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MDSB149PassRequiring a certain appeal from a final judgment of an orphans' court to be made by filing a certain notice, rather than a certain order; extending from 30 days to 60 days the standard period of time within which the register of wills must transmit a...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 131
MDSB210PassRemoving rape and certain sexual offenses from the list of offenses alleged to have been committed by a certain respondent against a certain victim for which a peace order petition may be filed under certain circumstances; and altering the definition...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 133
MDHB247PassRequiring a certain appeal from a final judgment of an orphans' court to be made by filing a certain notice, rather than a certain order; extending from 30 days to 60 days the standard period of time within which the register of wills must transmit a...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 130
MDHB248PassRemoving rape and certain sexual offenses from the list of offenses alleged to have been committed by a certain respondent against a certain victim for which a peace order petition may be filed under certain circumstances; and altering the definition...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 132
MDSB249PassAuthorizing a defendant in a malpractice claim against a licensed professional to move for a protective order to limit the disclosure of certain documentary evidence to protect the defendant from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, or undue burden ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 348
MDHB365PassAltering the amount of wages of a judgment debtor that are exempt from attachment to 30 times the State minimum hourly wage in effect at the time the wages are due, multiplied by the number of weeks during which the wages due were earned; and applyin...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 183
MDSB425PassAltering the amount of wages of a judgment debtor that are exempt from attachment to be the greater of 75% of the disposable wages due or 30 times the State minimum hourly wage in effect at the time the wages are due, multiplied by the number of week...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 184
MDHB858PassAuthorizing a defendant in a malpractice claim against a licensed professional to move for a protective order to limit the disclosure of certain documentary evidence to protect the defendant from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, or undue burden ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 347
MDHB126EngrossMaking certain provisions of law relating to the filing, issuance, and modification of certain peace orders and to the shielding of certain court records of certain peace order proceedings apply to certain peace orders filed by certain employers on t...
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2020-03-18
Second Reading Passed with Amendments
MDSB846IntroMaking certain provisions of law relating to the filing, issuance, and modification of certain peace orders and to the shielding of certain court records of certain peace order proceedings apply to certain peace orders filed by certain employers on t...
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2020-03-18
Second Reading Passed with Amendments
MDHB1030EngrossEstablishing that certain employers are not liable, under certain circumstances, for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee based on evidence that the employee has received probation before judgment for an offense or has be...
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2020-03-16
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDHB427EngrossRequiring a court to waive a certain publication requirement in an action for change of name under the Maryland Rules on motion by an individual who has filed the action.
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2020-03-15
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDHB974EngrossAltering the definition of "sexual abuse"; altering the statute of limitations in certain civil actions relating to child sexual abuse by providing that a certain action may be filed at any time; providing for the retroactive application of the Act t...
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2020-03-14
Third Reading Passed (127-0)
MDHB379EngrossAltering the conditions under which a lawsuit is considered a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP suit); specifying the conditions under which a lawsuit is not considered a SLAPP suit; altering the conditions under which a defendant...
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2020-03-12
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDHB750IntroProhibiting a private education lender from initiating an action to collect a private education loan if the student loan borrower or cosigner would be required to demonstrate undue hardship to discharge the private education loan in bankruptcy; etc.
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2020-03-12
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
MDHB802EngrossProviding that a staff member of a school, acting in an official capacity, is not civilly liable for personal injury or property damage resulting from intervention in a student altercation or other student disturbance if the staff member intervened i...
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2020-03-12
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDHB990IntroAuthorizing a person with a secured interest in residential property in Baltimore County, under certain circumstances, to file an order to docket or complaint to foreclose accompanied by an affidavit that the residential property is vacant or unfit f...
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2020-03-09
To House Environment and Transportation Committee
MDSB997IntroIncreasing from $10,000 to $25,000 the maximum amount of compensatory damages that may be awarded to an owner of a pet from a person who tortiously causes an injury to or death of the pet while acting individually or through an animal under the perso...
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2020-03-04
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB1042IntroAltering the conditions under which a lawsuit is considered a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP suit); specifying the conditions under which a lawsuit is not considered a SLAPP suit; altering the conditions under which a defendant...
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2020-03-04
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDHB399IntroRequiring an individual to provide reasonable assistance to certain first responders who are under threat of or have incurred serious physical injury if providing such assistance does not endanger self or others; establishing a $250 civil penalty for...
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2020-03-02
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn
MDHB1563IntroEstablishing certain requirements and procedures regarding certain settlement agreements for claims arising out of a birth-related neurological injury subject to certain provisions of the Act; requiring the Commission to assess a certain fee on certa...
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2020-03-02
To House Judiciary Committee
MDHB320EngrossAltering the definition of "undue influence" for purposes of provisions of law prohibiting the exploitation of certain vulnerable adults or individuals at least 68 years old that results in inequity; requiring a court, in determining whether a transf...
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2020-02-28
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB1071IntroRequiring the Department of Legislative Services to study and make recommendations on the procedures for obtaining and the effectiveness of peace orders and protective orders issued in the State; requiring the Department to solicit input from academi...
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2020-02-28
To Senate Rules Committee
MDHB879IntroEstablishing that the Act applies only to an action against a certain manufacturer of a toxic substance for damages allegedly caused by the presence of paint or surface coatings containing the toxic substance in a residential building located in Balt...
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2020-02-18
To House Environment and Transportation Committee
MDHB1096IntroEstablishing that a certain report signed by a DNA analyst is prima facie evidence the material delivered was properly tested for a certain purpose under certain circumstances; providing that a certain DNA profile may be established without the neces...
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2020-02-10
To House Judiciary Committee
MDHB1115IntroAuthorizing a certain civil action to be brought against a person who knowingly summons a police officer with a certain intent; specifying certain types of damages that a certain person is entitled to recover; and providing that the Act does not rest...
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2020-02-10
To House Judiciary Committee
MDHB1352IntroAuthorizing a certain person to petition for a peace order or protective order against another person whom the petitioner alleges has engaged in certain behavior toward the petitioner that is controlling or coercive.
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2020-02-10
To House Judiciary Committee
MDHB1562IntroProhibiting private education lenders and private education loan collectors from initiating a certain action except under certain circumstances; prohibiting a court from entering a certain judgment unless the private education lender or private educa...
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2020-02-10
To House Economic Matters Committee
MDSB879IntroEstablishing certain requirements and procedures regarding certain settlement agreements for claims arising out of a birth-related neurological injury subject to certain provisions of the Act; requiring a certain board to allocate a grant of $1,000,0...
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2020-02-07
To Senate Finance Committee
MDSB801IntroAuthorizing the recovery of actual damages, expenses, litigation costs, and interest in obligee claims against surety insurance providers under certain circumstances; applying certain provisions of law on unfair claim settlement practices to surety i...
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2020-02-07
To Senate Finance Committee
MDHB992IntroIncreasing from $10,000 to $25,000 the maximum amount of compensatory damages that may be awarded to an owner of a pet from a person who tortiously causes an injury to or death of the pet under certain circumstances.
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2020-02-07
To House Judiciary Committee
MDSB675IntroAuthorizing a person with a secured interest in residential property in Baltimore County, under certain circumstances, to file an order to docket or complaint to foreclose accompanied by an affidavit that the residential property is vacant or unfit f...
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2020-02-06
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB702IntroAltering the definition of "undue influence" for purposes of provisions of law prohibiting the exploitation of certain vulnerable adults or individuals at least 68 years old; requiring a court, in determining whether a transfer of property was induce...
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2020-02-06
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB829IntroProhibiting the use or enforcement of a confidentiality or nondisclosure provision in a settlement agreement or other release of liability between the parties in a claim of misconduct in the performance of duties against a law enforcement officer of ...
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2020-02-06
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDHB1037IntroSpecifying that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, no statutory limitation on noneconomic damages applies in certain claims or actions for damages for personal injury or wrongful death that arise on or after October 1, 2020 under certain ci...
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2020-02-06
To House Judiciary Committee
MDHB976IntroRequiring a certain surcharge for service of summary ejectment papers by the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office; and authorizing, in an action to repossess any premises in Anne Arundel County, service of process on a tenant to be directed to any pe...
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2020-02-05
To House Judiciary Committee
MDHB681IntroProhibiting a provision in a contract or an agreement with a design professional for professional services that requires the design professional to indemnify or hold harmless certain parties unless the design professional is at fault for causing the ...
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2020-02-03
To House Judiciary Committee
MDHB727IntroIncreasing from $15,000 to $30,000 the maximum amount in controversy in a civil action in which a party may not demand a jury trial; providing for the construction and application of the Act; and making the Act contingent on the passage and ratificat...
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2020-02-03
To House Judiciary Committee
MDHB726IntroIncreasing the amount in controversy in civil proceedings in which the right to a jury trial may be limited by legislation from more than $15,000 to more than $30,000; and submitting the amendment to the qualified voters of the State for their adopti...
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2020-02-03
To House Judiciary Committee
MDHB684IntroAuthorizing an expert witness in a certain health care malpractice claim, suit, or action to testify in the form of an opinion or otherwise only if the expert's scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will help the trier of fact underst...
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2020-02-03
To House Judiciary Committee
MDSB550IntroIncreasing the amount in controversy in civil proceedings in which the right to a jury trial may be limited by legislation from more than $15,000 to more than $30,000; and submitting the amendment to the qualified voters of the State for their adopti...
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2020-01-30
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB551IntroIncreasing from $15,000 to $30,000 the maximum amount in controversy in a civil action in which a party may not demand a jury trial; providing for the construction and application of the Act; and making the Act contingent on the passage and ratificat...
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2020-01-30
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB330IntroEliminating, as a defense, the common law doctrine known as the fireman's rule, which prevents a safety officer from recovering damages for injuries the officer sustained under certain circumstances, or any similar rule that denies a safety officer r...
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2020-01-29
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB368IntroProhibiting a provision in a contract or an agreement with a design professional for professional services that requires the design professional to indemnify or hold harmless certain parties unless the design professional is at fault for causing the ...
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2020-01-29
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB436IntroAuthorizing a certain civil action to be brought against a person who knowingly summons a police officer with a certain intent; specifying certain types of damages that a certain person is entitled to recover; and providing that the Act does not rest...
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2020-01-29
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDHB289IntroProviding that the spouse of a person on trial for a violation of a certain protective order may be compelled to testify as an adverse witness under certain circumstances; and providing for the prospective application of the Act.
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2020-01-21
To House Judiciary Committee
MDSB187IntroAuthorizing an expert witness in a certain health care malpractice claim, suit, or action to testify in the form of an opinion or otherwise under certain circumstances; requiring an expert witness testifying on a certain issue under certain circumsta...
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2020-01-17
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDHB201IntroProviding that certain provisions of law specifying that a certain agent or volunteer of a certain association or organization is not personally liable for damages under certain circumstances do not apply to certain suits brought against a certain ag...
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2020-01-17
To House Judiciary Committee
MDSB157IntroEstablishing that employers are not liable, under circumstances related to completion of probation and type of work, for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee based on evidence that the employee has received probation befo...
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2020-01-14
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
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