Democrats’ earned-leave bill heads to Maryland House

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act mandates that businesses with 15 or more employees provide paid sick leave and businesses with fewer than 15 provide unpaid sick leave. Employees can accrue a maximum of 56 hours of leave annually.

Local activists vow vigilance following Dulles protests

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries on January 27, many residents of Takoma Park and Silver Spring responded by hastily making a sign and driving to Dulles International Airport.

Md. senate resolves to fight Trump orders

Republican senators walked out of the Maryland Senate during debate over a resolution introduced by Democrats that would direct state Attorney General Brian Frosh to challenge federal actions that cause harm to Marylanders. Republicans tried to secure a special order to delay debate of the resolution to Friday; doing so would have likely pushed a final vote on the issue until Monday, unless the Senate decided to hold a session on Saturday, which at least one Republican Senator suggested.

Civil rights groups push legislation on police transparency

Maryland is one of the least transparent states regarding police misconduct complaints, civil rights advocates said in Annapolis this week. The American Civil Liberties Union and CASA of Maryland, as well as other civil rights groups on Wednesday announced support for legislation that would mandate transparency in police misconduct investigations in Maryland.

Sen. Smith sponsors bill banning early childhood suspensions

Students of color and students with disabilities in prekindergarten through second grade are disproportionately suspended at a higher rate than their peers, according to a state schools report. Sen. Will Smith, D-20, is sponsoring an early childhood suspension and expulsion prohibition bill, which will ban prekindergarten through second grade suspensions.