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- 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 does the term "segregated ballot" mean in sec. 9-102(f)(1) of the Election Law Article, which provides that a voting system certified by the State Board of Election shall "provide access to voters with disabilities that is equivalent to access afforded voters without disabilities without creating a segregated ballot for voters with disabilities?"
- Does the State Ethics Law apply to the Chesapeake Bay Trust and, if so, is that law's prohibition against the solicitation of gifts applicable to the Trust in light of the Trust's specific statutory authority to solicit gifts to the trust?
- 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?
- Does Baltimore City Code, Article 19 sec. 32-3, which prohibits a person within a certain distance from a liquor store from selling food or other merchandise to a minor, regulate in an area that is exclusively occupied by the State?
- What are the limitations on the authority of Sheriff's deputies who carry out law enforcement activities within the territory of another county pursuant to mutual aid agreements?
- Whether local correctional institutions must comply with national standards established under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.
- Does the Uninsured Employers' Fund have the right to recover certain statutory assessments paid to the Subsequent Injury Fund out of UEF statutory funds
- Whether the Worcester County Department of Liquor (“DLC”) should be treated as a retailer or wholesaler when purchasing alcoholic beverages from another Maryland licensed wholesaler
- Request from Board of Directors, Baltimore Metropolitan Council regarding the authority of police officers to escort group charity rides in "emergency status", and the liability implications of doing so.