| Mar 6, 2013
| 3:11 PM
Over the years, I have heard and told the stories of numerous men and women who were molested as children.
I wrote about one of them earlier this year, a 37-year-old survivor of a kidnapping and years of abuse. Unable to seek justice because his statute...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Washington County’s state legislators said that the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly was a productive one for the county, with many delegation bills being approved.
The county also got a $1.55 million share of a wealth-based grant...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 6:04 PM
A bill that would free up $100 million for public sewer treatment plant upgrades to meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup requirements in eastern West Virginia was advanced Tuesday by state lawmakers.
Senate Bill 596 was reported to the House floor Tuesday...
| Feb 17, 2013
| 3:00 AM
A Senate committee hearing on Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bill that seeks to ban assault rifles attracted hundreds of gun-rights supporters to the state capital on Feb. 6, with some of the supporters testifying against the bill.
| Feb 19, 2013
| 9:55 PM
Editor's note: As part of the coverage of the 2013 legislative session, the American News will provide, on most days, a list of 10 pieces of information helpful to understanding what is — and sometimes isn’t — happening at the state...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 9:34 PM
PIERRE — Other lawmakers and many citizens scratched their heads a weekend ago over a surprise move in the 2013 session. Why would one of the top members of the Legislature, who is chairman of South Dakota’s watershed task force, suddenly...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 1:05 AM
WASHINGTON - The partisan divide over immigration reform was exposed Thursday as House Republicans voted to stop funding the Obama administration program that has halted deportation of young immigrants who are in high school or college, or have served...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 8:07 AM
A Senate bill that changes how Alaska punishes drug possession crimes has moved out of its first committee of referral in the House.
SB56, by Sen. Fred Dyson, was advanced from the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
The bill would make the...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:21 PM
A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police in Maryland and elsewhere can continue the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested — but not convicted — of serious crimes.
The 5-4 decision upheld a state law that allows...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 7:39 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawmaker who helped negotiate a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration predicted on Sunday that comprehensive legislation would overwhelmingly pass the Senate by July 4 while House Republicans cautioned that they would write...
| Jun 6, 2013
WASHINGTON — Libertarians believe government should have a compelling reason before it restricts an individual's liberty. Today's liberals believe almost any reason will do, because liberty is less important than equality, fraternity, fighting...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 5:43 PM
The Alaska Judicial Council has been evaluating appointed judges and making recommendations to voters about their retention since 1975, but some legislators want that practice to end.
House Bill 200, proposed by state Rep. Wes Keller (R-Wasilla), was...