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Bill would cover pets under Md.’s black bear damage fund

A black bear in the woods at Maryland's Sideling Hill in 2012. (Maryland Department of Natural Resources)

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland pet owners could be compensated for black bear attacks under new legislation heard Tuesday in a Senate committee. Maryland’s Black Bear Damage Reimbursement Fund would be expanded under Senate Bill 353 to add pets to the list ...

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House votes to end deadline for states to ratify the ERA

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WASHINGTON – The House voted Thursday to remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA states that the “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or ...

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Md. bill would restrict what foods may be labeled ‘meat’

The Statehouse building in Annapolis, (Maximilian Franz / The Daily Record)

ANNAPOLIS — Foods made of animal tissues cultured from cells outside of the original animal, plants and insects could not be labeled “meat” in Maryland under a Republican-backed bill in the Maryland General Assembly. Senate Bill 188 is sponsored by ...

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Md. bill would make helmets optional for most motorcyclists   

31 January 2020, Saxony, Leipzig: A visitor of the motorcycle fair Leipzig inspects an exhibited motorcycle of the type Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. From 31.01.2020 to 02.02.2020 about 150 exhibitors will show novelties of the biker scene. Photo by: Sebastian Willnow/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

ANNAPOLIS— Helmets would no longer be mandatory for most motorcycle riders in Maryland under a bill expected to be heard in a state Senate committee late Tuesday. Senate Bill 237 would make motorcyclists and their passengers exempt from wearing a ...

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Md. cybersecurity bill would create defense plan for local agencies

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ANNAPOLIS — A new Maryland bill would ask the state’s Department of Information Technology to develop a baseline plan for localities within the state to help battle cyberattacks. Senate Bill 120, introduced by Sen. Susan Lee, D-Montgomery, would give the ...

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Bill would make possession of ransomware a crime

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ANNAPOLIS — State lawmakers heard arguments Tuesday on a bill that seeks to add criminal penalties for knowingly possessing ransomware with the intent to use it in a malicious way. Ransomware is a type of malware that can impede the ...

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Proposed rule could limit the number of bills senators can file

Annapolis Statehouse building. (File photo)

ANNAPOLIS — Senate bills may become a hot commodity in Maryland if a rule proposed this week is enacted. The Senate Rules Committee is planning to meet Friday to consider limiting the number of bills any one senator can propose ...

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