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Editorial Advisory Board: A tax which steps over the line (access required)

Maryland’s Constitution requires that the State maintain a balanced budget. During recent years, the State has been bedeviled by enormous annual deficit projections as, despite the so-called “Great Recession,” Maryland has steadily increased its annual spending.

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Editorial Advisory Board: More fairness, less fighting over custody awards (access required)

As usual, there are numerous bills pertaining to family law being considered by the General Assembly this session. Unusually, however, there is no bill requiring a presumption in favor of joint custody. For that, the Editorial Advisory Board of The Daily Record is very glad. Instead, House Bill 687 proposes the creation of a Commission on Child Custody Decision Making.

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Editorial Advisory Board: And the beat goes on, and on, and on (access required)

In prior columns, this board has taken the Baltimore Police Department and the city to task for conduct that has violated the constitutional rights of the citizens of Baltimore. Now, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Gauvey has taken a team of lawyers representing the department to task — and for much the same reason.

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Editorial Advisory Board: It’s time to finally repeal Maryland’s death penalty (access required)

Two years ago, this Editorial Advisory Board urged the lawmakers to repeal Maryland’s death penalty. We do so once again — and this year, it might actually happen. Already, the House of Delegates’ abolition bill has at least 66 co-sponsors, more than ever before, and perhaps Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller will allow a floor vote in the Senate this year.

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Editorial Advisory Board: Guns and the severely mentally ill (access required)

Perhaps the most sensitive issue the General Assembly could face in this session is the issue of guns in the hands of persons who are severely mentally ill. The General Assembly is well-prepared to handle that issue because, in a prescient move in 2012, it directed the creation of a Task Force to Study Access of Mentally Ill Individuals to Regulated Firearms. That Task Force, made up of law enforcement personnel and mental health experts, issued its first Report and recommendations on Jan. 2.

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Editorial Advisory Board: The Daily Record – Who needs it? (access required)

We, the Editorial Advisory Board of this paper, work for nothing. Well, more or less nothing, as journalistic exactitude demands disclosure that the paper’s publisher furnishes our meetings with occasional platters of low-budget sandwiches and potato chips. So, why do we do it?

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Editorial Advisory Board: Let unpublished opinions be seen, cited (access required)

Seven in eight decisions issued by the Court of Special Appeals (“COSA”) are “unpublished.” That means that the opinion cannot be cited (except for preclusion purposes), and that it lacks precedential value. Moreover, the opinions are not only unpublished, but are unavailable to the general public.

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Editorial Advisory Board: Board of Regents should tell all on the Big Ten (access required)

The Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland is hoping that the controversy over its admitted violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act will just go away or that the public will tire of it in the glow of what it may believe are the benefits that will accrue to the university by leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten.

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