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Tag Archives: General Assembly

Bail ruling spurs quest for constitutional amendment

Sen. Robert A. "Bobby" Zirkin

Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin on Wednesday introduced a constitutional amendment to undo the Maryland high court’s decision that people have the right to an attorney when bail is first set or denied.

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Md. House advances state’s $39B budget

A plan to avoid cuts to education, health and other programs in Maryland's budget by tapping into $200 million originally set aside to strengthen the finances of the state's pension system has won over the House of Delegates, which gave preliminary approval Wednesday to state budget legislation.

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Senate panel passes risk-assessment bail bill

A divided Senate panel on Tuesday approved legislation to replace initial bail hearings before Maryland District Court commissioners with objective pretrial release risk assessments, in response to the Maryland high court’s decision last year finding a state constitutional right to an attorney at those first appearances.

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