Bills would create exemptions for teen ‘sexting’ in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Teens could be exempted from Maryland’s child pornography laws in certain cases if the General Assembly passes any one of four bills filed this session. Lawmakers want to decriminalize teen “sexting,” a practice that arose with the mass adoption of smartphones and that experts say is fairly common among teenagers. But legislators will have to do more than protect teenagers from prosecution under established laws written to protect them from adult predators.

Proposed rule could limit the number of bills senators can file

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Senate bills may become a hot commodity in Maryland if a rule proposed this week is enacted. The Senate Rules Committee is planning to meet Friday to consider limiting the number of bills any one senator can propose in the yearly 90-day session of the state’s General Assembly. The busiest senators have proposed more than 40 bills in past years. Sen. Michael Hough, R-Frederick and Carroll, wants to cut that to no more than 20.