Safe Silver Spring monitors legislative activity at the Montgomery County Council and State levels of government on an ongoing basis.   The following summary of State legislation as of April 11, 2017 is a service we provide to our website visitors and supporters.  


Final status is posted in boldface immediately following the bill number(s).  For detailed information, please visit the status page for each bill, which are all hyperlinked.  Where bills are cross-filed, both bills numbers are listed below, but the hyperlink goes to the first bill number.  Note that all bills adopted by Sine Die still await action by the Governor.  Any subsequently vetoed bills go before the General Assembly for potential override next year.

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HB 159 (Weapon-Free Higher Education Zones)Failed to Complete Legislative Process:

Description of the legislation:  Altering a specified exception relating to law enforcement officers to the prohibition on carrying specified weapons on public school property; prohibiting the carrying or possession of specified firearms on the property of public institutions of higher education; requiring a public institution of higher education to post specified signs in prominent locations on the property; requiring the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland to incorporate into their bylaws, policies and procedures, the current weapons practice on campus; etc.

SB 946 (Gun-Free Higher Education Zones). Failed to Complete Legislative Process. Note - This bill is essentially the same as HB 159 above.  However, there were some slight differences at introduction (see summary below), which is why this is technically a separate bill, instead of a “cross-file,” or verbatim counterpart, of HB 159):

Description of the legislation: Altering a specified exception relating to law enforcement officers to the prohibition on carrying or possessing specified weapons on school property; prohibiting the carrying or possession of specified firearms on the property of public institutions of higher education; providing specified exceptions; providing that a violation is a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000; requiring the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland to incorporate the current weapons practice into their bylaws, policies and procedures; etc.

HB 393 (Manslaughter and Homicide by Vehicle or Vessel – Penalties):Failed to Complete Legislative Process

Description of the legislation:  Increasing the maximum terms of imprisonment for the crimes of manslaughter by vehicle or vessel, homicide by vehicle or vessel while under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of alcohol per se, homicide by vehicle or vessel while impaired by alcohol, homicide by vehicle or vessel while impaired by drugs, and homicide by vehicle or vessel while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance.

HB 429/SB 217 (Criminal Law - Sexual Offenses - Physical Resistance) Adopted

Description of the legislation:  Establishing that evidence of physical resistance by a victim is not required to prove that a sexual crime was committed; establishing that a specified provision of the Act may not be construed to affect the admissibility of evidence of actual physical resistance by a victim of a sexual crime; etc.

HB0580/SB0476 (Behavioral Health Community Providers - Keep the Door Open Act): Failed to Complete Legislative Process

Description of the legislation:  Requiring, except under specified circumstances, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to adjust the rate of reimbursement for community providers each fiscal year by the rate adjustment included in the State budget for that fiscal year; requiring, on or before December 1, 2019, and on or before December 1 annually thereafter, the Department to submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly on the impact of the reimbursement rate adjustment on community providers and other specified outcomes; etc.

HB 1287 (Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices):  Adopted

Description of the legilsation: Establishing the Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices; providing that the purpose of the Commission is to study current disciplinary practices in Maryland public schools and examine national best practices for training teachers and principals in restorative practices and eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline; requiring the Commission to report its final findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2019; etc.

HB 1362/SB 1042 (Criminal Procedure - Immigration - Community Trust):  House Bill did not complete the Legislative Process.  Senate cross-file was withdrawn.

The State Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee initially amended part of the Community Trust Act into another immigration related bill, SB 616.  However, the full Senate did not act on the amended bill, despite discussing it on the floor on Sine Die. 

Description of the legislation:  Providing that an official of State government or a local government is immune from criminal and civil liability for refusing to provide information to the federal government or another state that will be used for specified purposes; stating it is the intent of the General Assembly to maintain community trust in Maryland governmental operations and law enforcement by clarifying the parameters of State and local participation in federal immigration enforcement efforts; requiring the Attorney General to develop specified policies; etc.

HB 1390/SB 880 (Criminal Procedure - Pretrial Release – Reform).  Failed to complete the legislative process

Note – This is NOT the legislation favored by the bail bond industry, which is the focus of most media attention on bail reform this session.  The latter bill(s) is SB 1215/HB 983, which also failed to complete the legislative process.

Description of the legislation:  Altering a requirement for the construction of a specified provision of law relating to pretrial release of a specified defendant on personal recognizance and unsecured bond; requiring a judicial officer to impose a specified condition or combination of conditions of release under specified circumstances; authorizing a judicial officer to impose one or more specified nonfinancial conditions of release under specified circumstances; providing that a judicial officer may impose financial conditions only under specified circumstances; etc.

HB 1424/SB 727 (Criminal Procedure - Firearms – Transfer):  Failed to complete the legislative process

Description of the legislation: Requiring a court to inform a person convicted of a specified disqualifying crime that the person is prohibited from possessing a firearm under specified provisions of law; requiring the court to advise the person that specified proof must be provided to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services that specified firearms owned by the person or in the person's possession have been transferred from the person's possession; etc.

SB 1180 (Public Safety - Handgun Permit Review Board – Repeal):  Failed to complete the legislative process

Description of the legislation:  Altering the process by which a person who is denied a specified handgun permit or renewal of a permit or whose permit is revoked or limited by the Secretary of State Police or the Secretary's designee may appeal the decision; repealing provisions of law relating to the Handgun Permit Review Board; providing that appeals from a specified decision by the Secretary or the Secretary's designee may be made to the Office of Administrative Hearings in a specified manner; etc.

HB 294/SB 224 (Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Definition of Convicted of a Disqualifying Crime):  Adopted

Altering a specified definition of "convicted of a disqualifying crime" to include a case in which a person received probation before judgment for assault in the second degree if the crime was a specified domestically related crime.


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