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Norton Introduces Bill That Would Eliminate Congressional Approval Of D.C. Budget

With Republicans now in charge at the Capitol, you wouldn't think Norton would be optimistic about the chances of passing budget autonomy. But the D.C. representative sees a silver lining in this newly divided government.
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Maryland Gets A Lesson In Marijuana Legalization From Colorado And Washington State

Supporters of legalizing marijuana in Maryland got a boost Friday from officials in the first two U.S. states where voters chose to legalize the drug.
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Battle Over 'Pop-Ups' and 'Pop-Backs' Exposes Fault Lines Over Housing in D.C.

As D.C.'s housing demand rises, developers are getting creative in carving more space out of existing homes. But not everyone is happy about that.

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Concerns About Digital Snooping Spur Bipartisan Legislative Push In Va.

Former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the ACLU are supporting legislation that would limit the ability of law-enforcement and regulatory agencies to collect information and build databases without a warrant.

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Animal Abusers Would Shoulder Costs Of Care Under Maryland Bill

A Democratic delegate from Montgomery County wants to shift the costs of caring for abused or neglected animals from the state to the abusers themselves.

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College Presidents' Papers Should Be More Open To Public, Va. Lawmakers Say

Bipartisan legislation in Virginia would spike an exemption for top college officials under the commonwealth's Freedom of Information Act.

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Maryland's E-Cigarette Ban For Minors Could Expand Under Senator's Bill

The state banned e-cigarette sales to minors three years ago, but the law left some unfinished business, one Democrat says.

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Citizens United Decision Turns 5, And Some Md. Lawmakers Hope It Doesn't See Another Year

On the fifth anniversary of the landmark "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling, some Maryland lawmakers are pushing the state to become the fourth in the U.S. to call for a constitutional convention in hopes of reversing the decision.
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Montgomery County Officials Explain Silence On 'Free Range Parenting' Story

The story of a Silver Spring family caused a stir earlier this month when it was reported that the parents were being investigated by Child Protective Services for letting their children walk to the park.  One county official explains their lack of response.

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Plan To Limit License Plate Tracking In Virginia Gets Bipartisan Support

Technology allows Virginia police officers to scan the license plates of passing drivers, but lawmakers want to limit how long they're allowed to hold onto that information.

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