Maryland lawmakers rush to pass bills, including a banned gun – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – In less than three weeks, the Maryland General Assembly will wrap up its legislative session, and lawmakers are furiously trying to pass any bills that still take precedence.

On the crime issue, lawmakers are still considering a bill that, if passed, would ban ghost guns.

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Ghost guns are untraceable guns that do not have a serial number. People can buy parts online without background checks then assemble them at home.

A bill named after official Keona Holley is also still being considered by lawmakers. The bill is called Officer Keona Holley’s Public Safety Act. If it passes, then people convicted of murder or attempted murder of a police officer, or conspiracy to kill an officer, will not be eligible for pardon.

blankOne resident told WJZ she wanted lawmakers to pass bills that would help reduce crime in the state.

Anne Booth said: “I think they need to reduce the sentence or maybe if it’s not a very serious offence, a lot of community service. “Something to try and make them sit up and take notice.”

On the issue of paid leave, there is a bill that provides up to 12 weeks of leave, for example for new parents or sick people. According to the Maryland Family Network website, only 17% of people in the United States have taken paid leave — and that can force people to choose between work and family.

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The Senate passed that bill and the House is currently considering it.

One man told WJZ: “Yes, they should get paid leave. “I have a wife who works 40 hours a week and sometimes overtime, sometimes they don’t even want to give her a break.”

And then there’s the issue of recreational marijuana legalization. Both the House and Senate are working through bills that will leave the final decision up to voters in November.

“I’m pretty neutral on that — purely for medical purposes, otherwise I’m pretty neutral, Michael Alexander said. “Drinking alcohol and marijuana are the same thing, if you do it in moderation and don’t have any problems with the law it’s fine.”

There is a signed invoice. It is now a law. It’s a 30-day gas tax holiday bill.

Maryland executive Peter Franchot is pushing to extend that 30-day holiday, but the final decision will be up to lawmakers.

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Another bill that won’t pass this session is the ability to sell alcohol in grocery stores. Maryland lawmakers rush to pass bills, including a banned gun – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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