ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and leaders of the state House and Senate are expected to sign a package of bills into law intended to greatly strengthen Maryland's sex offender statutes.
Some of the legislation included in Tuesday's bill signing ceremony would increase the maximum and mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of certain sex crimes against children younger than 13. Other bills would require lifetime monitoring for some people convicted of the most severe sex crimes.
State legislators spent much of the 90-day General Assembly session wrestling with how to improve Maryland's sex offender policies after the slaying of an 11-year-old Salisbury girl whose body was found on Christmas Day. A registered sex offender has been charged with murder in her death.