Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 15, 2018) – Yesterday, the Maryland House passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones without a court order and prohibit police from sweeping up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Maryland, it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance…

Yesterday, the Maryland House passed a bill saying they’d legalize hemp as soon as the federal government (or other federal law)  “delegates authority over industrial hemp to the states.” They felt so strongly about this provision they included it two times one section of the bill: The Maryland Department  of Agriculture shall notify the Department…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 5, 2018) – Two bills filed in Maryland would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government insurance regulatory schemes. Sen. Thomas Middleton (D-28) introduced Senate Bill 531 (SB531), while Del. Ariana Kelly (D-16) introduced House Bill 718 (HB718). Both bills specify that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Jan. 26, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would significantly limit the impact of federal programs that militarize local police. Del. David Moon (D-Montgomery Co.), along with six Democrat cosponsors, introduced House Bill 240 (HB240). The legislation would prohibit police from procuring any of the following equipment from a federal military surplus program.…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 10, 2017) – Today, the Maryland House gave final approval to a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Introduced by Del. Karen Young (D-Frederick) and 18 bipartisan co-sponsors, House Bill 584…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 30, 2017) – Yesterday, the Maryland Senate unanimously passed a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Sen. Bryan W. Simonaire (R) introduced Senate Bill 572 (SB572), along with a bipartisan coalition…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 21, 2017) – Yesterday, the Maryland House unanimously passed a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Introduced by Del. Karen Young (D-Frederick) and 18 bipartisan co-sponsors, House Bill 584 (HB584) would…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (June 6, 2016) – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a bill into law that significantly reforms asset forfeiture laws. But an amendment approved during the process creates a loophole that could allow law enforcement to work with the feds to skirt the more stringent state law. Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. (D-Prince George’s County) sponsored House…