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As Hogan declares state of emergency, opioid death bill draws questions from lawmakers

As the Hogan administration provides more money to fight the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland, legislation to increase penalties for distributing an opioid linked to a fatal overdose drew criticism in the General Assembly as a step backward to ...

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Women’s Law Center pushes back on underage marriage ban

Legislation to prohibit marriage for anyone younger than 18 drew criticism from women’s rights advocates at a hearing in the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. House Bill 799, introduced by Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, D-Howard, would do away with current ...

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General Assembly to again consider broadcasting sentencing hearings

A Baltimore city delegate has reintroduced legislation to allow media organizations to film and broadcast criminal sentencing proceedings after his bill died in committee during last year’s General Assembly session. Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr.’s cameras in the courtroom bill ...

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Md. legislators on standby as murder sentencing scheme faces constitutional challenge

Since lawmakers repealed the death penalty in 2013, life in prison without the possibility of parole has become the most severe criminal penalty an individual can face in Maryland. Unlike the death penalty, however, life without parole has no standards ...

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Bill seeks to close search ‘loopholes’ for police

ANNAPOLIS – Prosecutors heavily criticized Thursday a bill they said would “attempt to change hundreds of years of Supreme Court case law” but advocates said ensures police would not be rewarded for conducting searches without probable cause. Del. Curt Anderson, ...

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Bill would extend statute of limitations for child sexual abuse civil suits

Sexual abuse survivors and advocates urged lawmakers Wednesday to increase the statute of limitations to file civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse to 20 years after the victim’s 18th birthday. Victims of child sexual abuse now have seven years, or ...

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