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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 Maryland House of Delegates has approved a bill banning discrimination against transgender people. The House did not change the bill that was already passed by the Senate this session, though Republicans tried in vain today to exempt public restrooms from the discrimination regulations. GOP House leader Nick Kipke was one of many Republicans who believe the la...
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In the waning days of this year's Maryland General Assembly session, a fight is brewing on how to respond to a court ruling ensuring that all defendants receive legal representation at bail hearings. That ruling — DeWolfe versus Richmond (pdf)— will be very costly for the state and local governments, more ...
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The Maryland Senate has okayed a bill increasing the penalties ten-fold for hazing in the state. The bill increases the fine for anyone convicted of hazing from up to $500 to up to $5,000. Potential jail time is not affected. Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin, sponsor of the bill, says he and his colleagues heard many horror stories of hazing incidents on Ma...
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The Maryland Senate has given initial approval to a bill expanding the state's medical marijuana program. But it's different in a few key ways than a measure passed in the House of Delegates. The Senate version expands the number of would-be licensed growers of medical marijuana. The House's bill allows for five, but Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin, sponsor of the Se...
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Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin of Maryland will gather in College Park, Md., today to promote Prince George’s County as the new home for the FBI’s headquarters. The government officially announced last year that it was looking for site proposals for the agency’s new headquarters, and it’s had local officials from D.C., Maryland and Virginia all competing to get the big ...
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Annapolis is getting a high-profile visit tomorrow night. Well, kind of — it's a fictional elected official that will appear in the state capital. Actor Kevin Spacey, who portrays Frank Underwood on the hit Netflix show "House of Cards," will appear at a reception at an Annapolis wine bar tomorrow night where he'll meet with members of the Maryland General Assembly, accord...
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A public hearing is set for an emergency bill before the Montgomery County council that prohibits automated purchasing machines that sell items such as used cell phones. The machines in question are typically seen at self-service kiosks where people can turn in cell phones and other electronic devices and receive cash or credit in return. The bill, sponsored by council presi...
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The Maryland House passed a slew of bills during two floor sessions yesterday. Delegates approved a significant change to the state's medical marijuana program that was first passed last year. It would allow certified doctors to recommend that their patients receive marijuana for medicinal purposes. The current Maryland law has stalled, because the framework requires academi...
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The Maryland Senate has approved a measure that would let authorities charge any employee of a school for having sex with a student. The bill's sponsor is Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin, who says current state law only allows for full-time employees of a school to be charged with having sex with a student who is above the age of consent, which in Maryland is 16....
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The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill on Thursday that would force stores to notify customers if they are monitoring their shopping habits via in-house Wi-Fi networks. Montgomery County Del. Sam Arora says this happens a lot, though most people are probably not aware of it when they enter a store. "If you have a smartphone that is Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled...
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The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill decriminalizing the possession of 10 grams of marijuana. The bill faces a final vote Thursday, but is expected to pass after two changes to it were approved today. The changes make anyone caught and fined three times for possession face a judge, at which point they may be forced into a drug treatment program. The ...
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The Maryland Senate is inching toward a vote on a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession in the state. Debate had just begun on the Senate floor on Tuesday when proposed amendments to the bill stopped it for a day so lawmakers could study them. The measure would make possessing ten grams or less of marijuana no longer punishable by prison time, but rather just a ...
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Lawmakers are now one step closer to cracking down on erroneous tickets issued by speed cameras in Maryland. The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval to a bill that would start fining the private operators of the cameras for improperly issued tickets. Opponents of the cameras have long argued drivers rarely fight erroneously issued tickets because it is costly and ti...
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In Maryland, a hearing on a bill denying a French rail company from securing the contract to operate the Purple Line because of its ties to the Holocaust went on as scheduled in Annapolis this afternoon, even though a Holocaust survivor who was scheduled to testify at it died over the weekend. Leo Bretholtz died Saturday just two days after his 93rd birthday. Long before he ...
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A Montgomery County delegate is pushing a bill that would ban the sale of energy drinks to those under the age of 18. Democrat Kathleen Dumais says there are many motivations behind her bill. First, she met with the mother of a Hagerstown 14-year-old who died after drinking two 24-ounce Monster energy drinks in less than 24 hours in 2012. The family is current suing the drin...
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The Maryland House of Delegates has given final approval to a bill raising the minimum wage in the state. The measure now heads to the Senate. Debate before the final vote lasted about an hour on the House floor. Opponents argued the state should defer to the federal government on whether to raise the minimum wage, as Maryland's neighboring states like Virginia are not hikin...
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In Maryland, opponents of a bill to ban smoking electronic cigarettes in public places lined up in Annapolis to speak against the measure. Rick Mulder of Easton was one of many standing in the hallway "vaping" outside of the House Economic Matters Committee room. He started smoking e-cigarettes about five years ago, and enjoys them so much he'll never return to traditional c...
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On Wednesday the Maryland House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a bill that would raise the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 by 2017. Delegates debated the bill for more than two hours, as several attempted changes were beaten back. Del. Dereck Davis (D-Prince George's), who chairs the committee that worked on the bill and first approved it earlier this wee...
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One Montgomery County delegate fears a mass shooting will occur in Maryland if a simple fix isn't made to computer systems in the state. Currently, Maryland has a gun registry that lists who owns firearms. There is also the criminal database which contains information on who is disqualified from owning a gun because of a criminal convictions. But those two system...