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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

Tuesday, March 23, 2010:

Medical fraud: The Associated Press reports that the Senate voted 37 to 8 to create civil penalties for making false health claims, such as an insurance company filling out a form for a wheelchair for a fictitious patient or a doctor seeking payment for services never provided. The measure would allow the state to recover damages from people who knowingly make false claims against state health plans. It also would allow private citizens to file a lawsuit against people for making false claims.

Unemployment insurance: The House has approved a compromise on changes to unemployment insurance laws that was agreed to by the state's labor and business communities, the AP reports. Delegates voted 101 to 33 in favor of the legislation. The measure would allow businesses to spread out payments to Maryland's unemployment compensation fund and lower the interest rates for late payments in 2010 and 2011. It would decrease benefits for some workers but increase benefits for others, including people seeking job training while unemployed. The measure goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) for his signature.

Sex offenders: The House has endorsed tougher penalties for people who commit sex offenses against children, reports the AP. Legislators unanimously approved a measure that would increase the mandatory minimum penalties for people who rape or sexually assault children younger than 13. The measure increases the minimum sentence for people convicted of such crimes from at least five to at least 15 years of in prison.

By John Wagner  |  March 23, 2010; 5:34 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly  
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