Tag: Luke Clippinger

Del. Kipke slams bill that would require background checks for secondary gun transfers

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.

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Renewed push for paid sick leave gets pushback from new poll for business groups

Legislators are bringing back a proposed requirement for paid sick leave. Employers are already pushing back against the proposal, commissioning a poll that shows Marylanders support the concept of paid sick leave, but withdraw their support when told of its negative consequences. Advocates for paid sick leave derided the poll, saying it was a “push poll,” pushing people toward opposition with consequences that don’t exist. They cited a study of Seattle employers after that city passed a requirement for paid sick leave that found very few consequences.

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Marijuana paraphernalia a sticky issue under new bill

The recent move to remove criminal penalties for 10 grams of marijuana or less has been heralded by its supporters as radical reform that would save state money, and alleviate a significant portion of drug-related arrests, which are racially imbalanced.

But a hole in that legislation — one that remains unaddressed — is that drug paraphernalia remains criminal.

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