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Legislators considering protection for lemonade stands

Plus: Push for police reform creates rift in Democratic caucus; Bill would charge companies for carbon pollution

Legislators considering protection for lemonade stands

Children in Maryland may soon be free to operate lemonade stands without restriction under a bill before the General Assembly.

In 2011, a group of kids set up a lemonade stand in front of the U.S. Open, which was being held in Bethesda that year. They were soon shut down and the grandfather of some of the kids, who had been helping with the stand, was later fined $500 by a county inspector for not having a permit. [Capital News Service]

Push for police reform creates rift in Democratic caucus

Maryland’s historic push to transform how police do their jobs and are disciplined has created a rift in the General Assembly’s Democratic caucus, with some members of the party’s left flank concerned the bills don’t go far enough.

Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-Silver Spring), chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, said the legislation delivers on three key points that advocates have long pushed for: citizen involvement in discipline, a single node of accountability and responsibility, and an assurance that police unions can’t develop their own disciplinary policies during the collective bargaining process. [Washington Post]

Bill would charge companies for carbon pollution

Maryland would charge fees on fossil fuels and high-emissions vehicles to reduce pollution within the state — and send the first $350 million annually to fund schools — under a bill the General Assembly is considering.

Sen. Ben Kramer (D-Derwood), the Senate sponsor of the bill, said it would directly target companies damaging the state’s environment. [Capital News Service]

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