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Effort To End Mandatory Minimum Sentences Gains Bipartisan Support

Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that is looking to give judges more discretion on sentencing.

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D.C. Not Moving Fast Enough To Add Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs, Advocates Say

Just 20 of 6,000 taxicabs in D.C. were wheelchair accessible last year, and advocates for the disabled say new regulations to add to that number just aren't fast enough.

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Fairfax Sheriff Criticized For Taser Policy, Lack Of Transparency

The Taser policy at the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is not in line with international standards, critics say, because it does not address how people with mental illness should be treated.

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Andy Harris Says D.C. Has Lost Its Fight For Marijuana Legalization

The D.C. Council scrapped its planned hearing into taxing weed earlier this week and downgraded the meeting to a roundtable.
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Maryland Roads Are No Place For Horse Meat, Delegate Says

Del. Jeff Waldstreicher says carcasses of dead horses are being transported on Maryland roads bound for slaughterhouses in both Canada and Mexico, and he wants to stop it.

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Maryland Chief Judge Gives Rare 'State Of The Judiciary' Speech

While she didn't outline many legislative priorities or proposals, Barbera did ask for continued help from the General Assembly in updating technology used by courts. She says paper is still the predominant way records are kept and services are dispensed.
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Fairfax County Sheriff Reverses Decision to Withhold Taser Policy

The sheriff's office initially refused to release a document to WAMU 88.5 that outlined a Taser use policy, but the county now has decided to make it public.

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Virginia May Soon Expand Medical Marijuana Laws

The Virginia House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to legislation that would allow the use of certain oils derived from marijuana for medical purposes.

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Fairfax Sheriff Declines To Offer Basic Information On Taser Death Of Inmate

A 37-year-old woman died in Fairfax County jail after being tasered, but details have not been forthcoming on the incident.

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Ban On Puppy Mills Expected To Pass Easily In Montgomery County

Those looking to pick up a puppy in Montgomery County in the near future will get their pick of shelter dogs, as lawmakers formally ban buying from "puppy mills."

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