O’Malley Announces Appointments to Md. Health Care Commission

Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed three people to serve on the Maryland Health Care Commission. According to state officials, the Maryland Health Care Commission is an independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access in a rapidly changing health care environment by providing timely and accurate information on availability, cost, and quality of services to policy makers, purchasers, providers and the public. (WBAL-TV)

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Harrison files for reelection to BOE seat

Incumbent Virginia Harrison has filed to run for reelection to the Carroll County Board of Education. Three seats are open on the board of education for the 2014 election. The election is nonpartisan. The terms are for four years. (Carr. Co. Times)

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July 26 // O'Malley: Md. falling short on climate chnage

Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday that Maryland will not meet its ambitious goal to cut greenhouse gases unless the state adopts more aggressive measures he is proposing. The governor — who said the state has a "moral obligation" to avert climate change — outlined several strategies for more quickly reducing gases that drive global warming. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County Commissioners debate surplus funding for libraries, schools and community college

Carroll County’s public schools, library system and community college will continue to control their surplus funding following a lengthy discussion with members of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, who want to be in charge of divvying out the money. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harford pays for human resources chief to attend Harvard program

Harford County government is paying at least $11,800 for its human resources director, Scott Gibson, to attend a Harvard University executive education program for local government officials. (Balt. Sun)

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Tour of Baltimore jail prompts talk of major upgrades, possible replacement

Several Maryland lawmakers who toured Baltimore’s state-run jail Thursday said the General Assembly should consider spending large sums to upgrade or even replace the antiquated facility at the center of a federal racketeering indictment. (Wash. Post)

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New primary date makes campaigns adjust schedules

A new primary date has led many Maryland gubernatorial campaigns to start their politicking unseasonably early, but some prime contenders have opted for a delayed start to the race. For the 2014 election, Maryland’s primary will be held on June 24 rather than in September, forcing candidates who otherwise might have waited until the fall to declare their intentions earlier. (Gazette)

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After high court ruling, O’Malley says legislature needs to help Board of Public Works

After most of a grueling, six-hour Board of Public Works meeting on Wednesday was devoted to a proposed residential project in an environmentally sensitive area, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday the General Assembly may need to act so the board has authority to deny such developments. (Daily Record)


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