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Maryland lawmakers pass bills on ‘ghost guns’ and climate change

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has approved a measure to ban so-called ghost guns, which don't have serial numbers. The House gave the measure final passage 92-41 on Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan. Under the measure, guns made after Oct. 22, 1968, will have to have a serial number on them. A spokesman says the governor will consider this legislation, but "he continues to call […]

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Abortion rights proposed for Maryland’s constitution

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Leading Maryland House members are supporting a constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights in the state, as well as supporting other measures to broaden access. Lawmakers said Monday the measures are needed now because of the possibility that a conservative Supreme Court could overturn or weaken federal abortion-rights protections. If approved by the General Assembly, the constitutional amendment will go on the ballot for voters to […]

today02/15/2022 5

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Maryland’s highest court extends candidate filing deadline

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s highest court has extended the state’s candidate filing deadline by a month amid legal challenges to new political boundaries approved by the General Assembly. The Court of Appeals announced Friday the new deadline will be March 22 at 9 p.m. in order to provide adequate time for judicial review. The former deadline was February 22. Maryland lawmakers last month approved a new map that defines […]

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Maryland legislative redistricting panel announces hearings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland commission on legislative redistricting has announced 12 public hearing dates around the state. The first of the hearings announced Tuesday will be in Prince George's County on Sept. 20. Ten of the hearings will in different parts of the state. There also will be two statewide virtual hearings. The last hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18th. The panel, which includes leading Democrats who control […]

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Maryland session ends after focus on pandemic aid, policing

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has adjourned its 90-day session that focused largely on COVID-19 recovery, expansive police reforms and longstanding economic and health disparities worsened by the pandemic. With top-priority legislation on economic relief and police reform already passed earlier in the session, lawmakers approved a measure to implement sports betting. Maryland voters approved sports betting in November with 67% support. Sports wagering could begin as […]

today04/13/2021 10

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A glance at bills passed by the Maryland General Assembly

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have concluded their annual 90-day session. Gov. Larry Hogan and lawmakers were quick to enact more than $1 billion in pandemic relief early in the session. The Democrat-controlled General Assembly also overrode the Republican governor's vetoes on three bills containing key parts of sweeping police reform legislation. Lawmakers also passed measures to expand voting options. Maryland voters will have the option to have mail-in […]

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Hogan vetoes bill prohibiting juvenile life sentences

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure that would prevent juveniles charged as adults from being sentenced to life in prison without parole. Hogan also announced a veto Thursday night of a bill that would expand the state's prevailing wage law on public work project contracts. Both of the measures passed in the Maryland General Assembly with enough votes to override the vetoes. Senate President […]

today04/09/2021 18

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Maryland bill would charge companies for carbon pollution

Maryland lawmakers would charge fees on fossil fuels and high-emissions vehicles to reduce pollution within the state — and send the first $350 million annually to fund schools — under a bill in the state's General Assembly. HB33, the Climate Crisis and Education Act, cross-filed with SB76, would require the state to reduce its carbon emissions from 2006 by 60% by 2030 and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2045. […]

today02/26/2021 10

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Maryland General Assembly passes $1B pandemic relief measure

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has passed a pandemic relief measure that will deliver more than $1 billion in tax relief and economic stimulus for low-income families and small businesses. Lawmakers gave the bill final approval on Friday. The legislature passed the bill after the House withdrew provisions that would have expanded relief to families who use Individual Tax Identification Numbers instead of Social Security numbers. Critics […]

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