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Compromises fail on several high-profile Md. bills

Wednesday - 4/9/2014, 12:50pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Lawmakers' plans to allow shielding of certain criminal records and reform Maryland's bail system were lost in the shuffle of the legislative session's final days.

At least a few measures that pass both chambers generally die when the House and Senate disagree on details. That was also the fate of this year's effort to increase tax credits for film projects to at least $11 million annually.

The shielding bill would have allowed certain nonviolent misdemeanor records to be blocked from public access. The House voted to remove these records from the state's online database, but wouldn't agree to make them inaccessible at court houses, as the Senate wanted.

Measures to legalize marijuana, raise speed limits, heighten penalties for hazing and require employers to provide sick leave also failed this year.

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