Maryland Law

Maryland: New Laws in Effect Today (10/01/2012)

The news this weekend was full of reports on the new laws effective today, October 1, 2012.  The new “scooter law” seemed to be mentioned the most.

The MVA has information on the scooter law,  House Bill 149/Senate Bill 309 (CH. 210), including how to apply for a title and title decal on their website: The MVA has also posted more information about other vehicle laws here: The laws include House Bill 313/Senate Bill 185 (CH. 47 ) which requires children, under the age of 8, to sit in a child safety seat unless they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall, regardless of their weight and House Bill 67 / Senate Bill 177 (CH. 44 ) establishes how drivers must respond to non-functioning traffic lights.

An article in the MSBA September Bar Bulletin, New Maryland Laws Taking Effect Oct. 1 Background on bills affecting legal community, by Richard A. Montgomery, III  lists laws that deal with subjects such as criminal procedure, family law, real property and witnesses

Maryland General Assembly, Department of Legislative Services, The 90 Day Report: A Review of the 2012 Legislative Session , is a great resource for an in-depth review of the legislation passed in the last Maryland legislative session.

Links to all of the 2012 Session bills can be found at the Maryland General Assembly website on the  Prior Session Page.

By Joan Bellistri

Law Library Director for the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library

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