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Senate easily passes gay rights bill, but House outlook dim

WASHINGTON — Reflecting Americans’ increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Gay rights advocates hailed the bipartisan, 64-32 vote as a historic step, although it ...

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General Assembly passes strict gun-control legislation

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s already-strong gun laws will become among the strictest in the nation with a measure passed by the General Assembly Thursday, sending the bill to the Democratic governor who proposed the legislation in the aftermath of December’s massacre ...

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Senate approves budget bill

The Senate has voted 42-5 to approve a roughly $37 billion operating budget, altered only slightly from Gov. Martin O'Malley's initial proposal. In less than three hours, the Senate sped through proposed amendments to the bill and complementary legislation, the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act, then unanimously voted to suspend the usual Senate rules to also hold a final vote on Wednesday.

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Senate decriminalizes pot, but House may be different matter

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate voted 30-16 on Tuesday to decriminalize the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, but the bill sponsor conceded the measure faces an uphill fight in the House of Delegates. “We have a challenge ...

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Lawmakers look to criminalize violent threats

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland House panel will consider a bill that would make threatening to commit an act of mass violence illegal. Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks will testify Wednesday in support of the measure during a House ...

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