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Monday, April 6, 2015

Bill In Maryland Would Help Block Prostitution Charges For Victims Of Human Trafficking

The bill from Montgomery County Sen. Susan Lee would allow those arrested for prostitution to ask a judge to have the charge thrown out if they can prove they were forced into it because they're a victim of human trafficking.

How Much Noise Is Too Much In Fairfax County?

In Fairfax County, Virginia, members of the Board of Supervisors are about to get an earful about noise. It's a reverberation from a court decision about six years ago.

Bowser Seeks To Strip Newly Independent D.C. Attorney General Of Some Power

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the city’s new attorney general — Karl Racine — are at odds over how much power the attorney general’s office should have.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner And The Iran Deal: Q&A With David Hawkings

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has become the 66th senator to announce public support for a bill that would give Congress more leverage in shaping the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. Roll Call columnist David Hawkings explains what it all means.

D.C. Landlords Will Soon Have To Provide Tenants With 'Bill Of Rights'

Starting in July, D.C. landlords will be required to give prospective renters a four-page "Tenant Bill of Rights" laying out the city's tenant-friendly laws and regulations.

Should Maryland Impose Statewide Regulations On Ride-Hailing Apps?

Some lawmakers in Maryland believe now is the time for the state to tackle regulations on ride-hailing apps like Uber before jurisdictions like Montgomery County go ahead and take action of their own.

PHOTOS: Touring Metro's New 7000-Series Railcars, Debuting Next Week

Prepare yourselves, Metro riders: the new 7000-series cars are debuting April 14, complete with the new railcar smell. Martin Di Caro gives us a photo/video tour.

Virginia Immigration Population Defies Stereotypes Amidst Debate On Deportation

While President Obama's plan to expand deferred action for undocumented immigrants has been held up in court for several months, experts have noted the economic contribution by Virginia's unusually diverse and education foreign-born population.

Alexandria To Take On Unprecedented Debt To Build Potomac Yard Metro Station

City leaders in Alexandria, Virginia, are pushing forward on a plan to finance a new Metro Station at Potomac Yard over the objections of some concerned with the unprecedented scale of the project.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Menendez Indictment Propels Maryland's Cardin To Leadership Post

Sometimes in politics, one person's loss is another person's gain. In this case, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin stands to inherent an important leadership post within the Democratic caucus.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Virginia 'Bans The Box,' Joining Movement Picking Up Steam In U.S.

Friday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered state agencies to remove questions about criminal histories from job applications. It's the latest in a movement that's been gaining traction nationwide.

Maryland Legislature Zeroes In On Powdered Alcohol

States across the country are racing to ban powdered alcohol, known as "palcohol," and Maryland is no different.

Wish Granted: U Street Will Shut Down For Funk Parade In May

D.C. will shut down U Street NW for the parade on May 2. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser made the announcement Friday morning.

New Virginia Law Creates Tax-Exempt Accounts For Care Of People With Disabilities

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the law he signed this week is modeled after the 529 college savings plan. It allows families to contribute up to $14,000 a year toward the savings account.

Bowser Commits Money For Modest Extension Of D.C. Streetcar Line

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is proposing that $335 million be spent over the next six years to extend the H Street streetcar line east to Ward 7 and west to Georgetown, but will not give a timeline for the project's completion.

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