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Tiffany Alston, a Prince George's delegate to Maryland's General Assembly, sponsored a bill calling for special masters in Maryland to judge non-jailable traffic offenses.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is still pushing for the state's 6 percent sales tax to be transferred to the gas tax, even after the General Assembly voted against it.
The General Assembly looks set to pass a bill that would require kids to stay in school until they turn 18.
With time running short, a panel of Maryland lawmakers made progress on Saturday on proposals to raise income taxes for people who make more than $100,000.
A bill that prevents the use of sperm or eggs for assisted reproduction without prior permission after the donor dies has cleared the General Assembly.
The Virginia Senate has rejected legislation to give lawmakers the same raises that other state employees receive starting in 2016.
A series of bills in Virginia's General Assembly would stiffen the penalties for human trafficking and better educate people who work with children to spot potential victims.
Where you vote and who you can choose for Congress are still not decided as 2012 begins in Virginia. It could be decided by the General Assembly, or it could be the federal courts that decide.
Virginia's General Assembly already faces a big hurdle when they meet on Jan. 11.
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