Ocean City Today

Final 2017 session bills take effect

By Brian Gilliland | Sep 28, 2017

(Sept. 29, 2017) While the laws that passed the Maryland General Assembly enacted July 1 that could have an impact in the greater Ocean City and Worcester County areas could be categorized into subsections based on topic, the new slate of bills set to go into effect Oct. 1 defy such classification.

Five bills sponsored by State Sen. Jim Mathias are set to become law, including: SB917, which allows increased weight capacity for live chicken transports from Nov. 1 to April 30; SB989 allowing physicians to bypass certification by an accrediting organization; SB1033 expediting foreclosures on abandoned and vacant property; SB579 requiring the POW/MIA flag to be flown over state agencies wherever the U.S. flag is flown; and SB919, the Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act, which prohibits insurers, health service plans or HMOs from instituting a “fail first” or step protocol for cancer treatment drugs.

Del. Mary Beth Carozza was not the principal sponsor of any legislation to be enacted on Oct. 1.

Other bills of note include:

HB11 — prohibits the operator of a diesel-powered vehicle from emitting smoke, soot or emissions directly at another person or vehicle.

HB295 — victims of certain offenses involving operating a vessel while impaired by drugs or alcohol may now be eligible for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

HB1335 — moves dangling objects from a vehicle’s rear view mirror to a secondary offense, or something police can’t initiate a traffic stop for.

HB1456 — authorizes the driver of a vehicle to pass another that is making, or is about to make, a left turn by driving on the shoulder, so long as the passing vehicle does not leave the paved surface.

SB949 — allows people convicted of marijuana possession to file for an expungement of their record.

HB586 — establishes the Maryland Farms and Families Program by allowing certain food benefits to be used at farmer’s markets.

SB87 — grants voting rights on the Maryland Tourism Development Board to three non-voting members.

SB130 — prohibits foreign principals, including governments and political parties, individuals outside of the United States and businesses organized outside of the country, from making contributions to sway ballot issues.

SB882 — scales back the time campaign signs are allowed on public or privately owned polling places.

SB217 — clarifies that physical resistance on the part of the victim is not required to prove a sexual crime was committed.

SB1040 — shortens the length of time the Maryland Department of the Environment can take to review county water, sewer and solid waste management plans from 90 days to 60 days, and reduces the number of days the MDE can extend their review from 90 to 45 days.

HB669 — authorizes county boards of education to establish anonymous two-way tip lines for reporting problem behaviors.

HB1145 — prohibits a public school employer for taking, or refusing to take, personnel actions as a reprisal against employees that disclosed certain activities.

SB309 — establishes expectations related to offshore wind projects complying with the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program.

HB190 — alters contents of a notice sent by mammography centers in a screening results letter to discuss whether additional screening options may be appropriate.

SB497 — extends the time from one to two years before a video lottery licensee must notify the state of its intent to renew its license.

HB300 — video lottery winnings not claimed after 182 days are seized by the state and put to certain uses.

HB789 — alters the percentage of votes needed by members in good standing to amend the bylaws of a condominium organization to 60 percent.

SB809 — requiring either the governing body of a condominium or the developer to provide written notice no less than 30 days before the sale of any common element.

HB1386 — extends the Maryland Public Ethics Law to members and employees of Boards of License Commissioners or liquor control boards.

HB1402 — requires tax collectors to refund excess property taxes within 30 days after a ruling reducing a property’s assessment.

SB433 — authorizes parents or guardians to apply on behalf of a minor for the minor’s entry into certain alcohol and drug abuse programs.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.