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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland attorney general's office says legislative action isn't necessary for the state to recall license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Assistant Attorney General Kathryn M. Rowe wrote an opinion addressed to Sen. Jamie Raskin and Del. David Moon that says there are no legal obstacles blocking a recall of the specialty tags.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's appointee to head the Maryland Higher Educamission hasn't been confirmed by a Senate panel, which has held its last scheduled meeting this legislative session.
 
Sen. Jamie Raskin said Monday that serious questions were raised about how Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera would fit in to the post.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don't believe in God from holding public office.

The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The New York Times first reported on the campaign.

The Supreme Court struck down such restrictions in 1961.

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The Maryland state legislature is moving toward upping the penalties for hazing on college campuses. A suspension and incident at a Salisbury University spurred lawmakers to act. Delmarva Public Radio's Kyle Bean prepared this report.

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The Maryland State Senate has given its blessing to increasing the penalties for hazing.

The measure by state senator Jamie Raskin would up the criminal penalty from $500 to $5-thousand with jail time capped at six months.

The legislation came as a result of hazing incident at Sigma Alpha Epsilon on the campus of Salisbury University.

Pledges were reportedly kept in a dark basement for many hours without food water or bathroom breaks while techno music was played at a loud volume.

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The Maryland General Assembly took up a proposal to increase the penalty for hazing after a hazing case involving a Salisbury University fraternity.

The measure by state senator Jamie Raskin would increase the penalty from $500 to $5-thousand with a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail.

Andrea Goodwin, director of student conduct at University of Maryland College Park, told a senate committee that having a crime like hazing could change Greek life.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police and prosecutor objections to this year's marijuana decriminalization bills apparently aren't getting far with the Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee.

In the bills' first hearing on Tuesday, committee members sparred with police chiefs who want to keep the drug illegal. Sen. Christopher Shank advised one chief to find a compromise - to decide what features a bill would need to avoid hindering law enforcement - because the drug war isn't working.