Damages cap on injured, killed pets would rise to $25K under Md. bill

Maryland law compensates only the owners’ reasonable veterinary expenses and the fair market value of the pet if it dies from its injuries. (Jacqueline Dormer/The Republican-Herald via AP)

Owners of pets injured or killed by an individual’s tortious act could be awarded up to $25,000 in compensatory damages – rather than the current limit of $10,000 – under legislation the House Judiciary Committee considered Friday. Maryland law compensates ...

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Senate Democrats override vetoes on crime, prescription drug bills

"This is, given our circumstances and our operations, this was a major accomplishment and I think all members in the Senate were proud to get this thing moving, because we know there are people that are hurting enormously and we want to see these resources get out to those who need it most," said Senate President Bill Ferguson.
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A 2020 bill that would levy fees to pay for a first-in-the-nation prescription drug affordability board passed its first hurdle Friday when the Democratic-controlled Maryland Senate overrode a veto by  Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. The votes represent the first substantive ...

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Hogan announces $30M in emergency relief for music and entertainment venues

Gov. Larry Hogan speaks Nov. 10, 2020 in Annapolis. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Gov. Larry Hogan Friday announced $30 million in awards for more than 90 live music and performance venues, live entertainment promoters and independently-owned local movie theaters whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19. The allocation is part of the more than ...

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Focus on helping communities from the statehouse


In November, Maryland experienced its largest surge in COVID infections since March. State and local government officials issued renewed restrictions on business hours and urged residents to remain vigilant with mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing. Maryland has surpassed ...

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Md. bill would strip spousal privilege from post-crime weddings

Del. Luke Clippinger, D-Baltimore city and chair of the House panel, asked whether spousal privilege would nevertheless still apply -- and protect newlywed criminal defendants -- if the crime committed before marriage was part of a continuing course of illegal conduct that continued after the wedding. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

The protection criminal defendants have against their spouses testifying against them would not apply in cases when the wedding occurred after the alleged crime was committed under legislation the House Judiciary Committee considered Thursday. The longstanding “spousal privilege” against testifying ...

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Environmental bills need to cross the finish line in 2021


Collectively, the deep exhale we took when President-elect Joe Biden’s win was officially cemented by the Electoral College can’t be understated. The return to relative normalcy will be savored by policymakers and average folks alike; especially on climate, which according ...

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Session’s first day: No crowds, no traffic in a ‘ghost town’

The view from above of the House of Delegates chamber, where members were observing social distancing rules on the first day of the 2021 General Assembly session. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

On any other opening day of the Maryland General Assembly, Gov. Larry Hogan would likely have been acting as a host greeting returning lawmakers — whom he once compared to college students on spring break — to the State House. ...

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