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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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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 ...
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State lawmakers in Maryland have approved additional anti-discrimination protections for transgender people, following last year's law banning discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on someone's gender identity or expression. This year's measure would likely ha...
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Police chiefs across Maryland warn that body cameras on officers will not be effective until a change is made in state law, and now a bill making that change has cleared the House of Delegates. Maryland's wiretapping law currently requires two-party consent to record audio. So in the case of an officer wearing a body camera, the officer would have to ask anyone they approach...
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In Maryland, proposed fracking rules under review are some of the strictest in the nation. But both houses in the General Assembly are pushing for even tighter regulation: The Maryland House of Delegates is moving forward with a bill that would put a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The bill from Montgomery County Democrat David Frasier-Hidalgo is officially ti...
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Accessing documents under the Public Information Act can be difficult in Maryland. But paying for them if your request is granted can be even tougher. "Democracy depends on people having access to information. This law was first passed 45 years ago. It's a great law, but it's being honored in the breach in many places," says Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin, who's sponsoring...
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After a week of intense debate, the Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill creating some of the strictest liability standards in the U.S. for fracking companies. The preliminary vote was delayed three times as opponents argued that the bill implicitly banned fracking. The measure from Baltimore County Democrat Bobby Zirkin makes it easier to sue drilling co...
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For a third day, the Maryland Senate has delayed a vote on legislation that would put some of the strongest liability standards in the U.S. on drilling companies that frack in the state. But the measure did clear an important hurdle. The bill from Baltimore County Democrat Bobby Zirkin would term fracking an "ultra-hazardous" activity, a legal term under which drilling compa...
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State lawmakers in Maryland are learning that decriminalizing marijuana isn't as simple as passing a law ending the potential of jail time for possession.Last year's law left out several factors that senators and delegates are addressing this session. First, possessing th...
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The Maryland House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a budget plan that restores cuts to public education. But to do that, lawmakers made a move that has one top official shaking his head in disbelief. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan released his budget plan just a day after taking office in January, and it contained several reductions in planned spending on public ...
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The Maryland Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on a bill that would impose some of the strictest liability standards in the U.S. on companies that want to drill for natural gas in the state. Opponents of the measure call it an attempt to stop hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has yet to start in Maryland. The bill would increase the time frame companies would be...
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Police body cameras have come into the national spotlight following the officer involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City. Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett included money to outfit officers with body cameras in his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, but it still may be a while before all police in the county are wearing th...
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The budget plans from county executives in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties are out, and property taxes in both could be going in opposite directions if the county executives get their way. Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker wants property tax hikes to help pay for better schools, believing keeping existing residents and businesses — and attracting new o...
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Maryland has several official state symbols, but there is one it doesn't have — one many other states do. Now one Republican lawmaker wants the state to join that clan. Maryland has a state drink — milk. A state exercise — walking. A state sport — jousting. And a state dessert — Smith Island cake. But Maryland does not have a state tartan, something more than 30 ot...
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A bill in Maryland's General Assembly that would allow students to have reusable water bottles with them at all times in public schools is dead — for now. Supporters of the Thirsty Kids Act argue it ensures students have access to water throughout the day, believing a well hydrated student will be a better performing student because they'll be healthier. It moved out of c...
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The Maryland Senate has given initial approval to expanding the voting rights of felons. A bill from Baltimore Democrat Joan Carter Conway would allow felons who are out of prison, but still on parole or probation, the ability to register to vote. Currently in Maryland, voting rights for felons are not restored until the full sentence, including parole and probation are comp...
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Maryland ranks in the middle among states nationally when it comes to organ donation, but one state senator from Montgomery County wants to move that ranking higher. Democrat Cheryl Kagan says Maryland ranks 27th out of 50 states in percentage of residents who are organ donors. The problem, she says, is that there are only a few places people can sign up to be donors, with t...