New Maryland Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2014

As we bid adieu to 2013, the new-year hopes to be filled with prosperity and new laws.  Below are a few of the new Maryland laws and regulations that will go into effect on January 1, 2014. Criminal History Check for Child Care Providers.  Beginning on January 1, 2014, all child care providers, both formal and informal child care providers will be required to obtain a criminal history records check for themselves, and any other adult residing in the child care provider’s home. Maryland Highway Safety Act of 2013.  In an attempt to increase highway safety by ensuring all individuals who operate a motor vehicle have the opportunity to complete driver education, individuals who apply for a Maryland license without US Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation will be entitled to obtain a license with a “U” restriction.  This license will allow the user to operate a motor vehicle, but will not be usable for any Federal purpose. Central Issuance of Licenses.  In an attempt to increase efficiency, individuals applying for learners permits, identification cards, or new driver’s licenses with a “U” restriction will no longer be able to obtain these items over the counter.  Instead, the individual will receive a receipt of their license with the product being mailed to them from a central location. Maryland Insurance Acquisitions Disclosure and Control Act.  Beginning January 1, 2014, a person seeking to obtain control of a domestic insurer is required to file a pre-acquisition notification and statement regarding the acquisition with the insurance commissioner. The Koenig Law Group will continue to keep you informed on new laws and regulations going into effect as the Maryland Legislative sessions beings on January 8, 2014.