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  • Human trafficking bill withdrawn in state Senate

    Human trafficking bill withdrawn in state Senate
    A controversial state Senate bill that would have increased penalties for "human trafficking" is dead. Sen. Justin Ready withdrew SB 904 just before a scheduled 1 p.m. hearing today. An aide in his office confirmed that the bill is withdrawn. It is after "crossover day," when Senate and House bills need to be aligned with each other for final passage, and because the companion House bill had not come out of committee, it made sense to withdraw the bill.
  • No grades for Baltimore restaurants after City Council bill fails to collect enough votes

    No grades for Baltimore restaurants after City Council bill fails to collect enough votes
    The City Council narrowly rejected a bill tonight that would have mandated the posting of health inspection grades in restaurants. The bill needed eight votes from the council, but it received only seven. Six members voted against, Councilman William...

    Wandering Eye: Snapchat is somehow worth $15 billion, Amazon offers one-hour delivery in Baltimore, and more

    Wandering Eye: Snapchat is somehow worth $15 billion, Amazon offers one-hour delivery in Baltimore, and more
    A bipartisan medical-marijuana bill is gaining steam in the U.S. Senate, offering not only the possibility of ending the federal ban but also the potential to clear the smoke for states that have been liberalizing their pot laws, the Washington Post...

    Unintended Consequences: How making sex trafficking a felony might hurt 'sex slaves'

    Unintended Consequences: How making sex trafficking a felony might hurt 'sex slaves'
    Susan L. Aumann, a Republican delegate from Baltimore County, looked stern as she testified on HB 241, a bill that will make it harder for kidnappers to keep people in sexual slavery (it has a companion bill in the Senate). “You have all seen...

    Wandering Eye: If the Dems consider Martin O'Malley, did the Terps get screwed?, and more

    Wandering Eye: If the Dems consider Martin O'Malley, did the Terps get screwed?, and more
    Many years after other states have them, Maryland is contemplating the creation of a State Public Information Act Compliance Board. As the A.P. reports, Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) sponsored the bill to update the Maryland Public Information...