Hogan signs “Noah’s Law” after man pleads guilty in officer’s drunk-driving death

On Wednesday, May 18, a man pled guilty to a felony charge stemming from a drunken driving incident that resulted in the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta. One day later, Governor Larry Hogan signed the anti-DUI bill that bears the officer’s name into Maryland law.


Undocumented immigrants negotiating broken system

WASHINGTON--Yves Gomes was not born in the United States, but has known no other country.

A 23-year-old Montgomery County resident, Gomes is one of millions of undocumented people in the United States who could potentially be affected by the United State Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. United States.

Gomes, who has been in the U.S. since he was an infant, faces deportation if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn President Obama’s executive action on immigration.


Big Brother following you on your phone

Investigation shows the extent to which police in state are using "Cell Phone Simulators"

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BALTIMORE -- Police were waiting for Deon Batty when he stepped off a Baltimore City bus traveling along a commercial strip near the public Douglass Homes on Valentine’s Day three years ago.


When authorities asked Batty to empty his pockets, he pulled out a cell phone and handed it over. 


An officer dialed the number of a 77-year-old woman who had been robbed of her phone and other items at gunpoint the night before. The phone in the officer’s hand rang.


The seamless chain of events baffled Batty’s public defender, Janine Meckler. How did police know he was on that particular bus? Why had they stopped him without a warrant? How did they know he had the woman’s phone?


Van Hollen, Szeliga win Senate primaries

Van Hollen holding hands picAt another earlier event, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) joins hands with County Exec. Ike Leggett and Montgomery County Council members Nancy Floreen and George Leventhal. FILE PHOTO. 

BETHESDA – Carrying Montgomery County by 56 percentage points, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8) won the Democratic primary for Senate Tuesday night, defeating Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4) and eight other Democrats with 53 percent of the statewide.

On the same night, state Del. Kathy Szeliga (R-7) won the Republican nomination with a plurality by topping 13 other GOP contenders, earning 36 percent of the statewide vote.


“Still On The Job”

Parents of slain officer cheer as legislature passes “Noah’s Law” in closing moments


ANNAPOLIS -- It took until the last hour of the 2016 regular session, but the Maryland General Assembly passed Noah's Law Monday night, "the strongest drunk driving ignition interlock bill in the entire country," according to state Del. Ben Kramer (D-15).

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he plans to sign the bill into law.


"Noah’s Law" heads to conference

ANNAPOLIS – Noah’s Law is bound for conference committee.

On Monday, the state Senate passed a version of the bill to cut down on drunken driving that is different than its counterpart passed by the House of Delegates earlier this month.

Members of the state legislature will have less than two weeks to pass identical versions of the bill through the House and Senate before the General Assembly adjourns April 11.


State battles over "Noah's law"


ANNAPOLIS – The House of Delegates and state Senate will need to reconcile two substantial differences and other minor ones in order to pass the Drunk Driving Reduction Act more commonly known as Noah's Law this year.


Public notice legislation heard in Senate

MDDC leads charge to keep local governments accountable by printing public notices 


ANNAPOLIS – For the second week in a row, state legislators considered two bills that would allow county governments to serve as their own watchdogs when it comes to publishing public notices.