Proposed Rockville smoking ban garners mixed response

By Timmy Chong. The city of Rockville in February introduced a ban that would prohibit smoking at the outdoor dining areas of restaurants and bars, according to the proposal drafted by City Councilwoman Julie Palakovich Carr with help from anti-smoking advocate Adam Zimmerman. If passed, the ban proposed at the Feb. 6 Mayor and Council meeting would be the fourth piece of anti-smoking legislation over … Continue reading Proposed Rockville smoking ban garners mixed response

With possible referendum looming, a look back at Maryland’s marijuana laws

By Cam Hasbrouck and Max Marcilla In 2018, Maryland could let voters decide “whether to tax and regulate marijuana in the same manner as alcohol” by voting on two separate bills that together would legalize the drug in the state. The path to legalizing marijuana has been a long one for the state. If passed, Maryland would join the eight other U.S. states that have legalized the drug. … Continue reading With possible referendum looming, a look back at Maryland’s marijuana laws

Md. General Assembly Overrides Hogan’s Veto Of Education Bill

Last Thursday the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Protect Our Schools Act, a bill that would create a formula to judge the quality of public schools, minimizing the importance of test scores and emphasizing alternative quality indicators. The Republican governor vetoed the bill last Thursday with strong opposition to the legislation’s intentions, claiming it would make Maryland schools some of … Continue reading Md. General Assembly Overrides Hogan’s Veto Of Education Bill

Montgomery County says “yes means yes,” before students get to college

“Yes means yes,” the rallying cry of affirmative consent proponents nationwide, could become the standard for consent education in sexual education classes across Maryland and is already being implemented in Montgomery County schools. Two Montgomery County lawmakers, Dels. Ariana B. Kelly and Marice Morales, proposed a bill that would require public school sexual education classes to teach affirmative consent. Affirmative consent, the premise that any … Continue reading Montgomery County says “yes means yes,” before students get to college

Beneath the scars: Kyle’s story, part one

By Alex Mann To protect the reputation of the subject, his family and friends, this article uses pseudonyms. This article also contains explicit language. After drinking a fifth of Jameson Irish Whiskey, at least 12 Coors Lights, popping a handful of 5 milligram Percocet and crushing and snorting a 30-milligram Roxicet, Kyle loaded “one big ol’ round” into his .44 magnum. Kyle crushed the beer … Continue reading Beneath the scars: Kyle’s story, part one

COLUMN: It’s time to end the use of private prisons

Note: Donald Trump rescinded an Obama era executive order that phased out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons. Beltway Bulletin’s Cam Hasbrouck took on this issue in his column. Prison – It probably isn’t something you think about very often, unless you’re a die-hard fan of Orange is the New Black or The Shawshank Redemption (and even that is more Hollywood than … Continue reading COLUMN: It’s time to end the use of private prisons

DNC Chair race: Two student perspectives to Keith Ellison and Tom Perez

On Feb. 25 voting members of the Democratic National Committee will meet in Atlanta at the DNC’s Winter Meeting to vote on a new party chair. The Democratic Party find itself amidst an identity crisis with members disagreeing over the future of the party, how the party should respond to the election of Donald Trump and how the party should best be structured moving forward. The two … Continue reading DNC Chair race: Two student perspectives to Keith Ellison and Tom Perez

A bill heads to the Maryland Senate that would penalize gun carriers on college campuses

House Bill 159, a bill that would bar any “person from carrying or possessing a firearm on the property of a public institution of higher education” will move on to the Maryland Senate after passing the Maryland House of Delegates. Currently, it is up to individual campuses in Maryland to determine what gun policies will apply to its property. The University of Maryland, College Park has a … Continue reading A bill heads to the Maryland Senate that would penalize gun carriers on college campuses

New plan for resurgent heroin epidemic

By Alex Mann  This article kicks off a Beltway Bulletin series showing the human side of the opioid epidemic. Beneath each set of eye-popping statistics and combative policy proposals, there is a series of stories of the people who experienced the epidemic first hand, one way or another. Beneath each scar is a story.  Gov. Larry Hogan has unveiled a plan to combat a resurgent heroin … Continue reading New plan for resurgent heroin epidemic

Proposed legislation would strike down minimum wage laws in Maryland

A Prince George’s County delegate has proposed legislation that would prevent counties and municipalities from enacting their own minimum wage. Del. Dereck Davis (D-Prince George’s County) sponsored the bill, along with two delegates from Charles County, which would prevent localities from raising their minimum wage above the state standard, which is $8.75. The legislation would also prohibit municipalities from enacting certain other employee protections and … Continue reading Proposed legislation would strike down minimum wage laws in Maryland