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8:17 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Privacy Bill For Cellphones and License Plate Use by Police

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Christopher Shank says government agencies can learn a great deal about people by just tracking their movements via their cellphones and license plates. He says Maryland needs stricter privacy protections to keep pace with new surveillance technology.

Shank, R-Washington, presented to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday two bills that would put new surveillance restrictions on the government. Parallel bills are pending in the House.

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10:56 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Hefty Penalty for Car Accident Involving Cell Use in MD

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure in Maryland would make it a misdemeanor to cause accidents resulting in serious injury, if the driver at fault was talking on a cell phone.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

It would create a penalty of up to three years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Under current law, supporters of the bill say crashes caused by cell phone distracted driving typically result only in a traffic violation.

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