Protesters Pack House Judiciary Committee to Rally Against Police Brutality

Activists call for justice for victims of police violence, stronger civilian review process

Bill to study effects of acidification in bay passes

The General Assembly passed a bill this week that would create a task force to evaluate effects of acidification in the Chesapeake Bay and other state waters and make recommendations on how to address the issue.

House Set To Vote On Budget After Republican Attempt at Changes Fails

Lawmakers voted down a Republican alternative to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget, which would have made cuts to limit spending growth to 1 percent and restored state pension fund contributions.

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.

House Passes Estate Tax Exemption Increase

The Maryland House of Delegates overwhelmingly passes bipartisan legislation to raise the state’s estate tax threshold.

Minimum Wage Measure Sparks Heated Debate In House

Several Republican lawmakers voiced persisting opposition to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s measure to raise the Maryland minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, proposing a slew of changes to the bill on that would chip away at many of its provisions.

Bipartisan Tax Relief Measures Proposed in Maryland

Senate and House committees are weighing bipartisan legislation that could lower state income and sales tax rates, and raise the estate tax exemption threshold.

Legislation Aims to Ensure Maryland Crab Cakes are True to Name

Lawmakers in the state capital are being asked to consider a new bill that would prohibit restaurants and markets from selling mislabeled seafood, and require labeling of the origins of crabmeat.

Prince George’s Delegates Split on Proposed County Education Bill

Following the introduction of a bill in the Senate that would alter the current power structure in Prince George’s County’s school system, some in the House expressed opposition to it while others believe giving County Executive Rushern L. Baker III more authority may be the way to improve the county’s schools.

Delegates to Offer Amendments Despite Momentum of Death Penalty Repeal

Several Maryland delegates are preparing to argue to keep the death penalty for certain aggravating circumstances. The death penalty repeal bill will be debated in the House Wednesday.