Archive for January, 2009

Film Industry Wants Tax Incentives from Maryland

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Annapolis — Director, producer and Baltimore native Barry Levinson advocated tax incentives for film producers at a press conference outside the State House Tuesday.

Levinson, the Academy Award-winning director who made Baltimore-based films such as “Diner” and “Avalon,” and produced the television series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” said making films in Maryland would stimulate the economy by providing jobs in many different business sectors.

Maryland has a great infrastructure for making films, but has to be competitive with other states, Levinson said. In recent years, states such as Connecticut have become more aggressive in attracting movie studios.

“I cannot shoot movies in Maryland,” Levinson said. “When I was making “Man of the Year,” I wanted to shoot in Maryland, but I had to go to Toronto.”

– By Capital News Service’s Erich Wagner

Delegate Wants U.S. Senate Seats Filled by Special Election

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

ANNAPOLIS – In a reaction to the pay-for-play scandal in Illinois, Delegate Saqib Ali, D-Montgomery, will propose legislation requiring U.S. Senate vacancies in Maryland be filled by special election.

Currently, such vacancies would be filled by gubernatorial appointment.

The proposed legislation comes only weeks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris to President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat. Blagojevich, a Democrat, has been accused of trying to sell the position.

After initially being prohibited from taking the seat, Burris was sworn in Thursday.

“I just think the people need to be able to choose their own representatives,” Ali said Wednesday. “A Senatorial seat is a big deal, and currently if there was a vacancy, they (the public) would be disenfranchised.”

If passed, the bill would go into effect in 2015, after Gov. Martin O’Malley leaves office.

“This is not any kind of suggestion that I have a problem with this governor,” Ali said.

Ali criticized the practice of gubernatorial appointments for the four U.S. Senate vacancies in Illinois, Delaware, Colorado and New York.

“I feel very strongly about this,” Ali said. “I think the people should get to choose.”
-    By Capital News Service’s Dylan Waugh.

CNS Tweets Opening of General Assembly

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Capital News Service reporter Erika Woodward “tweeted” the opening session of the General Assembly in Annapolis, using the short messaging tool Twitter. It allows information to be distributed across a network of users in real-time. The tweets are available at:

-By Capital News Service’s Erika Woodward