Annapolis

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Among bills for Maryland small business, big lemonade stands out

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — State legislators always want to support small business. But one bill introduced this session aims to help the smallest of businesses.
A bill introduced in the Maryland House would protect lemonade stands from local authorities who might want to enforce local permit laws that could shut them down.
The legislation coincides with a national movement led by Country Time Lemonade that has sought to introduce similar bills all over the country.

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.

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.

Maryland lawmakers consider new rifle and shotgun regulations

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — A bill returning to the Maryland legislature this session aims to regulate certain sales and transfers of rifles and shotguns. Maryland law requires the regulation of the “sale, transfer, rental, and possession of regulated firearms, which consist…

Housing, guns bills priority of new Maryland Senate committee chairman

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — A bill that would make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against voucher holders is the top priority of the new chairman of the state’s powerful Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Sen. William “Will” Smith Jr., D-Montgomery, will…

Hogan: Fighting Baltimore crime a priority in new Maryland budget

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — The governor’s 2021 budget will prioritize fighting violent crime in Baltimore, provide “record levels” of education funding and finish paying for a major economic development project. Gov. Larry Hogan, R, released the details of his “Accountability Budget”…

‘Wrong’ Md. crime data highlights inconsistent statistics

A reporting inaccuracy from a Maryland county police department has revealed broader examples of inconsistent crime data, from the FBI to the Maryland State Police to local jurisdictions.

Capital Gazette shooter was concerned about sanity

Whether the man who killed five employees in the 2018 Capital Gazette shooting is sane — and therefore criminally responsible for the murders and associated acts — is a question that attorneys on both sides have spent months preparing to answer. Looking back through his court history shows a man who in 2012 sued the paper for libel, particularly aggrieved because, he said in court documents, a column it published implied he was insane.

Maryland’s suburbs saw a large influx of prescription opioids

Much of the rest of the nation saw suburban areas hit harder than rural or urban areas. However, Maryland saw fewer pills per person on average than across the nation.

Across Maryland, counties and universities boost revenue through ICE contracts

Five Maryland jurisdictions currently have contracts with ICE, and two Maryland universities have consulting and training contracts. While activists across the state are seeking to end these agreements, officials say the revenue is worth it.