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Senate and House committees amend their bills during voting sessions Tuesday.

Council of State Governments’ Justice Center presented recommendations to deter overall crime.

Children in Need of Supervision process overseen by Maryland Department of Juvenile Services will be reviewed by legislature.

The legislation sponsored by Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher moves to the House of Delegates.

Opponents claim independent investigations division receiving prosecutorial power takes away local authority from prosecutors.

They support bill that would allow victims of child sexual abuse to sue at any time.

Brown’s letter says it’s unclear how Supreme Court would decide a case after claims expire.

Legislation aims to lessen possibility of mass shootings.

Advocates optimistic legislation will pass due to support from Sen. William Smith Jr., chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee.