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Senate Passes Legislation to "Level the Playing Field" on Hotel Taxes

A bill to “level the playing field” on taxes remitted on hotel rooms booked through online travel companies passed the Maryland Senate this week by a vote of 32 – 15. 232 more words

Taxes And Revenues

Georgia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping medical marijuana bill that now goes back to the House for tweaking.

Republican Rep. Allen Peake of Macon wrote the House bill that led to a substitute from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. 111 more words

News

House Committee Votes Down Bill Requiring Professional Engineering Sign-Offs

The House Economic Matters Committee voted unfavorably on HB 752 which would have required professional engineers to review government engineering documents, as opposed to the current norm of using educated and experienced unlicensed engineers or technical staff. 126 more words

Business Affairs

Senate Concurs With House on Pretrial Budget Shift

The Senate Budget and Tax Committee has concurred with the House Appropriations Committee to continue to require county governments to pay any cost-overruns for appointed attorneys providing representation to indigent defendants at an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner. 96 more words

Public Safety And Corrections

Immunity Bills Moving in the House and Senate

Bills seeking protections for law enforcement officers administering naloxone, a medication that reverses an opioid overdose, are moving in the House and Senate.

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Public Safety And Corrections

"Crossover" Date Looms, Chambers Abuzz With Activity

As the unofficial deadline for passing legislation out of its original chamber approaches, both the Senate and House are awash with lengthy agendas and long floor sessions. 101 more words

General Assembly News

Bill Seeking Payment for Costs Associated with Animal Cruelty Moving in House

A bill that places liability for the cost of care of an animal seized for cruelty or neglect on the owner of the animal while in the shelter has passed third reading with amendments in the House. 62 more words

Business Affairs