Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

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‘More than prayer vigils’: Urgency for gun legislation grows in Annapolis(0)

By Kate Ryan WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in Annapolis, Maryland, are debating bills designed to prevent gun violence. Consideration of the bills comes in the same week that a shooting inside a high school in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, left one victim hurt, another killed and the 17-year-old shooter dead. The issue is also getting attention [...]

If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Bill to repeal 20 percent rule gets cold greeting(0)

By: Steve Lash Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer ANNAPOLIS – Senate-passed legislation to permit doctors to spend more time testifying as experts in medical-malpractice cases received a chilly reception in a House committee Thursday. Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said the law limiting the percentage of a doctor’s professional [...]

Advocacy in Annapolis | Rape Survivor Family Protection Act(0)


Written by  Neal Earley The mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people last week has brought new attention to state bills on gun control and school security as legislators and citizens alike look for answers after a recent wave of horrific mass shootings. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas [...]

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 [...]