During the 2012 August Special Session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislators considered a series of measures to address a Court of Appeals decision about liability for civil cases involving dog bites. The release of the court decision occurred in April after the adjournment of the regular 2012 legislative session.
The Court of Appeals case is titled, Tracey v. Solesky, and the decision contained two parts. First, it created a class of “inherently dangerous” dogs consisting of pit bulls, mixed pit bulls and other enumerated breeds and applied the standard of strict liability for injuries caused by these dogs. Second, it extended the strict liability standard to landlords whose renters own the “inherently dangerous” class of dogs.
This fall, Senator Joe Getty will host five “Meet and Greet” events throughout the area encompassing the new Senate District 5. These informal receptions will provide an opportunity to meet with residents and discuss the upcoming 2014 legislation session including Getty’s new role as Senate Minority Leader and his appointment to the Senate Budget and Tax Committee.
Next year’s election will be the first in which the reconfigured state legislative districts from the 2012 redistricting are in effect. The changes to Dist. 5 were significant by entirely removing northern Baltimore Co. from the district.
Over the past summer, I have received many telephone calls and emails from constituents asking questions about the implementation of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun control bill – Senate Bill 281.
Listed below are answers to the “frequently asked questions” about the implementation of SB 281. I have worked with the staff of the Senate Republican caucus in researching the new law and its ramifications. We have also relied upon the expertise of John H. Josselyn, legislative vice president of the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc., in preparing the information below.