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Yeas and nays: Today in the Md. General Assembly

Dome on a clear day.JPGAn afternoon roundup of noteworthy legislation
moving toward passage or defeat

Saturday, March 27, 2010:

Foreclosure Prevention: The House of Delegates on Saturday passed legislation requiring mediation between eligible borrowers facing foreclosure and their mortgage lenders. The vote was 119-21 on Saturday. Under the bill, an application for loan modification must be sent to all homeowners 45 days before a foreclosure action is filed. It must include information on programs and counseling help. Lenders would be required to certify that they have completed a loan modification analysis before putting a property up for sale. The measure also would require those filing a foreclosure action to pay a $300 fee to help pay for mediations. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate.
-- The Associated Press

Prisoners and The Census: The House of Delegates on Saturday voted 99-40 to requires that incarcerated individuals be counted as residents of their last known address before their incarceration in a State or federal facility, if they were State residents prior to their incarceration. The measure was opposed by rural lawmakers who said it would reduce population in areas that most often house prisons. The bill also requires that population counts used to create legislative districts for the General Assembly and county councils exclude incarcerated individuals who were not State residents prior to their incarceration.
-- Aaron C. Davis

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 27, 2010; 8:10 PM ET
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Posted by: maibride | March 27, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I urge all Marylanders to contact their state district representatives and state senator to express your support for House Bill 756, the "Maryland Gang Prosecution Act of 2010," and the cross-filed Senate Bill 517, "Criminal Law — Criminal Gangs — Offenses and Membership."

Please call now. This is the best anti-gang legislation ever seen in this state. In its current form, this bill would remedy the many weaknesses of the extant law.

Indeed, this new legislation has "teeth" — many, and sharp ones. It overrides previous definitions of "street gang" as limited to being kids who dress funny while throwing gang signs. The new bills focus on the core criminal behavior and acts, from witness intimidation through handgun violations and crimes of violence down to pimping and severe beatings. The House bill has slightly stronger wording.

The most important features include criminalization of an overt or covert command structure — a core of all gangs — and a claim of territory or jurisdiction. These bills allow the targeting of the leadership of the organizations and the organizational aspects themselves. We will go after the kingpins, but only if these laws are passed.

Posted by: thardman | March 28, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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