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Endowments: a path toward tuition-free college in Maryland

By Senator William C. Smith, Jr. The Baltimore Sun Education, specifically higher education, is directly correlated to innumerable economic and social benefits: higher salaries, a more versatile and qualified workforce, healthier lifestyles and greater economic mobility to name a few. Access to higher education, however, has become more fleeting, especially for the poor. In 1971, Read more about Endowments: a path toward tuition-free college in Maryland[…]

Discriminatory housing practices are alive and well in Maryland

Senator William C. Smith, Jr. The Washington Post In Maryland, the majority of severely rent-burdened people are single mothers and overwhelmingly people of color. According to data from the American Community Survey analyzed by Enterprise Community Partners, almost 32 percent of the state’s renters are severely housing-cost-burdened, meaning they pay more than 50 percent of their income on Read more about Discriminatory housing practices are alive and well in Maryland[…]

Groups rally in Annapolis against Maryland Senate pretrial release bill

By Carrie Snurr Capital News Service About 100 people rallied on Tuesday, with the support of Maryland legislators, against a Senate bill they said would walk back a ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals regarding bail reform. The bill, which passed in the state Senate and is under consideration in the House of Delegates, Read more about Groups rally in Annapolis against Maryland Senate pretrial release bill[…]

Bill to limit discipline for young Md. students passes Senate

By Nick Iannelli WTOP WASHINGTON — Legislation that would limit how often young students in Maryland are suspended and expelled from school advanced through the state Senate Wednesday, and now it appears it will likely pass through the General Assembly. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 32 to 15 — a veto-proof Read more about Bill to limit discipline for young Md. students passes Senate[…]

Md. legislature takes action on key bills before ‘crossover’ deadline

By Josh Hicks The Washington Post Maryland’s House of Delegates on Monday passed legislation that would strictly limit the ability of local police to cooperate with federal immigration agents and bar pharmaceutical companies from drastically raising prices for essential drugs. The Democratic-controlled House also passed measures that prohibit housing discrimination against individuals who use public Read more about Md. legislature takes action on key bills before ‘crossover’ deadline[…]

Maryland Senate votes to make open alcohol container violations a civil offense

By Michael Dresser The Baltimore Sun The Maryland Senate passed legislation Friday that would make carrying an open container of an alcoholic beverage a civil offense rather than a misdemeanor. Under the legislation, which was approved 43-3, police would issue a citation rather than make an arrest in most cases. The bill will go to Read more about Maryland Senate votes to make open alcohol container violations a civil offense[…]