Legislation in the 2014 Session

HB286- Criminal Law- Use of Handgun in Crime of Violence

Extending the statute of limitations for a violation of a specified provision of law prohibiting using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence or felony; etc Note: This bill was vetoed as duplicative by the Governor having been identified as identical to SB 248, the cross file of this bill from the 2013 Session. SB 248 became CH149

HB352 Peace Orders and Protective Orders- Penalties – Second or Subsequent Offenses

This bill creates specified violations for failing to comply with an interim, a temporary, or a final protective order a prior offense for the purposes of determining penalties for a second or subsequent offense for failing to comply with an interim, a temporary, or a final peace order; etc. Note: This bill was vetoed by the Governor as duplicative since it was identified as identical to its cross file SB369 which became CH159.

HB904 (CH621) – Children, Youth, and Family Services – Local Management Boards and State Spending – Information Collection and Report

This bill requires local management boards (LMBs) and State agencies to report specified information regarding programs for children, youth, and families to the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) by October 1, 2014. DLS must collect this information in the form of a data resource guide, organized by county and municipal corporation, and report it to the General Assembly by January 1, 2015. Information to be reported includes programs administered or funded by the LMB and outcome data for each program.

HB957 (CH244) – Impaired Driving – Repeat Offenders – Penalties

This bill increases the penalties for a third or subsequent conviction for certain drinking/drugged driving laws, including: driving while impaired by alcohol; driving while so far impaired by any drug, and/or drugs and alcohol that the person cannot safely drive a vehicle; committing either of these crimes while transporting a minor. Penalties for a third or subsequent conviction of the first two are increased from a maximum of one year imprisonment and/or a $500 fine to a maximum of three years imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine; for the third from a maximum of one year imprisonment and or a $2,000 fine to a maximum of four years imprisonment and/or a $4,000 fine.

HB1245 – Crime Victim and Crime Victim’s Representative – Electronic Notification

This bill provides for a crime victim or a crime victim’s representative to request specified notices in an electronic form in accordance with the new Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) system. It also authorizes the prosecuting attorney and the clerk of the circuit or juvenile court to provide notices in an electronic form to the victim or victim’s representative. Note: This bill was vetoed by the Governor since it was identified as identical to its cross file SB922 which became CH205.

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