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Md. police accountability bill concerns Democrats, Republicans

Legislation aimed at making police departments more responsive to community concerns following riots in Baltimore last spring drew scorn Tuesday from Democrats who say the bill does not go far enough and scorn from Republican legislators concerned that the proposed statewide reform effort fails to address the unique law enforcement needs of each jurisdiction.

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Md. bill changing land-use standings raises red flags for developers

ANNAPOLIS — A bill backed by a prominent state senator that would change who has standing to challenge local legislatures’ land-use actions in Circuit Court raises serious concerns for developers. Sen. Joan Carter Conway introduced Senate Bill 166 extending standing ...

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Wilner: Judiciary ‘dropped the ball’ on structured settlements

The Maryland Judiciary should have adopted rules as long ago as 2001 to ensure judges protect recipients of structured financial settlements from being exploited if they choose to sell them for “cents on the dollar” due to an imminent need for money, the chair of the Judiciary’s rules committee told state legislators Thursday.

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Agencies, businesses fearful of Md. General Assembly’s tax tinkering

LARGO — Antiquated tax incentive programs for businesses have not been updated or improved for fear of what would happen once the legislature got involved, according to one top official at the Department of Business and Economic Development. Ursula S. ...

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Legislative panel eyes changes to police bill of rights

A legislative panel is expected Monday to consider changes to a set of legal protections for police officers that could make the police department discipline process more public. The 20-member Public Safety and Policing Work Group, led by Del. Curt ...

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Amid acrimony, Hogan still praises bipartisan cooperation

Gov. Larry Hogan ended his first 90-day General Assembly session praising the Democratic controlled legislature for working in a bipartisan fashion. "We had ins and outs here and there but overall we accomplished things in a bipartisan fashion," Hogan said minutes before both the House and Senate closed out the 2015 session. The governor's words come even as those same lawmakers left Hogan with a budget compromise he didn't want, passed heavily amended versions of his legislative priorities and finally passed a bill that many legislators hope will force Hogan to fully fund a non-mandatory education funding formula.

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