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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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Maryland General Assembly targets suicide prevention

Maryland state house. (File)

A rise in suicides and concerns about police interactions with those threatening to self-harm have prompted legislation in Maryland that would ease costs for certain treatment and require more training for law enforcement.

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Bill would grant Md. high school seniors extra year of play

Sponsors of the legislation say their goal is to give senior high school athletes whose careers have been sidelined or hampered by the coronavirus another opportunity to finish what they started. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Legislation in Maryland could allow senior athletes at public high schools to play sports the year after they graduate, to make up for the challenges and unusual circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic. Based on the current rules set forth by ...

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Toll from pandemic could change Md. oyster industry for good

Robert T. Brown, right, president of the Maryland Waterman's Association, dredges for oysters with Matt Bernd on the Chesapeake Bay near Ridge in November 2019. Both watermen and oyster farmers have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

The pandemic-affected oyster season has been difficult for the industry in Maryland, causing farmers and watermen to rethink how they sell their product and changing how programs conduct oyster restoration. After restaurants reduced their capacity and a stay-at-home order was ...

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Maryland legislation would combat menstrual inequities

Del. Kirill Reznik, D-Montgomery, House sponsor of the bill, said menstrual products are an essential item that are relatively expensive.
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Maryland health departments and social service agencies would distribute free menstrual hygiene products to low-income households should a bill in the state Legislature pass this session. Saara Khan, a 13-year-old activist, brought this bill forward in hopes that it will ...

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Bills seek to limit implicit bias in Md. judicial system

General Assembly leaders have yet to decide how to structure the 2021 legislative session (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Maryland legislators have introduced a pair of bills that could mandate police, judges, state’s attorneys and public defenders undergo implicit bias training in order to recognize and counteract any potential biases they may carry against specific groups. Implicit bias is ...

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