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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 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.

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.

Maryland bills aim to restrict kratom

Kratom, a substance that users told lawmakers they take as a pain and addiction treatment, would see more stringent regulation in Maryland under legislation making its way through the General Assembly.

Bill allows motorists to keep driving past Real ID deadline

Maryland drivers who have their licenses confiscated due to Real ID non-compliance would be protected under legislation heard this week in the General Assembly.

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.

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.