Tag: House Judiciary Committee
House Minority Leader Nic Kipke, R-Anne Arundel, said legislation that would require background checks for secondary transfers of “long guns” such as rifles and shotguns would do little to reduce violent crime in Maryland. The bill “doesn’t work. It’s been tried in different places around the country,” he said at a news conference at the State House on Wednesday. Kipke instead urged Democrats to get behind a series of GOP-sponsored crime reduction proposals.Read More
“Maryland may have some of the strongest gun laws in the country but it’s not enough,” said Andrea Chamblee, a volunteer with the Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America whose husband. John McNamara, was killed in the June 2018 shooting along with four other Gazette employees. “There are significant loopholes that endanger our families, including the loopholes corrected by this bill.”Read More
There’s no denying Del. Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. of Prince George’s County is a stingy gatekeeper when it comes to loosening Maryland’s civil and criminal laws. But to blame the defeat of liberalizing legislation solely on Vallario is a misreading of the inner workings of the Maryland General Assembly.Read More
The House Judiciary Committee had a hearing a bill (HB350) that would lower the punishment for having small amounts of marijuana. Audio reporter Duane Keenan talked to its sponsor, Del. Luke Clippinger, about the impact of the bill.Read More
After three days of delay, the House Judiciary Committee voted 12-10 to send the same-sex marriage bill already passed by Senate to the full House of Delegates at a Friday afternoon voting session. The delegates resisted amendments that would have changed the title of the bill or would further change the definition of marriage to allow incest, polygamy, or civil unions.Read More
Leave it to the old football coach, House Speaker Michael Busch, to pull an end run on Del. Don Dwyer’s attempt to impeach Attorney General Doug Gansler as Busch handed off the ball to the Judiciary Committee. The panel killed it within hours, after some more drama from Dwyer.Read More
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