Some of Maryland’s debt collection laws haven’t been updated since the Reagan administration. Lawmakers and consumer advocates are trying to update the law to protect low-income Marylanders from collection tactics like body attachments.
Jailing a person for an unpaid debt has been illegal for almost two centuries in the U.S. But in Maryland, hundreds of people every year are jailed essentially for just that.
More than six years in the making, the American Civil War Museum officially opened to the public last weekend in Richmond, Virginia.
Maryland officials have joined a host of congressmen in opposing the Trump administration’s plan to start underwater seismic testing along the Atlantic coast, operations that could lead to increased domestic production of oil and gas, but also could be harmful to marine animals.
There’s a persistent discrepancy among black mothers, whose mortality rate is far higher than that for the general population. Several factors, including racism, are behind that disparity, according to health experts. The Black Maternal Health Caucus was created to combat this long-standing yet recently-publicized issue.
In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott, a slave, was not an American citizen and therefore could not sue for his freedom in federal court. Now, the descendants of Scott and the justice behind that decision discussed what to do about Confederate statues.
Under a House bill, each new electric vehicle purchased would count for $3,000 regardless of battery size. It also would increase the maximum price of qualified electric vehicles from $60,000 to $63,000.
Despite having the eighth-worst record in the NBA, the Wizards still have an opportunity to make the playoffs, especially after beating the Magic, one of three teams they need to pass in order to get in.
Several bills in the Maryland General Assembly could raise the age to purchase tobacco and vape products from 18 to 21 as well as prohibit certain types of “vape” packaging that target minors.
Several bills progressing in the Maryland General Assembly would provide support for living organ or tissue donors, and educate high school students about becoming a donor.
But the organization tasked with operating the program opposes the proposal, because it would place a “substantial fiscal burden” on the Maryland Department of Health and would put “logistical burdens” on school systems.
A bill in the Maryland General Assembly would make it possible for people to show their licenses to cashiers and police officers using an app on their phones.
Robyn Remick’s resume includes work at ESPN and Disney; they may be big companies, but she says they taught her about customer service and imagination — two qualities she tries to bring to the Maryland Black Bears.
House Bill 30 would ban searches of consumer genetic databases such as 23andMe or ancestry.com, where suspected criminals could be identified through family members who’ve uploaded their data to the websites.
“We believe this is an important piece in making college more affordable for more students,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen said. “This is a small but important measure to help students who, for all practical purposes, do not have parents who can help them participate in paying for college.”
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