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A new report finds that the number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56 percent in 2014. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Md. Bill Would Put Armed Police Officer in Every School

A former police officer turned Maryland lawmaker says it’s a matter of when, not if, a mass shooting happens in one of the state’s schools.

01/28/2015

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Va. State Senator Pushing for Marijuana Decriminalization

A Virginia state senator says it’s time to decriminalize marijuana.

01/22/2015

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D.C. Sends Pot Legalization Initiative to Congress

The D.C. Council has sent an initiative legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana to Congress for review, despite an attempt by Congress to block the nation’s capital from legalizing pot.

01/14/2015

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Baltimore City Council Approve Plastic Bag Ban, Body Camera Bills

The Baltimore City Council has gone from a bill to charge a fee for the use of plastic bags to an outright ban.

11/10/2014

Physicians are expressing concern that a 90-day grace period rule for health plans covered under the Affordable Care Act will allow insurance companies to deny payment to doctors.  (Getty Images)

Bill Would Require Background Checks for Md. Docs

Maryland doctors would undergo criminal background checks and be continuously monitored under legislation the state medical licensing board plans to propose next year.

11/07/2014

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House Passes ‘No Welfare For Weed’ Bill

The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.

09/17/2014

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Marijuana Decriminalized in D.C. For Now

A new law takes effect Thursday that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital.

07/16/2014

The VA says nearly 80 percent of its senior executives got performance bonuses last year, despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics. (Getty Images)

Senate Backs Bill to Improve Health Care for Vets

The Senate has approved a bill making it easier for veterans who’ve endured long wait times for VA medical care to receive treatment from local doctors instead. The measure closely resembles a bill approved Tuesday in the House. Lawmakers say they are optimistic a compromise version can soon be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.

06/11/2014

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Gov. O’Malley Signs Nearly 200 Bills Into Law

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed nearly 200 measures at his last bill signing ceremony as governor. Here’s a glance at some of them.

05/15/2014

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Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Medical Marijuana

The House and Senate have reached a final agreement on plans to make medical marijuana more widely available.

04/07/2014

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