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Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:42 PM
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By Brian Witte

Md. House Panels Approve Gun-Control Bill

Md. House Panels Approve Gun-Control Bill

Maryland lawmakers on two panels advanced a gun-control measure that is a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda. Read »

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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By Brian Witte

Maryland Senate Gives Final Approval to Gas Tax Hike

Maryland Senate Gives Final Approval to Gas Tax Hike

The Maryland Senate gave final approval to the state's first gas tax in just more than 20 years. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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By LARRY O'DELL

Court Upholds Md. Handgun Permit Law

Court Upholds Md. Handgun Permit Law

Maryland's law requiring handgun permit applicants to demonstrate a “good and substantial reason” for carrying a weapon outside their own home or business is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled... Read »

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM
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By Mark Segraves

Md. Lawmakers Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Just days after voting to abolish the death penalty, Maryland lawmakers took up another hot-button issue: decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Read »

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM
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By MICHELLE JANAYE NEALY and BRIAN WITTE

Maryland Lawmakers Vote to Repeal Death Penalty

Maryland Lawmakers Vote to Repeal Death Penalty

The Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment. Read »

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Md. Lawmakers Consider Statewide Bag Fee

Maryland lawmakers are considering a disposable bag fee for the entire state. Read »

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 8:24 AM
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By Associated Press, Carissa DiMargo

UMD Holding 2nd Henrietta Lacks Symposium

UMD Holding 2nd Henrietta Lacks Symposium

Thursday's symposium features writer Harriet Washington, author of "Medical Apartheid." Read »

Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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By BRIAN WITTE

Md. Governor Releases Transportation Funding Bill

Md. Governor Releases Transportation Funding Bill

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday night released a proposal that includes an increase in overall gasoline taxes and other measures to raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually in new money for... Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM
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By BRIAN WITTE

Maryland Senate Passes Gun Control Bill

Maryland Senate Passes Gun Control Bill

A gun control measure backed by the governor made it through the Maryland Senate. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM
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By Tracee Wilkins

Death Penalty Debate Is Personal for Rushern Baker

In Annapolis Thursday, lawmakers listened to passionate testimony on both sides of the death penalty issue. Read »

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