Lawmakers Expected To Pass Bill Allowing Rape Victims To Terminate Parental Rights of Assailants; Police Investigate Pellet Gun Assaults

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Bill allowing rape victims to terminate parental rights expected to clear state legislature 

Maryland Del. Kathleen Dumais at long last is about to see the passage of a proposal to allow rape victims to terminate the parental rights of their assailants. Dumais of Montgomery County has been offering the bill in the state legislature since 2007. Maryland is one of six states without laws enabling rape victims to terminate the parental rights  of the attached. The bill is expected to clear the House of Delegates on Wednesday. [Baltimore Sun] 

Police seek culprit in pellet gun assaults 

Montgomery County detectives are investigating two reports of people being hit by pellets from a pellet gun. Both cases happened Jan. 29 in the Briggs Chaney area. On Tuesday, police released surveillance video from one of the incidents and asked for the public's help identifying an individual who appears in the footage. The three people struck by pellets were not injured, according to authorities. [Montgomery County Police Department]

Parents of slain pregnant woman advocate for fetal homicide bill 

The family of a pregnant Olney woman killed last year is fighting for state legislation on fetal homicide. Laura Wallen, a Howard County teacher, was murdered 14 weeks into her pregnancy. Her off-and-on boyfriend was charged with her killing. Now, her parents are saying the accused man should also be charged with homicide for the death of the unborn child. Wallen's parents are now proposing a bill that would allow prosecutors to charge people with fetal homicide even when a pregnancy is in earlier stages. [WTOP]

Legislators propose education 'lockbox' for casino revenues

State lawmakers on Tuesday announced their plan to create an education "lockbox" for money generated by casino gambling. Since the expansion of casinos in Maryland, gambling proceeds have gone to schools in the state, but the overall education funding levels haven't exceeded legal requirements. Democrats in the Legislature now want a constitutional amendment that would require the gambling revenues to provide education funding above what's already required by law. [Baltimore Sun]

Sunny, chilly day in forecast

Wednesday is expected to be partly sunny with highs near 37 degrees. Clouds will roll in overnight, and temperatures will drop to the low 30s, according to the National Weather Service. 

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