Maryland’s congressional redistricting process in 2011 reflected a common theme in a long-criticized process: There isn’t much preventing a party with strong control of state government from drawing the state’s congressional map to its benefit.
A proposal to create a statewide pretrial services unit, which would help decide whether or not arrestees should be held in jail before their trials, is gaining ground in Maryland’s legislature.
Some of Maryland’s judges are proposing the state reduce the number of steps in the bail-setting process.
While cancer patients in Maryland continue to risk arrest for buying marijuana, neighboring Washington D.C. opens its first marijuana dispensaries.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III says he’ll propose the creation of a new agency as part of a broader plan to streamline the county government’s permitting process.
Maryland’s revenue projections are better than they’ve been in years. The state is on the verge of wiping out what was once a $2 billion budget deficit through cuts and tax increases, and it’s on track to reap financial benefits in future years from full-fledged casino gambling.
The jury selection process may soon get a little easier in Baltimore.