Bobby Zirkin: Stevenson, Rosewood Sale Slated For Completion Wednesday

The long-awaited sale of a large swath of land at the former Rosewood Center in Owings Mills to Stevenson University is expected to occur at Wednesday’s Maryland Board of Public Works meeting, Sen. Bobby Zirkin told the JT. As part of the deal, which the JT first reported in April, the Baltimore County university will… Read More

Legislators Vow to Overturn Larry Hogan’s Paid Sick Leave Veto

Gov. Larry Hogan’s May 25 veto on legislation that would have required businesses with 15 or more employees to provide five days of paid sick and safe leave has stirred fierce emotions in the Jewish community. The Republican governor blasted the Democrat-controlled General Assembly for discarding his “common sense” bill that would have created tax… Read More

Behind The Scenes With Maryland Lawmakers Local Jewish legislators talk about what’s it like to live hybrid lives

In late April, Shelly Hettleman met with 10 individuals in an Owings Mills living room to talk with them about how they could become more involved in the political process. Hettleman, 52, a Democrat in the House of Delegates who represents Baltimore County’s District 11, offered a simple message to the group. “I told them… Read More

Maryland General Assembly Legislative Wrap-Up Highs, lows for Jewish lawmakers

The most recent Maryland General Assembly session was an eventful one for Jewish lawmakers and lobbyists in which many priorities were funded and top policy initiatives both passed and failed. Lawmakers voted to pass a bill to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. They also approved legislation that… Read More

I Vote on Substance, Not Party

I am writing in response to an ideological and personal attack that was printed in the Jewish Times on March 31 (“Bobby Zirkin Doesn’t Represent Our Values”). First, it is important to consider the source. The writer of the mean-spirited and factually deficient editorial, Evan Serpick, is director of strategic communications for the Open Society… Read More

End-of-Life Bill Withdrawn in Md. General Assembly

A bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients in Maryland to legally end their lives failed to garner enough support from state lawmakers to advance in the General Assembly. On March 3, Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Guy Guzzone (D-District 13), both from Howard County, pulled the Richard E. Israel and Roger… Read More

End-of-Life Hearing in Md. General Assembly Draws Passionate Testimony

Doug Tsitouris suffers from advanced emphysema and says with certainty that he isn’t afraid to die. But when the time arises, he wants to go out on his own terms. Tsitouris, 68, of Cape St. Claire in Anne Arundel County, was diagnosed with his terminal illness about seven years ago. But an oxygen tank with… Read More

Maryland Legislators Tackle Paid Sick Leave

Jeffrey Rubin counts himself among the fortunate who have benefited from paid and family sick leave. As a doctor at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, he was afforded those benefits at a time he was caring for his sick father. Rubin, 64, of Potomac, used that time to find his father a well-qualified… Read More

Advocacy Day Amplifies Jewish Voices in Annapolis

Jonathan Allen and Avi Schneider normally plan their own lobbying trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. But on Tuesday night, the pair of University of Maryland, College Park, sophomores decided to shake things up and head to Annapolis. Allen, 19, and Schneider, 20, the president of and vice president, respectively, of Terps for Israel,… Read More

Minimum Wage Showdown: City Decries State Effort to Limit Powers

The debate over whether local jurisdictions should have the power to raise the minimum wage has taken center stage at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. Baltimore City Council members on Jan. 26 slammed Democratic state lawmakers at a news conference over a bill that would prevent the city and other jurisdictions from enacting their… Read More