Md. Senate preliminarily approves bill to remove privilege

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ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland senators on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a pair of bills that would allow their own words to be used against them in bribery trials.

Currently when state and local lawmakers speak during legislative sessions, the words they say are privileged, meaning they can't be used against them or admitted into court cases -- the same way communications between doctors and patients are privileged.

However, the two bills would amend Maryland's constitution to remove that privilege for lawmakers when it comes to lawsuits dealing with bribery.

The bills could come up for a final vote as soon as Friday. If passed by both chambers, the constitutional amendments would have to be approved by voters.

abrownfield@washingtonexaminer.com

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