More Significant Bills Passed - Including Police Reform!
Several more priority bills have now passed the Maryland General Assembly and are on their way to the Governor. Most significant are the five measures aimed at reforming law enforcement in our state and holding police accountable:
SB 786 - Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Baltimore City - Control of the Police Department of Baltimore City
SB 71 - Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Body-Worn Cameras, Employee Programs, and Use of Force
SB 600 - Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Surplus Military Equipment and Investigation of Deaths Caused by Police Officers
SB 178 - Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Search Warrants and Inspection of Records Relating to Police Misconduct (Anton's Law)
HB 670 - Police Reform and Accountability Act of 2021
Also important is a major bill aimed at taking concrete steps to redressing the health disparities for low income and communities of color:
HB 463 - Maryland Health Equity Resource Act
Also, the Legislature passed HB 231, related to hate crimes, that clearly establishes that the discovery or perception of, or belief about, another person's race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, whether or not accurate, does not constitute legally adequate provocation to mitigate a killing from the crime of murder to manslaughter nor is it a defense to the crime of assault in any degree.
As additional bill make it through the process to final passage, we will report it here.