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  • New Md. laws include ban on arsenic in chicken feed

    New Md. laws include ban on arsenic in chicken feed
    As of New Year's Day, arsenic is officially off the menu for Maryland chickens. The nation's first statewide ban on the use of additives in chicken feed containing the toxic metal is among a dozen new state laws that take effect Jan. 1. The new civil...
  • Gov. O'Malley supports life for murderers, not the unborn

    Gov. O'Malley supports life for murderers, not the unborn
    The Maryland legislature recently voted to abolish capital punishment in the state, making Maryland the sixth state in the last six years to eliminate the death penalty. The primary argument for repealing the law is that our justice system is...
  • Tougher cellphone ban nears approval

    Tougher cellphone ban nears approval
    Motorists in Maryland could be pulled over and ticketed for driving while talking on hand-held phones even if they weren't breaking another law under legislation that is poised for final passage in the General Assembly. The Senate voted 40-6 Monday to...
  • Bill banning smoking in cars with kids survives

     A bill that would ban smoking in vehicles occupied by children under 8 survived an attempt to love it to death on the Senate floor Friday morning as proponents managed to reverse the vote on an amendment that probably would have doomed the legislation....
  • Senate defeats bill allowing gas utility surcharge

    A bill that would have let gas utilities seek a surchage of up to $2 a month on customers' bill was shot down -- for a second time --  Wednesday by a bipartisan coalition of senators who contended the measure would let monopolies charge ratepayers up...
  • Senators wrestle with death penalty vote

    Senators wrestle with death penalty vote
    State Sen. Allan Kittleman is torn. When lobbied by the ACLU and the NAACP to repeal Maryland's death penalty, Kittleman asks how he can ensure the most heinous murderers will never kill again. When approached by fellow senators or state's attorneys...
  • Narrow majority of Md. senators oppose repeal of death penalty, survey reveals

    Gov. Martin O'Malley's push to end the death penalty in Maryland would probably fall short if a legislative vote were held today, even though the governor insisted yesterday that the repeal effort "has a real shot this year." A Baltimore Sun survey of...
  • Senate set for a divisive debate today on the death penalty

    Maryland senators are bracing for a divisive debate this morning on capital punishment, with two influential state leaders pulling lawmakers in opposite directions. A staunch death penalty supporter, Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller has vowed not...
  • Senators turn away repeal of death penalty in Md.

    Baltimore County senators rebuffed an effort to abolish Maryland's death penalty yesterday, persuading lawmakers instead to restrict when capital punishment can be used. The Senate's first full debate on the death penalty in more than three decades was...
  • Senate OKs limits on use of death penalty

    Senate OKs limits on use of death penalty
    Maryland senators advanced a plan yesterday to make the state's capital punishment statute one of the most limited in the nation. Although the proposal is far short of the full repeal sought by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the governor said it might be the best...
  • Final vote near in Senate to allow speed-trap cameras

    The Maryland Senate moved one step closer yesterday to allowing automated radar cameras to snare drivers speeding through residential neighborhoods and school zones, brushing back several attempts to weaken the legislation. A final vote could come as...