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Tag Archives: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

Bill would add private-mediator privilege

ANNAPOLIS — Private mediation proceedings would have the same guarantee of confidentially as communications with an attorney or a physician, under legislation a Senate committee considered Tuesday. The proposed Maryland Mediation Confidentiality Act would prohibit discussions, including admissions and apologies, ...

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Senate panel renews ground-rent fight

ANNAPOLIS — With key parts of its prior effort at ground-rent reform declared unconstitutional last fall, a Maryland Senate committee on Tuesday considered legislation that would penalize those who fail to register their property in ways that might pass muster ...

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Victim’s mother fights license renewal bill in Maryland Senate

ANNAPOLIS — The mother of a young man who died after being struck by a car driven by an 83-year-old woman testified Wednesday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee against proposed legislation that would lengthen the validity of noncommercial driver’s ...

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O’Malley makes case for gay marriage law

ANNAPOLIS – In testimony before a Senate committee Tuesday, Gov. Martin O’Malley stressed the importance of balancing the freedom of Maryland’s religious institutions to practice their faith with the civil rights of same-sex couples in the state. “As a free ...

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O’Malley testifies for gay marriage

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley says legalizing gay marriage in Maryland is a matter of protecting children. The governor, a Democrat, testified in support of his proposal to allow same-sex marriages before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Tuesday afternoon. ...

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Top court’s last decision shows where to draw the line on redistricting

If the past is indeed prologue, Maryland’s top court will soon be asked to strike down the state’s newest legislative-district map — and the Maryland Court of Appeals will be constitutionally bound to consider the challenge. All it takes to ...

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Court of Appeals extends statute of limitations’ reach

A woman who alleges her grandfather molested her when she was a child will get to proceed with her lawsuit against him, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled. In its 7-0 decision, the Court of Appeals rejected the grandfather’s argument ...

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Medical marijuana, ignition locks grab stage during legislative session

ANNAPOLIS — Defendants who use marijuana for necessary medicinal purposes will have a defense to a charge of drug possession, under a bill the General Assembly passed during the 90-day session that ended Monday. The legislature, in an effort to ...

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Assembly passes Orphans’ Court measure

ANNAPOLIS — Prince George’s County may be the next jurisdiction to require that judges on its Orphans’ Court be Maryland lawyers. Before finishing its session at midnight, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 281. The measure authorizes a statewide ballot ...

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