Bill to repeal spousal defense for sexual crimes moves to House

Sen. Susan Lee, D-Montgomery and sponsor of the measure, says the prohibition on prosecuting a person for sexual crimes committed against a spouse stems from a time when spouses were believed to be the equivalent of property. (File photo)

A Maryland bill that would repeal the prohibition on prosecuting some sexual crimes against a victim who is the spouse of the assailant has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee after passing through the Senate in a unanimous vote. ...

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Md. extends moratorium on foreclosures through May 3

The Maryland State House.

The Maryland Department of Labor’s Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation today announced the extension of the moratorium on new residential foreclosures through May 3. The moratorium, originally established by the governor’s executive order issued April 3, 2020 and ...

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Redfield’s virus comments spur criticism in Md. state Senate

Dr. Robert Redfield talks to reporters on March 2 following the announcement from Gov. Larry Hogan that he would be advising Hogan on the pandemic. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

A top adviser to Gov. Larry Hogan is coming under fire for comments made to CNN in which he opined that the coronavirus was unleashed on the world after it escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China. Dr. Robert Redfield, ...

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Md. unemployment rate drops in February despite loss in jobs

The Maryland State House.

Maryland saw a drop in its unemployment rate to 6.2% in February despite a net loss of 700 jobs, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The state’s unemployment rate dipped ...

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Cummings’ Book wins NAACP Image Award

The legislation to develop trauma-informed policies is named in honor of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore. (AP File Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The book, “We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy,” by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings with James Dale won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work–Debut Author. Released by HarperCollins in September 2020, the book features a foreword by ...

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Hogan adds 6 more COVID-19 vaccination sites

The police reform measures “will result in great damage to police recruitment and retention, posing significant risks to public safety throughout our state,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in his veto message.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state of Maryland will open six more mass vaccination sites beginning in early April, doubling the number to 12 as the state prepares for a significant increase in vaccine supply from the federal government. Hogan ...

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Md. sports betting debate focuses on number of licenses

FILE: This Sept. 9, 2018 file photo shows football fans waiting for kickoff in the sports betting lounge at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. A report released Feb. 2, 2021 by the American Gaming Association predicts fewer Americans will bet on this year's Super Bowl, a decrease driven largely by fewer people back at work in offices where betting pools are circulated. But the report also predicts a record amount will be wagered online this year. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, FILE)

Groups interested in sports betting operations in the state are pressuring lawmakers to guarantee more licenses after seeing one peeled off for a track location in Southern Maryland. Legislation sponsored by House Speaker Adrienne Jones and under consideration by the Senate ...

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Md. public records survey highlights unevenness of tracking and responses

In the 2021 MDDC survey, only five of the 31 agencies could provide data on three years of response times. A sixth entity provided enough information for MDDC to easily calculate the answers. (Depositphotos)

A one-month test of government agencies in Maryland revealed a patchwork of approaches in how public records are tracked and how requests for access are filled. The Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association in February filed requests for public information with 31 state ...

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Md. bill would publicize monetary settlements with police

‘The issue that we’re having right now is we don’t know how much is being paid to every settlement and case that occurs,’ says Del. Alonzo Washington, D-Prince George’s. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Local law enforcement agencies could be required to submit an annual report detailing incidents that resulted in either a monetary settlement or judgment against a police officer to the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services. HB1248, with ...

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