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New laws go into effect today

July 01, 2007|By PEPPER BALLARD

The following bills passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the session that ended in April go into effect today:

SB 119, Chapter 11

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington

Deputy Medical Examiners - Investigative Fees

Establishes fees through the state budget to change pay for investigations performed by specified medical examiners.

HB 722, Chapter 253

Washington County Delegation

Washington County - Code of Public Local Laws - Compilation and Legalization

Legalizes the 2007 edition of the Code of Public Local Laws of Washington County, being Article 22 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Maryland, published under the direction of the Washington County Commissioners; and making provisions for the publication, sale, and distribution of the Code of Public Local Laws of Washington County.

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HB 134, Chapter 294

The Speaker (Admin), et al

Higher Education - Tuition Affordability Act of 2007

Prohibits the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland and the Board of Regents of Morgan State University from increasing tuition for resident undergraduate students at its institutions in 2007 and 2008.

HB 204, Chapter 295

Del. Craig Rice, D-Montgomery County, et al

Higher Education - Study of the cost of textbooks for higher education

Requires the Department of Legislative Services, with help from the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Ways and Means, to study and gather information about specified costs associated with higher education textbooks on or before Nov. 1.

HB 1355, Chapter 277

Washington County Delegation

Washington County - Building Excise Tax

Authorizes the Washington County Commissioners to change the building excise tax it may impose on residential construction for fiscal year 2008; requiring the Washington County Commissioners to create a task force to study the Washington County building excise tax; requiring the task force to submit findings and recommendations to the Washington County Commissioners and the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly by Sept. 30; terminating the Act at the end of June 30, 2008; etc.

SB 271, Chapter 319

Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Allegany/Garrett/Washington et al

Hunting - Exemptions from license and stamp requirement

Expands the exemption from the hunting license and stamp requirement for hunting on farmland to include specified spouses and specified people who live on, work on, or manage the farmland under specified circumstances.

HB 356, Chapter 393

Washington County Delegation

Washington County Alcoholic Beverage Licenses - Administrative Proceedings

Adds Washington County to the list of counties in which the granting of probation before judgment to an alcoholic beverages licensee for selling or supplying alcoholic beverages to someone under age 21 does not bar the Liquor Board from proceeding administratively against the licensee for the violation.

HB 962, Chapter 443

Del. Norman H. Conway, D-Wicomico/Worcester, et al

Teachers' Retirement System and Teachers' Pension System - Re-employment of retirees

Increases the minimum number of Teachers' Retirement System or Teachers' Pension System specified retirees that school districts may rehire; and changing the criteria for hiring Teachers' Retirement System or the Teachers' Pension System specified retirees who are exempt from an earnings offset of a retirement allowance.

SB 69, Chapter 518

Sen. Verna L. Jones, D-Baltimore City, et al

Task Force to Study Prison Violence in Maryland

Establishes a task force to study prison violence in Maryland; specifying the chair, membership, and task force duties; requiring the task force to make legislative recommendations; requiring the task force to meet at specified times and places; requiring the task force to give reports to the governor and general assembly on or before specified dates; providing for task force staff; and providing for the termination of the act.

HB 1004, Chapter 636

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington et al

Maryland Medbank Program - Funding

Authorizes funds remaining from the Senior Prescription Drug Program that have accrued to the account of the Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program of the Maryland Health Insurance Plan Fund to be transferred and appropriated to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for fiscal year 2008 for the purpose of providing a grant of up to $425,000 to the Maryland Medbank Program.

- Compiled by Pepper Ballard

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