Voting rights for ex-felons takes step forward in MD Senate

March 13, 2015

A bill is moving forward in Maryland's General Assembly that would restore an ex-felon's voting rights while he is on parole or probation. Read More...

'Second chance' bill moves ahead in Senate

March 11, 2015

The Senate moved Wednesday to give Marylanders convicted of some minor offenses an opportunity to have their criminal record shielded from public view. Read More...

House passes bill limiting police seizures of property

March 11, 2015

The House of Delegates ultimately passed a bill to change requirements for police property seizures, with fierce debate about whether the bill was helping "the small people" of Maryland, or handing drug dealers another tool in their belt. Read More...

Prince George's police officer dies after crashing cruiser

March 7, 2015

Police say 26-year-old Officer Brennan Rabain lost control of his car while he was trying to make a traffic stop around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The car ran off the road and crashed into a wooden fence. Read More...

Restrictions proposed to limit police ability to seize property

February 23, 2015

The chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee is sponsoring a bill that will prevent police officers from confiscating property without having proof that the owner was involved in drug law violations. Read More...

Bill would remove tax on seniors, disbaled

February 20, 2015

Gov. Larry Hogan has sent legislation to curb income taxes on the pensions of retired military, police, firefighters and first responders to the General Assembly. But some Carroll County legislators have supported legislation that would provide blanket tax relief to those 65 years and older, and the totally disabled. Read More...

Hogan appoints Pallozzi as head of MSP

February 17, 2015

The Maryland State Retirement System suffers from chronic underfunding—facing an actuarial shortfall for existing participants of $19.6 billion as of July 1, 2014. Fixing the shortfall will require decades of contributions' discipline even while major demographic impediments and a clear risk of economic downturns (during the next 25 years) loom. Read More...

State pension obligations threaten Hogan's fiscal plans

February 16, 2015

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday nominated William M. Pallozzi as the next superintendent of the Maryland State Police, tapping a 25-year veteran of the force who has risen through the ranks. Read More...

GA bill would regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol

February 13, 2015

Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City) and Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) introduced companion bills in the House and Senate aimed at taxing and regulating marijuana similarly to alcohol. Read More...

Hogan agrees state employees deserve a pay hike, but...

February 11, 2015

State employees and legislators protesting the lack of cost-of-living raises in next year's budget found an unusual supporter Tuesday — Gov. Larry Hogan, who provided no pay raises in his fiscal 2016 budget. Read More...

Officer Craig Chandler's funeral arrangements announced

January 14, 2015

Funeral arrangements for Baltimore Police officer Craig Chandler have been finalized, according to a release provided by a department spokesman. Read More...

Baltimore officer dies of injuries from November crash

January 11, 2015

Baltimore police officer Craig Chandler has died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash during a pursuit Nov. 23, the Police Department said Saturday evening. Read More...

Charles County Sheriff's Officer Dies Crash

December 22, 2014

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is saddened to announce the death of Patrolman First Class Jamel Clagett, 30, who died in a motor vehicle crash this morning on Route 218 in King George, VA. Read More...

Police officer is shot and killed in Florida

December 21, 2014

A police officer was shot and killed early Sunday in Tarpon Springs, the authorities said. The shooting occurred about 3 a.m., and a suspect was taken into custody, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Read More...

N.Y. officers slain in apparent retribution attack

December 21, 2014

A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an "assassination", hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men. Read More...

Baltimore officer shot on traffic stop

December 14, 2014

A city police officer was shot Sunday night during a traffic stop near Mondawmin Mall in west Baltimore. Police said the officer and his partner conducted the stop in the 2600 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway around 7:15 p.m. Read More...

Frosh wins endorsement of MD FOP

August 13, 2014

The Maryland Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed state Sen. Brian Frosh for attorney general. Read More...

Defendants get lawyers at bail hearings in Maryland

July 1, 2014

In the aftermath of an eight-year court battle, a major change in the way Maryland's justice system operates finally boiled down Tuesday to one simple question."Would you like to have a court-appointed attorney?" Read More...

Gansler says he supports Brown as nominee for governor

June 30, 2014

Days after Maryland's bitter Democratic primary ended, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Friday that he has no hesitation about supporting Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, his former rival and now the party's nominee for governor. Read More...

Anti-incumbent push by Montgomery labor unions comes up short

June 26, 2014

Angry about recession-era cuts and legislative setbacks, the unions representing Montgomery police, fire and non-uniformed employees tried to exact some payback from the County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett on Primary Day. Read More...

Brown takes 20 of 24 jurisdictions on road to landslide

June 25, 2014

Anthony G. Brown claimed victories in 20 of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions in the Democratic primary, but rivals Douglas F. Gansler and Heather R. Mizeur can each point to some small consolations. Read More...

Frederick deputies learn how to interact with disabled

February 11, 2014

Ethan Saylor's name was not on the curriculum. But it was clear his death was the reason two dozen Frederick County deputies were sitting in a classroom Tuesday, learning how best to interact with people with intellectual disabilities. Read More...

Brown calls marijuana laws 'costly, ineffective and biased'

February 10, 2014

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a leading Democratic candidate for governor, on Monday called the state's marijuana laws "costly, ineffective and racially biased" in a letter in which he outlined his reasons for supporting decriminalization of small amounts of the drug. Read More...

Brown likes Mizeur's pot decriminalization bill

February 10, 2014

Introducing a note of civility into an increasingly hard-hitting race for governor, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown wrote to one of his Democratic rivals expressing approval of her legislation to decriminalize possession of marijuana. Read More...

Mizeur's crime plan calls for shift from incarceration to prevention

February 5, 2014

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Heather R. Mizeur on Wednesday plans to release a far-reaching crime plan that calls for ending mandatory minimum prison sentences, replacing juvenile detention centers with community-based treatment programs and making it far easier for people with criminal convictions to shield them from future employers. Read More...

D.C. police get pay raise for first time in six years

February 4, 2014

Breaking a bitter six-year impasse between the District and the city police union that kept more than 3,500 sworn members from getting annual raises, an arbitrator has ruled in favor of the city granting a pay increase but rejecting the union's request that it be made fully retroactive. Read More...

Senator Seeks Answers On Medevac Helicopter Roll-Out

February 4, 2014

A key state senator has sent a letter to the Maryland State Police seeking details about the roll out of the new AW-139 medevac helicopters amid concerns over rising costs and delays. Read More...

Judge's ruling favors officers in Badger Guns suit

January 30, 2014

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Conen ruled Thursday in favor of two Milwaukee police officers in their lawsuit against former local gun dealers and their owners, clearing the way for a three-week trial in September. Read More...

Analyst disects Maryland budget

January 20, 2014

Picking apart Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed fiscal 2015 budget, the legislature's chief fiscal analyst told lawmakers Monday that the administration relied on "familiar budget balancing strategies" to make the numbers work. Read More...