Bill To End Binding Arbitration Angers Anne Arundel County Unions. The Anne Arundel County Council planned to vote on a bill Tuesday night that public safety unions call the opening shot in an attack on collective bargaining.However, the council ended its session by passing an amendment to gather more information and meet again in two weeks to discuss the matter.While there are differences between what’s going on in Wisconsin and the fight in Anne Arundel County, the theme is the same — a county executive wants more power to cut costs, and the unions are fighting hard to stop it, I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller said.”It doesn’t matter whether we’re a teacher or we’re a public sector labor organization. Open any paper or turn on any TV channel, and you’ll see that we are the target,” said Craig Oldershaw, the president of the Anne Arundel County Firefighters Union.
2 Arrested In Shooting Outside 16th Birthday Party. Police in Anne Arundel County said officers have arrested and charged two young men in a shooting over the weekend after the suspects were not allowed to attend a 16th birthday party.The men were identified as Desmond Smith, 23, and Tijee Benett, 16, both of Annapolis. Bennett is being charged as an adult. Both face charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and gun charges.County police said officers were called for a report of a large crowd at the Moose Lodge in the 1900 block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie on Saturday shortly before 11:15 p.m.
MD Reopening Gill Net Season For Final 2 Days. Maryland Natural Resources officials said commercial striped bass gill netting will be allowed for the final two days of the season, which had been closed after the seizure of illegal nets and tons of poached rockfish. The department announced Tuesday that an estimated 200,000 pounds of the February quota remains uncaught and watermen will be allowed to fish on Friday and Monday, when the season closes until December.The season was closed Feb. 4 after 10 tons of rockfish were confiscated from illegal nets, prompting concerns the state would exceed its monthly quota.
O’Malley, Protestors React To Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Debate. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell staked out different positions Tuesday regarding the battle over collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin government employees. Appearing on WTOP Radio, McDonnell expressed support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s push to end most bargaining rights for nearly all public employees while O’Malley strongly criticized the idea. McDonnell, a Republican, and O’Malley, a Democrat, talked about Wisconsin’s stalemate over union rights along with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who supports collective bargaining. McDonnell noted that budget problems facing states have largely been caused by failing to make tough spending decisions, but he also said he believes collective bargaining for state employees can exacerbate such problems.