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Use the following links to see bills that Senator Raskin introduced in prior years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 20102011

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If you are interested in testifying on behalf of any of the following bills, or would like more information, please contact Senator Raskin's office at (410) 841-3634/(301) 858-3634

2012 Session

 

SB 159  - Creation of a State Debt - MontgomeryCounty - Quebec Terrace Lighting

Synopsis: Authorizing the creation of a State Debt not to exceed $120,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the Board of Trustees of ArtPreneurs, Inc. for the planning, design, and construction of the Quebec Terrace lighting, located in Wheaton; providing for disbursement of the loan proceeds, subject to a requirement that the grantee provide and expend a matching fund; establishing a deadline for the encumbrance or expenditure of the loan proceeds; etc.

Committee: Budget and Taxation

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Budget and Taxation

 

SB 175 - Crimes - Electronic Communication – Harassment

Synopsis:  Changing the prohibition against using electronic mail with the intent to harass to prohibit engaging in electronic communication with the intent to harass; changing the defined term "electronic mail" to "electronic communication" and altering the definition; and establishing penalties for a second or subsequent violation of the Act.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate – Laid Over

 

SB 181 - Task Force to Study the Public Financing of Judicial Elections

Synopsis: Establishing the Task Force to Study the Public Financing of Judicial Elections; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to study and develop a proposal regarding the public financing of judicial elections in the State; requiring the Task Force to report its findings and proposal to the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2012; terminating the Act at the end of June 30, 2013; etc.

Committee: Education Health and Environmental Affairs

Status: First Reading Education Health and Environmental Affairs

 

SB 212 - Human Relations - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - Antidiscrimination

Synopsis: Prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity with regard to public accommodations, housing, and employment and by specified licensed or regulated persons; prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity with regard to commercial leasing; altering an exception for employers relating to standards concerning dress and grooming; providing specified immunity; requiring State personnel actions to be made without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation; defining the term "gender identity"; etc.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 213 - Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - Prohibition

Synopsis: Bill would ban tanning for minors under the age of 18

Committee: Finance

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Finance

 

SB 214 - Criminal Law - Possession of Marijuana - De Minimus Quantity

Synopsis: Establishing that a person convicted of the use or possession of less than 14 grams of marijuana is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; and providing that, unless specifically charged by the State, the use or possession of less than 14 grams of marijuana may not be considered a lesser included crime of any other crime.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 277 - Human Relations - Housing Discrimination - Source of Income

Synopsis: Expanding the housing policy of the State regarding the provision of fair housing to include providing for fair housing regardless of source of income; establishing specified qualifications and limitations on the general prohibition against discrimination in housing based on source of income; providing that specified provisions regarding housing discrimination due to a person's source of income do not apply to an assisted rental housing development; etc.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 278 - State Government - Human Relations - Discrimination in Housing, Employment, and Places of Public Accommodation

Synopsis: Making specified provisions of law related to discrimination by a place of public accommodation applicable to the Internet Web site of a specified business entity; authorizing the remedy for discrimination by a place of public accommodation to include compensatory damages; authorizing specified persons to elect a civil action when a complaint filed with the Commission on Civil Rights alleges discrimination by a place of public accommodation; etc.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 279 - Creation of a State Debt - MontgomeryCounty - Easter Seals Inter-Generational Center Expansion

Synopsis: Authorizing the creation of a State Debt not to exceed $100,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the Board of Directors of the Easter Seals of Greater Washington-Baltimore Region, Inc. for the construction and renovation of the Easter Seals Inter-Generational Center Expansion; providing for disbursement of the loan proceeds, subject to a requirement that the grantee provide and expend a matching fund; establishing a deadline for the encumbrance or expenditure of the loan proceeds; etc.

Committee: Budget and Taxation

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Budget and Taxation

 

SB 339 - Elective Franchise - Registration and Voting at Early Voting Polling Places

Synopsis: Authorizing the General Assembly to provide by suitable enactment a process to allow a qualified voter to register and vote on a day designated for voting before election day at a specified polling place; making a stylistic change; and submitting the amendment to the qualified voters of the State for their adoption or rejection.

Committee: Education Health and Environmental Affairs

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Education Health and Environmental Affairs

 

SB 340  - Vehicle Laws - Stopping, Standing, and Parking - Plug-In Vehicles

Synopsis: Prohibiting a person from stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle that is not a plug-in vehicle in a space that is marked for the use of plug-in vehicles and provides access to a plug-in vehicle recharging station; establishing that fines and penalties imposed for a specified violation must be distributed to the Transportation Trust Fund; requiring a plug-in vehicle located in a recharging space to be connected to the plug-in vehicle recharging station and to vacate the space once the plug-in vehicle is fully charged; etc.

Committee: Senate: Judicial Proceedings     House: Environmental Matters

 Status: Passed Senate, First reading Environmental Matters

 

SB 341 - Election Law - Subsequent Election Absentee Ballot List

Synopsis: Requiring the State Board of Elections to establish guidelines for a subsequent absentee ballot list; requiring that a voter who receives an absentee ballot be provided the opportunity to request an absentee ballot for the next subsequent election in specified materials accompanying the absentee ballot; requiring that a voter who requestsn an absentee ballot for the next subsequent election be placed on the subsequent election absentee ballot list; etc.

Committee: Education Health and Environmental Affairs

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Education Health and Environmental Affairs

 

SB 486 - Vehicle Laws - Speed Monitoring Systems – Enforcement

Synopsis: Authorizing specified persons to sign a statement that alleges, based on inspection of recorded images from a speed monitoring system, that a motor vehicle was being operated in violation of highway speed laws; authorizing specified persons to swear to and affirm for evidentiary purposes, based on inspection of recorded images from a speed monitoring system, that a motor vehicle was being operated in violation of highway speed laws; etc.

Committee: Senate: Judicial Proceedings     House: Environmental Matters

Status: Passed Senate; Bill is in the House - First Reading Environmental Matters

 

SB 487 - Vehicle Laws - Salvage - Defective, Lost, or Destroyed Certificates of Title

Synopsis: Authorizing an application for a salvage certificate submitted by an insurance company to be accompanied by a specified affidavit of ownership and evidence of final payment instead of a certificate of title if the certificate of title is defective, lost, or destroyed.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate - Second Reading Passed

 

SB 506 - Vehicle Laws - Provisional Driver's Licenses - Driver Education Requirements

Synopsis: Reducing the period of time that specified individuals at least 25 years old who hold a learner's instructional permit are required to wait before taking an examination for a provisional driver's license; establishing that specified driving practice requirements and a requirement to complete a driver skills log book before taking examinations for a provisional driver's license do not apply to an individual at least 25 years old; etc.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate - Second Reading Passed with Amendments

 

SB 565 - Criminal Procedure - Sex Offender Registration Requirements - Kidnapping

Synopsis: Altering the offenses for which a person can be required to register on a specified registry; and providing for the retroactive application of the Act to all persons convicted of kidnapping under a specified section of the Criminal Law Article who have been required to register on the State Sex Offender Registry since the enactment of specified Acts of the General Assembly.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 612 - Criminal Law - First Degree Assault - Strangulation

Synopsis: Prohibiting a person from committing an assault by applying pressure on the throat or neck of another person in a specified manner; and establishing that a person who violates the Act is guilty of the felony of assault in the first degree and on conviction is subject to a specified penalty.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 613 - Child Sexual Abuse Reporting - Training of School Employees

Synopsis: Requiring the State Board of Education to develop a model program by December 1, 2012, for training professional school employees on the prevention, identification, and reporting of child sexual abuse; requiring that the model program include specified information; authorizing the model program to include a specified sexual abuse prevention curriculum; requiring county boards of education and specified nonpublic schools to develop a mandatory training program for all professional school employees by a specified date; etc.

Committee: Education Health and Environmental Affairs

Status: Bill is in the Senate – First Reading Education Health and Environmental Affairs

 

SB 614 - Stormwater Management - Watershed Protection and Restoration Program

Synopsis: Requiring each county and municipality to adopt laws or ordinances to establish a watershed protection and restoration program on or before July 1, 2013; exempting a county or municipality if the county or municipality has enacted and implemented a specified system of charges in a specified manner by a specified date; requiring the program to include a stormwater remediation fee and a local watershed protection and restoration fund; requiring counties and municipalities to collect the fee and administer the fund; etc.

Committee: Education Health and Environmental Affairs

Status: Bill is in the Senate – First reading Education Health and Environmental Affairs

     

SB 855 - Corporations and Associations - Limited Liability Act - Revisions

Synopsis: Establishing that specified statutory provisions relating to limited liability companies apply unless otherwise agreed on in the limited liability company's articles of organization, in the operating agreement, or by unanimous consent; repealing the requirement that the purposes for which a limited liability company is formed be stated in the articles of organization; altering the requirements for a resident agent; repealing provisions relating to a member's authority regarding abandoning the business; etc.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 856 - Courts and Judicial Proceedings - Maryland Mediation Confidentiality Act

Synopsis: Establishing that specified communications made in the course of and relating to specified mediations may not be disclosed by the mediators, parties to the mediations, or specified persons who participate in or are present for the mediations, under specified circumstances; establishing exceptions for specified communications; providing for the application of the Act; defining specified terms; providing that the Act may be cited as the Maryland Mediation Confidentiality Act; etc.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings

  

SB 857 - Health Care Malpractice Claims - Expert Witnesses - Admissibility of Insurance Coverage

Synopsis: Providing that the existence of professional liability insurance coverage is admissible at the hearing of a claim or the trial of an action against a health care provider for alleged medical injury solely for the purpose of assessing the bias, if any, of an expert witness, if the expert's professional liability insurance carrier is a mutual or self-insured entity and a judgment against a defendant in the action would be paid by the expert's carrier.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate – Withdrawn from Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 858 - Public Library - Essential Community Service - Designation

Synopsis: Designating public libraries as providing essential community services during an emergency for specified purposes.

Committee: Education Health and Environmental Affairs

Status: Bill is in the Senate - Second Reading Passed

     

SB 859 - Higher Education - Collective Bargaining - Tenured Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, and Graduate      

Synopsis: Providing collective bargaining rights to tenured or tenure-track faculty, adjunct faculty, and graduate students in specified public institutions of higher education; and establishing separate collective bargaining units for tenured or tenure-track faculty, adjunct faculty, and graduate students.

Committee: Finance

Status: Bill is in the Senate - Withdrawn Finance

 

SB 902 - Criminal Procedure - Seizure and Forfeiture - Property Used in Human Trafficking

Synopsis: Authorizing a State or local law enforcement agency to seize specified property used or intended for use in connection with a violation of the law prohibiting human trafficking; creating the Anti-Human Trafficking Fund for specified purposes; specifying property that is subject to forfeiture; specifying conditions to exclude property from forfeiture; authorizing the seizure of property with or without a warrant under specified circumstances; applying the Act prospectively; etc.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Bill is in the Senate - Re-referred Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 910 - Correctional Services - Inmate Welfare Fund - Telephone Financial Assistance

Synopsis: Requiring the managing official of a local correctional facility with an inmate welfare fund to adopt regulations that require a portion of the profits derived from telephone commissions to be used for telephone calls that take place between an inmate and the minor child of an inmate; and requiring that distributions be made according to the financial need of an inmate.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings (Hearing: March 20, 2012, 1:00 PM)

Status: Bill is in the Senate - Re-referred Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 911 - Public Safety - Firearms Regulation by Local Jurisdictions

Synopsis: Creating a specified exception to the State preemption of a political subdivision's authority relating to firearms; and authorizing a political subdivision to require a specified person to report the purchase of specified firearms; and authorizing a political subdivision to require a specified report to include specified information.

Committee: Senate Rules

Status: Bill is in the Senate – First Reading Senate Rules

 

SB 920 - Ethics Online Disclosure Act of 2012

Synopsis: Requiring that specified ethics statements and reports be made available to the general public on the Internet; requiring that specified ethics statements and reports be submitted in an electronic format; and specifying that counties, municipal corporations, and boards of education are not required to post financial disclosure information on the Internet or to require that financial disclosure statements be filed electronically.

Committee: Education Health and Environmental Affairs

Status: Bill is in the Senate - Re-referred Education Health and Environmental Affairs

 

SB 927 - Vehicle Laws - Manufacturers, Distributors, and Factory Branches - Retaliation Against Dealers

Synopsis: Prohibiting a manufacturer, distributor, or factory branch from retaliating against a specified vehicle dealer because of legislation enacted by the General Assembly that regulates the franchise relationship; and establishing that a manufacturer, distributor, or factory branch has the burden of proving, under specified circumstances, that a specified cancellation of, termination of, or failure to provide a bonus, incentive, or benefit program is not retaliation.

Committee: Senate Rules

Status: Bill is in the Senate – First Reading Senate Rules

 

SB 948 - Ethics - Financial Disclosure by Local Elected Officials and CountyBoards of Education

Synopsis: Authorizing a county, municipal corporation, or school board to limit elected local officials' required disclosures of interests in specified business entities by local elected officials, members of school boards, and candidates for election or appointment to the offices.

Committee: Education Health and Environmental Affairs

Status: Bill is in the Senate - Re-referred Education Health and Environmental Affairs

 

SB 992 - Vehicle Laws - Motor Vehicle Safety Checkpoints - Prohibition on Targeting Specific Types of Motor Vehicles

Synopsis: Prohibiting a police officer at a motor vehicle safety checkpoint from targeting specific types of motor vehicles; providing for the application of the Act; and defining a specified term.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings (Hearing: March 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m.)    

Status: Bill is in the Senate – Re-referred Judicial Proceedings

 

SB 993 - Crimes - Human Trafficking of Minor - Defenses

Synopsis: Providing that a person charged with a specified human trafficking offense involving a minor may not assert as a defense that the person did not know the age of the victim or that the minor consented; and providing that it is a defense that, at the time of the offense, the defendant made a specified attempt to ascertain the true age of the minor in a specified manner and did not rely solely on the verbal allegations or apparent age of the minor.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings (Hearing: March 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m.)    

Status: Bill is in the Senate – Re-referred Judicial Proceedings

      

SB 1021 - Criminal Law - Manslaughter – Penalty

Synopsis: Repealing a penalty for manslaughter that subjects a person to imprisonment in a local facility not exceeding 2 years or a $500 fine or both.

Committee: Judicial Proceedings  (Hearing: March 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m.)    

Status: Bill is in the Senate – Re-referred Judicial Proceedings

 

SJ 2 - Maryland Ratification of the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution

Synopsis: Ratifying the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution relative to the popular election of United States Senators.

Committee: Education Health and Environmental Affairs

Status: Bill is in the Senate - First Reading Education Health and Environmental Affairs

 

 

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