Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 15, 2018) – Yesterday, the Maryland House passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones without a court order and prohibit police from sweeping up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Maryland, it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance…

Yesterday, the Maryland House passed a bill saying they’d legalize hemp as soon as the federal government (or other federal law)  “delegates authority over industrial hemp to the states.” They felt so strongly about this provision they included it two times one section of the bill: The Maryland Department  of Agriculture shall notify the Department…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 13, 2018) – A bill filed in the Maryland House would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses without penalty. Passage of this bill would enable Marylanders to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 5, 2018) – Two bills filed in Maryland would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government insurance regulatory schemes. Sen. Thomas Middleton (D-28) introduced Senate Bill 531 (SB531), while Del. Ariana Kelly (D-16) introduced House Bill 718 (HB718). Both bills specify that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Jan. 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would ban the warrantless use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a court order. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Maryland, it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Jan. 26, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would significantly limit the impact of federal programs that militarize local police. Del. David Moon (D-Montgomery Co.), along with six Democrat cosponsors, introduced House Bill 240 (HB240). The legislation would prohibit police from procuring any of the following equipment from a federal military surplus program.…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Dec. 26, 2017) – A bill prefiled in the Maryland House would require police to get a warrant before obtaining any information collected by “smart meter” technology. Passage of the bill would help protect privacy and ensure personal information doesn’t end up stored in federal databases. Del. Alfred Carr (D-18) prefiled House Bill…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Oct 2, 2017) – Yesterday, a Maryland law went into effect that sets the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Del. Karen Young (D-Frederick) sponsored House Bill 584 (HB584) along with 18 bipartisan co-sponsors. The new law…