Maryland bill would ease rules for mortician apprenticeships

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An emergency bill would deaden the requirement that Maryland mortuary science students must complete the majority of their education prior to starting an apprenticeship. House bill 106, a bipartisan effort from Delegates Susan Krebs, R-Carroll, and Joseline…

Prosecution interviews must be shared with defense in the Capital Gazette newsroom shooting case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Records that detail how prosecutors sought to set up interviews with jail employees for a psychiatric evaluation of the man who murdered five Capital Gazette employees must be shared with defense attorneys, a judge ruled Thursday. Anne…

Maryland would spring forward permanently with Daylight Saving Time bill

Maryland lawmakers introduced legislation that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the state. If passed, the legislation would be contingent on federal law being changed to allow states to make the change.

Bill would add suicide prevention info to Md. highway signs

The State Highway Administration would be authorized to post suicide-prevention information on existing electronic highway signs within 5 miles of high-risk suicide zones, under new legislation proposed in the Maryland Senate.

Bill looks to make single-occupant restrooms gender-neutral

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Many public buildings in Maryland would be required to make their single-occupant bathrooms gender neutral under legislation in the state’s General Assembly. The proposed law would require public facilities to change their pictorial or gender-exclusive signage for…

Maryland bill would ban plastic carryout bags from stores

Plastic carryout bags would essentially be a thing of the past in Maryland if a bill in the General Assembly gathers enough lawmakers’ votes.

Bill would cover pets under Maryland’s black bear damage fund

Maryland’s Black Bear Damage Reimbursement Fund would be expanded under Senate bill 353 to add pets to the list of reimbursable “items” damaged by the state’s growing black bear population.

Maryland bill would restrict what foods may be labeled ‘meat,’ as artificial substitutes become more common

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Foods made of animal tissues cultured from cells outside of the original animal, plants and insects could not be labeled “meat” in Maryland under a Republican-backed bill in the Maryland General Assembly. Senate bill 188 is sponsored…

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.

Md. bill would make helmets optional for most motorcyclists

Some Maryland motorcyclists would be exempt from the state’s current helmet requirement under legislation heard in the Maryland Senate Tuesday.

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