Hogan expected to sign Md. bill that re-defines rape

Faith Castro
April 20, 2017

OPPOSING TRUMP: Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly spent much of the 2017 legislative session opposing President Trump's agenda; taking progressive stances on education, health care and the environment; and trying to dent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's popularity ahead of the 2018 gubernatorial election, report Josh Hicks and Ovetta Wiggins for the Post.

He noted passage of an ethics reform bill he put forward, a measure that comes during a session that has been marked by corruption charges against lawmakers at the session's beginning and as recently as Friday.

"Today is a great day in our historic state capital".

Gov. Larry Hogan better enjoy the next nine months, because if past is prologue, next year's session will be hell, writes Michael Collins in a column for MarylandReporter.

The bill more carefully describes the definition of a conflict of interest. The House of Delegates passed a watered-down version of the bill, but the state Senate struggled to advance an even narrower bill that mainly clarified that local police can't ask about a person's immigration status if they're not under arrest.

"Certainly, we don't see Maryland values coming out of the U.S. Congress or coming out of the White House", said Del.

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House and Senate Democrats were divided on another issue related to Trump: immigration. Despite the Trump-related measures, Hogan pointed to some successful efforts at bipartisanship.

"We just stayed focused on 2017 instead of [20] 18 and on the people of Maryland rather than whatever fights are going on in Washington, because they didn't elect me to do that, they elected me to be here in Maryland and get things done", said Hogan.

Maryland also became the first state in the nation to enact legislation to compensate for possible future federal cuts to Planned Parenthood.

On another score, advocates for sexual assault victims are disappointed that the General Assembly has failed to advance a bill that would make it easier for rape victims to end the parental rights of their attacker when a child is conceived through rape.

The House of Delegates voted 87-53 to agree with changes made by the Senate in a bill that will affect hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. The House also sought to block corrections officials from holding arrestees in jail without a court order, simply because federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have sent a request to hold someone.

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