ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two bills that would decriminalize marijuana will get their first hearing Tuesday in a Senate committee.
A bill filed by Sen. Robert Zirkin would make it a civil offense to possess less than 10 grams worth of marijuana, punishable by a $100 fine but no longer attached to any criminal charge. The other bill, filed by Sen. Jamie Raskin, would make marijuana possession legal for people 21 or older.
Also this week, CASA de Maryland and the NAACP will have a rally concerning immigrant and civil rights issues.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has refused to discuss details about his health after a recent scare, but one of his doctors is now offering a few details about Biden's surgery in August.
The News Journal reports Dr. W.K. Alfred Yung from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center released a statement Friday saying Biden had a flawless surgery Aug. 20 to remove "a small lesion." Yung says he examined Biden again Nov. 11 and gave him "a clean bill of health."
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in Ocean City say calls for service increased last year, but arrests dropped.
WXDE-FM reports that the Ocean City Police Department's year-end report was released last week to the town's mayor and council.
The report shows that the department's total number of service calls was up 17.5 percent over 2012. Officials say that increase was due to significant increase in officer-initiated actions. The number of calls for service generated by citizen complaints decreased last year.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says Colorado and Washington state should be applauded for legalizing marijuana, but he wants to learn more about what happens in those states before supporting legalization in Maryland.
Brown, who is running for governor, talked about a variety of marijuana measures on Friday during a meeting with Baltimore lawmakers.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Netflix political drama series "House of Cards" is demanding millions of dollars more in tax credits from Maryland, or it will go elsewhere.
The Washington Post reports that California-based production company Media Rights Capital has pushed back its filming schedule for its third season to see if lawmakers boost credits for film and television projects enough.
Last year, lawmakers boosted the $7.5 million annual allocation to $25 million, but they're divided on whether to do that again.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new census of American agriculture shows that the number of farms in Delaware has declined over the past five years, while the value of crops and livestock they produce has increased.
A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that the number of farms in Delaware declined from 2,546 in 2007 to 2,457 in 2012.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will be hearing about a measure to limit commercial use of student data by cloud-computing service vendors.
The bill is scheduled for a hearing on Friday in the House Ways in Means Committee in Annapolis.
Supporters say most public schools in Maryland hire cloud-computing vendors that provide software and online services. Schools have entrusted them with large amounts of sensitive student data contained in emails, digital documents and school records.
Seaford School District residents will be going to the polls next week on February 27 to vote on a property tax increase to help pay for programs created by the federal Race to the Top program.
The district says the average property owner would see their tax go up by around a hundred dollars.
WBOC reports that Interim Superintendent Dr. Kevin Carson says the additional funds will assist in paying for increased staffing, Spanish immersion programs and the International Baccalaureate program.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote against a proposal to accept federal Medicaid funding.
A largely symbolic full floor vote is scheduled for Thursday. Republican leaders said they wanted to show they are united in opposition to a proposal by the Democratically controlled Senate to expand publicly funded health insurance coverage for low-income Virginians.
Democrats and a few Republican senators want Virginia to take the federal funds, saying the state's working poor need the extra help.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The president of the University of Maryland says more a computer security attack breached a database that contains personal information about more than 300,000 faculty, staff, students and others.
Wallace Loh said in a statement posted Wednesday on the university's website that the database contained records of those have been issued a university ID since 1998.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Attorney General Douglas Gansler is urging Maryland's top court to overturn its decision that arrestees have a right to counsel at initial bail hearings.
The Daily Record reports that Gansler argues in papers filed Tuesday with the Court of Appeals that the court was wrong to hold that the due-process provision in Maryland's constitution requires defendants to be provided counsel at this pre-trial stage.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract modification of up to $2 million due to technical problems with the state's health care exchange.
The board approved the emergency modification 3-0 Wednesday. However, Comptroller Peter Franchot criticized the procurement process. Franchot says more than $160 million in contracts should have come before the Board of Public Works for greater scrutiny, instead of a separate health exchange board.