Tue March 24, 2015
Artificial Insemination-Insurance

Senate OKs artificial insemination bill for same-sex couples

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Female same-sex couples in Maryland would have the same health care benefits for artificial insemination as heterosexual couples, under a bill passed by the state Senate.

Senators passed the bill 37-10 on Tuesday.

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Tue March 24, 2015

State Sen. Jamie Raskin to run for Congress

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin says he is running for the congressional seat that will open when Rep. Chris Van Hollen runs for Senate.

Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat, said in an interview Tuesday that he will formally announce his run for the 8th Congressional District next month. He says he is now focusing on finishing up work in the Maryland General Assembly's session, which is scheduled to end April 13.

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Tue March 24, 2015
Medical Marijuana

Delaware lawmakers eye medical marijuana regulations

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House is set to vote on a bill updating regulations regarding Delaware's medical marijuana program.

The legislation to be voted on Tuesday defines the membership of a nine-member oversight committee that will evaluate and make recommendations regarding implementation of the program.

Under the bill, which passed the Senate earlier this year, two members of the committee will be medical professionals with experience in medical marijuana issues, and three will be individuals who have qualified to use medical marijuana.

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Tue March 24, 2015
Fracking Moratorium

Fracking moratorium bill fends off amendments, heads to vote

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill to place a three-year moratorium on fracking in Maryland survived eight amendments and is headed to a vote in the House of Delegates.

On Monday, the Protect Our Health and Communities Act dodged attempts by House Republicans to change the legislation and make it easier for fracking to start in western Maryland. Currently there is no fracking in Maryland.

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Tue March 24, 2015
Minimum Sentences

House passes bill to repeal mandatory minimum sentences

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill to repeal mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain drug-related charges has cleared the Maryland House of Delegates.

Supporters said the bill would give judges more freedom to determine an appropriate sentence for someone found guilty of certain drug charges. Delegates passed the measure 85-55.

Bill sponsor Del. Curtis Anderson, a Baltimore City Democrat, said the measure allows judges to consider drug treatment for a person, rather than having current law dictate how long they must sentence someone to time behind bars.

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