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Body Cameras Get Temporary Approval In Maryland For This Year

Deadly encounters between police and the communities they serve have put a renewed focus on the use of body cameras on police. Lawmakers in Maryland have given a temporary reprieve on the state's wiretapping laws while a commission comes up with clearer rules.

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Sentencing-By-Jury Legislation Is Put On Hold In Maryland

Juries in Maryland still have a say in handing out one sentence: life without parole. Should that power belong only to the judge? Or does it make sense to maintain the status quo? The state Senate has decided that it isn't ready to take a stance on the issue.

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Power Transfer Would Go Against Voters' Wishes, D.C.'s Attorney General Says

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine says he'll fight a proposal by Mayor Muriel Bowser to strip his new office of its authority to review big city contracts and land deals.

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'Second Chance' Bill For Job Seekers With Criminal Records Advances In Maryland

The Second Chance Act received initial approval from the House of Delegates on Friday afternoon, the Senate has already approved it, and Gov. Larry Hogan is a supporter.

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Felons' Voting Rights Would Be Expanded Under Maryland House's Bill

Maryland already allows felons to vote once their entire sentence — prison time, parole and probation — is complete. The new legislation would give them voting rights once their prison time is done.

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Bill In Maryland Would Help Block Prostitution Charges For Victims Of Human Trafficking

The bill from Montgomery County Sen. Susan Lee would allow those arrested for prostitution to ask a judge to have the charge thrown out if they can prove they were forced into it because they're a victim of human trafficking.
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D.C. Drops Appeal Of Handgun Carry Ban Ruling, Will Fight Other Challenges

Attorney General Karl Racine announced this week that he was dropping an appeal of a ruling that overturned the city's ban on carrying handguns in public, but said he would fight two other challenges to the new law that allows residents to apply for concealed carry permits.

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Things Get Personal Over Letter Asking Hogan To Impose Travel Ban To Indiana

Maryland Democrat Richard Madaleno penned a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan asking him to impose a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to the state's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," but ruffled feathers with a reference to the First Lady.

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Industrial Hemp Legalization Bill Gains Support In Maryland Legislature

The state House has approved a measure that essentially would legalize industrial hemp production whenever the federal government does.

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Legal Cloud Lifts For Controversial Alexandria Waterfront Plan

Thanks to a recent ruling of the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond, developers now have a green light to start demolishing a series of old abandoned warehouses and building structures in Alexandria that are much larger than what's there now.

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