Baltimore delegates vote to kill state House bill allowing school police officers to carry guns inside schools

Baltimore lawmakers voted down legislation Saturday that would have allowed city school police officers to carry guns while patrolling in schools. The city’s House delegation voted 10-5 against the bill — effectively killing it for this General Assembly session. The vote was met with approval from advocates who have been pressuring lawmakers against the bill, arguing city officials should focus on providing more resources for youth, not arming police. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill expanding ability to file lawsuits over child sexual abuse moves forward in Maryland

The Maryland House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Saturday to a sweeping bill that would remove restrictions on when victims of child sexual abuse can file lawsuits. Maryland’s lawmakers previously extended the deadlines to file lawsuits from child sexual abuse up to age 38, but this bill would lift the statute of limitations entirely. It also would give anyone who was previously unable to file a lawsuit because of the statute of limitations a two-year window to file a lawsuit. (Balt. Sun)

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Trump bucks Congress, issues first veto to keep emergency declaration for border wall

Unbowed by a congressional rebuke, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday in a demonstration that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another term. Trump rejected an effort by Congress to block the emergency declaration he'd used to circumvent lawmakers as he tried to shake loose funds for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Balt. Sun)

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Delegates, senators to work out details on raising Maryland's minimum wage to $15

The details of a bill to gradually increase Maryland’s minimum wage from $10.10 per hour to $15 per hour will be worked out by a conference committee of delegates and senators. The House of Delegates on Friday refused to agree to the state Senate’s version of the “Fight for $15” bill, making the conference committee necessary. The House of Delegates approved a version of the bill that sets a schedule for all employers to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Senate OKs bill giving longer sentences in violent crimes against pregnant women

The Maryland Senate approved a bill Friday that would allow for longer sentences for defendants convicted of crimes of violence against a pregnant woman. Laura and Reid’s Law is named in honor of Laura Wallen, a Wilde Lake High School teacher who was 14 weeks pregnant at the time she was killed in 2017. Her boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, was charged in her death and was found dead of an apparent suicide in jail while awaiting trial. Wallen’s family said she had planned to name the child Reid. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland may raise smoking age to 21, limit vape marketing

Several bills in the Maryland General Assembly could raise the age to purchase tobacco and vape products from 18 to 21 as well as prohibit certain types of “vape” packaging that target minors. Usage of electronic nicotine delivery systems—known as vapes—has increased among high school students nationwide from over 11 percent in 2017 to nearly 21 percent in 2018, according to the United States Surgeon General. In addition to raising the legal age, House bill 1169—sponsored by Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s)—would change the definition of tobacco products to include vapor devices, parts and juices. (News Post)

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Baltimore County Council to vote on public campaign financing

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s first major legislation faces opposition from some County Council members who don’t like the idea of public campaign financing for local races, but it still could pass narrowly. The council will consider his bill today to create a system that could give county candidates access to public funds if it’s approved by voters in a referendum. The idea is to get big money out of politics — and if approved, the county would join a growing number of Maryland communities trying the concept. (Balt. Sun)

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Odds growing longer for Md. sports betting this legislative session

The prospects of Maryland entering the sports betting arena became a little more bleak after two key senators said such an effort would likely be put off another year. “Unfortunately what happened is the House put an amendment in the (Maryland) constitution, which says it has to be approved by voters — any expansion of gambling — and we have an attorney general that has opined that because of this language we’re probably going to have to wait until next year to change the language of the constitution,” said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (Daily Record)

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