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.
A legislative task force voted on a set of recommendations that increased transparency around the use mechanical restraints on juveniles accused of committing crimes, but stopped short of proposing sweeping reforms that would drastically curtial the highly contested practice.
HYATTSVILLE -- A group of prominent Hispanic elected leaders, including state Sen. Victor R. Ramirez, announced Tuesday they are backing former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey's run Congress, representing one of the first efforts by any candidate in Maryland to publicly court the constituency.
Pressed by a panel of state lawmakers Tuesday about when Maryland's troubled health exchange website would be free of glitches, Maryland's health secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said, "I've learned that I have to see it to believe it."
Maryland could be come one of a handful of states that grant special driver's licenses to illegal immigrants under legislation garnering strong support in Annapolis. The bill would expand and extend an existing two-tiered driver's license system to include more than 100,000 people whose immigration status currently prevents them from applying for a license. Gov. Martin O'Malley also backs the plan, which now moves to the House of Delegates.
A passionate group of advocates — including NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and an innocent man who was on Maryland's death row for two years — came to Annapolis Wednesday to argue against the state's death penalty.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has named a special committee to review that state's ethics laws that apply to legislators and other state and local officials and make recommendations for reforms that could be voted on as early as this year.