Final vote on ban expected Monday. Also in Annapolis, a fight brewing over how to rate school success and a ban on guns on public college campuses.
Lawmakers are poised to cave to teachers unions and gut education standards.
The Legislative Black Caucus calls for no action on the bills, which would mean the recent Court of Appeals rule change greatly reducing the use of bail remains in place.
Money added back for schools, poor districts and Prince George’s hospital, but cut for private-school scholarships.
Lawmakers will debate legalizing recreational use of marijuana, but approval is unlikely. Other bills would modify the state’s delayed medical cannabis program.
A bitterly divided legislature voted along party lines to expand Attorney General Brian Frosh’s ability to challenge the federal government.
A proposal by two Montgomery County lawmakers would require public schools to teach affirmative consent in seventh and 10th grades.
Several Democrats say they want the state to follow a handful of others where voters have legalized pot.
Move comes after Montgomery County, Baltimore weigh proposals for a $15 minimum wage.
Gov. Larry Hogan and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. show signs of collaboration; House Speaker Michael E. Busch says he will focus on Democratic goals.