Seal of Caroll County, Maryland


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Important State Legislative Issues:

Maryland Death Taxes - Family Property Protection Act HB280
Repealing a limit on the unified credit used for determining the Maryland estate tax; repealing a requirement that the Maryland estate tax shall be in effect even if the federal estate tax is not in effect on the date of the decedent's death; repealing a requirement that the Maryland estate tax be determined without regard to a specified deduction allowed under the federal estate tax; and applying the Act to decedents dying after December 31, 2012.


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Education - Taxpayers' Savings Act HB1033
Authorizing a parent or legal guardian to receive reimbursement of tuition paid to a nonpublic school, under specified circumstances; establishing the eligibility for and the amount of the reimbursement.


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Official Oaths - Educational Course Requirement (Maryland Oath of Office Affirmation Act) HB1268
Requiring that, before taking the oath of office, an individual elected or appointed to an office take a specified course on the oath of office, the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights, and the Maryland Declaration of Rights that is offered by an institute of higher education or a specified nonprofit organization; and requiring that the course include 6 hours of instruction and specified content and materials, and use, under specified circumstances, the 1828 Edition of Webster's Dictionary when defining terms.


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Maryland Public Information Act - Required Denials Regarding Firearm Dealers, Owners, and Permit Holders HB961
House Hearing Health and Government Operations – check here for hearing date

Prohibiting public inspection of the records of specified regulated firearm dealers, owners, and permit holders; authorizing the individual named in the record and the individual's attorney to view specified records; and providing that the Act does not prohibit the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Department of State Police from accessing specified records in the performance of official duties.


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Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 – Repeal HB106 / SB391
House: Environmental Matters Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m. (Video)
Unfavorable Report by Environmental Matters Committee (died in committee)

Senate: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m. (Video)
Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (died in committee)

This bill repeals the law that passed in 2012 to require counties to submit Tiered maps for future growth to the Maryland Department of Planning. The bill also included severe restrictions on development using septic systems for all properties designated in Tiers 3 and 4. (Maryland Farm Bureau supports HB106/SB391)


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Public Information Act - Required Denials - Electronic Mail Addresses SB845
Requiring a custodian of a public record to deny inspection of the part of a public record that contains an electronic mail address that was provided for the purpose of or in the course of communicating with a unit or instrumentality of the State or of a political subdivision.


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Firearm Safety Act of 2013 SB0281 / HB294
Senate: Judicial Proceedings Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m (Video)

House: Judiciary Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m.

This bill broadens the definition of an assault weapon, classifying 15 different types of semi-automatic pistols as assault weapons as well as certain types of shotguns and rifles. It would make it illegal for these guns to be purchased or sold in Maryland or brought into Maryland. This bill limits ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. It mandates citizens owning newly banned weapons must immediately register their guns with the State of Maryland or face up to 3 years in jail or a $5,000 dollar fine. SB281 will require a 16-hour handgun training course. It increases the requirements for fees, background checks, training courses, and finger-printing for firearms purchases. (Maryland Farm Bureau has expressed serious concerns and opposes the heavy burden and expense that portions of SB 281 place on law abiding citizens.)


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