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10.1.22 – WBAL – BALTIMORE

A number of new Maryland state laws go into effect Saturday, Oct. 1.

Take a look at the following laws below.

Maryland state laws effective October 1:

Sb053 — Youth Interrogation Act

Hb609 — Removal of health officers

Sb005 — Tuskegee Airman Day

Hb900 — Death certificates waived first responders killed in the line of duty

SB 369 — Income Tax – Maryland Earned Income Tax Credit Assistance Program for Low-Income Families

Sb218 — Vehicle Laws – Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards – Temporary Renewal

HB 581 — Public Safety – Fire, Rescue, or Emergency Medical Services Entities – Peer Support Programs

HB 1433 — State Highways – Designations – Piscataway Highway

Sb 151 — Hate Crimes – False Statement to a Law Enforcement Officer

HB 73 — Baltimore City – Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School Programs – Funding

Hb254 — State Highway Administration – Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities – Infrastructure Review (Vision Zero Implementation Act of 2022)

HB83 — Prohibiting a person under the age of 17 from marrying

HB22 — Prohibiting a veterinary practitioner from performing certain declawing procedures on a cat unless the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose

SB38 — Requiring certain State or local fire and rescue entities to reimburse individuals who take possession of dogs formerly used in fire and rescue work under a written agreement for reasonable and necessary veterinary treatment not to exceed $2,500 per year;

HB1248 — Requiring the State Department of Human Services to implement policies requiring a local department of social services or the appropriate law enforcement agency that fails to conduct a child abuse or neglect investigation or complete a certain report within certain statutory time frames to report the delay and the reason for the delay in a certain manner

HB1150 — Authorizing certain highway maintenance and service equipment and vehicles, while in use for snow removal or the protection of highway maintenance workers, to be equipped with and display green flashing lights simultaneously with yellow or amber flashing lights.

HB52 — person from purchasing, selling, offering for sale, or possessing with the intent to sell parts or products of certain animal species under certain circumstances,

SB176 — Requiring a person transporting a child under the age of 2 years in a motor vehicle to secure the child in a rear-facing child safety seat that complies with applicable federal regulations until the child reaches the manufacturer’s weight or height limit for the child safety seat;

HB692 — Prohibiting the State’s Attorney in Carroll County from engaging in the private practice of law.

HB186 — Authorizing a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for up to $100,000 of income received during a taxable year by an individual who is at least 100 years old; and applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2021.

SB633 — Making alterations to the 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System in the State; altering the classification of 9-1-1 specialists; authorizing 9-1-1 specialists to seek treatment for job-related audible or visual trauma confidentially; requiring the Maryland 9-1-1 Board to establish certain procedures governing vacancies on the Board; altering the powers and duties of the Board with respect to public safety answering point personnel and cybersecurity standards;

SB272 — Horizing, subject to certain limitations, the disclosure of tax information to certain persons or governmental entities authorized by the Comptroller in writing to receive the tax information for the purpose of identifying, preventing, or responding to fraud.

SB134 — Requiring the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to require certain entrance-level and in-service police training conducted by the State and each county and municipal police training school to include certain training related to the criminal laws concerning stalking as they pertain to electronic surveillance or tracking, including services available to victims, related prevention methods for victims, and how victims may request additional assistance to identify and preserve digital evidence.

SB147 — MOVE OVER Requiring a driver to make a certain lane change or to slow the speed of the driver’s vehicle with due regard for safety and traffic conditions when approaching from the rear a stopped, standing, or parked vehicle displaying hazard warning lights, road flares, or other caution signals.

SB518 — ADDRESSING HEALTH CARE SHORTAGE Establishing the Career Pathways for Health Care Workers Program in the Maryland Department of Labor for the purpose of providing matching grants to eligible employers for training programs attended by health care workers; requiring the Governor to include in the annual budget bill and appropriation of at least $1,000,000 for the Program; etc.

SB146 — Prohibiting a person from stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle that is not a plug-in electric drive vehicle plugged into charging equipment in a parking space that is designated by certain signage indicating for the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles only; requiring that a parking space for the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles be counted as part of the overall number of parking spaces for certain purposes; establishing a civil penalty of $100 for a violation of the Act; etc.

HB1380 — Defining “honorable discharge” with respect to any State program of benefits, rights, or privileges applicable to a veteran to include certain discharge that is less than honorable; requiring a veteran to submit to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs documentation that provides the basis for the veteran’s discharge; and requiring the Secretary to adopt certain regulations to determine whether an individual qualifies as an honorably discharged veteran.

HB1076 — Authorizing the Motor Vehicle Administration to issue an electronic or digital 24-hour registration authorizing an owner of a vehicle to operate the vehicle on a highway in the State.

SB278 — INSTALLMENT PLANS MAIFF Altering certain restrictions and requirements related to the authority of the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund to accept premiums on an installment payment basis for motor vehicle liability insurance policies; and authorizing the Fund to charge and collect, if approved by the Maryland Insurance Commissioner, reasonable installment fees or reasonable fees for late payment of premiums by policyholders.

HB53 — DEDICATED BUS LANES BALTO CITY prohibiting a person from driving a motor vehicle in a dedicated bus lane unless authorized by a local jurisdiction, subject to certain exceptions; requiring the City of Baltimore to issue a new competitive request for proposals to select a certain contractor to carry out certain provisions of the Act; requiring the Baltimore City Police Department to issue a warning notice in place of a citation to a liable owner during the first 45 days that the bus lane monitoring system is in operation;

SB90 — HUMAN TRAFFICKING Requiring an innkeeper to establish and maintain a computerized record-keeping system for guest transactions and receipts; requiring the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services and the Maryland Department of Labor to approve educational training programs for the accurate and prompt identification and reporting of suspected human trafficking; and requiring an innkeeper to take certain actions to provide employees with training on the prevention, identification, and reporting of human trafficking.

HB210 — SPOUSAL PRIVILEGE Providing that the spouse of a person on trial for a crime may be compelled to testify as an adverse witness if the spouse and the person on trial married after the date on which the alleged crime for which the person is on trial occurred.

HB441 — CITY POLICE MUST BE NOTIFIED WHEN VIOLENCE CRIM OUT ON PAROLE Requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, if a defendant is released before trial, to notify the Baltimore Police Department within 24 hours of the release; and requiring that the notice be provided in a manner that allows the sorting and filtering of the information provided by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

HB222 — Requiring the driver of a vehicle traveling slower than the general speed of traffic on an interstate highway in a rural area to drive the vehicle in the right-hand lanes under certain circumstances; prohibiting the issuance of a citation for a violation of the Act; requiring the Motor Vehicle Administration to include information about the requirement in the State’s driver education curriculum and to inform drivers of the requirement through certain signage;

HB434 — BALTIMORE CITY RAISE / LOWER SPEED LIMITS Authorizing Baltimore City to decrease or raise to a previously established level the maximum speed limit on a highway under its jurisdiction without performing an engineering and traffic investigation; and prohibiting a local jurisdiction from using a speed monitoring system to enforce speed limits on any portion of a highway for which the speed limit has been decreased without performing an engineering and traffic investigation.

HB1081 — Authorizing Baltimore City to tow vehicles blocking access to driveways, alleys, transit lanes, or parking facilities.

SB589 — Authorizing an employee of the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus to solicit gifts or proposals for grants for the benefit of the University of Maryland Medical System Corporation in accordance with certain provisions of law and policies.

HB4 — Requiring the Secretary of Labor to investigate claims that the Secretary recovered unemployment insurance benefits in excess of the amount included in a notice provided to a claimant and refund the claimant any excess funds; and requiring the Secretary to submit a monthly report to the General Assembly that includes certain information on investigated claims.

HB133 — Prohibiting, on or after October 1, 2023, a person from supplying, selling, or offering for sale a high-PAH sealant product for application to a driveway or parking area in the State; prohibiting, on or after October 1, 2023, a person from applying or soliciting the application of a high-PAH sealant product to a driveway or parking area in the State; establishing a civil penalty up to $2,500 for each violation and an administrative penalty up to $2,500 for each violation, but not exceeding $100,000 total; etc.

HB1021 — Public Safety – Licensed Firearms Dealers – Security Requirements

SB636 — The purpose of requiring the Maryland Department of Health to develop a plan plans to reduce the waitlist or registry for certain waiver programs by a certain percentage beginning in a certain fiscal year; and generally relating to waiver programs administered by the Maryland Department of Health.

HB16 Crimes – Unattended Dogs – Extreme Weather Conditions and Heat