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Legislature passes bill to expand post-conviction relief

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By Alex Mann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Many bills remained in the balance as the minute hand ticked toward midnight on April 9, the last of Maryland’s 90-day legislative session.

Among them was legislation addressing the rights of criminals to petition for post-conviction relief–a process of challenging a conviction in court.

Election-year session ends with an eye on November

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Overhauling state tax code in response to sweeping federal tax cuts, bolstering school safety after a shooting at a Southern Maryland high school and stabilizing health insurance markets in the wake of Congressional action were just a few of the myriad policy decisions the Maryland General Assembly addressed in 2018 during the 90-day legislative session.

A 2018 legislative obituary: Weed legalization, a ban on Styrofoam, gerrymandering and more

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Many lawmakers this morning are praising the now-concluded 2018 Maryland General Assembly session as a productive one. By the time the clock struck midnight last night, both houses had passed bills that, with the governor’s signature, would ban bump stocks and LGBT conversion therapy, shore up the market for Obamacare, revoke parental rights for rapists, ramp up school security and expand the state’s medical cannabis industry with 20 new licenses.

Specifically for Baltimore, politicians in Annapolis also passed legislation to protect more (but not all) residents from water lien tax sales, expand Safe Streets (as well as introduce regressive new mandatory minimum sentences) and form a commission to probe corruption by convicted Gun Trace Task Force officers.

But even with that sample flurry of legislative activity from the last 90 days, a number of high-profile bills floundered. We’re here this morning not to celebrate, but rather to pay our respects to the proposals that didn’t escape the State House.

Baltimore lawmakers back Senate bill that would ban water lien tax sales, but advocates worry it will be stripped down

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Baltimore’s Senate delegation has decided not to support a House bill that would protect residents from having their homes and churches sold at auction due to water bill-related debt, instead backing a Senate bill that was originally amended to offer the same protections, but is now said to be under threat of being stripped down.

House of Delegates passes bill to ban tax lien sales in Baltimore

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Maryland’s House of Delegates this morning unanimously advanced a bill that would permanently block the city from selling residents’ homes at tax sales due to unpaid water and sewer bills.

City Council pushes General Assembly, Hogan to stick with State Center communities’ original terms

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The State Center complex off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Photo via Google StreetView.

Baltimore’s City Council is pressuring state legislators and Gov. Larry Hogan to “protect the participation and planning process” for the nixed redevelopment proposal for the State Center government complex.

Marylanders strongly back term limits for General Assembly members, poll finds

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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.

Three of every four Marylanders support capping the time that state delegates and senators can serve in Annapolis, according to the newest Goucher Poll.

Md. lawmakers want to boost sanctions for murder-for-hire

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By Zach Shapiro

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Murder-for-hire is a misdemeanor in Maryland, and prosecutors have just three years to bring charges. State lawmakers from both parties want to change that.

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law is Now on the Books in Maryland

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Small firms in Maryland with at least 15 employees are now required to offer them paid sick leave under a new law enacted yesterday.

Md. Senate Votes to Delay Sick Leave Bill’s Implementation Until July

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Maryland’s new paid sick leave law is nearly on the books, but a proposal to delay its implementation until the summer has advanced in Annapolis.