Monday, February 28, 2005

Maryland Legislative History

If you're searching for an overview resource for researching the legislative history of a Maryland law, probably one of the best resources you can find is Ghost Hunting: Searching For Maryland Legislative History. Written by Mike Miller, director of the Maryland State Law Library, this document has been revised many times over. It was most recently revised in 2004.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore is "the sole private/public partnership that brings together business, government and educational institutions to attract new business and investment to the Greater Baltimore region." The EAGB can provide employers with incentives for relocating or expanding in Baltimore and can help employers recruit new employees.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Attorney Client Privilege In Maryland

The Lex Mundi association of independent lawfirms puts out a number of interesting publications. One of them is a publication called "In-House Counsel And the Attorney Client Privilege." This publication has a brief summary of this law for each state, including Maryland (flip to page 113 to view the section on Maryland). The central case on this topic appears to be E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Forma Pack, Inc.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Starting a New Business in Maryland-Resources From SDAT

The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation provides a list of links helpful for those starting a new business in Maryland. The Introduction page has a good basic list of things to look out for. The other links on this page also look helpful. The FAQ page on this site is also worth looking at.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Technology Council of Maryland

The Technology Council of Maryland (or TCM) is a "not-for-profit membership organization that represents the interests of technology companies and brings together with other allied private sector businesses, the Educational Institutions and Federal Research Agencies, making up Maryland's technology community." Also hosted on this site is the Maryland Bioscience Alliance which offers a Bioscience Resource Center.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Maryland Technology Development Corporation

Known as TEDCO, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation was created by an Act of the state legislature in 1998. Governed by a 15 member board, TEDCO offers a number of funds to help startup technology companies get off the ground. These funds include the Maryland Technology Transfer Fund, TEDCO Ventures, and the NAVAIR Technology Commercialization Initiative. More information on these funds can be found in TEDCO Seed Funding Programs for Technology Development (large file).

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Biotechnology In Maryland

This 16 page report, "Laboratories of Innovation: State Bioscience Initiatives 2004," published by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, gives a good overview to the current status of the biotech industry in Maryland. The report was published in June 2004.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Maryland Divorce Law

This page from the Divorcenet site provides a considerable amount of information on the subject of divorce in Maryland. Aside from giving links to divorce lawyers in MD, the real meat of this page is in the article section. Articles here cover such topics as property division, custody, insurance, mediation, and divorce procedure. Articles are authored by various law firms, the Divorcenet staff, and individuals from various organizations involved in divorce.

Divorcenet is managed by Law Tech Media Group, LLC whose mission is to "connect: the general public with the legal community in a constructive, educational manner; attorneys with each other to share legal expertise; and parties and enable people to provide practical and emotional support for each other over the Internet." The site is certainly a tremendous resource for divorce related material on the Web. I'm curious about the accuracy of the content posted on this site, though: does anyone know anything further? Any comments would be appreciated.

Friday, February 11, 2005

NIH Conflict of Interest Regulation

If you're interested in finding out more about the NIH's recent ethics decision prohibiting it's employees for consulting to the private sector, you can take a look at the following page from the NIH. Posted on the page is a summary of the regulation, a Q & A about the regulation, and the text of the regulation as published in the Federal Register.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Baltimore Development Corporation

I did a post on this some time ago, but the Baltimore Development Corporation has a new site so it's worth revisiting. Although still under development, current pages worth seeing include pages on Foreign Trade Zones, Enterprise and Empowerment Zones, and the West Side Development Initiative, and Brownfields.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Guide To Doing Business In Maryland

Published by Piper Rudnick and posted on the Lex Mundi site, this publication entitled "Guide To Doing Business In Maryland" is worth a look. Published in 1993, it covers business entities, taxation, trade regulation, IP, environmental law, labor law, securities, and real estate in Maryland. Although not intended as comprehensive, it provides a good overview of many of these areas.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Maryland Empowerment Zones

The Empowerment Zone initiative provides "tax incentives, performance grants and loans" to stimulate development in designated low-income areas. As far back as 1994, President Clinton designated 3 designated areas in Baltimore as federal Empowerment Zones. This page provides maps of where the designated areas are and, if you want to check whether a certain address is included, another page allows you to do that. Simply type in your address and it will tell you whether your area is included in the Zone or not.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Maryland Board of Public Works

The Maryland Board of Public Works "ensures that significant State expenditures are necessary and appropriate, fiscally responsible, fair, and lawful" and, in so doing, "assures Marylanders that executive decisions are made responsibly and responsively." The Board issues a number of advisory opinions to other state agencies, most of which are available in full text. This site also lists who's been disbarred from doing business with a public body. Also, see the links page for links to related resources.