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Medical cannabis is a high priority in Md. legislature

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By Natalie Jones
Capital News Service

Creating and selling edible medical cannabis products, allowing inmates to receive medical cannabis treatment and prohibiting employers from asking about cannabis use could become law in Maryland under bills being pushed in this year’s General Assembly.

$15 minimum wage bills under consideration in legislature

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The inside of the General Assembly chambers in Annapolis. Photo by Roxanne Ready, via Flickr, used with a Creative Commons license.

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

Legislation that would increase the minimum hourly wage in Maryland to $15 would mean higher salaries for struggling workers, but may also mean higher prices and companies leaving the state, supporters and opponents told lawmakers this month.

Coast Guard lieutenant charged with targeting lawmakers, media, held without bail

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By Charlie Youngman
Capital News Service

GREENBELT, Maryland–A federal judge Thursday ordered a Maryland Coast Guard lieutenant held without bail as prosecutors gather more evidence of what they said was a terrorist plot to murder prominent Democratic politicians and media figures.

Senate, House weigh bills changing Board of Regents makeup

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Then-chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents James T. Brady announces the board’s recommendation to retain former Maryland football coach DJ Durkin on Oct. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (Daniel Oyefusi/Capital News Service)

By Daniel Oyefusi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The University System of Maryland Board of Regents structure would be altered and its decision-making would be made more public under legislation the state Senate and House of Delegates are considering.

Cummings and other lawmakers press to eliminate job discrimination against former felons

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By Ambriah Underwood
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON — Former felons could have more success securing employment under bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday that would bar federal employers from asking requests for applicants’ criminal histories before conditional job offers.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) and Doug Collins (R-Georgia) joined with Sens. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) to propose the Fair Chance Act, an attempt to decrease rates of recidivism by helping ex-convicts secure jobs.

Legislation would update Justice Reinvestment Act

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Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) the chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Megan Brockett/Capital News Service file photo

By Natalie Jones
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — After a comprehensive law overhauled the state’s criminal justice system, Maryland has seen a decline in the state’s prison and jail populations and more streamlined treatment for addicts who are charged with crimes. Still, advocates want to add to the law to keep inmates from returning behind bars.

Rams LB Micah Kiser’s football IQ dates back to time at Gilman

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Woodlawn native and current Los Angeles Ram linebacker Micah Kiser addresses reporters at Super Bowl media night in Atlanta Jan. 28. (James Crabtree Hannigan/Capital News Service)

By James Crabtree-Hannigan
Capital News Service

As Los Angeles Rams linebacker Micah Kiser came downfield toward the Houston Texans backfield during the third week of the 2018 NFL preseason, he was met by Texans offensive lineman Roderick Johnson.

Johnson pushed Kiser back about 10 yards, thwarted the rookie’s grasping attempts to bring down running back Lavon Coleman and eventually sent Kiser to the ground as the play ended.

A few minutes later, Kiser again charged toward the line of scrimmage as Coleman took a handoff. This time, Kiser deftly sidestepped a pulling lineman and immediately engulfed Coleman with a textbook tackle, dropping him for a 2-yard loss.

Gov. Hogan talks bipartisanship at fifth state of the state

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Governor Larry Hogan delivers his State of the State Address in Annapolis, Maryland, on January 29, 2019. (Daniel Oyefusi/Capital News Service)

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

At his fifth State of the State address, Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday pushed for bipartisan support from the Democrat-controlled legislature on his initiatives regarding taxes, healthcare, education, transportation, redistricting, violent crime and the environment.

Maryland legislature’s Democrats announce 2019 priorities

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The inside of the General Assembly chambers in Annapolis. Photo by Roxanne Ready, via Flickr, used with a Creative Commons license.

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

Banning 3D printed and “ghost” guns, preserving health care access, raising the minimum wage, increasing the purchasing age of tobacco and lowering child care costs for parents are priorities for the 2019 session, Democrats in Maryland’s legislature announced on Tuesday.

Kirwan Commission chair gives recommendations to lawmakers

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By David Jahng
Capital News Service

Parents can expect to see advances in pre-K, tutoring and special education first, among all of the recommendations of a statewide education reform panel, according to its namesake chairman, William “Brit” Kirwan.

“What parents will see is just a steady drumbeat of improvement in the experiences that their children are having in the schools,” Kirwan told Capital News Service.

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