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Bills would strip regulatory power and contributions from Franchot

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By David Jahng
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Two bills that would shift regulatory power of alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office to a new commission—and limit those industries from donating money to Franchot—were discussed at competing press conferences and a heated committee meeting last week.

House aiming to mandate funding for Maryland HBCUs

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By Daniel Oyefusi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Amid settlement talks between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and advocates for Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities, the House of Delegates is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday on legislation that would force the governor to appropriate more than $16 million in the state budget for each university, starting in 2021.

Maryland lawmakers back sweeping education overhaul plan

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William E. “Brit” Kirwan (left), chairman of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, joins Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) (rear) to speak to reporters at the United States Capitol. (Carolina Velloso/Capital News Service)

By Carolina Velloso
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON – Maryland’s congressional delegation has voiced strong support for a sweeping plan to reform the state’s educational system.

Bill would prevent toll roads without county approval

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By David Jahng
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS—Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to reduce traffic on I-270, the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway by adding private lanes could be further delayed if state legislation requiring local approval is passed.

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.

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