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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 Senate has approved the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who says he'll sign it after months of being evasive on the topic. "There are very few people if any who have been sentenced to prison for the possession of marijuana on their first offense, or second offense, or even third offense," O'Malley said....
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Several headlining issues remain before lawmakers in Maryland as the yearly session of the General Assembly winds down. Two of those issues got closer to being decided today, while another was delayed again. The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval to a compromise bill raising the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by the year 2018. The vote came after exhaustive d...
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The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill stalling a wind-farm project off the coast of the state's Eastern Shore. It's already passed the House of Delegates. At issue is whether the wind farm would affect radar at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay. Supporters of the bill want more time to study it, while opponent...
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The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a bill raising the state's minimum wage this morning, but it's a different version than one passed by the House of Delegates last month. The bill still raises the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in Maryland, but it does so on a longer timeline than the initial proposal that was submitted by Gov. Martin O'Malley which the House appr...
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Supporters of decriminalizing marijuana were dealt a serious setback this week by a House committee, which voted to study the issue instead of advancing a bill that would punish possession of small amounts of the drug with a fine instead of jail time. But the fight isn't over yet, even with the General Assembly scheduled to adjourn for the year on Monday. In the Se...
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Do you think a June primary in Maryland will hurt turnout? The moving up of the primary to April is ...
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A bill to increase penalties for handheld use of a cell phone while driving in Maryland is languishing in the General Assembly days before lawmakers adjourn for the year. Both the House and Senate have passed their own versions of the bill, called "Jake's Law," and they have some big differences. The Senate version only increases the penalties for crashes that cause serious ...
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Montgomery County schools have picked the two days that students will attend classes to make up for snow days. Students will now have school on April 21, known as Easter Monday because it's the day after the holiday, and on Friday June 13, which will be the final day of school for students this year. The system took 10 snow days this year, six more than were schedu...
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(Matt Bush/WAMU) The Maryland statehouse in Annapolis was paid a visit by two tractors this morning. They had rolled in to protest a bill that a...
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Today is the deadline for people to enroll for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. In Maryland, it's also likely the last day for the state's troubled exchange website in its current form. The state is poised to drop its website and replace it with one that's being used in the state of Connecticut. While it's been a pr...
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One Maryland legislator isn't amused by threats from the producers of a hit show that they'll leave the state if they don't get more tax credits, so he's playing a little historical hardball with them. The producers of the Netflix series "House of Cards" have threatened to leave Maryland if tax credits they receive for filming in the state aren't increased. Montgomery County...
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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....