Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to sign about 200 bills, including measures the General Assembly passed to reform the University of Maryland Medical System board of directors, allow the private Johns Hopkins University to create a police force, and establish a Maryland Freedom of the Press Day.
Among nearly 200 bills Gov. Larry Hogan has signed into law, Maryland will honor journalists with "Freedom of the Press Day" on June 28. That's the anniversary of a shooting at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis that killed five employees. Maryland has 23 other commemorative periods.
In the waning days of the Maryland General Assembly session, lawmakers are considering creating a new state office to mediate thousands of lawsuits from workers who have been sickened by asbestos exposure. There are more than 30,000 asbestos cases pending in Baltimore Circuit Court.
Over the objections of student protesters, Maryland’s House of Delegates has voted overwhelmingly to approve hotly debated legislation to authorize an armed police force for the private Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The state Senate has passed a different version of the legislation.
A bill to allow certain terminally ill Marylanders to obtain medication to end their lives is advancing in the state Senate, but it has been changed so much that the leading advocacy group is withdrawing its support for the measure.
The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow Johns Hopkins University to create a private, armed police force. Opponents, who object to "privatizing policing," spent more than an hour trying in vain to modify the measure.
Leaders of Maryland's General Assembly have named a work group to study legalizing recreational marijuana — a clear signal that no legislation will be passed this year. The bipartisan group will study issues with a deadline to report recommendations at the end of 2019.
Sen. Justin Ready, R-District 5 (Carroll County) introduced a bill that would establish a legal procedure for people who have animals seized after being charged with animal cruelty. On Thursday, animal workers from across Maryland convened for a hearing in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
Maryland’s two-term Republican Gov. Larry Hogan urged a different direction for the GOP after taking the oath of office for another four years. Hogan had Jeb Bush introduce him and praised the traditional wing of the Republican Party, while condemning dysfunction in Washington.
Many of the hundreds of Maryland laws that take effect Monday extend protections for women. One explicitly bans using threats of shame or economic harm to coerce a person into having sex. Others address sexual assault, workplace harassment and the rights of female inmates.
With Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous running on a campaign platform well to the left of center, some prominent Democrats are keeping a conspicuous distance. Some are even embracing the re-election campaign of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
Gov. Larry Hogan has used Maryland’s suites at sports stadiums to entertain family, reward state employees and honor charities — especially those focused on fighting cancer. The Republican governor also has invited executives of his private real estate business.
Though Maryland has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, none of them could have prevented the massacre of five people in the Annapolis Capital newsroom Thursday. The weapon police say was used, a pump-action rifle, isn't regulated by state law.
The results of a Democratic primary that saw several incumbents fall to progressive challengers strike at the very foundation of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's 32-year reign over the Maryland Senate.
All of the 188 seats in the Maryland General Assembly — 47 in the Senate, 141 in the House of Delegates — were on the ballot Tuesday, forcing many veteran incumbents in the Baltimore region and elsewhere to face possible ouster as voters decided whether to make sweeping changes in Annapolis.
With voters now casting their ballots, the intensity has ratcheted up in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive, with attack ads airing on the radio and negative fliers landing in voters’ mailboxes.
A Maryland House of Delegates bill that would permit prosecutors to introduce evidence of past assaults in some trials for sex offenses was approved by a Senate committee Thursday, clearing the way for it to be enacted.
Baltimore County state Sen. Bobby Zirkin is so popular and well-funded that no one has challenged him in years. But a group of his constituents, frustrated that he isn’t progressive enough, are putting up a candidate of their own this year: PIkesville attorney Sheldon Laskin.
He was everyone's "buddy" in the legislature and back home in Harford County, but there was considerable depth of purpose and thought behind the hail fellow well met personality of State Sen. H. Wayne Norman Jr. who died suddenly March 5.
The Maryland Senate is preparing a comprehensive crime bill that jettisons two key elements of Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to combat street violence — mandatory minimum sentences and a crackdown on gangs.
We are a Democrat and a Republican, members of the Maryland State Senate from different parts of the state, who serve together on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. The most important word in that first sentence is "together." Not Democrat. Not Republican. Because we believe that even in this new era of political divisiveness, the most important thing that we do as legislators is to work together for the common good.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to return to tough policies against drug abusers, ending a push by the Obama administration to clear prisons of lower-level criminals serving long, mandatory minimum sentences.