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Maryland Senate Votes To Ban Smoking In Cars With Children

The Maryland Senate wants to prohibit drivers from smoking in cars if a child under the age of 8 is a passenger.


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Michael Hash Freed After Murder Conviction Tossed Out In Virginia

A Culpeper County Circuit Judge has ordered the release of a man whose life sentence for killing an elderly woman has been tossed out by a federal judge.


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Advocates Seek To End Practice Of Physically Restraining Students

Thousands of students, most of them disabled, are strapped down or physically restrained in school, and advocates hope that a new report will spur federal action to end it.


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Gov. O’Malley Opposes Legalizing Medical Marijuana In Maryland For Now

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration opposed Friday measures to legalize medical marijuana, citing concerns that state employees could face federal prosecution.


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DC Council Votes To Make Gay Divorce Easier In City

The D.C. Council has given final approval to a bill that would make it easier for gay and lesbian couples who marry in the nation’s capital to get divorced.


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Boogie On In Fairfax County For Now: Controversial Dance Floor Regulations Hearing Deferred

A decision on whether to tighten dance floor regulations in Fairfax County has been deferred to another day.


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Virginia Lawmakers Kill Bill To Curb Judges’ Discretion In Deferring Convictions

Legislation to restrict judges’ authority to defer convictions has died in the General Assembly.


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Virginia Abortion Ultrasound Mandate Heads For Governor’s Desk

The most emotionally charged bill of Virginia’s 2012 General Assembly mandating ultrasound exams for women seeking abortions has cleared its final legislative hurdle and is on its way to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s expected signature.


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Gay Marriage Opponents In Maryland Get OK On Petition Language

As Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley prepares to sign legislation legalizing gay marriage, opponents of the bill have cleared one of the first hurdles to asking voters to overturn the law.


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Md. Lawmakers Aim To Curb Requirement Of Public Defenders At Bail Hearings

Measures advanced Tuesday that would repeal a Maryland law requiring that poor defendants have a public defender present when district court commissioners are setting their bail.