Maryland Senate passes legislation that would provide support dogs to child witnesses in court

Legislation that passed in the Maryland Senate would establish statewide an initiative to provide therapy dogs to child witnesses in circuit court hearings and proceedings.

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.

Lawmakers look to repeal state’s ‘archaic’ sex laws

Maryland lawmakers hope to repeal “archaic” provisions in the state’s spousal defense for sex crimes and sodomy laws with the reintroduction of legislation this session.

Proposed rule could limit the number of bills Maryland senators can file

Senate bills may become a hot commodity if a rule proposed this week is enacted.
The Senate Rules Committee is planning to meet Friday to consider limiting the number of bills any one senator can propose in the yearly 90-day session of the state’s General Assembly.

Maryland House of Delegates overrides Hogan veto of school start date bill

One day after the Maryland Senate voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would give power to school districts to determine the start of the school year, the House of Delegates voted Friday to override the measure as well.

State senate hears testimony on doctor-assisted suicide

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Tuesday heard testimony on legislation that would allow physicians assisted suicide under certain conditions. The bill faced a hearing in a House committee last week.

Bill would mandate teaching about the Holocaust in schools

A recent survey found that almost one fifth of those between 18 and 34 had not heard of–or were not sure if they heard of–the Holocaust. With that in mind, Montgomery County Senator Ben Kramer is sponsoring a bill that would require a course on the Holocaust be taught in all public and private schools throughout the state.

Hogan vetoes cut to board’s school-construction oversight

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would strip the state’s Board of Public Works of its power to oversee school construction funding, and was particularly aimed to take power away from Comptroller Peter…

Maryland Senate considers bill banning gay conversion therapy

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – Maryland could become the 10th state in the country to prohibit the controversial practice of “gay conversion therapy” by health professionals on minors. The Maryland state senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would classify the practice as unprofessional conduct. If a health professional were found to have violated the prohibition they would be subject to discipline from the state’s licensing board.

Proposed Annapolis bill would allow victims of abuse to keep property records private

Members of the House Environment and Transportation Committee on Tuesday heard from supporters of a bill expanding protections for victims of rape, human trafficking, or stalking. The proposal would shield property records from abusers. In addition to the House bill there is a similar measure being considered in the Senate in addition to a duplicate bill being backed by Governor Hogan.

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