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Court Committee Votes to Amend Bail Rules

Maryland Judiciary’s Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure voted on Friday to change the court’s rules governing bail bonds.

The Committee voted 18 to 5 on amendments intended to provide clearer guidance for taking a defendants financial circumstances into consideration for setting of bond when the defendant is considered a flight risk or a danger to society. 413 more words

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Gov. Hogan: Redistricting Commission Will Continue Its Work

Last Monday, Governor Larry Hogan amended an executive order to extend the work of the bi-partisan Maryland Redistricting Reform Commission until Nov. 8, 2017. The commission was appointed in August 2015 and issued its final report that November, before the 2016 General Assembly convened. 225 more words

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All Eyes on Data at Opioid Committee Meeting

The Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders was briefed Wednesday by state agencies on the progress of programs targeting substance abuse.

Reporting agencies included the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), the Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPSCS). 369 more words

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Al Sharpton Interviews Tim Kaine

Today on Keeping It Real With Rev. Al Sharpton he interviews Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine and gathers his views on minorities and women and Kaine’s agenda should Hillary win the election.. 71 more words


Police Surveillance Technology Debated, Legislative Action Considered

Police surveillance technologies, including stingrays and aerial surveillance, were debated in a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week. Whether there is a need for state law to govern the use and oversight of these technologies was one of the issues discussed by lawmakers and stakeholders. 171 more words

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What Have We Learned if Anything After The Final Debate

Today on Keeping It Real With Rev. Al Sharpton we do our fact checking of statements from both candidates and try to decipher what we have learned if anything from the third and final debate. 71 more words


AG Questions Constitutionality of MD Cash Bail

Maryland lawmakers sought information from the Attorney General’s Office on the constitutionality of the state’s cash bail system. The office responded in a letter that the current system could be found to be unconstitutional and in violation of due process by the courts. 484 more words

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