- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Latest on developments in the Maryland legislature: (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

A panel of Maryland lawmakers has reached a compromise on measure to major reforms to the state’s correctional system.

The panel of House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on a variety of differences between the two chambers Saturday night.

The bill aims to save money by incarcerating nonviolent inmates less and investing savings in drug treatment.



It eliminates mandatory-minimum sentences for drug offenses. It also includes provisions resembling a bill supported by Gov. Larry Hogan that would model state law after the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organization act to help better prosecute drug traffickers.

The compromise measure now goes to the legislature for final votes on Monday. The legislative session ends Monday at midnight.

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11 a.m.

Maryland lawmakers are working to bridge differences in legislation as their 90-day session nears its end.

Both the House and Senate are working Saturday.

A panel of negotiators is wrestling with differences the two chambers have on a bill to reform the state’s correctional system. Negotiators are scheduled to meet Saturday afternoon to continue working.

The measure aims to save money by incarcerating nonviolent inmates less and investing savings in drug treatment.

The House version of the bill repeals mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenses. It also includes provisions resembling a bill supported by Gov. Larry Hogan that would model state law after the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organization Act to help better prosecute drug traffickers.

The session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.

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