In 2013, MCVRC had one of its best legislative sessions ever!
Three legislative priorities were introduced and passed in the 2013 General Assembly session.
1. As of June 1, 2013, Maryland will have one the strongest victims’ rights law in the country. Victims whose right to be heard or to receive restitution, may file for reconsideration to the trial court or appeal as a matter of right to the Court of Special Appeals. A statutory priority is also established for restitution. http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/chapters_noln/Ch_363_hb0250T.pdf
2. Victims and victim’s representatives whose medical records are subpoenaed, will receive an advanced notice by both certified and regular mail at least 30 days prior to the subpoena being served to allow sufficient time to challenge the privacy protections established by law. Prosecutors will also receive 30 days advance notice in order that they can also advice victims how they can protect their privacy rights. http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/chapters_noln/Ch_287_sb0557T.pdf
3. MCVRC supported two bills that increased funding for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation.
Other legislation supported by MCVRC that passed:
4. Legislation that helps prosecute the abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults –
5. Legislation that extends the sunset for the State to collect DNA evidence upon the arrest of offenders charged with serious crimes.* http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/chapters_noln/Ch_431_hb0292T.pdf
6. Legislation regarding the payment of inmate wages towards restitution ordered by the court.
*In a case where MCVRC filed an amicus in the case of King v. Maryland supporting the State, the United States Supreme Court found the Maryland statute allowing DNA testing unconstitutional. http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-207_d18e.pdf
See the 2014 legislation, click here!