Maryland Makes Progress with Passage of AG Gansler's Priority Legislation
Prince George's County Consumer Protection office created, enhanced penalties for committing domestic violence in the presence of a child
and minimum wage hike
Baltimore, MD (April 8, 2014) - Maryland families will benefit with the passage of proposals that comprised Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's legislative agenda for 2014. Bills that passed the just-concluded General Assembly Session provided for the creation of an Attorney General Consumer Protection satellite office in Prince George's County; enhanced criminal penalties for those who commit domestic violence in the presence of a minor and an increase in the Maryland minimum wage.
"With these priorities in place we have created greater economic security for hardworking Marylanders, promoted public safety and enhanced our ability to protect consumers from waste, fraud and abuse," said Attorney General Gansler. "I want to thank the members of the Maryland General Assembly for their commitment to progress on behalf of all Maryland families."
Two of the Attorney General's five priority proposals received considerable support but did not gain final approval and are destined for future consideration. One of those measures - The Maryland Second Chance Act of 2014 - would have improved public safety and reduced recidivism by allowing certain nonviolent misdemeanor offenders to shield their records in order to secure employment. Another would have enhanced efforts to protect the environment and the Chesapeake Bay by increasing Maryland's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 40% by 2025.
The General Assembly passed legislation that would allow judges to enhance the punishment of adults who commit domestic violence in the presence of a child. The bill that ultimately passed was supported by Attorney General Gansler and sponsored by longtime anti-domestic violence champion Delegate Luiz Simmons. Simmons had also re-introduced his bill this year which contained language that mirrored the final version that passed.