Republicans condemn Democratic senator's remark on Maryland Gov. Hogan as attempt to link him to George Wallace

Some Republicans are calling out a Democratic state senator, saying he compared Gov. Larry Hogan’s order to start school after Labor Day to former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who blocked black students from attending public schools in the 1960s. As the Maryland Senate debated Friday a bill to return control of school calendars to local school boards, state Sen. Paul Pinsky argued that one person — Maryland’s governor — should not be allowed make a decision on behalf of students statewide. (Balt. Sun)

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Activists Pledged To Openly Smoke Marijuana In Front Of Police In Protest

 

Late last month, the City’s State’s Attorney said she would stop prosecuting the possession of marijuana, the police department, on the other hand, said they will keep arresting. “When I asked myself is the enforcement and prosecution of marijuana possession making us safer as a city, the answer is no,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. This group of activists wants for both sides to get on the same page. “…because right now the ones that are experiencing more arrests is us, so that’s not right. That’s an injustice,” said Clayton Guyton, Rose Street Community Director. (WJZ-TV)

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Bills in Annapolis aim to allow greater public scrutiny of Maryland judges

Who judges the judges in Maryland? Gov. Larry Hogan and many state lawmakers think state judges don’t face enough scrutiny. So they have proposed legislation to provide more oversight — by allowing cameras in courtrooms, tracking judges’ sentencing of violent criminals and including the names of judges in online public court records. The courts “shouldn’t be a mysterious process,” said Steven Platt, a retired judge who occasionally presides over cases and who led a failed effort 20 years ago to establish a performance review system for judges. (Balt. Sun)

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Fetal heartbeat bill introduced in West Virginia House of Delegates

A bill introduced Friday in the West Virginia House of Delegates would “effectively” ban abortion in West Virginia, according to the head of West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. House Bill 2915, sponsored by Del. Evan Worrell, R-Cabell, would require doctors to conduct abdominal ultrasounds before performing abortions, and prohibits them from performing abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. “Effectively, it’s a ban,” said Dr. Leo Brancazio, chair of the WVU School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (Times-News)

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Maryland Senate OKs updated measure against cyberbullying

Maryland's Senate has approved a measure to update the state's law against online bullying of children. The Senate voted, 45-0, on Thursday for the bill, sending it to the House of Delegates. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat, says the measure modernizes the definition of electronic communication to keep up with changes in technology. The measure changes the law so that a single significant act could apply, rather than requiring multiple examples of bullying. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. lawmakers hear bills on interstate tolls, increased fines for texting while driving

Maryland counties could get veto power on toll road projects under one bill being considered in Annapolis. House Bill 102 went before the House Environment and Transportation Committee for a hearing on Thursday afternoon. Democrat Del. Brooke Lierman, who represents Baltimore, one of 22 bill sponsors, said it simply gives the same power to all Maryland counties that nine Eastern Shore counties already have. “This bill says, ‘You know what? If it’s good enough for the Eastern Shore, it’s good enough for the rest of the state!'” she told the panel. (WTOP)

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Bill to repeal adultery returns to General Assembly

A bill to decriminalize adultery has returned to the General Assembly after failing in 2018 due to concerns about its impact on parties’ ability to “plead the Fifth” in divorce cases. Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery, is again sponsoring the bill, which she promised to do last year after it passed the House but died in a Senate committee. “This simply is taking something off the books that is not used, is archaic, and I don’t really see the point,” Dumais told the House Judiciary Committee Thursday. (Daily Record)

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Anne Arundel county executive to hold seven public budget meetings

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman will hold seven town hall meetings on the county budget before it is unveiled on May 1. The seven meetings will be spread throughout the county with one per district. The first is Feb. 27 and the last is scheduled for March. 28. Pittman is required by law to deliver his budget to the Anne Arundel County Council on May 1. Pittman is planning to expand online resources so residents can give recommendations on how and where to spend taxpayer money. Each meeting will include that district’s council member, regardless of party, Pittman said in an email to constituents. (Capital)

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