Bill establishes Md. police use of force requirements

By JACOB STEINBERGCapital News Service COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A bill in the Maryland General Assembly would revise police use of force requirements in the state — part of a growing initiative surrounding police reform nationally. Conversations surrounding police reform have intensified with the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, and […]

ICE detention centers could leave Maryland for good

By AUDREY DECKER Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland lawmakers heavily debated a bill concerning ICE detention centers on Wednesday, including testimony from a previous detainee who spoke about her experience in a Maryland center.   The Dignity Not Detention Act would prevent the state’s detention centers from renewing existing contracts with ICE or private […]

Maryland may ban plastic carryout bags at retail shops

By MADISON HUNT Capital News Service SILVER SPRING, Md. — A Maryland House committee on Friday voted to approve a bill prohibiting all retail establishments from distributing a plastic carryout bag at the point of sale.  HB314, the Plastic Bag Reduction Act, cross-filled with SB223 in the state Senate, would tackle the plastic pollution problem in […]

Bill could make Maryland police discipline records public

BY JACOB STEINBERGCapital News Service ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland legislators have introduced a bill that could allow public access to police officers’ disciplinary records. HB0120, the reintroduction of Anton’s Law, sponsored by Del. Gabriel Acevero, D-Montgomery and Del. Erek L. Barron, D-Prince George’s, aims to increase the transparency associated with police misconduct investigations, allowing the […]

Maryland bill would give students mental health days off

By TOM HINDLE Capital News Service COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A bill in the Maryland state Legislature would grant school students excused absences for mental health reasons.  Under the proposed law, students would be allowed to skip school once every quarter — without needing a doctor’s note.  Sponsored by Del. Alonzo Washington D-Prince George’s, the legislation […]