Legislation would carve exemptions for teen ‘sexting’ in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Teens could be exempted from Maryland’s child pornography laws in certain cases if the General Assembly passes any one of four differing bills filed this session.

Lawmakers want to decriminalize teen “sexting,” a practice that arose with the mass adoption of smartphones and that experts say is fairly common among teenagers.

Bill would make possession of ransomware a crime in Maryland

State lawmakers heard arguments Tuesday on a bill that seeks to add criminal penalties for knowingly possessing ransomware with the intent to use it in a malicious way.