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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a bill to strengthen a state law addressing online bullying of children.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously Thursday. It now goes to the House.

Sen. Robert Zirkin, the bill sponsor, says the 2013 law hasn't kept pace with technology and needs updating.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a bill to allow parents with children who are minors to file for a mutual-consent divorce without being separated for one year.

The measure was approved 33-14 Thursday. The bill now goes to the House.

In 2015, the General Assembly changed the law to allow married couples without children to get a mutual-consent divorce, so couples wouldn't have to be separated for a year to file if they worked out a final separation agreement. Sen. Robert Zirkin's measure this year extends that to couples with children.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats will be announcing some gun-safety measures.

House and Senate Democrats have scheduled a noon news conference to talk about the package.

One measure would ban bump stocks. Those are devices that enable rapid-fire shooting similar to fully automatic weapons.

They were used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year that killed 58 people and wounded more than 800.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Attorney General's office is weighing in on a bill to hold fracking companies more responsible for personal injury and property damage.

Labeling the natural gas drilling technique as "ultrahazardous and abnormally dangerous" would impose strict liability on the drilling company, wrote Sandra Brantley, counsel to the General Assembly, in a letter sent Wednesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two bills that would decriminalize marijuana will get their first hearing Tuesday in a Senate committee.

A bill filed by Sen. Robert Zirkin would make it a civil offense to possess less than 10 grams worth of marijuana, punishable by a $100 fine but no longer attached to any criminal charge. The other bill, filed by Sen. Jamie Raskin, would make marijuana possession legal for people 21 or older.

Also this week, CASA de Maryland and the NAACP will have a rally concerning immigrant and civil rights issues.