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					MFRW LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
March 12, 2008
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HB 252

TOPIC – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE & PORNOGRAPHY
Child Protection from Predators Act – Eliminates “good time” credits to reduce prison term for offenders or child sexual offenders as defined in 11-701 Criminal Procedure Article including for pre- and post-sentencing time. (Appears to include offenses against 14 & 15 year-old victims.) Possession of Child Pornography – Bill Amended to remain a misdemeanor for a st 1 offense, but increase the penalty up to 5 nd yrs. and/or fine up to $2,500. 2 or add’l. conviction is a felony with penalty of up to 10 yrs. and/or fine up to $10,000. Companion bill to HB 436 Possession of Child Pornography changes classification of offenses to a felony; increases penalties to allow imprisonment from 2 to 5 years and/or fine of up to $10,000 for first offense. Subsequent offenses up to 10 years in prison and/or fine up to $20,000. Companion bill to HB 574 Jessica’s Law Part II – Truth in Sentencing including for pre- and post-sentencing time. Requiring registration by sexual offenders for convictions on or after October 1, 1995 for offenses committed before Oct. 1, 1995 where registration is now required. Companion Bill.

DATE
2-19-08

DETAILS - ACTIONS
Hearing –Judiciary 1 p.m. Delegate O’Donnell –lead sponsor. Has bi-partisan co-sponsors.

HB 436

2-25-08 2-19-08

2-28-08 2-29-08 3-5-08 2-19-08

Unfavorable Report adopted. Hearing –Judiciary 1 p.m. Del. McComas & Waldstreicher lead sponsors- add’l sponsors added. rd Passed 3 reading 136-0. Assigned to Judicial Proceedings. Hearing –Judicial Proceedings 1 p.m.; 2 East Miller Sen. Bldg Hearing – Judiciary Com. Del. McComas and bi-partisan sponsors. Unfavorable Report Adopted.

SB 414 HB 574

2-25-08

SB 75

3-05-08

HB 619

2-19-08

HB 761

2-25-08 2-28-08 2-29-08

Hearing –Judicial Proceedings 1 p.m.; 2 East Miller Sen. Bldg. Str. Jacobs lead sponsor. Hearing –Judiciary Com. Del. McDonough – lead sponsor. Has bi-partisan co-sponsors. Unfavorable Report Adopted. rd Passed 3 reading. Assigned to Judicial Proceedings.

SB 629

3-05-08

Hearing – Judicial Proceedings

BILL #
HB 187

TOPIC: TAXES
Repeal Computer Service Tax.

DATE
3-12-08

DETAILS - ACTIONS
Public Hearing W&M, Rm. 131 LHOB. – MFRW Supports this bill. Please call legislators. Hearing W&M, Rm. 131 LHOB. Hearing –W&M and Environmental Matters Com.

HB 250 HB 512

Extend the sales tax to tanning services. Increase State Property Tax $0.02 per $100 evaluation on real property and $0.05 on utility operating real property to

3-12-08 2-28-08

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establish the MD Affordable Housing Investment Fund. Companion bill.

SB 302

2-27-08

HB 614

Extend the sales tax to cosmetic procedures including teeth whitening; laser eye surgery; breast reduction or augmentation; rhinoplasty; face-lift; liposuction; gastric bypass surgery; laser hair removal, tattooing or body piercing.

3-12-08

Hearing – Ed., Health & Environmental Affairs Com. MFRW opposed all tax increases. Hearing – W&M 1p.m. Rm.131 LHOB. Some services were eliminated from the special session legislation. MFRW voted to oppose all tax increases this session.

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HB 884 HB 1102

TOPIC – VOTING
Requires voter provide proof of citizenship to register to vote. Requires the Clerk of the Circuit Court to notify Bd. of Elections of names that appeared on voter registration list provided for jury selection that were determined not to be citizens and authorizing the removal of these names from the voters list. HB 1288 would require a voter to show a Photo ID when voting and require the election judge to compare the information on the ID to the voter roll.

DATE
3-18-08 3-18-08

DETAILS - ACTIONS
Hearing 1p.m. W&M, Rm. 131 LHOB. Hearing – 1 p.m. W&M, Rm. 131 LHOB.

HB1288

3-18-08

Hearing 1 p.m. W&M, Rm. 131 LHOB.

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HB 76

TOPIC: ALCOHOL & DRUGS
Makes knowingly & willfully furnishing alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 a misdemeanor and increasing fines. Last year this bill passed the House 137-0 but never received a vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Companion bill amended to provide increased fines rather than criminal penalty. Revocation of Drivers license if convicted of distributing hard drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, crack and cocaine.

DATE
2-21-08 2-22-08

DETAILS - ACTIONS
Passed 3 Reading 136-0. Assigned to Judicial Proceedings Com.
nd rd

SB 166

3-11-08

HB 1130

3-12-08

Passed 2 reading in Senate. The MFRW supports HB 76 Reduce Underage Drinking. Hearing – Judiciary Com. 1 p.m. Room 101 - LHOB

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HB 351

TOPIC: MARRIAGE
HB 351 and companion bill SB 290 – Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act redefines “marriage” as between two individuals who are otherwise not prohibited from marrying. It removes the wording: “a man and a

DATE
2-28-08

DETAILS - ACTIONS
Hearing before Judiciary Com.

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woman.” The bill also states that an official of a religious institution or body authorized to solemnize marriages may not be required to solemnize marriages in violation of the right to free exercise of religion guaranteed by the US or MD Constitution. However, no such exemption is provided for judges, retired judges, clerks of courts, who perform civil marriage ceremonies. HB 351 has 40 sponsors. Companion bill. by Delegates Pendergrass, etal. Changes the term “marriage” to “civil marriage” but leaves it only valid between a “man and a woman”. Note all sponsors of HB 631 are also sponsors of HB 351 Changes “marriage” to “domestic partnership” and state that it is valid between any two individuals not otherwise prohibited from entering into a domestic partnership. Companion bill. Marriage Protection Act by Delegate Dwyer, etal –Constitutional Amendment stating: “Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Maryland. The uniting of two persons in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar relationship shall no be valid or recognized in Maryland.” Covenant Marriage - Authorizes a man and a woman to enter into a marriage that limits reasons for divorce and requires premarital counseling. It is designed to foster lasting marriages. Maryland’s Marriage Protection Act is a Constitutional Amendment sponsored by Senators Greenip, Colburn, Haines, Harris, Mooney, Munson, Simonaire and Stoltzfus, adds a new section to the State Constitution stating: (A) Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in this State; and (B) A Civil Union or relationship between individuals of the same sex, by whatever name or title, that confers the benefit of marriage is not valid in this State.” A Constitutional Amendment gives more protection because once approved by the voters it would require the voters to repeal it.

SB 290 HB 631

2-14-08 2-28-08

Hearing – Judicial Proceedings Hearing – Judiciary Com.

HB 848

2-28-08

Hearing -Judiciary Committee

2-14-08 2-28-08

Hearing-Judicial Proceedings Hearing – Judiciary Committee

SB 689 HB 1345

SB 168

2-14-08

Hearing – Judicial Proceedings

SB 169

2-14-08

Hearing Judicial Proceedings

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SB 93

TOPIC: IMMIGRANTS & DRIVERS DATE LICENSES
Require documentation of legal status for driver’s license; limits license to time of authorized stay. Must comply with Federal Real ID Act. Requires documentation of legal status for driver. Limits license to time of authorized stay for legal aliens. Anyone born after 12-1-64 must prove legal status. Limits license to time of authorized stay. Requires documentation of legal status for driver’s license for autos and mopeds; limits license to time of authorized stay. 2-26-08

DETAILS – ACTIONS
Hearing -Judicial Proceedings

SB 621

2-26-08

Hearing - Judicial Proceedings Hearing Judiciary – 1 pm. Rm 101, LHOB Hearing Env. Matters -1 pm Room 251, LHOB

HB 288

3-19-08

HB 1046

3-19-08

BILL#
SB 15 SB 40 SB 591

TOPIC: IN-STATE TUITION
Prohibits in-state tuition to all non-citizens – even legally-present persons. Prohibit in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants. Allows in-state tuition regardless of residency to person attending MD public or non public high schools for at least 2 yrs. & graduated or rec’d GED from MD schools. Must apply w/in 3 yrs of graduation. Must provide proof that person or parent paid MD income tax in yr prior to graduation; must agree to become permanent resident when eligible. Same as SB 591

DATE
2-21-08 2-21-08 2-21-08

DETAILS & ACTIONS
Hearing -Ed, Health & Environmental Affairs Hearing - Ed, Health & Environmental Affairs Hearing - Ed, Health & Environmental Affairs

HB 1236

3-04-08

Hearing -Ways-Means

BILL #
SB 84

TOPIC: PUBLIC BENEFITS
Prohibits State from providing public benefits to illegal aliens unless required under Federal law. Prohibits drivers licenses, instate tuition, grants, contracts, loans or professional or commercial licenses or provisions of public benefits. Prohibits State or local governments from providing Federal, state, or local public benefits to adults not lawfully present in the US with certain exceptions such as emergency medical care.

DATE
2-26-08

DETAILS & ACTIONS
Hearing -Ed, Health & Environmental Affairs

HB 604

3-04-08

Hearings -Appropriations

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