Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don’t believe in God from holding public office.
Maryland’s Senate has agreed to boost the penalty for college hazing from $500 to $5,000. The bill is now headed to the Senate.
State Sen. Jamie Raskin says while his bill to put public officials’ ethical disclosure forms online was amended in the House of Delegates, the proposal still retains its core elements.
The House of Delegates removed some provisions of a Senate bill to put public official’s public
officials’ ethical and financial disclosure forms online, but the sponsor said the proposal that ended up passing both houses retains its core elements.
A measure that would keep minors from frequenting tanning salons has died in a Senate committee.
The sex abuse scandal at Penn State has legislators around the country looking to strengthen their laws. Here in Maryland, the changes include possible jail time for those who fail to report the sexual or physical abuse of children.
Maryland lawmakers will invite wine lovers who want their favorite vintages shipped to their homes to make their case Friday at a state Senate committee hearing. But to influence the bill to allow such shipments, connoisseurs would have done better to attend a pair of undisclosed “stakeholder meetings” weeks ago.
A top Senate Democrat told lobbyists for wine vendors on Thursday that some form of direct wine shipping will be approved in Maryland this year.