O'Malley names new top lobbyist

Gov. Martin O'Malley this week announced his longtime aide Jeanne Hitchcock will lead his lobbying efforts during his final year in office. Hitchcock, who will also keep her role as secretary of appointments, will take over as chief legislative officer. (Balt. Sun)

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Catonsville resident announces District 12 candidacy

Catonsville resident Rebecca Dongarra has become the fifth candidate in the race for one of three seats in the House of Delegates for the new District 12, which includes parts of Catonsville, Arbutus and Howard County. Dongarra, who announced her candidacy on July 1 and ran against current 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk in 2010, grew up in Howard County. (Patuxent)

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Contributory negligence standard survives challenge in top court

Long before the Civil War, the high court of Maryland instituted the doctrine of contributory negligence. On Tuesday, the current high court of Maryland said that if anyone is going to change that rule – which bars any chance of recovering damages in a lawsuit if the victim in any way, to any degree, contributed to his or her own injury – the decision must come from the legislature. (Daily Record)

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Lawmaker will again try to ban fracking

A Montgomery County lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking, in next year’s General Assembly session, following the failure of a similar bill in 2013. Del. A. Shane Robinson, a Montgomery Democrat, announced on his confirmed Twitter account that he would try again next year. (Daily Record)

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In Prince George’s County, your gas tax dollars at work

Gov. Martin O’Malley and other elected officials came to Suitland Monday to talk up a few long-languishing transportation projects now on the move, apparently thanks to a new state tax on gasoline. They left having detailed $650 million in money dedicated to public works across Prince George’s County, unloading some items from a project queue that new Department of Transportation Secretary James T. “Jim” Smith Jr. said was backlogged by the agency’s years of fiscal insolvency. (Daily Record)

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Taneytown separates duties of clerk and treasurer

The Taneytown City Council adopted resolutions at its Monday meeting that separate the duties of the city clerk and treasurer. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Frederick Co. commissioners done with large-scale privatization, Young says

The era of wholesale privatization in Frederick County government is coming to a close, and the surviving three quarters of the county workforce can breathe a sigh of relief, according to Commissioners President Blaine Young. Young sent a letter to Frederick County employees Monday thanking them for their understanding during the roughly two years that commissioners have looked at shrinking and streamlining government. (News-Post)

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O’Malley names Hitchcock to take over as legislative lobbyist

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has tapped Jeanne D. Hitchcock, a longtime aide, to take over as his chief lobbyist with the General Assembly, the governor’s office confirmed Monday. Hitchcock will replace Stacy Mayer, whom O’Malley last week named as a district court judge in Baltimore County. (Wash. Post)

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