Latest Maryland State General Assembly News

Republican Kelly Schulz enters Maryland governor's race

Apr. 14, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Kelly Schulz, the head of Maryland's Commerce Department, announced Wednesday she will seek the Republican nomination in the state's 2022 governor's race. Schulz is the first Republican and first woman to enter the race. ...

A glance at bills passed by the Maryland General Assembly

Apr. 13, 2021 01:01 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have their annual 90-day session, working all the way up to the midnight deadline Monday. Here is a glance at some of the measures the General Assembly passed this session: PANDEMIC RELIEF Gov. Larry Hogan...

Maryland session ends after focus on pandemic aid, policing

Apr. 13, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have adjourned their legislative session that focused largely on COVID-19 recovery, expansive police reforms and longstanding disparities that have been worsened by the pandemic. Senate President Bill Ferguson said lawmakers...

Maryland lawmakers override vetoes on sweeping police reform

Apr. 10, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers voted Saturday to override Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes of three far-reaching police reform measures that supporters say are needed to increase accountability and restore public trust. One of the measures repeals job...

Maryland governor vetoes 3 police reform bills

Apr. 09, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that he has vetoed three police reform measures approved by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, all measures passed with enough votes to override the vetoes. The Republican governor vetoed...

Hogan vetoes bill prohibiting juvenile life sentences

Apr. 08, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a pair of vetoes Thursday night, including a measure that would prevent juveniles charged as adults from being sentenced to life in prison without parole and a bill that would expand the state’s prevailing wage law on public works...

Maryland bill would remove parole veto powers from governor

Apr. 08, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

A bill that would remove the governor from the parole process is on a bumpy path through the Maryland Legislature, as both chambers have different versions of the bill that must be hammered out in just a few days. SB0202, sponsored by Sen. Delores Kelley, D-Baltimore,...

Legislature votes to bolster unemployment insurance system

Apr. 07, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

Emergency measures to help struggling businesses pay less in unemployment insurance taxes while simultaneously granting more funding to the unemployed were voted out of the Maryland Legislature last week and await signature from Gov. Larry Hogan, R. Raising from $50 to...

Maryland lawmakers approve package of police reform measures

Apr. 07, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A comprehensive package of police reform measures cleared the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday, including repeal of police job protections long cited as a barricade to accountability. Lawmakers approved a new statewide use-of-force policy,...

Maryland House OKs more access to police misconduct records

Apr. 07, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates voted Tuesday to expand public access to records relating to police misconduct cases and to limit the use of no-knock police warrants. The 88-46 vote to pass the measure that originated in the Senate marked another...