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20 April 2017, 08:40 | Melissa Porter
Credit Robert Lang Governor Larry Hogan signs the bill banning fracking in a ceremony last week
Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, had said he would veto the bill if it was passed in the General Assembly. That sends the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan. Democratic leaders needed to be seen as taking the issue seriously.
The House of Delegates was moving toward a vote on a resolution opposing federal budget cuts proposed by Trump to the Chesapeake Bay Program - and urging Hogan to publicly oppose cuts to cleaning up the nation's largest estuary.
In one of the first big state-level challenges to the administration's tougher line on illegal immigration, the original bill would have prevented police from inquiring about a person's immigration status during a stop or detention and blocked jail officials from holding people past their release dates so immigration agents could detain them.
The bill passed unanimously in both houses of the legislature.
Early in the session, Democrats approved a resolution to empower the attorney general to sue the federal government without the governor's permission.
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The General Assembly also moved ahead with legislation to battle rising deaths from opioid addiction, another area where the governor and lawmakers found bipartisan ground.
The House voted for a bill to prevent authorities from stopping or detaining people exclusively to ask about their immigration status, and the Senate is supporting that provision in a separate bill. All but a few GOP delegates supported the measure. That would be about 24 hours in elementary and middle schools.
Lawmakers gave final approval to the legislation Monday night.
The Maryland General Assembly has approved limits on school testing. "Did you hit? Did you fight back?' When the victim said no ... they said, 'OK, it's not rape under Maryland law, '" said Lisae Jordan, executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
The new law also forms a citizen's advisory board to offer recommendations to the legislature's ethics board regarding changes to public ethics law.
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