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Maryland House approves legislation to fight crime

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The Maryland House of Delegates on Saturday passed measures aimed at fighting crime, advanced a bill to increase school safety and approved an agreement between the House and Senate aimed at increasing diversity in the state’s medical marijuana industry. The House made changes to a bill …

Official: Indicted Maryland lawmaker submits resignation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A Maryland state senator facing federal bribery and obstruction of justice charges submitted a resignation letter Wednesday night. Sen. Nathaniel Oaks met Wednesday evening with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. Jake Weissmann, a Miller spokesman, said Oaks gave the Senate president a letter stating he …

Maryland House approves stronger sexual harassment policies

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The Maryland House of Delegates voted unanimously Monday to strengthen the General Assembly’s policies on sexual harassment to cover lobbyists and create a framework for an independent investigator to handle complaints. Earlier this month, a state senator accused a lobbyist of inappropriately touching her in a …

Bills to rescue Maryland health exchange market advance

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Measures to help rescue the Maryland Health Care Exchange’s distressed individual market are moving forward in the General Assembly. The Senate gave preliminary approval to two bills Friday. One would tap about $340 million that health insurance companies and managed care organizations won’t have to pay in taxes due to the…

Maryland Senate passes crime bill combining measures

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A measure with a variety of crime-fighting initiatives has been approved by the Maryland Senate. The bill passed 36-8 Monday night. It combines other bills and elements of proposals made by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. It now goes to the House. It comes after Baltimore had 342 murders in 2017, a…

Indicted Maryland senator removed from committee assignments

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A Maryland state senator facing federal bribery and obstruction of justice charges was removed from his position on the Senate Finance Committee on Monday night. The Senate president removed Sen. Nathaniel Oaks from his committee assignment on recommendation from the General Assembly’s ethics committee. A trial on the bribery allegations is…

US attorney sends letter to ethics panel on indicted senator

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland’s acting U.S. attorney says he believes it would be prudent for a Maryland legislative ethics panel to hold off its own investigation into an indicted state senator “until the federal charges are resolved.” Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning’s letter to lawmakers dated Feb. 7 was read by a clerk in…

Maryland lawmakers to update sex harassment policy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland lawmakers will take up a proposal to update the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy by creating a central repository to keep track of complaints against legislators each year, an official to House Speaker Michael Busch said Monday. The proposal is scheduled for a vote Tuesday before …