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Expansive COVID-19 bill advancing in legislature

Sen. Jim Rosapepe, D-Anne Arundel and Prince George's, one of the sponsors of a bill to strengthen oversight of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. (File Photo)

A bill that would require the Maryland Department of Health to create and implement a two-year plan for COVID-19 recovery by June 1, among other measures, is nearing passage in the General Assembly. With a price tag of at least ...

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Bill to repeal spousal defense for sexual crimes moves to House

Sen. Susan Lee, D-Montgomery and sponsor of the measure, says the prohibition on prosecuting a person for sexual crimes committed against a spouse stems from a time when spouses were believed to be the equivalent of property. (File photo)

A Maryland bill that would repeal the prohibition on prosecuting some sexual crimes against a victim who is the spouse of the assailant has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee after passing through the Senate in a unanimous vote. ...

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Dozens of Md. biohealth companies responding to the pandemic

A vial of the Phase 3 Novavax coronavirus vaccine is seen ready for use in the trial at St. George's University hospital in London in October. The little-known Gaithersburg company is nearing completion of its trials for the vaccine. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

When Novavax Inc. received $1.6 billion last year from the federal government to speed up testing and production of a coronavirus vaccine, some observers were incredulous. The small biotechnology firm, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was largely unknown and had never ...

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Judges, experts: Federal judiciary lacks racial and gender diversity

The United States Courthouse is seen, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Williamsport, Pa. A hearing on the Trump campaign's federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results remains on track for Tuesday at the courthouse after a judge quickly denied the campaign's new lawyer's request for a delay. (AP Photo/Mark Scolforo)

Judges from all levels of the U.S. court system and legal experts told a congressional panel in Washington Thursday that the federal judiciary needed greater racial and gender diversity. “I feel there is a cost when voices are missing from ...

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Md. bill would publicize monetary settlements with police

‘The issue that we’re having right now is we don’t know how much is being paid to every settlement and case that occurs,’ says Del. Alonzo Washington, D-Prince George’s. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Local law enforcement agencies could be required to submit an annual report detailing incidents that resulted in either a monetary settlement or judgment against a police officer to the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services. HB1248, with ...

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Cost concerns dog bill to reimburse business property taxes

A stack of bills on the Senate rostrum during the 2020 General Assembly session (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

A Maryland lawmaker is vying for the state to reimburse personal property taxes to businesses reeling from the pandemic, though the refund could cost the state an estimated $365 million. Last year, Maryland businesses paid an average of $2,860 in ...

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Bill would lessen punishment for some teen sexting

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A bill that defines how to handle juveniles charged with sexting in Maryland passed in the House with a wide majority on Wednesday. The bill, which passed on a vote of 131-8, doesn’t legalize sexting for juveniles, but it defines ...

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College athletes could be paid for endorsements under Md. bill

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, McDonogh high school football lineman Jordan McNair watches from the sideline during a game in McDonogh, Maryland. McNair collapsed on the field and subsequently died of heatstroke.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

College athletes could be allowed to profit off of their name, image and likeness, and would be better protected under a bill that passed the Maryland House of Delegates this week. HB0125 and its cross-file, SB0439, with sponsors Del. Brooke ...

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