Pre-filed bills await General Assembly’s opening

Pre-filed bills await General Assembly’s opening

(Jan. 3, 2014) Each year, before the Maryland General Assembly convenes, several bills are filed early.

This year, the General Assembly begins Jan. 8.

The following bills are among those that were filed in advance of the opening day.

Senate bills

SB14 – Task Force to Study Starting Times for Maryland Public Schools.

The task force would be required to study and make recommendations relating to a later starting time for the schools. Its report would be submitted to the governor.

Filed by Edward Reilly of District 33, Anne Arundel County.

 

SB29 – Designation of the soft shell crab sandwich as the official state sandwich. Filed by Sens. Richard Colburn of District 37, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Wicomico County.

 

SB75 – Making it illegal to sell at retail an alcoholic beverage with an alcohol content by volume of 95 percent or more. Violations could result in a fine of up to $1,000.

Filed by Sen. Richard Madaleno of Montgomery County.

 

SB94 – Making it illegal to operate a boat powered only by sail while under the influence of or impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Filed by the chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee at the request of the Department of Natural Resources.

 

SB121 – Would require, on request of a person licensed to practice mortuary science, a police officer called to a residence where a person has died to remain at the scene until removal of the body.

Filed by Sen. Joanne Benson of District 24, Prince George’s County.

 

SB126 – Would permit certain individuals, including individuals applying for employment as a correctional officer, to be required to take a polygraph or similar test as a condition of employment.

Filed by the chair of the Finance Committee at the request of the department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

 

SB127 – Would authorize the Department of Agriculture to determine the amount of cost-share matching funds provided under the Manure Transportation Project.

Filed by the chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee at the request of the Department of Agriculture.

House bills

HB20 – Employment Discrimination – Dress and Grooming Standards. This would prohibit employers from requiring or prohibiting specific hairstyles or facial hair or prohibit an employee from wearing clothing or adopting modes of grooming based on sex.

Filed by Delegate Mary Washington of District 3, Baltimore City.

 

HB96 – Designation of the soft shell crab sandwich as the official state sandwich.

Filed by Delegate Rudy Cane of District 37A, Dorchester and Wicomico counties.

 

HB106 – Sunset extension of the Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program.

This would extend the termination date of the prescription program through 2017.

Filed by the chair of the Health and Government Operations Committee at the request of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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