Commissioners to discuss drone legislation

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to discuss legislation regarding drones, which are unmanned aerial vehicles, Thursday. (Carroll Co. Times)

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State lawmakers get weak environmental scores 

A politically blue Maryland legislature didn’t score particularly well on green matters in 2013. The Maryland League of Conservation Voters released its annual legislative scorecard Monday, and members of the Maryland General Assembly received some of their lowest grades on environmental issues in years. (Daily Record)

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O'Malley swears in transportation secretary

Maryland's incoming transportation secretary says he's confident in the prospects of building the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, now that the state has new revenue to help pay for the light rail project.Jim Smith was sworn in to the job on Tuesday by Gov. Martin O'Malley. 

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Envrionmental group gives high marks to Montgomery lawmakers

Montgomery County lawmakers received mostly high marks from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, which released its annual environmental scorecard Monday, and the group is encouraging them to resurrect several “dead” bills in 2014. (Gazette)

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Councilman Smith weighs next move in light of Jones ruling

Pete Smith could lose his seat following a court decision Monday that the County Council improperly ousted his predecessor.

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Police chief to keep home following residency requirement change

Frederick Police Chief Thomas Ledwell will not be forced to move into the city of Frederick, though he is still committed to being "highly involved in the community," he said. Mayor Randy McClement and the Board of Aldermen agreed during a city meeting last week to amend the city charter to reflect a 15-mile radius residency requirement for chiefs of police. (News-Post)

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Maryland Business for Responsive Government releases lawmakers report card

Three state Senators and 17 members of the House of Delegates received the top grade of 100 percent in the Maryland Business for Responsive Government annual report card on how lawmakers voted on key business issues during the 2013 session in Annapolis. 

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Carroll delegates named to Republican caucus leadership positions

Carroll County Republican Delegates Justin Ready and Susan Krebs have been named to leadership positions within the House Republican Caucus for the 2014 legislative session. The House Republican Caucus announced in a press release Monday that House Minority Leader Nic Kipke, a Pasadena Republican, and House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, a Perry Hall Republican, have appointed Ready as Chief Deputy Minority Whip and Krebs as a Deputy Minority Whip. (Patuxent)

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