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Administration of Justice
Click on the file to download the final edition of LWVMD's Report from State Circle for the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session.
Please click on the file name to download a printable version of the March 27, 2013 issue of Report from State Circle.
SB989 Task Force to Study Court-Ordered Drug Testing (Muse) would determine limitations, if any, on the power of state criminal courts to order drug testing in order to determine if defendant would benefit from substance abuse treatment. Hrg. 3/20 JPR
Update on bills previously reported in RSC 1-4
HB83/SB239 Judgeships - Court of Special Appeals, Circuit Courts and District Court (RSC 4), both passed unamended and have moved to the opposite chamber. Hrg. 3/26, JUD
SB1052/HB396 Criminal Law - Electronic Harassment of a Minor (Kittleman/Cardin et al.) make it a crime to use a computer to sexually harass a minor or cause a child or young person to fear being killed, give out information that torments the minor, or put out a real or doctored image of the minor without getting appropriate permission. Other prohibitions include: signing up a young person for a pornographic site.
No new court-related legislation introduced.
Update on bills reported in RSC 1-3
HB83/SB239 Judgeships - Court of Special Appeals, Circuit Courts and District Court Based on analyses of increased caseloads, this bill increases the number of resident judges of the circuit courts by one judge in five underserved counties, also adding four District Court judges and increasing the number of judges in the Court of Special Appeals from 13 to 15. The bill was passed by the House (127 - 16) and was referred to JPR and B&T in the Senate.
Click on the file name to download the March 6 2013 edition of LWVMD's Report from State Circle.