Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

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Court decision weakened law meant to keep guns from criminals(0)

By Andrea K. McDaniels Contact Reporter The Baltimore Sun The Maryland law that requires a background check when someone wants to sell or give a gun to another person was written to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. But a Maryland Court of Appeals decision more than a decade ago that loosened the [...]

Maryland ending parental rights of rapists who impregnate(0)

By Brian Witte | AP February 7 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — More than 10 years after supporters began pushing for it, Maryland’s legislature has decided — with unanimous votes in the Senate and House — to enable impregnated rape victims to ask judges to end the parental rights of their rapists. Supporters say it has become embarrassing that a state [...]

Maryland’s among a handful of states that allow rapists parental rights. That’s about to change(0)

By Doug Criss and Tony Marco, CNN (CNN) — Maryland lawmakers approved a bill that lets rape victims impregnated during an attack ask a judge to end their assailants’ parental rights. The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act unanimously passed both chambers of the General Assembly last week. It allows a victim to ask a court to terminate [...]

Measure Taking Away Rapists Parental Rights Heading to Hogan’s Desk(0)

By Bruce DePuyt A long-stalled measure to give victims of rape the ability to have the parental rights of their attackers terminated is heading to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan’s desk, and he is expected to promptly sign it, likely within days. The Senate approved the House version of the legislation, sponsored by Del. Kathleen M. [...]

Maryland Gov. Hogan will sign bill terminating rapists’ parental rights(0)

By Brooks DuBose Survivors of rape will soon be legally able to revoke the parental rights of their attackers in Maryland, thanks to a bill Gov. Larry Hogan said he would sign into law. The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act —  which grants rape victims the ability to terminate parental rights of their assailant if a [...]

Rape and rights(0)

Rape and rights | Baltimore Sun Editorial One of the most shameful moments in last year’s Maryland General Assembly’s session was the untimely death of legislation providing women the opportunity to ask a court to terminate the parenting rights of someone who fathered a child through rape. It was a last-minute, time-ran-out moment that suggested the [...]

Maryland’s move away from the devastation of bail(0)

By Kathleen Dumais, Toni Holness February 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM Kathleen Dumais, a Democrat from Montgomery County, is vice chair of the Maryland House Judiciary Committee. Toni Holness is public policy director for the ACLU of Maryland. No one should be jailed for being poor. Thankfully, Maryland is finally moving away from the financial [...]

‘#MeToo’ Movement Could Buoy Success for Maryland Bills(0)

By Sean Whooley ANNAPOLIS (February 01, 2018)—A bill that would end parental rights of rapists passed both houses of the Maryland General Assembly on Tuesday—among the most visible initiatives in Annapolis echoing a cultural shift in attitudes nationwide toward sexual assault and women’s rights.  This legislation is one of a handful of bills that focus on combating [...]

Gov. Hogan announces cancer diagnosis; bills of interest(0)

By Sean Whooley and Alex Mann | AP February 1 at 3:51 PM ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan announced in a news conference Thursday that he has developed a common and “not-serious” form of skin cancer, and will have a procedure to fully remove the cancerous spots from his forehead Saturday. Hogan’s dermatologist, Dr. Beth Diamond of Annapolis [...]

Following Senate vote, Maryland House approves bill allowing courts to revoke rapists’ parental rights(0)

By Scott Dance Contact Reporter | The Baltimore Sun A day after the Maryland Senate approved a bill allowing courts to terminate the parental rights of rapists, the House of Delegates followed suit Wednesday, giving final approval to identical legislation. After the unanimous vote, the chamber gave a standing ovation to Del. Kathleen Dumais, the Montgomery [...]