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- 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.
- The General Assembly adopted a capital budget project Wednesday that would cut Gov. Larry Hogan out of the process of approving the state's school construction plans.
- With a grave threat hanging over its future viability, Maryland's bail bond industry can now draw on years of goodwill fostered by its generous contributions to the state's politicians.
- The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Friday that updates the state's ethics laws, requiring more disclosure of lawmakers' conflicts of interest and putting some new limits on legislators' advocacy of private businesses.
- General Assembly leaders have coalesced around a plan to issue an additional five medical marijuana growing licenses and increase the likelihood several of those lucrative deals went to minority-owned companies.
- Governor Larry Hogan popped into a Montgomery County elementary school Thursday morning to read some Dr. Seuss, sharing the job with one of the Trump administration's most divisive figures, education secretary Betsy DeVos.
- With four fatal heroin overdoses this weekend, Harford County has reached the tragic milestone of 100 opioid-related deaths since the sheriff's office started keeping track at the start of 2015.
- A three-judge panel has ordered Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch to give depositions and turn over documents in a federal lawsuit challenging the 2011 redrawing of the state's congressional districts.
- A federal grand jury indicted Michael Vaughn, a state delegate who resigned abruptly in January, on charges that he took bribes to support a liquor license bill in the General Assembly and misused his campaign finance account.
- As Congress and the Trump administration move toward a possible cutoff of federal money for Planned Parenthood, Democratic leaders in the General Assembly are rallying around a planto have the state fill the funding gap.
- On Monday in Annapolis, descendants of former Supreme Court chief justice Roger B. Taney apologize to a descendant of Dred Scott, initiating what both families hope will be a long-term campaign of racial reconciliation in America.
The way Del. Dan Morhaim handled his dual roles as a legislator and a consultant for a company seeking medical
marijuanaThe House of Delegates punished Del. Dan Morhaim Friday with a formal reprimand because he advocated for policies that benefit medical marijuana companies without fully disclosing he was a paid consultant for one.Baltimore County Del. Dan Morhaim broke the spirit of Maryland's ethics rules when he served as a chief architect of Maryland's medical marijuana industry without properly disclosing he had ties to a company seeking licenses to sell the drug, according to a review by lawmakers obtained by The Baltimore Sun.Pimlico Race Course needs to be redeveloped at a cost between $250 million and $320 million to assure the 147-year-old north Baltimore facility remains a suitable home for the Preakness but questions loom about who might pay for it.It would cost $300 million to renovate Pimlico Race Course, according to a widely anticipated study to be released Friday afternoon by the Maryland Stadium Authority.Locals, historians and descendants of Frederick Douglass have already begun commemorations ahead of the abolitionist's 200th birthdayGov. Larry Hogan took a shot at General Assembly leaders Wednesday, prodding the House to schedule a hearing on one of his bills while tweaking Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller about his colorful language.Baltimore school officials are asking state and city lawmakers for $65 million to shrink their $130 million budget deficit and avert the possible layoff or more than 1,000 employees. But schools CEO Sonja Santelises said she has "no firm commitments" from Annapolis or City Hall.Maryland Democratic lawmakers made their case Tuesday against a series of education bills that they say push a "privatization agenda" championed by President Donald Trump and his controversial new education secretary, Betsy DeVos.In a challenge to Gov. Larry Hogan, General Assembly Democrats unveiled a package of initiatives Tuesday they billed a defense of Marylanders' rights against the actions of President Donald J. Trump.Baltimore City Council members on Thursday spoke out against a new bill that would block them and other jurisdictions from raising the minimum wage above what's approved by the state of Maryland.A standing-room only crowd packed into the annual Environmental Summit in Annapolis, where they were encouraged to fight for environmental measures in the General Assembly.Gov. Larry Hogan's team on Tuesday announced a new package of proposed anti-heroin measures, including stiff penalties for dealers who supply deadly drugs, strict limits on opioid prescriptions and a new command center to coordinate authorities' response to the crisis.Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said Tuesday that he shouldn't have revealed that a General Assembly ethics committee has hired a lawyer to help investigate a delegate's dealings in the medical cannabis industry.Maryland's six casinos have pumped $1.7 billion into the state's education trust fund — a financial windfall that advocates for gambling promised would go to the state's public schools. But state funding for public schools has not increased more than what was already required.The General Assembly ethics committee that's investigating Del. Dan K. Morhaim's work with a medical cannabis company has hired a special counsel to assist with the review.Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a broad package of ethics reforms on Thursday afternoon, saying it's time to clean up a "culture of corruption" in Annapolis.Infuriated Baltimore state lawmakers vowed Thursday to reverse Gov. Larry Hogan's budget cuts that revoked money for programs passed last year to help the city's poorest residents.Gov. Larry Hogan is asking for background checks for people nominated to fill vacancies in the General Assembly before they can take their seats, infuriating Democratic leaders.Harford legislators list their goals for the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session in Annapolis.Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller showed up to the second day of his 48th consecutive year of legislative sessions using a cane, which the 74-year-old jokingly derided as making him look "real old and stupid."The General Assembly opened its 2017 session on a tumultuous note Wednesday as two veteran lawmakers submitted eleventh-hour resignations.Maryland state Del. Michael Vaughn of Prince George's County resigned less than an hour before the General Assembly convened its 2017 session on Wednesday.Gary Brown Jr., a campaign aide to Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, has been indicted on charges that he violated election laws during her campaign.A former Maryland state delegate has pleaded guilty to federal charges of taking bribes related to his official duties, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced his plan to spend $17.5 million next year to defray rising tuition at many public Maryland colleges.House Speaker Michael E. Busch removed Del. Dan K. Morhaim, the longest serving physician in the General Assembly, from a key health policy committee post that Morhaim held for 14 years.Lawmakers left Annapolis last year with a modest budget surplus and talk of a bipartisan tax cut. This year, they return to dismal financial prospects and readied for partisan warfare.The 10 best things to do this week in and around Baltimore, including Restaurant Week, Golden Globes, Elvis Birthday Fight Club, "Call of the Wild," "Flying Bach" and Twisted Knickers Burlesque.