Legislation for control of the Baltimore Police moves to the House

Included a police-reform legislative package is SB0786, which would transfer control of the Baltimore Police Department from the state to the city for the first time in almost 160 years.

New bill would change police procedure during traffic stops

A bill in the Maryland General Assembly would change procedure during a traffic or other stop to ensure that officers explicitly state certain rights, and aims to prevent police from using deceptive or coercive measures to obtain information.

Maryland bill would provide voting info to the incarcerated

Those incarcerated awaiting trial or convicted of misdemeanors would be able to register to vote and learn about their voting rights under legislation in the Maryland General Assembly this year.

Maryland bill would ease rules for mortician apprenticeships

An emergency bill would deaden the requirement that Maryland mortuary science students must complete the majority of their education prior to starting an apprenticeship.

Maryland lawmaker introduces bill to educate youth on potential risks of gambling

Legislation in the Maryland General Assembly would ask high school health teachers to include the dangers of problem gambling in their curriculum.

Maryland bill strives to limit minors’ access to firearms

With amendments underway, a bill in the Maryland General Assembly looks to change the language of an existing law in order to reduce the risk of minors’ access to guns.

‘Life and death crisis’ in Baltimore leads Hogan to push crime bills

Calling it a “life and death crisis,” — particularly in Baltimore — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced he will redesignate his violent crime package as emergency legislation.

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.

Cybersecurity bill aims to create a base level of defense for local agencies

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A new Maryland bill would ask the state’s Department of Information Technology to develop a baseline plan for localities within the state to help battle cyber attacks. Senate bill 120, introduced by Sen. Susan Lee, D-Montgomery, would…

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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