Annapolis

Located blocks from the Statehouse, the CNS Annapolis bureau has more reporters dedicated to covering Maryland politics and policy than any other news organization in Maryland.

Bill would lessen punishment for some teen sexting

A bill passed in the Maryland House that clarifies sexting laws to include lesser punishments for juveniles who send illicit photos of themselves to peers.

Maryland lawmakers are close to adding HBCU funding

The bill would provide $577 million to Maryland’s four HBCUs over about 10 years.

Maryland bill would refine environmental justice commission

A bill in the Senate would reform a Maryland commission to reflect the diversity within the state and expand its duties to help vulnerable communities affected by environmental justice issues.

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.

Bill to rebuild trust between immigrants and law enforcement

Lawmakers push for an immigration bill that would end collaboration with ICE in Maryland and prevent local law enforcement from inquiring about an individual’s place of birth.

College athletes could be paid for endorsements under Maryland bill

Maryland legislators have introduced a bill in the state’s General Assembly that could allow for increased protections for college athletes as well as for them to profit off of their name, image and likeness.

Sports betting debate heats up in Annapolis

Maryland legislators have begun to discuss regulation of the state’s newly approved legalized sports betting market, which includes mobile wagering.

Fraudulent unemployment claims present concerns in Maryland

Unemployment claims in Maryland have increased greatly since the start of the pandemic, and more than half filed since January were found to be fraudulent.

Maryland General Assembly targets suicide prevention

A series of bills aimed at improving mental health care systems in Maryland are under consideration in the Maryland General Assembly.

Bill would grant Maryland high school seniors added year of eligibility

A bill introduced in the Maryland General Assembly would grant public high school senior athletes an added year of eligibility to make up for the challenges and interruptions that the coronavirus pandemic brought.