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Sugggested State Legislation:This Act directs that in recommending to a consumer the purchase of an annuity or the exchange of an annuity that results in another insurance transaction or series of insurance transactions, the insurance producer, or the insurer when no producer is involved, must have reasonable grounds for believing that the recommendation is suitable for the consumer on the basis of the facts disclosed by the consumer as to the consumer’s investments and other insurance products and as to the consumer’s financial situation and needs.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes penalties for knowingly employing an illegal alien. It defines “knowingly” as having actual knowledge that a person is an illegal alien or having a duty imposed by law to determine the immigration status of an illegal alien and failing to perform such duty. Violators can have their business license suspended. The Act also permits local governments in the state to enter into a written agreement with the United States Department of Homeland Security to help enforce federal immigration laws concerning investigating, detaining, and removing illegal aliens.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act permits an electric utility, an affiliate of an electric utility, or a person unaffiliated with an electric utility to own, construct, maintain, and operate a broadband system and provide broadband services on an electric utility’s electric delivery system.

Suggested State Legislation:  This Act creates a Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Bank for postnatal tissue and fluid and creates a Commission for Saving the Cure. The legislation directs the Commission for Saving the Cure to develop a program to educate pregnant patients with respect to the banking of postnatal tissue and fluid.

Suggested State Legislation: According to a Maryland Legislative Services Fiscal Note, Maryland Chapter 509 of 2005 provides some protection for homeowners who deal with foreclosure “rescuers.” It requires “foreclosure consultants” enter into consulting contracts with homeowners that lay out the terms of their agreements, give disclosures, and affords basic consumer protections such as a three-day rescission period.

Suggested State Legislation:  This Act allows colleges and universities to offer programs to enable qualified students to earn a high school diploma while earning credits for a certificate program, an associate's or a baccalaureate degree. This Act also establishes a Double Up for College Dual High School-College Credit Program enabling high schools to offer at least two dual credit and advanced placement courses each year to high school students.

Suggested State Legislation:This Act requires a registered sex offender to provide their online identifier and the name of any website or Internet communication service where they use the identifier to a sheriff; requires an offender to confirm the identifier each year and to notify a sheriff in person or electronically of any changes to the identifier; mandates that a sheriff must forward any changes of an offender’s required online identifier to the state department of public safety (DPS).

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