Lawmakers may toughen violence laws
ANNAPOLIS - After seeing previous legislation aimed at curbing sexual and domestic violence fail, two Washington County lawmakers are trying new approaches to address those issues in the Maryland General Assembly.
Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, said she will file legislation this week that would require Maryland authorities to be notified when rapists, stalkers and other sexually violent offenders move into the state. Another Hecht bill would allow the state to eliminate "good time" earned by sexual offenders in prison.
Hecht's moves come a week after a House of Delegates committee killed a bill that could have committed so-called sexual predators to a psychiatric hospital after their release from prison. The legislation mirrored a Kansas law enacted after a 19-year-old woman was raped and killed by a co-worker who earlier had been convicted of rape.