Governor Hogan Signs Important Crime and Public Safety Measures Into Law

April 19, 2019

Includes First-In-The-Nation Legislation to Toughen Penalties for Cyberbullying

Governor Larry Hogan signed into law several important measures to improve public safety. These are among 195 bills the governor signed today alongside Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones.

“We are very proud to enact these critical public safety measures to continue to make our state safer,” said Governor Hogan. “One of my most important responsibilities is to protect Maryland citizens, and these common sense measures will help us defend the most vulnerable among us and reduce the number and prevent future victims of crime.”

Crime and Public Safety

  • Senate Bill 793: Community Safety and Strengthening Act
    This legislation authorizes Johns Hopkins University to establish a police department of 100 officers.
  • House Bill 707: Drunk and Drugged Driving Offenses—Penalties
    The 2019 session was the third year in a row in which Governor Hogan introduced the Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Act. This legislation includes provisions from the governor’s proposal and increases maximum penalties to 10 years for individuals convicted of a drunk or drugged driving offense on three or more prior occasions as well as on impaired drivers convicted of causing death or a life-threatening injury on their second and/or subsequent offense.
  • House Bill 181/Senate Bill 103: Criminal Law—Electronic Harassment and Bullying Also known as Grace’s Law 2.0, this first-in-the-nation legislation makes cyberbullying with the intent to induce a minor to commit suicide a misdemeanor punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill is named in honor of 15-year-old Grace McComas, who on Easter Sunday 2012, took her own life, having been attacked by online bullies, while her parents had no recourse to stop it.

Human Trafficking

  • House Bill 871/Senate Bill 690: Criminal Law—Human Trafficking and Prostitution Offenses
    This legislation includes Governor Hogan’s legislation to classify felony human trafficking as a violent crime.This was the second year in a row in which the governor introduced this important legislation. The legislation also creates a human trafficking subtitle in statute and recodifies prostitution offenses to separate different types of offenses.
  • House Bill 734/Senate Bill 689: Criminal Law—Labor Trafficking (Anti-Exploitation Act)
    This legislation establishes the offense of labor trafficking, a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 25 years and/or a $15,000 maximum fine.

Hate Crimes

  • House Bill 240/Senate Bill 232: Hate Crimes—Threats
    This legislation expands criminal law to include penalties for those who threaten to commit a hate crime. Governor Hogan included $5 million in his FY 2020 budget to enhance security at facilities in Maryland that are potential targets for hate crimes.
  • House Bill 420/Senate Bill 139: Criminal Law—Threat of Mass Violence
    This legislation expands the definition of the threat of mass violence so that it applies to cases in which the threat of a crime of violence would affect five or more people, as opposed to the current law that says five or more people must perceive the threat.
  • House Bill 168: Public Safety—Reporting of Hate Crimes
    This administration legislation expands the categories of hate crime incidents that law enforcement must report to the Maryland State Police and for which the Maryland State Police must collect, analyze, and report.

Veterans

  • Senate Bill 521: Veteran Suicide Prevention—Comprehensive Action Plan
    This legislation requires the Maryland Department of Health to develop a comprehensive action plan to increase access to and availability of professional veteran health services to prevent veteran suicides.

Freedom of the Press Day

  • House Joint Resolution 9/Senate Joint Resolution 2: Freedom of the Press Day
    This resolution designates June 28 as Freedom of the Press Day in honor of the five victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters lost their lives in the shooting. The Gazette was recently awarded a special Pulitzer Prize citation “for demonstrating unflagging commitment to covering the news and serving their community at a time of unspeakable grief.”

8 Responses to Governor Hogan Signs Important Crime and Public Safety Measures Into Law

  1. Angelica on April 19, 2019 at 9:15 am

    To Help the Crime make Maryland a state where it is easier that you can conceal carry with the right Training’ Now you can only conceal carry if you do security work or have a Job the deals with allot of Money. I have a Utah Conceal carry 25 states honor it’ Maryland is not one of them. Maryland has the most strictest gun laws’ those strict gun laws will not keep crime down becuase Criminals will still get their Guns’ A well train people that conceal carry’s will help keep the crime down.

    • Boom on April 22, 2019 at 10:31 am

      I dont think you know what ‘ means…

  2. Ted Nugent on April 19, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    The most notably missing bill is the one that made stealing a firearm a 2 year felony. The democrats (you know, the anti gun party) killed it in committee. Hypocrite much? Keep voting Democrat people but please do not complain when you are the victim of a crime.

    • Not Ted Nugent on April 22, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Thats simple Ted. Dems are all about protecting criminals. They cant in good conscience vote for a bill that will put a mandatory punishment on a crime.

    • Mr. Dingle on April 24, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      The biggest crime going on in Maryland presently is what the GOVERNOR and the Republicans are putting law abiding citizens thru to get their drivers license. Republican paranoia is directly responsible for the absurd requirements to renew Maryland drivers licenses.
      They even tell DMV employees to tell people they are federal requirements but if you look up other states laws they don’t have the same idiotic requirements.I’ll think about how republicans have given birth to a brand new way to MAKE AMERICA GREAT-sitting in the DMV for 6 hours.

  3. Anon on April 22, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Excellent point. That bill was more important than any of those that were signed into law.

    Anyone caught with a known stolen firearm should also be charged as a felon.

    But then the prosecutors and judges are another story altogether.

  4. Anonymous on April 23, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    before the month is over, since this is 2nd chance month, is maryland going to become a second chance state? or, do those that have criminal records ever finish their sentence? We still don’t have a mission statement for incarceration, we still don’t have a mission statement for traffic tickets, so we don’t know the purpose of incarceration and we don’t know the purpose of traffic tickets.

  5. Anonymous on April 25, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    As the governor says, if he makes Maryland an intolerable place to live, vote with your feet & move