New Laws Take Effect In Maryland - NBC4 Washington

New Laws Take Effect In Maryland

Includes new child safety seat laws, more protection for domestic violence victims



    New Laws Take Effect In Maryland

    As Marylanders flip the calendars to October, a host of new laws take effect Monday in the Old Line State.

    Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new:

    • “Phylicia’s Law” requires state and city officials to publish a list of missing children. It’s named after Phylicia Barnes, a North Carolina teen whose body was found after she went missing in Baltimore.

    • People forced to leave their jobs because of the threat of violence are now eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

    • Judges must now report whether domestic violence offenders have a “domestically related relationship” with their victims. Police will put them on a list to closely monitor them.

    • A weight exemption for child safety seat laws is revoked. Now, kids under the age of 8 must be in a safety seat unless they're 4'9" or taller. Before, kids were exempt if they weighed more than 65 pounds.

    • Employers are not allowed to ask employees or applicants for their user names or passwords for personal social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

    • Gambling on fantasy sports is allowed, as it’s exempt from state gambling prohibitions.

    • Riders of scooters and mopeds must wear helmets and eye protection. Their vehicles must now be titled and insured just like cars.