New congressional maps could impact incumbents

New U.S. congressional maps from Maryland’s redistricting groups could impact incumbents and voters by drawing districts that don’t include the homes of their current representatives. The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission proposed a map which would draw two districts where no current incumbents live.

Redistricting groups faced with uneven population growth

Maryland counties’ population grew unevenly over the past 10 years, leaving the state’s two redistricting groups to draw new maps and create districts with equal, or close to equal, population.

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 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.

Gov. Hogan announces cancer diagnosis; bills of interest

Gov. Larry Hogan announced in a news conference Thursday that he has developed a common and “not-serious” form of skin cancer, and will have a procedure to fully remove the cancerous spots from his forehead Saturday.

Maryland Senate Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The Maryland Senate voted in favor of legislation to lessen the penalty for possession and use of small amounts of marijuana in the state.

Senate Passes Bill To Protect Transgender Rights

Gender identity discrimination is one step closer to prohibition by law after the Maryland Senate passed the “Fairness for all Marylanders Act of 2014.”

Boating Permit Bill Close to Final Vote in Senate

A bill requiring large gatherings of boats, essentially floating parties, to obtain permits is on its way to a final vote in the Senate after several key amendments were approved Thursday.

Permits Could Be Required for Large Gatherings of Boats in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources wants to require large gatherings of boats to obtain permits because of the strain on police caused by events like Bumper Bash, Canal Day and AquaPalooza.