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Three More Bill Passed Assembly

Three more bills have passed the General Assembly, one of which is a UULM-MD priority.


Gun Violence Prevention: HB 4 - Public Safety - Rifles and Shotguns - Secondary Transactions - a priority for UULM-MD, requires that a licensed firearms dealer facilitate the “transfer” of a rifle or shotgun. “Transfer” means a sale, a rental, a furnishing, a gift, a loan, or any other delivery, with or without consideration. A dealer may charge a reasonable fee for facilitating a transfer of a rifle or shotgun. The bill establishes penalties for violations.


Criminal Justice Reform: HB 49 - Criminal Procedure- Pretrial Release- Pretrial Risk Scoring Instruments - requires a jurisdiction that uses a “pretrial risk scoring instrument” to determine the eligibility of a defendant for pretrial release to have an independent validation study of the instrument conducted at least once every five years. The bill also adds “pretrial risk scoring instrument validation” as an authorized purpose for grants from the Pretrial Services Program Grant Fund and makes corresponding changes to provisions governing the fund.


Climate Change: HB 1029 - Clean Energy Jobs - Workforce Development - Scope - clarifies the term "clean energy industry" and modifies the requirement that apprenticeship jobs training programs prepare workers for careers in the solar and wind sectors of the clean energy industry to also include geothermal and energy efficiency careers, and receive certain support through the Clean Energy Workforce Account.




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