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A look at bills passed in the Maryland General Assembly

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly is wrapping up its 90-day legislative session at midnight Monday. Here's a look at some of the legislation that lawmakers passed: ABORTION Lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment that will go on the ballot next year to enshrine the right to abortion in the Maryland Constitution. Lawmakers passed legislation to protect patients and providers from criminal, civil and administrative penalties relating to abortion […]

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Maryland lawmakers reach deal on state budget

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers got passed their differences and reached a deal Friday on the state's $62.5 billion budget that includes making major investments in prekindergarten through 12th grade education. In one major highlight, they agreed to allocate $900 million for future costs to the state's huge pre-K-12 education funding reform law known as the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, a priority by the legislature that phases in larger […]

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Maryland Senate debates funding shift to education in budget

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has debated a big shift of funds in the state budget from transportation to future education costs for K-12. The Senate gave initial approval to the state's $62.5 billion budget Wednesday. The legislature is working on moving money Gov. Wes Moore had set aside for future transportation projects to pay for rising costs in the phased-in implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future. […]

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Maryland lawmakers reach crossover deadline in session

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly headed into the last three weeks of its annual legislative session on Monday, advancing legislation on its deadline known as "crossover day." That's when bills need to be approved by one chamber and sent over to the next, or else face a greater challenge to passage.  Gov. Wes Moore appeared upbeat and smiled often at an early afternoon news conference. The Democratic […]

today03/22/2023 18

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Maryland Senate Republicans elect leadership

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senate Republicans elected a new minority leader on Monday. Sen. Steve Hershey, who represents Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore, was chosen by the Senate Republican Caucus to be minority leader.  Hershey served as Senate minority whip from 2015 to 2020. He has represented District 36 since 2013.  Sen. Justin Ready was re-elected minority whip. Ready has been the minority whip since October 2021.  He has represented […]

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Measure to help address climate change in Maryland advances

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to take stronger steps to address climate change has advanced in Maryland. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted Tuesday to send the bill to the full Senate. Overall, the bill aims to speed up the state's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 40% of 2006 levels to 60% by 2030. A significant change was made last week by the Senate Education, Health […]

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Masks to be decided by school districts, Maryland panel says

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A panel of Maryland lawmakers has voted to let local school districts decide whether students must wear face coverings in school. The Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review voted 17-1 on Friday to approve a request by the state's school board to end an emergency order of statewide requirements. Earlier this week, Maryland State School Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury cited improvements in […]

today02/28/2022 10

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Recreational marijuana bill advances in Maryland House

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House has advanced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, if voters approve a constitutional amendment in November. The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to two separate bills. The first would put the matter on the ballot. The second includes steps that would be taken on moving forward if voters approve, though issues relating to licensing and taxation would be taken up next […]

today02/25/2022 9

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Maryland lawmakers voice support for paid family leave bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senate Democrats say now is the time to approve a paid family and medical leave insurance program in the state. Senate President Bill Ferguson said Thursday that lawmakers are resolved to pass the legislation this year. It would provide 12 weeks of paid leave for Maryland workers who take leave due to specified personal or family circumstances, such as caring for a sick relative or […]

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