I’m going to Annapolis!

Here it is, SB 107 Criminal Law – Electronic Harassment – Penalties, is scheduled to have a hearing in Judicial Proceedings Review in TWO WEEKS!

http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/bills/sb/sb0107f.pdf

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I’m not the only one…

As it turns out, HB 8 is not the bill I proposed after all. Here’s mine:

http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/billfile/sb0107.htm

Still waiting on the full bill text and hearing date…

The Federal Legislation is Also Going Before the Judiciary Committee

More good news:

Sen. Cardin has agreed to co-sponsor federal legislation which would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and it includes the new cyber-stalking provisions I had sent earlier.
S.1925 [112th]
Latest Title: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT] (introduced 11/30/2011)      Cosponsors: 19
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 11/30/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

It’s a bill! – HB 8 – And it’s on the schedule!

I realize this information will reveal a lot about me; however, it feels like the time to break my anonymity.

While I haven’t heard anything official about testifying, a search of the Maryland General Assembly’s website gave me the good news I’ve been waiting for – the draft bill I submitted and have been working to revise with a bill writer has been officially made a bill and has been given a number. It is on the scheduled to go before the Judiciary committee on 19 January.  To say I am astounded would be a gross understatement.  This is really happening. I made this happen. Wow.

HB 8

Delegate Washington

CRIMES – ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION – HARASSMENT

Changing the prohibition against using electronic mail with the intent to harass to prohibit engaging in electronic communication with the intent to harass; changing the defined term “electronic mail” to “electronic communication” and altering the definition; and establishing penalties for a second or subsequent violation of the Act.

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2012 CR, § 3-805 – amended Assigned to: Judiciary

http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/CurrentStatusReport/HouseCurrentStatusReport.pdf

http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/synopsis/syh_new.pdf

THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 2012

                                  1:00 P.M.

  HB 4      Del Cardin, et    Baltimore County - Orphans' Court Judges -
            al                Qualifications
  HB 8 Del Washington Crimes - Electronic Communication - Harassment
  HB 39     Del Smigiel       State and Local Govt - Officials and General
                              Assembly Mbrs - Legislative Privilege Exception

  NOTE:  To Be Announced.
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