Union Will Ask Assembly To Restore Seniority Rights

Maryland's largest state workers union will ask the General Assembly to undo a Court of Appeals ruling that would erode traditional seniority protections for thousands of public employees. The state's highest court held last week that when jobs reopen after layoffs, agencies are not required to offer the positions to previous employees in order of seniority. Instead, the court said, agencies have the option of following seniority rules or recruiting employees. Sue Esty, legislative affairs director for Council 3 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said Monday that the union will seek a legislative remedy to that decision. (Balt. Sun)

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Minimum Wage Vote Exposes Simmering Resentments On Montgomery Council

For three-and-a-half hours last week, the Montgomery County Council worked its way through the complexities of a ground-breaking bill to raise the local minimum wage. Most of the discussion was crisp and on point. But as the proceedings approached the four-hour mark, the council dais began to look and sound like a Thanksgiving dinner where long-simmering family tensions bubbled to the surface. (Wash. Post)

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Parents Aim To Toughen Penalties After Losing Son To Distracted Driver

A life saving effort is underway to convince people not to use cell phones while driving. One family who lost their child to a distracted driver is leading the charge for tougher penalties and taking their fight to Annapolis. A crash two years ago killed five-year-old Jake Owen. The driver of the SUV that hit his family’s car was using a cell phone. Susan Yum and Spike Owen hope to see legislation passed that will increase the penalties for fatalities caused by drivers on phones. (WJZ)

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Hough Wants Term Limits For State Lawmakers

Maryland Delegate Michael Hough says he wants his fellow state lawmakers to limit their own terms so part-time legislators don't turn into career politicians. When the Maryland General Assembly convenes in January, Hough will push to bar state lawmakers from serving more than three terms in the Senate and three in the House of Delegates. Capping length of service would shake up the "ruling class" that now controls the legislative process in Annapolis, he believes. (News-Post)

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Kamenetz not endorsing for governor just yet (ever?)

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz isn’t in any apparent rush to endorse a candidate for governor in the 2014 Democratic primary. The first-term Democrat executive was coy about his endorsement when asked in a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Record. (Daily Record)

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Grasso Becomes Chairman Of Anne Arundel Council

Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso was elected chairman of the council Monday night. Grasso, a Glen Burnie Republican, will lead council meetings for the next year. Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso was elected chairman of the council Monday night. Grasso, a Glen Burnie Republican, will lead council meetings for the next year. (Balt. Sun)

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Mount Airy Town Council Discusses Recall Elections

With the addition of the potential length of time and conditions for the residents of Mount Airy to recall an elected official, Councilman Scott Strong is one step closer to introducing an ordinance that would give the residents the power to force a person in power to step down. Town Council members and the mayor both serve four-year terms. The ordinance, if introduced and passed, would give registered voters the ability to recall and remove an elected official from office. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Eric Luedtke Seeks Re-Election In House Of Delegates

Luedtke, 32, a Democrat from Burtonsville, is completing his first term in the House of Delegates for District 14. He, along with fellow incumbent District 14 legislators Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D) of Brookeville, Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D) of Calverton, and Del. Craig J. Zucker (D) of Brookeville formed the District 14 Team slate, and filed for re-election on April 9. As a middle school social studies teacher, Luedtke’s main priority is education. “Public schools are the foundation of our quality of life in Montgomery County, and Maryland remains number one in education, but we can and should do better,” he said. (Gazette)

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