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July 27, 2006
July 27 1974 The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he had engaged in conduct to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
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May 23, 2014
Commentator Sidney Rocke laments that "Maryland Del. Joe Vallario rules the House Judiciary Committee with an iron fist" ("A dictator in the House?" May 5). After the murder of Stephanie Roper 32 years ago, Delegate Vallario stepped up and has been the lead sponsor of victims' rights legislation in the Maryland House of Delegates - first for the Stephanie Roper Committee Inc., and now for its successor, the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center. Listed on MCVRC's website under "Law and Policy" is a compilation of victims' rights laws in Maryland, most of which were sponsored by Mr. Vallario.
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February 29, 2000
Today's highlights: Senate meets, 10 a.m, Senate chamber. House of Delegates meets, 10 a.m., House chamber. Senate Finance Committee hearing on payday loans and check cashing fees, 1 p.m., Senate office building, Presidential Wing. House Judiciary Committee hearing on Department of Juvenile Justice reform, 1 p.m., House office building, Room 120.
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By Sidney Rocke | May 5, 2014
The recent passage of Maryland's Marijuana Decriminalization Bill was an act of rebellion. Not against society's norms, but against one man: House Judiciary Chairman Joseph Vallario. The bill easily passed the Senate and had overwhelming support from the Democratic Party. Yet Delegate Vallario, a Prince George's Democrat, essentially killed it by amending the bill to merely set up a task force to study the issue for the next two years. The original bill was resurrected and passed with minor amendments after a rebellion from a coalition ranging from the Black Caucus to conservative Libertarians, outraged at the sheer wastefulness of criminal prosecution for minor marijuana violations.
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By DAN BERGER | December 11, 1998
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have impeached the Constitution.It does seem a shame that a candidate for mayor of Bawlmer must live here when most Bawlmerns don't.Bill is flying off to Gaza and Masada where a stab in the back is the least of his worries.No matter how broke poor old Bawlmer gets, there will be people who contrive to make money off it.Pub Date: 12/11/98
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By Baltimore Sun staff | April 5, 2014
Here are some of the things expected to happen as the General Assembly goes into one of the body's busiest days of the session. TOP NEWS: • Marijuana : The House will debate marijuana decriminalization, and it's likely that lawmakers could have a deal by the end of the day. This morning, the House Judiciary Committee approved amendments to the marijuana bill that restored decriminalization.  PRELIMINARY APPROVALS IN THE HOUSE: ...
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
The House of Delegates is poised to vote Saturday afternoon on whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, a significant milestone in a long fight to treat the drug as no worse than a minor traffic offense. A key committee that killed similar plans in the past instead voted 13-8 Saturday morning to deal that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana civil offense with no jail time.  For advocates who have long pressed to stop filling courthouses and jails with minor drug offenders, Saturday morning's vote signals their best hope yet to join more than a dozen other states in decriminalizing possession of pot.  The bargain struck Saturday morning averts what would have otherwise been a prolonged fight on the floor of the House of Delegates, as the Legislative Black Caucus and another Democrats vowed to push the issue before the entire chamber.  The deal paves the way for a bill to reach Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk before the legislative session ends Monday night.
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By Michael Dresser | April 2, 2014
Holding out against rising public sentiment in favor of less stringent marijuana laws, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to reject a move to treat possession of small amounts of the drug as a civil offense. Instead, the committee amended the Senate-passed decriminalization bill to turn it into a measure setting up a task force to study possible changes in marijuana laws. The move effectively ends efforts in Maryland this year to liberalize laws on recreational use of marijuana.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
The Senate voted 37-9 Monday night for a sweeping overhaul of Maryland's system for deciding who is held and who is released after an arrest. The legislation now goes to the House, where lawmakers have been struggling to reach consensus on their own version of a plan to respond to a Court of Appeals decision requiring that people who are arrested be represented by a lawyer at all steps of the bail review process. Previously, representation was not required for initial hearings before a bail commissioner.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Victims of domestic violence would enjoy stronger legal protections under legislation passed Thursday by the House of Delegates. House members voted overwhelmingly for a trio of bills proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley that would make it easier for a domestic violence victim to get a protective order from a court, expand the circumstances under which such orders could be issued and impose an extra penalty of up to five years for domestic violence in...
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By Michael Dresser | February 26, 2014
Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr., convicted twice of alcohol-related offenses in the last two years, will present a bill to a House committee Wednesday that would require mandatory minimum sentences similar to the one he is serving for officials convicted of drunk driving. Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican, was sentenced last October to spend 30 weekends in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center after he was convicted of drunk driving. Earlier he had been convicted of drunken boating after a 2012 crash that left six people injured.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Allegations that a cabal of Black Guerrilla Family gang members effectively took over the Baltimore City Detention Center have prompted a rare out-of-session legislative hearing on the state's prison system. The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a May 8 public inquiry into the matter, according to committee members and staff.  The House Appropriations Committee, which oversees funding for the prison system, has been invited to attend the 1 p.m. meeting.  A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday alleged the BGF gang, under the leadership of inmate Tavon White, established a lucrative smuggling operation that involved corrupt female corrections officers.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping gun bill that has stalled in the House of Delegates will get a key committee vote on Friday, delegates said. The Maryland Senate in February moved swiftly on legislation that would ban the sale of assault-style rifles, limit magazines to 10 bullets, tighten rules on when people with mental illnesses can buy guns and require handgun buyers to give fingerprints and get a license. The bill has stalled without a vote in the House Judiciary Committee for nearly a month as delegates consider whether to scale back the proposal to put fewer restrictions on current gun owners and whether exempt some of the weapons O'Malley would like to ban.  Committee Chairman Joseph Vallario, a Prince George's County Democrat, said he expects a vote Friday.
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