Maryland Legislative Watch was a great experience and I hope you got a lot out of it. This 2017 legislative session was the last one for the project. I thank every hard working volunteer over the years – it is hard work trying to take time to read both the words and meaning behind bills.
2017 HB 1285, sponsored by Delegate Stein, proposes that if a vehicle passenger isn’t wearing a seatbelt, that becomes a primary motor vehicle offense. In part, the bill’s purpose is: FOR the purpose of making the failure to wear a seat belt in a rear passenger seat of a motor vehicle a primary offense rather
2017 SB 928 and HB 1185 sponsored by Senator Madaleno and Delegate Anderson, respectively, propose cannabis sales and production, heavily regulated by the State. In addition to this, “legalization” bill, there is companion legislation for other cannabis taxation and regulation schemes. This bill is very long so following are some highlights. This bill proposes: Add a civil
2017 MD HB 600/SB 175, proposed by Delegate Kramer and Senator Manno, respectively, propose restrictions on private property where medical oxygen is in use. Among the proposed nanny state provisions: (A) AN INDIVIDUAL MAY NOT LIGHT OR SMOKE A CIGARETTE, CIGAR, PIPE, OR ANY OTHER MATTER OR SUBSTANCE THAT CONTAINS TOBACCO: (1) IN A ROOM
2017 HB 255, sponsored by Delegate Hettleman, alters State Article – Criminal Procedure 11–926. The two main additions are: The health care provider who tends to a victim of sexual assault will be required to provide: “WRITTEN INFORMATION DESCRIBING THE LAWS AND POLICIES GOVERNING THE TESTING, PRESERVATION, AND DISPOSAL OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION
2017 SB 119, sponsored by Senator Middleton, proposes eighteen pages of regulations for those who sell, “e-cigarettes” (to include electronic cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, pipes). Electronic cigarette shops are small, typically non-franchised businesses. This legislation would require, in part: Each county must develop licensing requirements for e-cigarette retailers Establish a state e-cigarette license for wholesalers,
The Legislative Watch’s database has been made available online for anyone to search. It now contains 2017 bills, with the 2016 data having been archived. Note that the “Votes” tab has no data as yet as the session doesn’t start until January 11, 2017.