Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

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Ghost Guns: Untraceable firearms in hands of hobbyists, felons and children(0)

by Nathan Baca/ABC7 | Monday, May 21st 2018 CLARKSBURG, Md. (ABC7) —  You can build a gun in your own home, using simple tools, with no serial number for police to trace it, and it’s all legal. Law enforcement veterans say they’re worried about the increasing numbers of untraceable firearms, also known as “ghost guns.” WHAT [...]

2018 Pretrial Summit Explores Alternatives to Pretrial Incarceration in Maryland(0)

By Thomas Wenz, Public Information Officer Nadine Maeser, Asst. Public Information Officer ANNAPOLIS – Every day, judges determine whether defendants, after being charged with criminal offenses, will be in the community or in detention pending their court date. Pretrial supervision services are an alternative for defendants who do not need to be detained, but would [...]

Maryland tops states in decline of prison population, report shows(0)

By Michael Dresser | The Baltimore Sun A worker walks through the South Wing at the Maryland House of Correction, which closed in 2007. staff photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor – 9/18/12 (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun) Maryland has surged to the front of a national trend of states reducing their prison populations, according to a [...]

Maryland passes bill to expand post-conviction relief(0)

Many bills remained in the balance as the minute hand ticked toward midnight on April 9, the last of Maryland’s 90-day legislative session. Among them was legislation addressing the rights of criminals to petition for post-conviction relief — a process of challenging a conviction in court. Until two years ago in Maryland, filing a petition [...]

Maryland Governor Signs Law to Expand Post-Conviction Relief for Individuals Who Accepted Guilty Pleas(0)

Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed Senate Bill 423, which clarifies that individuals who were convicted by way of a guilty plea, Alford plea or plea of nolo contendere (no contest) are entitled to petition the courts for post-conviction DNA testing or review on the basis of newly discovered non-DNA evidence. Democratic State Senator Bobby Zirkin [...]

Maryland legislature passes women’s rights bills(0)

By Courtney Columbus | AP April 10 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Fueled in part by the #MeToo movement, lawmakers in the Maryland General Assembly passed several bills related to women’s rights in this session. Some of the bills have been in the works for years. One bill strengthens how the statehouse handles sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers, and [...]

Maryland Moms Demand Action, Everytown Applaud Maryland Legislature for Passing Red Flag and Lifesaving Domestic Violence Legislation(0)

April 10, 2018 By Admin HB 1646 Would Close A Dangerous Loophole That Makes It Easy for Convicted Domestic Abusers to Access Guns HB 1302 Would Create a Red Flag Law That Empowers Family and Law Enforcement to Petition Courts to Temporarily Suspend a Person’s Access to Firearms If They Pose a Risk to Themselves [...]

Maryland General Assembly Passes Bills to Protect Reproductive Health, Dignity for Incarcerated Women(0)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2018 Diana Philip, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Dawn Stoltzfus, The Hatcher Group Maryland General Assembly Passes Bills to Protect Reproductive Health, Dignity for Incarcerated Women Legislation to ensure menstrual supplies, reproductive policies for women in correctional faciliites – the first of its kind in the nation – received bipartisan support (Annapolis, [...]

2018 End of Session letter(0)

The Maryland House of Delegates Kathleen M. Dumais 15th Legislative District Vice Chair, House Judiciary Committee 6 Bladen Street, Room 101 Annapolis, MD 21401 301-858-3052 April 11, 2018 Dear Citizen: The 438th Session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on January 10, 2018, the fourth and final session of this term. I continue to serve [...]

Sen. Zirkin Introduces Comprehensive Crime Bill(0)

by Peter Arnold | Mar 30, 2018 | Baltimore, Local, Local Politics, Maryland, News, Pikesville Sen. Zirkin Introduces Comprehensive Crime Bill Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin (D-11th): “The homicide figures, especially those from Baltimore, demand a significant response. We need to do something dramatic to stem this tide.” (Photo by Jim Burger) With less than [...]