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Maryland black caucus votes to oppose bill that would negate court's bail rule

In what could be a devastating blow to bail bondsmen, Maryland's Legislative Black Caucus voted overwhelmingly Thursday to oppose legislation that would negate part of a rule adopted by the state's top court diminishing the role of cash bail in pretrial release.

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Maryland brewery issues unresolved in final days of legislature's session

Maryland's brewers — and representatives for international liquor giant Diageo — pleaded with state senators Wednesday not to pass a bill that they say purports to help the beer industry but actually harms it.

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Assembly OKs capital budget that would diminish Hogan's role in school construction

The General Assembly adopted a capital budget Wednesday that would cut Gov. Larry Hogan out of the process of approving the state's school construction plans.

The House of Delegates and state Senate gave final approval to revised version of the governor's nearly $1.1 billion capital budget, which funds building projects.

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Clock ticking for veto fights in Maryland General Assembly

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has a week to sign or veto a stack of controversial bills the General Assembly sent him Wednesday afternoon, starting the clock for a heightened political fight in final days of the legislative session.

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Maryland Senate president says 'sanctuary' bill won't pass

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Wednesday his chamber would not follow the House of Delegates in passing what he called a "sanctuary state" bill.

The Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee is whittling away at their version of the legislation, which was introduced as the Trust Act.

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Maryland lawmakers give final OK to extension of energy efficiency program

Maryland lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to an extension of the state's EmPOWER energy efficiency program.

A coalition of businesses sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan urging him to sign the bill, which also has been championed by environmental advocates.

The House of Delegates and state Senate earlier had earlier approved versions of the EmPOWER bill by veto-proof margins.

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