Governor Larry Hogan Signs 144 Bills into Law
Bills Act to Increase Punishment for Drunk Drivers, Reform Maryland’s Criminal Justice System
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today was joined by Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch for a bill signing ceremony at the State House in Annapolis, which included a number of bills aimed at protecting Maryland citizens and modernizing Maryland’s criminal justice system. In total, the governor signed 144 bills into law.
Among the bills signed today was SB 945, more commonly known as Noah’s Law, which will require ignition interlock devices for anyone convicted of drunk driving in the state of Maryland. The legislation, which was strongly supported by the Hogan administration, was named for Montgomery County police officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver last December.
“I was proud to strongly support Noah’s Law, and I want to thank everyone involved who helped get it passed,” said Governor Hogan. “This, along with the bill we are signing to dedicate a portion of Maryland Route 924 as Heroes Highway, is an important way to honor the incredible legacy and sacrifice of our brave heroes. I am also incredibly proud to sign the Justice Reinvestment Act today, which will help transform and modernize our state’s criminal justice system.”
The governor also signed SB 1005, the Justice Reinvestment Act, which represents the largest, most comprehensive criminal justice reform to pass in a generation. By investing more in drug treatment and incarcerating nonviolent inmates less, this new law will result in safer communities and produce significant cost savings for Maryland’s taxpayers.
Additionally, the legislation models state law after the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to allow prosecutors to target high-level drug traffickers. The Justice Reinvestment Act legislation follows eight bills supported and signed by Governor Hogan last year that addressed public safety and community relations issues, including smarter options to reduce recidivism and help for ex-offenders to transition back into society.
Additional bills signed today include:
HB 409 – Criminal Law – Providing Alcohol to Underage Drinkers – Penalties (Alex and Calvin’s Law) – Prohibits a person from knowingly and willfully allowing an individual under 21 years old to possess or consume an alcoholic beverage at a residence the person owns or leases; and in which the person resides or furnishing an alcoholic beverage for consumption to an individual under 21 years old if the adult knew or reasonably should have known the individual would operate a motor vehicle and did operate the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and caused serious injury or death.
SB 864 – Public Safety – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Fund – Establishment – (Alicia’s Law) – Establishes the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Fund to provide grants to local law enforcement agencies for salaries, training, and equipment to be used for the investigation and prosecution of Internet crimes against children.
HB 1016 – Public Safety and Policing Workgroup – Recommendations – Prohibits retaliatory personnel action against a law enforcement officer who discloses specified information; authorizes the appointment to an administrative hearing board a member of the public who has received specified training; establishes the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission as an independent commission in the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; establishes the Community Law Enforcement Program Fund.
SB 417/HB 420 – Individuals With Disabilities – Minimum Wage and Community Integration (Ken Capone Equal Employment Act) – Phases out the authority for the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to authorize a work activities center or other sheltered workshop to pay a subminimum wage to an employee with a disability. It also restricts the authority of a work activities center or other sheltered workshop to pay a subminimum wage and/or a sub-prevailing wage to an employee with a disability. Beginning October 1, 2020, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) may not fund providers that pay individuals less than the minimum wage under a specified federal certificate.
SB 1104/HB1624 – Transportation – Highways – Heroes Highway – Requires the State Highway Administration to dedicate the portion of Maryland Route 924 (Emmorton Road) between its intersections with Maryland Route 24 and Singer Road as Heroes Highway in honor of Harford County Sheriff Deputies Mark F. Logsdon and Patrick B. Dailey.
Attached is a list of all the bills signed.