ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore's high violent crime rate is getting early attention in the state legislative session.
Sen. Mike Miller recently stepped down as Senate president. He told senators on Thursday that crime in Maryland's largest city must be addressed.
He says lawmakers are beginning their annual 90-day session “while Rome is burning.”
Baltimore had more than 300 homicides last year for the fifth straight year.
It was the city's most violent year ever on a per-capita basis. Gov. Larry Hogan has proposed a package of legislation aimed at fighting crime.