments in history. One such resolution up for debate this year. Lawmakers are looking over several bills in their final days in session that deal with ...
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With just a week to go in this year's Maryland General Assembly session, supporters of a bill that would aid victims of human trafficking are urging the House of Delegates not to delay action on the measure any longer. The bill from Montgomery County Sen. Susan Lee would allow those arrested for prostitution to ask a judge to have the charge thrown out if they can prove they...
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The Maryland General Assembly adjourns for the year one week from tonight. And in the final days of this session, senators and delegates could be taking up bills regarding ride-hailing services like Uber. Between the time when lawmakers adjourned for the year last April and returned to Annapolis this January, app-based, ride-hailing services took off. So Baltimore senator Bi...
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States across the country are racing to ban powdered alcohol, known as "palcohol," and Maryland is no different. With just weeks left in this year's session, lawmakers are scrambling to pass legislation. Powdered alcohol is just what it sounds like. Add it to water, and you have a drink. But state legislatures across the U.S. are concerned palcohol will be a threat to public...
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Last year, Maryland joined a growing list of states in decriminalizing marijuana. But that created quite a bit of work for the General Assembly this year. Supporters of decriminalization have spent this year filling in gaps in the law, taking time away from pushing for full legalization of marijuana. Included in this year's measures was a bill decriminalizing paraphernalia....
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One controversial proposal in the Maryland General Assembly is moving forward much to the delight of ralliers today, while another is done for this year. The House of Delegates already passed a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the drilling process known as fracking. But now the Senate is poised to pass its version of that, though it's only a two-year moratorium...
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One Montgomery County lawmaker wants to legalize the growing of industrial hemp in Maryland, and his effort has been successful thus far during this year's General Assembly session. But for now the federal government has the last word. Industrial hemp remains banned at the federal level, trumping any state effort to legalize growing it. But that's not stopping Del. David Fra...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned on cutting taxes, and voters liked his message enough to send him to Annapolis in an upset victory last fall. Now, tax cut measures are finally taking a step forward in the General Assembly, though lawmakers have plenty of time to derail Hogan's priorities. The Senate has given initial approval to two tax cut bills, one reducing personal ...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned and won on a pledge of cutting taxes in the state. On Tuesday, two measures that would do just that hit the Senate floor for a vote. All of the governor's proposals to cut or eliminate taxes have either been killed by legislative committees or significantly altered. The two the Senate is scheduled to take up today would cut personal prope...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law Monday evening declaring every March 30 "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." The delayed welcome — 40 years after the end of the war — was requested by Hospice of the Chesapeake, which works with many veterans. The bill was introduced by State Sen. John Astle. The Anne Arundel County Democrat was awarded two Purple Hearts ...
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Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants a drastic jump in property taxes to pay for a better public school system, believing the only way the county can attract new businesses and residents is by getting its schools on par with the nationally ...
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Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker's budget proposal includes layoffs and several tax increases. And his plan to sharply raise property taxes to pay for better public schools is spurring controversy, both here and afar. For homeowners not thrilled their tax bills could go up, Rushern Baker has an elevator pitch at the ready: "If you want property values to go up,...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned last year — and won — on cutting taxes in the state. But he may soon get a bill that his fellow Republicans say runs counter to that, while others claim it's simply a means to close an existing loophole in the sales tax. The measure the Senate has approved would apply Maryland's sales tax to hotel bookings made through third party onl...
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Recently, Democratic Rep. John Delaney asked his Maryland constituents to write in with their transportation woes, and he's gotten more than 150 responses. The lawmaker has a plan to shore up infrastructure funding by using revenue generated by an overhaul of corporate tax law. It's one of a ...