A roundup of Maryland laws taking effect Oct. 1

Hundreds of Maryland laws are going into effect Tuesday, spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to medical cannabis. Here is a roundup of some of those, broken down by subject.

Md. lawmakers, AG question DeVos on loan forgiveness program

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and a coalition of state lawmakers have asked U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos why so many people are being denied by the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Opening the curtains: The data behind 90 days in Annapolis

Capital News Service gathered data from the 2019 legislative session and conducted an analysis to report on some of the most striking takeaways from the General Assembly.

Bartlett’s first stint at Md. Statehouse highlights her passion to help the vulnerable

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Years after volunteering for the gubernatorial and Senate campaigns of Douglas Wilder and Barbara Mikulski, J. Sandy Bartlett had a conversation that would prove to be life-changing. Bartlett had been approached by then-state Sen. James E. DeGrange…

Md. House of Delegates elects Adrienne Jones as new speaker

Following more than four hours of deliberation, the Maryland House of Delegates made history in a surprise decision Wednesday afternoon, voting Delegate Adrienne A. Jones, D-Baltimore County, the next Speaker of the House.

Bill would provide protections to student loan borrowers

At the urging of the Maryland attorney general, legislation passed the state’s General Assembly that provides protections for student loan borrowers when working with loan servicers. The legislation comes months after a report by the Office of the Inspector General claimed servicers placed borrowers in adverse situations.

Final day of General Assembly filled with sorrow as the legislature wraps up

Final day of General Assembly filled with sorrow as the legislature wraps up.

Success, failure, mourning at close of Md. General Assembly

It was a bittersweet and busy day for Maryland legislators as they pushed to get their bills through both House and Senate chambers on Sine Die, the final day of the General Assembly on Monday.

Maryland House of Delegates overrides Hogan veto of school start date bill

One day after the Maryland Senate voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would give power to school districts to determine the start of the school year, the House of Delegates voted Friday to override the measure as well.

Doctor assisted suicide bill fails in state senate

A bill which would have allowed someone terminally ill to end their life with help from a doctor came up short in a key vote in the state Senate on Wednesday. The legislation, which had been approved by the House but heavily amended in a Senate committee, was defeated in a tie vote.

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