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- How to reconcile the two different mechanisms for calculating the interest accumulated on a security deposit held by a landlord: sec. 8-203(e)(2), an existing provision that requires interest to be accrued in six-month increments, and sec. 8-203(e)(1)(ii), a newly added section that, effective January 1, 2015, requires landlords to add interest calculated on a pro rata monthly basis for any year in which the landlord has held the security deposit for less than the full year.
- Are low-income recipients of SafeLink Wireless service subject to E911 fees in Maryland when the recipients are not billed subscribers and have not purchased prepaid wireless service in a retail transaction?
- Whether the office of "labor relations administrator" constitutes an "office for profit" such that one individual cannot serve as the labor relations administrator in more than one jurisdiction.
- Does Maryland State law give DNR the authority to inspect vessels for invasive species and prevent the launching of those vessels that either carry invasive species or refuse inspection?
- Whether sec. 15-508 of the State Government Article applies to public-private partnerships, as defined and authorized in the State Finance and Procurement Article, as well as to other, non-traditional procurement methods (e.g., design-build, master contracts).
- Chapter 334, 2013 Laws of Maryland, amended the Insurance Article to authorize the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund ("MAIF") to accept premiums on an installment basis beginning July 1, 2013. As amended, sec. 20-507(g)(2) of the now states: "The Fund may not discriminate among insureds by charging different premium based on the payment options selected by an insured." Does this provision bar MAIF from offering insureds a discount for payment of the premium in full, as it had prior to enactment of the legislation? If so, may the Commissioner permit MAIF to continue to provide the paid-in-full discount until the effective date of any legislative change specifically authorizing the discount?
- Issues raised by the Office of the Legislative Auditor relating to liquor license transfers, the alternative means of resolving enforcement actions without a formal hearing, and the applicability of the Open Meetings Act
- Concerning the Homestead Tax Credit established by sec 9-105 of the Tax-Property Article and whether it applies to assessments on properties located within special community benefit, shore erosion control, and waterway improvement special taxing districts
- The scope of the Board's authority to (a) regulate the manner in which non-Board-licensed pharmacists dispense prescription drugs, and (b) inspect "any place" where drugs are "manufactured, packaged, stocked, or offered for sale."
- Whether legislation by the General Assembly is necessary for a municipality to include its elections on the State ballot?
- What actions by the Prince George's County District Council constitute "consideration" for purposes of sec. 15-831(c)(2) of the State Government Article such that an applicant for zoning approval must file the statutorily-required affidavit 30 days prior to such "consideration"? If an applicant files an application inside of 30 days of a scheduled "consideration," can the application move forward even though the affidavit was not filed 30 days prior to consideration?