The Maryland ACLU and a coalition of allies came together Tuesday to call for the defeat of Gov. Larry Hogan's package of crime bill, charging that they revive the unsuccessful strategies of the 1980s.
An influential General Assembly panel is recommending a dramatic reduction in jail sentences for drug offenses — part of a plan to imprison thousands fewer people and use the savings to help others stay out of jail.
Maryland could save about $247 million over 10 years and cut its prison population by almost 4,000 if it adopts a series of reforms under consideration by a high-profile commission, researchers told the panel Wednesday.
Far fewer people from Baltimore are going to prison each year than a decade ago, researchers reported Tuesday, driving down the numbers of people locked up in Maryland even as more criminals in the rest of the state are put behind bars.
As state lawmakers try to get Maryland's medical marijuana program off the ground, the focus has turned to the practical matter of establishing an industry to provide the drug - and the details are proving daunting.
By By Timothy B. Wheeler and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
Maryland legislators will consider a package of laws to curb electronic surveillance by police, requiring a search warrant to use drones, email, cell phone towers or license plate readers to track people.
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent turned Republican activist, set his sights Tuesday on taking back Maryland's 6th District congressional seat for the GOP. But state Sen. Nancy Jacobs, one of the state's longest-serving Republican lawmakers, said she will not seek re-election in 2014, adding to the attrition of the GOP's small band of senators.
In a long-sought victory for Baltimore, the Maryland Senate voted Friday for a plan that will provide $1 billion to launch an unprecedented systemwide drive to rebuild and renovate the city's crumbling school buildings.
A federal appeals court has upheld Maryland's handgun permitting law, reversing a lower court decision by concluding that the state can constitutionally require applicants to show "good and substantial reason" that they need concealed-carry licenses.
After an emotional debate that centered on two horrific Maryland murder cases, the Senate rejected an attempt Friday to create exceptions in Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill that would repeal the death penalty.
Sen. Brian Frosh, a soft-spoken Montgomery County Democrat, shepherded Gov. Martin O'Malley's top legislative priority through the Senate, leading the more than 12 hours of floor debate on the plan to strengthen Maryland's gun laws.
The General Assembly took an important step toward repealing Maryland's death penalty Thursday night when the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill to end capital punishment.