ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is urging lawmakers to find a way to ease or stop the impact of a court ruling that requires poor defendants in criminal cases to have a lawyer at an initial bail review hearing.
Miller told senators during session Thursday that the 2012 ruling by the Court of Appeals is "a problem crying out for a solution."
Maryland now provides about $10 million in the state budget to help pay lawyers.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Lawmakers say a controversial bill that would give certain terminally ill people the ability to end their lives with a prescription drug needs more study.
The Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer Death With Dignity Act is likely headed for a summer work group.
Del. Shane Pendergrass, D-Howard, who proposed the legislation in the House, said she was not surprised at the public reaction — which included hours of emotional testimony — but said she had not known whether the bill would make it through the session.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has released a supplemental budget that includes money for some tax-relief plans he is supporting.
The plan made public Thursday includes $5.2 million to provide tax relief on military pensions and relief for first responders. It also includes $7.4 million for personal property tax relief that would eliminate the tax for businesses that have less than $10,000 in personal property.