Thursday, January 31, 2008
Report On Identity Theft
The Maryland Task Force to study Identity Theft recent published it's report. Over 230 pages, the report recommends, among other things, that the penalties for felony identity theft be increased, that the State ban credit card skimming devices, and that the State should enact legislation to enable a court to order the forfeiture of all property of a criminal convicted of identity theft obtained from the crime.
New Maryland Rules Now Free Online
Monday, January 28, 2008
Monitoring New Maryland Bills
One option for keeping current with legislation introduced into the ’08 Session is by reading blogs which cover the Session. There are at least four blogs dedicated to legal coverage of this year’s legislative session: The Maryland Chamber Blog, The Daily Record: Eye On Annapolis Blog, The Baltimore Sun’s The Session Blog, and The Maryland Association of CPA’s Legislative Insider. Another way to stay current, is by searching for bills on specific subjects using the Maryland General Assembly’s website. For more on how to do this, see this previous posting.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
MD Code Annotations Free Online?
Many of you know that one of the major benefits of commercial publications of state statutes is the inclusion of case annotations which help clarify the statutory text. I was recently on the site for the Oregon State Legislature and noticed something I've never seen elsewhere: annotations to state statutes. Might this be something that the Maryland legislature (Department of Legislative Services, perhaps?) would consider?
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Technology Transfer Database
InvenioIP, developed by the University of Maryland with a grant from the Maryland Technology Development Corp., provides a database of technologies created in the academic sphere and available for commercialization. You can search either by institution or by keyword. The site currently has 4 institutions signed up listing over 1900 entries. See this Washington Business Journal article for more info.
Friday, January 11, 2008
New Maryland Rules
If you've received new volumes of the Maryland Rules, you might think you're using the most current version of the Rules. You're not. The Rules were modified subsequent to the books being published. As a result, the volumes are only current through Nov. 1, '07 and don't include the most recent Rules Order (filed on Dec. 4) which updated the Rules. Generally, the online version of the Rules is more up to date than the print version. In this case, though, that is also not the case. The free version of the MD Rules (provided by Lexis) is still not up to date. I spoke to one of the editors and was told this should be updated soon. Pocket parts for the print volumes only come out in June.