Maryland Senate Unanimously Passes Grace’s Law 2.0

In an attempt to strengthen online bullying consequences and clarify actionable offenses of those who perpetrate online crimes, a Thursday morning vote saw Maryland Senators unanimously pass Senate Bill 103 (also known as Grace’s Law 2.0). Sponsored by Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chairman Bobby Zirkin (District 11 – Baltimore County), the legislation boasts broad bipartisan […]

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Senator Will Smith Called to Active Military Duty in March

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Vice Chairman Will Smith (District 20 – Montgomery County) shared in a Wednesday morning Senate session that he will depart Maryland for Afghanistan on March 29th. Smith, an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, has been a reservist since 2009 and is being called to active duty. Making the […]

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Former Maryland Senate Staffer to Appear on ‘Jeopardy!’

Many around the halls of the Maryland General Assembly consider themselves fans of the hit syndicated ‘Jeopardy!’ television program. On February 11th, they’ll be watching with special interest as former Maryland Senate staffer Eric Backes competes on the longtime favorite game show. Legislative Director to current Senate President Pro Tempore Katherine Klausmeier from 2005 to […]

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Maryland Senators Seek to Return School Start Decision to Local Boards of Education

At a recent bill hearing in the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, Senate Standing Committee Chairs King (Budget and Taxation) and Pinsky (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs) made the case to return school start and end date decisions to local authorities. Senate Bills 128 and 131 would achieve that aim and return the authority […]

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Chairwoman Delores Kelley Leads Parole Reform Effort

At a Tuesday morning press conference, Senate Finance Committee Chair Delores G. Kelley (District 10 – Baltimore County) detailed legislation that would alter Maryland’s parole system to remove politics from the process and leave parole decisions solely to the discretion of the Maryland Parole Commission or the Patuxent Board of Review. The legislation would be […]

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