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The Maryland Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, taking an action that mirrors those in a growing number of states relaxing their laws against the drug.
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday underscored the need for new licensing requirements for handguns, while a leading Maryland lawmaker recommended the provision in a comprehensive gun-control measure be considered separately due to the potential for considerable opposition.
Banning assault weapons, repealing capital punishment and laying the groundwork to develop offshore wind received strong endorsements by Maryland’s top leaders, who were confident that they would pass this year as lawmakers convened Wednesday for the first day of the legislative session.
ANNAPOLIS -- A panel of Maryland lawmakers Thursday recommended that Gov. Martin O'Malley cut the state's projected budget deficit of $382 million by more than half in the next fiscal year.
A Maryland delegate has been suspended from office following her plea agreement on two sets of criminal charges, but her lawyers say they think she could be reinstated in time for the General Assembly's next session in January.
Maryland's House Republican leaders said Friday they are troubled by the boating accident involving Republican Delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr., who has admitted he had been drinking while operating a motorboat before a collision that hospitalized six people, including the delegate.
The General Assembly passed legislation Tuesday night to expand gambling in the state, setting up a November referendum that will determine the proposal's ultimate fate.
As the battle for gamblers' dollars intensifies in the mid-Atlantic region, the possibility of developing Internet games in Maryland will be considered when lawmakers gather for a special session next week to expand gambling, the House speaker wrote in a memo.
Maryland legislators will be cutting their summer vacations short after Gov. Martin O'Malley announced a special session for Aug. 9 to address gambling questions left unanswered in the spring.