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Tag Archives: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

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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Md. prosecutors, police oppose ban on sharing in federal asset seizures (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Police agencies that partner with federal law enforcement told a Senate committee Tuesday that being able to receive a portion of the assets seized in the investigation is vital to their ability to break up vast criminal organizations and drug trafficking ...

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Innocence Project clients, lawyers ask for transparency on jailhouse witnesses (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Recent exonerees and Innocence Project attorneys told a Senate committee Wednesday that more transparency and scrutiny of so-called jailhouse witnesses is needed to prevent wrongful convictions. Senate Bill 769, as amended, would require a central list of in-custody ...

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New House Judiciary chair declares no-passing zone (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – The House Judiciary Committee’s first new chair in a quarter century told the panel’s members Thursday that they shalt not “pass” when it is their turn to vote on legislation and that witnesses testifying on legislation must sign ...

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Zirkin: Norman’s death was ‘devastating’

Sen. H. Wayne Norman Jr.’s death midway through the recently completed General Assembly session profoundly affected the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on which he sat and on the issues it addressed, said its chairman, Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, D-Baltimore ...

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Influential Md. Senate panel will have new look in 2019 (access required)

Perhaps the only prediction that will come true regarding the 2019 General Assembly session will be the influential Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will have a starkly different look than it had this year. The 11-member panel, from which this year’s ...

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Sen. Norman tests the waters, applies for Harford County bench

If a commission and governor come through for him, Sen. H. Wayne Norman will be leaving the Maryland Senate to become a Harford County Circuit Court judge. Norman, R-Harford and Cecil, has applied for the seat left vacant by the ...

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Md. Senate panel hears debate over changing negligent hiring liability (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – Members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and plaintiffs’ attorneys expressed skepticism Tuesday at a hearing on a bill that would limit employer liability in specified industries to encourage hiring individuals with criminal records. Senate Bill 55 would ...

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