After our first legislative planning session, we decided to focus on education in the General Assembly in order to strengthen and create relationships with current and new members. Due to the string of bicyclist deaths, including the hit-and-run deaths of Dwight Calvin Johnson, Tom Palermo, and John Bushman, Sr. as well as the left-hook death of Andrew Gerard Malizio, we supported a more active legislative agenda.
Sponsored by Senator Klausmeier and Delegate Lafferty, this was our latest attempt to remove the exception that allowed cars to pass with less than three feet on narrow roadways and added a slow to pass provision. This bill failed in both the Senate and House committees. For a more in depth analysis, please see our post here.
We thank Senators Klausmeier, Guzzone, Lee, Raskin, and Ramirez; and Delegates Lafferty, Fraser-Hidalgo, Aumann, Carr, Frush, Lierman, Luedtke, McIntosh, Miele, and Lam for their support.
This law from Senator Rosapepe and Delegate Carr put a time frame requirement on the State Highway Administration to determine bicycle/pedestrian priority areas.
Status: Passed, Signed by Governor Hogan 4/14.
Status: Passed, to be signed by Governor Hogan.
This legislation from Senator Raskin authorizes a finder of fact to determine that a person with a BAC of 0.15 or more who causes personal injury or death while driving was acting with malice, allows for punitive damages.
Status: Passed the Senate but received unfavorable report from House Judiciary Committee.
Status: Received an unfavorable report by the House Environment and Transportation Committee.
The partner legislation to Senate Bill 86, Senate Bill 84 increases penalties for felony hit-and-run from ten years to fifteen years.
Status: Received an unfavorable report from the Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee.