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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces plan to fight drug traffickers, change redistricting

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces plan to fight drug traffickers, change redistricting

Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans on Tuesday to combat heroin addiction and change the congressional and legislative redistricting process, two issues he identified as legislative priorities this year.

Three bills, all modeled on task force recommendations, are expected to be formally introduced to the General Assembly on Wednesday.

To target drug dealers, Hogan wants to change the state's gang laws to mirror federal racketeering laws, which could lead to more jail time for drug traffickers. The governor's office said 33 states have made similar changes.

Prosecutors have been trying for several years to make such a change to the state gang statute, which is complicated...

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