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The Latest: House approves legislation to fight crime

Posted at 11:15 AM, Apr 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-08 23:28:44-04

The Maryland House of Delegates has passed measures aimed at fighting crime.

The House on Saturday carved up Senate legislation that had been criticized for creating several mandatory-minimum sentences and replaced it with two separate bills.

One bill strips most of the Senate's mandatory-minimum proposals but keeps a 10-year, mandatory-minimum sentence for a second conviction of committing a crime of violence with a gun.

The other measure creates a task force to study the state's gang laws.

The Senate still needs to approve the measures, which received bipartisan House support.

A spokeswoman for Gov Larry Hogan says the administration is encouraged by the outcome.