ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 28, 2010) –Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will testify this week in support of the O’Malley-Brown administration’s Child Neglect Bill (SB 178/HB 162). Brown is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee tomorrow and before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
While Maryland has laws on the books criminalizing the neglect of animals and vulnerable adults, Maryland is currently the only state in the nation that does not criminalize the neglect of minors. This bill will make child neglect a felony subject to imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine up to $10,000 or both. The administration’s bill allows for an affirmative defense if the sole reason for failure to provide the basic physical needs of a child is a lack of financial resources.
During their first term, Lt. Governor Brown has led the O’Malley-Brown administration’s efforts to strengthen domestic abuse laws. He successfully championed the efforts to take guns out of the hands of abusers in 2009. In recent weeks, Brown has convened stakeholders and child advocates to join his effort to pass the Maryland Child Neglect Law.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to testify in support of O’Malley-Brown Child Neglect Bill
(SB 178/HB 162)
HEARING SCHEDULE: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Hearing
Tuesday, March 1 – 1:00 PM
Miller Senate Office Building, Suite 2E
House Judiciary Committee Hearing
Wednesday, March 3 – 1:00 PM
Lowe House Office Building, Room 101