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Maryland lawmakers remove regulatory powers of comptroller

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has removed regulatory authority over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline from the comptroller’s office. Lawmakers in the House and Senate voted Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the measure. The bill ...

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Marriage-age debate may be addressed by emancipation bill

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary. (File Photo)

Maryland lawmakers are considering the creation of an emancipation process for 16 and 17 year olds that also aims to curb marriage by minors, the subject of debate in recent legislative sessions. House Bill 1147 creates a process for minors ...

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Committee discusses adultery repeal, move toward no-fault divorce

Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery. (File photo)

Members of a Senate committee contemplated the potential family law consequences of repealing the rarely charged crime of adultery and contemplated a broader discussion about moving toward no-fault divorce. Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery, is making her second attempt in ...

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Bill to provide tool to vacate GTTF-related convictions passes House

Del. Erek Barron, D-Prince George’s, plans to propose legislation to address what he called Maryland’s ‘self-inflicted’ problem of not having enough psychiatric beds for inmates, which began decades ago when states closed public psychiatric hospitals with plans to shift resources and patients to private facilities. (File photo)

Legislation that would allow prosecutors to seek to vacate convictions they no longer have faith in passed the House of Delegates Thursday after being amended in committee to limit its scope. House Bill 874 was designed in part to address ...

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Human trafficking survivors, advocates seek expansion of vacatur law

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)

Human trafficking survivors and advocates say the law allowing survivors to have their prostitution convictions vacated must be expanded to include other crimes to close a gap in the justice system. Senate Bill 691 would add misdemeanors such as drug ...

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A huge boost sought for Md. schools funding — but how to pay for it?

Del. Maggie McIntosh. (File)

Maryland’s public education system is on the verge of major policy changes, but how to pay for those recommendations could elude lawmakers, many of whom ran for election promising to increase school funding. For many watching and participating in the ...

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