New laws in Maryland take effect Saturday

September 26, 2005

Some of the more than 300 new Maryland laws that take effect Saturday:

  • HB143, requires public schools to allow students to possess and use an asthma inhaler or other emergency asthma medication if they have a written order from a doctor and are mature enough to use the medicine themselves.

  • HB275, makes it a crime to pretend that a substance is toxic with the intent of terrorizing the public.

  • HB1392, increases the fine for providing alcoholic beverages to minors from $500 to $1,000 for a first offense and from $1,000 to $1,500 for subsequent offenses.

  • SB488, makes it a crime to use violence or a threat of violence to force someone to join a criminal gang.

  • HB189, changes the name of Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

  • SB650, provides a fine of up to $500 and up to two months in jail for motorists suspected of drunken driving who refuse to take a blood or breath test.

  • HB407, requires public schools to maintain records on incidents of bullying.

  • HB732, requires that photographs of child sex offenders and sexually violent predators be taken annually for the state sex offender registry.

Source: Department of Legislative Services

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