ANNAPOLIS — “Hodgepodge” is not a term one generally wants to hear associated with a state’s penal code, but it’s how a veteran member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has come to describe it.

Sen. Michael Hough (R-Frederick & Carroll) is again calling for a complete review of the state’s sentencing system. Each session, lawmakers bring bills to Judicial Proceedings — on which he has served since 2015 — asking to modify the classifications or sentence for an offense. In at least a handful of cases each year, what’s on the books doesn’t make sense, Hough said.

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Samantha Hogan is the state house, environment, agriculture and energy reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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