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Tag Archives: Maryland General Assembly

Md. moves toward expanding laser pointer ban to targeting cars, boats

ANNAPOLIS — An extension of Maryland’s prohibition on misuse of laser pointers to cars and boats received a quick hearing in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday after passing the House of Delegates unanimously last month. House Bill 125 expands a state ...

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Wrongful convictions task force supports standardized compensation

A task force studying wrongful convictions in Maryland is asking state lawmakers to establish a more streamlined process for compensating and supporting people who have been exonerated, including establishing a standard amount of compensation per year of incarceration. Members of ...

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Bills would develop tracking for rape kits, alter evidence requirements at trial

Maryland lawmakers are being asked to approve a bill that would allow a task force on sexual assault evidence kits to begin developing a tracking system to monitor progress of the kits as well as apply for federal funding. The ...

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Insurers seek brakes on comparative negligence for cyclists

ANNAPOLIS — Cycling organizations urged legislators Tuesday to establish a comparative negligence standard for when they or pedestrians are struck by vehicles, drawing opposition from insurers, defense attorneys and local governments. Sen. Susan C. Lee, D-Montgomery, proposed a “comparative negligence ...

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Oaks pleads not guilty to obstruction as lawyers argue for severance

State Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice charges Thursday in federal court, where his attorneys argued that charge should be severed from nine others accusing him of bribery and fraud. Oaks, D-Baltimore City, appeared in U.S. District ...

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Hearing in Oaks case set for day after General Assembly convenes

A federal judge will hear state Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks’ request to sever his fraud-related charges from a later obstruction of justice charge just one day after the 2018 General Assembly session begins. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 11 ...

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Baltimore health official endorsing drug affordability plan

Baltimore’s health commissioner is scheduled to endorse plans to improve prescription drug affordability. Dr. Leana Wen is scheduled to express her support for the proposal on Wednesday in Baltimore. The proposals are backed by the Maryland Health Care for All ...

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Advocacy groups seek changes to ‘solitary confinement’ in Md. prisons

Legislation to reduce use of restrictive housing in Maryland prisons is expected to be reintroduced in the 2018 General Assembly session because circumstances have not improved over the years the issue has been tracked, advocates said Thursday. Maryland places individuals ...

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