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Nov 6, 2019

Md. lawmakers vow to pump $2.2B more into school construction

FOREST HEIGHTS — Democratic lawmakers vowed Wednesday to pump $2.2 billion in additional money into school construction projects across the state. The proposal, announced in a 66-year-old Prince George’s County elementary school that is closed to students because of structural problems, represents the latest multi-billion proposal focused on improving public school education in the state. [...]

Jan 11, 2019

Nonprofit responds to robocall claiming affiliation with group

The National Center for Transgender Equality was surprised this week to learn a robocall was sent to Baltimore and Harford county voters claiming to be from the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit last year.

Dec 20, 2018

11 sexual harassment complaints made in Md. legislature

ANNAPOLIS — There were 11 sexual harassment complaints filed against a member of the Maryland General Assembly last year, according to a report released Thursday, but it’s unclear how many lawmakers were the target of complaints because they are unnamed and the report only lists a total number of complaints. The Department of Legislative Services […]

Jul 23, 2018

Students, Capital-Gazette reporter, rally for gun control

Students from a Maryland school where a girl was killed in a shooting and a reporter from the Capital-Gazette newspaper where five people were shot to death last month held a rally on Saturday to urge lawmakers to approve stronger measures to protect people from gun violence.

Jun 8, 2018

After ‘child marriage’ ban fails in Md., Del. and NJ pass legislation

Maryland may have failed again to pass legislation eliminating so-called "child marriage," but nearby Delaware did last month and New Jersey may soon follow if Gov. Phil Murphy signs it into law.

May 7, 2018

Simonaire’s coming out more than a family matter

"I love you and hope you understand where I am coming from and that I am still your little girl who you have loved all along," Meagan Simonaire texted her father.

Jan 25, 2018

4th Circuit hears arguments on Md.’s drug price-gouging law

Attorneys for an industry group opposed to Maryland’s generic drug price-gouging law told judges in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday that a lower-court judge improperly dismissed a portion of their challenge alleging the law attempts to impermissibly regulate interstate commerce. “The fundamental problem with (the law) is that it regulates the […]

Apr 13, 2017

Paternal rights, child marriage bills fall short, expected to return

Legislation to allow courts to strip rights from a parent who conceived a child through non-consensual intercourse failed in the General Assembly again this year, as did a push to ban marriage for anyone younger than 18. Cross-filed bills which would have authorized courts to terminate parental rights of an individual who conceived a child […]

Apr 13, 2017

Familiar criminal law, procedure bills had mixed results in 2017 session

Bills affecting evidence in sexual assault trials, opioid distribution charges, shielding of criminal records and the enforcement powers of the Office of the Comptroller all returned to the General Assembly in 2017 with varying degrees of success. Legislation to allow evidence of past sexual assaultive behavior into criminal trials failed to make it out of […]

Apr 13, 2017

Md. commercial real estate, business advocates notch legislative victories

Economic development advocates and commercial real estate interests scored several victories during the 2017 General Assembly session that ended on Monday. Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, said he was happy with moves the state made regarding tax credits for businesses. He cited tax credits for manufacturing, research and development and […]

Mar 31, 2017

Comptroller’s request for more police power progressing in legislature

The Office of the Comptroller may soon have greater investigative and enforcement powers in Maryland thanks to legislation backed by Gov. Larry Hogan to expand the agency’s police powers to fight fraud. The Taxpayer Protection Act adds tax fraud to the list of enforcement responsibilities assigned to the agency’s Field Enforcement Division and provides legal […]

Mar 28, 2017

Hogan still supports overhauled opioid-penalty bill

After undergoing a major overhaul in a Senate committee, a bill which started out as a way to punish individuals who distribute an opioid that is linked to a user’s death now instead would create an enhanced penalty for distribution of a mixture of controlled dangerous substances that contains fentanyl. Senate Bill 359 was amended […]

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