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Tag Archives: Maryland General Assembly

Hogan wants lawmakers to act quickly on COVID relief (access required)

Speaking just hours before the General Assembly is set to convene, Gov. Larry Hogan urged lawmakers Wednesday morning to pass as soon as possible his proposed $1 billion Relief Act for Maryland businesses and residents hardest hit by the pandemic-spurred ...

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Lawmakers will consider tenants’ right to counsel, juvenile justice reform (access required)

A pandemic-fueled economic freefall and nationwide protests calling for criminal justice reform have spurred Maryland legislators to examine ways to enhance legal representation for low-income residents facing eviction and to protect the rights of imprisoned or criminally charged youngsters this ...

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Bill to hide non-convictions passes, partial expungement faces study (access required)

Under a bill now on the governor’s desk, Maryland’s public Case Search website would no longer display criminal charges that did not end with a conviction. The bill passed the Maryland General Assembly shortly before legislators adjourned last week. The ...

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Exoneree compensation bill fails to pass as Republicans object (access required)

Walter Lomax

The General Assembly failed to pass legislation that would streamline the process for the wrongfully convicted to receive compensation and other benefits, frustrating advocates who hoped that years of work would finally pay off. The bill, named after exoneree Walter ...

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Issue of exoneree compensation returns to General Assembly (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — A push to reform and streamline the way Maryland compensates the wrongly convicted was heard in two General Assembly committees Wednesday. Senate Bill 797 and House Bill 985 propose requiring the Maryland Board of Public Works to pay individuals ...

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Bill to exempt ‘sham’ marriages from spousal privilege advances (access required)

A bill to exempt marriages formed after a crime is committed from the spousal privilege — a general rule that one spouse cannot be compelled to testify against the other in a criminal proceeding — received a favorable report from a ...

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Advocates continue to push for expansion of Md. expungement law (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly will again grapple with the practicality and the implications of allowing individuals to remove non-convictions from their records, with advocates continuing to push for an expansion of the state’s expungement law. Senate Bill 589 and ...

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Advocates, exonerees ask for safeguards on use of jailhouse witnesses (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Advocates battling wrongful convictions asked legislators Tuesday to increase transparency around the use of so-called jailhouse witnesses by requiring the disclosure of information to the defendant and a statewide database that tracks when witnesses testify as part of ...

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New chair is mum, but lawmakers expect Md. Senate judicial panel will tilt left (access required)

Sen. William C. “Will” Smith says he plans to take a go-slow approach in what will be his first General Assembly session as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I’ll be limiting the bills that I sponsor,” said Smith, ...

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