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  • Wandering Eye: State lawmakers take on police misconduct, Oliver Sacks stares down death, and more

    Wandering Eye: State lawmakers take on police misconduct, Oliver Sacks stares down death, and more
    Heightened public concern over misconduct by law enforcers has spawned two bills in the Maryland General Assembly proposed by Baltimore City Hall that would crack down on law-breaking cops. House Bill 363 would prohibit a “law enforcement officer, while acting in the course of the officer's official duties, from committing a misdemeanor or felony that carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment of more than 1 year,” and a violator would be guilty of felony misconduct in office, with a maximum 10-year sentence to run consecutive to whatever term of confinement is imposed in the originating crime. It is scheduled for a hearing on March 12 before the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 384 would strip law enforcers convicted of a felony or misdemeanor carrying a maximum sentence of more than a year, or had such a conviction set aside, from the right they currently have to a hearing under the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, a law designed to protect officers accused of misconduct from overzealous punishment. Its hearing before the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled for March 10. (Van Smith)
  • Spector takes some heat from council colleagues for multimember council districts bill

    Spector takes some heat from council colleagues for multimember council districts bill
    City Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector (5th District) took some lip from colleagues Monday night after introducing a bill calling for a return to multimember council districts. The City Council was revamped a decade ago when "Question P" reduced the...

    Victims of a 'unique' Baltimore parking problem fight the law, and the law wins

    Victims of a 'unique' Baltimore parking problem fight the law, and the law wins
    Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (14th District) thinks it might take an act of Congress to adjust Baltimore’s parking laws. ┬áThis, anyway, was the impression left by an exchange between veteran city councilmembers during the Nov. 17 meeting. Clarke...

    Baltimore City legislators prepare for new Annapolis session with a slew of bills

    Baltimore City legislators prepare for new Annapolis session with a slew of bills
    Two Maryland state senators and two delegates representing Baltimore City have pre-filed a total of 15 bills for consideration in the upcoming 2015 Maryland General Assembly session. Covering issues from elder abuse and pharmacy regulations to the minimum...

    2015 Resolutions for Baltimore: Carol Ott

    2015 Resolutions for Baltimore: Carol Ott
    Because I made a resolution that 2015 will be the Year of the Neighborhoods, I’d like to ask the City Council and the mayor to join me by making their own resolution to commit the attention and money necessary toward the goal of affordable housing...