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Hogan, Democrats step up war of words on crime legislation

"It has become clear in recent months and in recent weeks that sadly a pervasive culture of corruption continues to exist and it is clear that even tougher and more stringent laws are needed," Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday in calling for tougher ethics laws. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS — Republican Gov. Larry Hogan Thursday called on the Democratic-controlled legislature to quickly pass a package of bills he said will address violent crime in Baltimore and proposed making them emergency legislation, a change that is likely to leave ...

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Md. small business insurance subsidies seen as too costly

Del. Shane Pendergrass, D-Howard County, chairwoman of the House Health and Government Operations and sponsor of the end of life option bill. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS — A high price tag could stand in the way of lawmakers’ plans to create a subsidy program to help small businesses purchase health insurance through Maryland’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Del. Shane E. Pendergrass, D-Howard and chair ...

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Advocates continue to push for expansion of Md. expungement law

Del. Jill P. Carter, D-Baltimore City, is the chief sponsor of House Bill 283, which would make government agencies liable for attorneys’ fees and legal costs, in addition to damages, if a plaintiff prevails on a state constitutional claim.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly will again grapple with the practicality and the implications of allowing individuals to remove non-convictions from their records, with advocates continuing to push for an expansion of the state’s expungement law. Senate Bill 589 and ...

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Frosh urges end to license suspensions based on inability to pay

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh successfully argued that not every criticism of a person holding a position of public trust addresses a matter of public concern. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh urged legislators Wednesday to strip the state of its authority to suspend the driver’s licenses of motorists who fail to pay a traffic fine because they lack the funds, saying such suspensions ...

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Bill would make single-occupant restrooms gender neutral

SEATTLE - JUNE 24: All Gender Restrooms Sign at Safeco Field during baseball game, Seattle in June 24, 2016.

ANNAPOLIS — Many public places in Maryland would be required to make their single-occupant bathrooms gender neutral under legislation in the state’s General Assembly. The proposed law would require public facilities to change their pictorial or gender-exclusive signage for single-toilet ...

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Md. bill would let behavioral health patients go to crisis centers

Lyle Sheldon, president and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. (The Daily Record / Tim Curtis)

ANNAPOLIS — Legislation to allow law enforcement to take behavioral health patients to a crisis center instead of an emergency department would help patients get better care sooner and allow emergency departments to operate more efficiently, the bill’s supporters said ...

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Black women, men praise Md. bill on hairstyle bias, cite personal accounts

Sen. William "Will" Smith, chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. (The Daily Record/File photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Legislation to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyle drew strong support Tuesday from black women and men – including the bill’s Senate sponsor — who recounted having endured or having seen family members experience the trauma of having ...

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Md. Senate moves to remove gambling provisions from state constitution

Sen. Nancy King, D-Montgomery and chairwoman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS — A vote in the Maryland Senate has moved the state closer to removing most gambling provisions from the state constitution. The gaming provision, placed into the Maryland Constitution in 2008, was demanded by former House Speaker Michael Busch, ...

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