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Maryland governor would lose parole veto powers under bill

A bill that would remove the governor from the parole process is on a bumpy path through the Maryland Legislature, as both chambers have different versions of the bill that must be hammered out in just a few days.

A bill set to legalize marijuana in Maryland aims to give back to the community

Delegate Jazz Lewis’s House Bill 32 would legalize and regulate the recreational use of Marijuana in Maryland. Sixty-three percent of the tax revenue would go toward HBCU’s and communities affected by poverty and racism.

Supreme Court hears case affecting Maryland LGBTQ

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, which questions whether religious-based foster care agencies choosing not to work with same-sex parents are exempt from nondiscrimination laws. Catholic Charities of Baltimore no longer provides foster or adoption services but FreeState Justice, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group, fears other Maryland social services could be affected by a religious exemption ruling.

Legislation would carve exemptions for teen ‘sexting’ in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Teens could be exempted from Maryland’s child pornography laws in certain cases if the General Assembly passes any one of four differing bills filed this session.

Lawmakers want to decriminalize teen “sexting,” a practice that arose with the mass adoption of smartphones and that experts say is fairly common among teenagers.

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.

Divided Supreme Court hears arguments over young immigrants program

WASHINGTON – With a crowd of protesters just outside of the building, the justices of the nation’s highest court heard arguments Tuesday that may determine the fate of a popular program that protected young immigrants from deportation. At issue is…

Trump presidency brings unprecedented attention to the Constitution’s emoluments clauses

WASHINGTON — Before 2016, the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution didn’t get much attention. Now, these two short sections — which historians and legal scholars interpret as prohibiting government officials from accepting gifts from foreign or…

New trial date set, records made public in Capital Gazette trial

The Capital Gazette shooting trial has been rescheduled for early March, just as court documents with information ranging from references to DNA testing to notes about the defendant’s veterinary history recently became publicly available.

High court to weigh Trump’s ending of program for young, undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is due to hear arguments next week over the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate a program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.  Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, 165 educational institutions (including…

Capital Gazette shooting trial postponed

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs postponed the Capital Gazette shooting trial Wednesday, after the defense asked for more time to review information provided by the prosecution’s mental health expert witnesses.