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Bills would update Maryland’s forest conservation law (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s forest conservation law has failed to protect some of the state’s best forests, scientists and environmentalists say. Enacted in 1991, the state’s Forest Conservation Act was intended to protect Maryland’s forested areas from development. The law outlined ...

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Bill expanding medical cannabis licenses advances (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — A bill that would expand Maryland’s medical cannabis industry to include more minority ownership, after more than a month in legislative limbo, is moving again in  the General Assembly, with amendments. A House panel on Tuesday approved amendments to a ...

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Hogan, Democrat introduce bills creating school watchdogs (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Prompted by alleged grade-fixing in Prince George’s County Public Schools and perjury and theft allegations in the Baltimore area, a pair of bills in the General Assembly would establish investigative offices to oversee schools in Maryland. Republican Gov. ...

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Md. bill would criminalize knowing failure to report child abuse (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – Legislation that would make knowingly failing to report child abuse a crime in Maryland was passed by the Senate but faces some skepticism in the House. Under current law, if a mandatory reporter – defined as health care ...

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Roundup: Senate passes bill to increase incentives for recycling oyster shells (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill that would further incentivize oyster shell recycling. “This bill continues to promote a very viable shell recovery program that’s been in existence for five years,” said Sen. Stephen Hershey, R-Caroline, ...

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Md. bill gives parents ‘new tool’ to fight child’s addiction (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — One more day without treatment for a person struggling with opioids — as a Maryland delegate, a recovery expert and parents of children mired in addiction have said — could be the difference between life and death. A ...

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Hogan vows to fight Trump’s massive cuts to Chesapeake Bay cleanup program (access required)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s plan to slash 90 percent of Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding, which could dismantle several decades of environmental restoration, met resistance from Maryland’s Democratic congressional delegation. The cuts, which would drop the budget for Chesapeake Bay ...

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Legalized hemp advocates in Md. hope this is the year  (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Proponents of industrial hemp say legalization of the cannabis relative offers many potential benefits, and, if a bill in the state Legislature is approved, Maryland might be part of a growing acceptance of the plant. A key obstacle ...

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Would later school hours help curb crime? (access required)

  ANNAPOLIS — A significant spike in juvenile crime from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on school days has led to a push by the state’s juvenile justice agency to shift school start and finish times. The department is advocating ...

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Bills would help shield addresses of domestic-violence survivors (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Domestic violence, stalking and human-trafficking survivors would be given an opportunity to shield property records from abusers under three identical bills in the Maryland General Assembly this session. Maryland’s Safe At Home Address Confidentiality Program already provides a ...

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