Online plans for hearings

Maryland residents interested in how the legislative sausage is made may soon have more options to follow bills in the General Assembly under a number of proposed changes to the rules and laws guiding the House of Delegates and Senate. The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday on rule changes affecting the streaming of committee hearings and voting sessions. In the House of Delegates, Republicans are calling for more transparency in the legislative process through a bill that would require committee voting sessions to be live streamed and that House and Senate floor sessions be broadcast online with video. (Daily Record)

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O’Malley’s agenda tackles domestic violence

Gov. Martin O’Malley wants to advance measures to help prevent domestic violence as part of a legislative package released Monday. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will push for expanded protections for domestic violence victims. The first changes the standard of proof for a final protective order from “clear and convincing evidence” to a “preponderance of the evidence” standard, a lesser standard of proof. Maryland is the only state that has the standard of clear and convincing as a standard for a final protective order. (Daily Record)

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Zamora thinks Montgomery community volunteerism will translate to seat in Maryland House

When George Zamora saw an opportunity to run for the House of Delegates, he grabbed it. Zamora, a 29-year-old Democrat from Gaithersburg, is seeking to represent District 17, which includes Gaithersburg, Rockville and some surrounding areas. If elected, Zamora said he would like to address traffic along the Route 355 corridor. He supports the City of Rockville’s Pike Plan, which is in development and will cover planning and zoning for a segment of Rockville Pike. Zamora would like to see an expansion of Route 355 to provide easier access for commuters from Gaithersburg and Rockville, who will in turn help businesses along the 355 corridor, he said. (Gazette)

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Anne Arundel police lieutenant running for delegate

An Anne Arundel County police lieutenant is running for the House of Delegates. Lt. Jim Fredericks announced Friday he would run for the District 30B seat being vacated by Del. Bob Costa at the end of this year. The Republican candidate lives in Tracy's Landing and has worked for the Anne Arundel County Police for over 20 years. If elected, Fredericks hopes to have a "common sense" approach to community issues, including reducing taxes, providing better education for students and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. (Capital)

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District 16 welcomes its first official Republican candidate in Bethesda businesswoman

Stop complaining and do something about it. That’s the advice that landed Rose Li in the middle of the District 16 delegate race. It’s the advice Li gives her two children, and it’s the advice a friend passed on to her when the Bethesda business owner found herself frustrated during the government shutdown. And so Li is doing something about it — she is running for office for the first time, as a Republican. (Gazette)

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Jan. 20 // Maryland welcomes wrong people to Medicaid

As many as 383 Medicaid enrollees in Maryland received welcome packets in the mail this month that contained the names and birth dates of strangers, health officials announced Sunday evening. They blamed the mix-up on a “programming error” caused by the chief IT contractor hired to build a health-insurance marketplace for the state. (Wash. Post)

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Mayor's political rise takes her out of state

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's growing role in Democratic politics has given a boost to her national profile — and to her frequent-flyer miles. A leader with the Democratic National Committee and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Rawlings-Blake has visited Panama with Vice President Joe Biden and attended summits in Utah, New York and Louisiana. In all, Rawlings-Blake and her security detail made two dozen out-of-state trips in 2013 — about two a month — for a total of 73 days away. The mayor's supporters applaud her travel, saying she is representing the city well before groups across the country. But some question whether it's possible to govern as effectively from out of town. (Balt. Sun)

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Brown campaign won’t say whether Ulman is raising money during legislative session

A week and a half into Maryland’s legislative session, officials with the campaign of Democratic hopeful Anthony G. Brown won’t say whether his running mate is collecting political donations. Supporters of Brown’s Democratic rival, Douglas F. Gansler, have filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D) from raising money during the 90-day session. But a judge has yet to schedule a hearing on the matter. (Wash. Post)

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