2013 Legislation

MCVRC has adopted three legislative priorities that will be introduced for the 2013 General Assembly session which are important for victims of crime.

You can help by contacting Maryland legislators to support the following priorities:

I. Criminal Procedure – Victims’ Rights – Remedy and Priority of Restitution
House Bill: HB 250
Floor Date: Judicial Proceedings: March 27, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Position: Support
Legislators to Contact: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Members

II. Clarify privacy protection for medical records.
House Bill: HB 1481
Hearing Date: Health and Governmental Affairs: TBD
Position: Support
Senate Bill: SB 557
Hearing Date: Health and Governmental Affairs: TBD
Position: Support
Legislators to Contact: Health and Governmental Affairs Committee Members

III. Funding for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation
House Bill: HB 838 had a hearing date on MAR 6, 2013 1:00 PM
Legislators to Contact: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Members
Position: Support language in HB 1303
House Bill: HB 1303
Hearing Date: March 12, 2013
Legislators to Contact: House Appropriations Committee Members
Position: Support

Senate Bill: SB 640
/ SB 809

Hearing Date: February 19, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m. in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Position: Support

Legislators to Contact: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Members

Other pending legislation where MCVRC has adopted a position:
1. HB 116 / SB 267 – Courts and Judicial Proceedings – Interception of Communications – Abuse or Neglect of Vulnerable Adult and Medicaid Fraud (Support)
2. HB 292 Public Safety – Statewide DNA Data Base System – DNA Sample Collection 2 on Arrest – Reporting Requirement and Repeal of Sunset. (Support)
3. HB 382 – Courts and Judicial Proceedings – Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund – Court Costs (Support with amendments) / SB 626
4. HB 921 / SB 258 – Correctional Services – Inmate Earnings – Compensation for Victims of Crime (Support with amendments) to reflect the language in HB 921
5. HB 1125 / SB 388 – Victims of Crime – Identity Theft Passport – Children (Support)
6. HB 1382 – Sentencing Procedures – Statement by Victim or Victim’s Representative (Support)

Pending a vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Committee Voting Session Date: April 8, 2013
Legislator to Contact: Senator Brian E. Frosh

Urge Senator Frosh to add the bill to the voting in that victims’ rights should not be in the discretion of a judge.

See the Final Results Chart.

For more information, please see: mdcrimevictims.org/2013-legislation. As more details become available, they will be posted on this page.