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Legislative Session 2015

 

For further information about initiatives produced during the legislative session, or for a search engine of all legislation introduced by the state legislature, visit the Maryland General Assembly's website.

The 2015 Maryland General Assembly Session convenes on Wednesday, January 14th and ends at midnight on April 13, 2015.  

Budget Bills

HB70/SB55 - Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2016):  Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc.

HB72/SB57 - Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015:  Authorizing or altering the distribution of specified revenue; altering or repealing specified required appropriations; authorizing the use of specified funds for specified purposes; providing for the transfer of specified funds; repealing a specified requirement for a specified notice relating to abandoned property to be published in specified newspapers; requiring the Comptroller to maintain a specified abandoned property database; etc.

HB71/SB56 - Creation of a State Debt - Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2015, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014:  Authorizing the creation of a State Debt in the amount of $1,068,545,000, the proceeds to be used for specified necessary building, construction, demolition, planning, renovation, conversion, replacement, and capital equipment purchases of the State, for acquiring specified real estate in connection therewith, and for grants to specified subdivisions and other organizations for specified development and improvement purposes, subject to specified requirements; etc.

Other Bills

HB138 - Higher Education - Sexual Assault Policy - "Yes Means Yes":  requiring, by August 1, 2016, that a policy on sexual assault adopted by the governing board of each institution of higher education include a specified affirmative consent standard; requiring a specified written policy on sexual assault to include a specified standard and statements; requiring a specified sexual assault policy to provide that specified circumstances negate a valid excuse to an alleged lack of affirmative consent; providing that the standard used in a specified determination is the preponderance of evidence; etc.

HB244/SB526 - Maryland Second Chance Act of 2015 - Authorizing a person to petition the court to shield court records and police records relating to specified convictions at a specified time; providing that, if a person is convicted of a new crime during a specified time period, the original conviction is not eligible for shielding unless the new conviction becomes eligible for shielding; providing that a person is not eligible for shielding if the person is a defendant in a pending criminal proceeding; authorizing the court to grant a specified petition for good cause; etc.

 

HB448/SB394 - Hazing - Providing that the offense of hazing is committed by subjecting a student to the risk of serious bodily injury regardless of whether injury actually occurs; and increasing the penalty from $500 to $5,000 for a specified offense relating to subjecting a student to the risk of serious bodily injury for the purpose of an initiation into a student organization of a school, college, or university.

HB559 - University System of Maryland - Law School Clinics - Prohibited Activities - Prohibiting the law clinic of a law school at a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland from participating in litigation opposing, contesting, or seeking judicial review of an act, a decision, or a determination of a State agency, department, or board.

HB571 - Institutions of Higher Education - Sexual Assault - Policy and Survey - Requiring a specified sexual assault policy adopted by the governing board of each institution of higher education to conform with the requirements of a specified federal law; requiring a specified sexual assault policy to include a prohibition of the imposition of sanctions for a specified violation of the institution of higher education's student conduct policy for specified students except if a specified determination is made and the entering of a memorandum of understanding with specified entities; etc.

HB578/SB514 - Higher Education - Net Price Calculator Improvement Act - Establishment - Requiring each institution of higher education in the State to meet specified requirements for specified net price calculators on or before July 1, 2016; prohibiting specified institutions of higher education from allowing specified personally identifiable information provided to a specified net price calculator to be sold or otherwise made available to specified third parties; etc.