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 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,
2016 HB 1178/SB 868 propose that all public school students, entering ninth grade, receive a vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV). (IV) REQUIRE THAT BEFORE A CHILD ENTERS NINTH GRADE, THE CHILD HAS RECEIVED THREE DOSES OF THE HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS VACCINE. Per the Center for Disease Control: “Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted
2016 SB 17, “Open Meetings Act – Retention of Minutes and Tape Recordings – Revision”, increases the length of time that a public body is required to retain minutes and tape recordings under the Open Meetings Act. (e) A public body shall keep a copy of the written minutes of each session and any tape