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General Assembly Watch

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and other Senate and House leaders hold a press conference in the Senate lounge to talk about their legislative agendas.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and other Senate and House leaders hold a press conference in the Senate lounge to talk about their legislative agendas. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun)

Should the office intern be protected from discrimination the same way a regular staffer is?

That will be the topic Tuesday morning, when a House subcommittee considers a bill to forbid discriminating against interns based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and disabilities that don't affect the ability to do required work.

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The legislation has some momentum behind it. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has made it part of his legislative agenda and predicts it will become law.

Also this week:

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•Gov. Larry Hogan will slip out of town Monday to confer with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser in Arlington.

•Back in Annapolis, House and Senate subcommittees will get back to work slicing and dicing Hogan's budget plan.

•Both chambers will hear witnesses on legislation that would take away the governor's power to keep prisoners serving life terms from getting out on parole. The bill was prompted by former Gov. Martin O'Malley's "life means life" policy.

•The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on whether the state should prohibit leaving dogs outside during blazing or chilly weather for more than an hour. According to the bill, 100 degrees is too hot and 32 is too cold. Oh, and don't leave the pooch out during a tornado watch.

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—Michael Dresser

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