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Freshman delegates hit the ground running, reflect on first year

April 14th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Lawmakers lined up along the walls of the Governor's Reception Room, waiting to stand behind Gov. Larry Hogan as bills they’ve poured their hearts into the past 90-days were signed into law Tuesday morning. Perhaps the most eager of these legislators were the new kids on the block, first-year legislators that made up the largest freshmen class to occupy the State House in 20 years. Reacting to their first session, new delegates reflected on their accomplishments, struggles and future plans


Cap on awards for lawsuits against counties, towns divides senators

April 10th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

The fatal shooting on Saturday of an unarmed black man in South Carolina by a white police officer now charged with murder was clearly on the minds of Maryland senators as they debated a 28-year old cap on damages in lawsuits against towns and counties in similar wrongful injuries. The senators were attempting to balance the interests of both taxpayers and victims. Some senators were worried that smaller towns would go bankrupt if the cap on damages was raised from $200,000 to $500,000, as HB 113 would require


Removing mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes stokes House debate

March 22nd, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Proposing to remove the mandatory 10-year minimum sentence for those convicted of drug crimes, one delegate came under fire on the House floor for putting his faith in the court system. Under HB 121, judges will no longer impose minimum sentences, but be given a maximum cap on the amount of years dished out: 20 years for first-time offenders



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