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Md. House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Bomb-Threat Prosecution Bill

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SALISBURY, Md.– The Maryland House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote next week on a bill that would strengthen the tools used by law enforcement to prosecute those who knowingly make false bomb threats. The bill is sponsored by Maryland Del. Mary Beth Carozza, R-38C, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

On Tuesday, a public hearing was held for HB 121, officially titled False Statements Concerning Destructive Device or Toxic Material – Venue. The bomb-threat prosecution bill would allow law enforcement to prosecute the crime in the county in which the threat was stated to be. Current law only allows the crime to be prosecuted in the county in which the threat originates or the county in which the threat is received.

According to a press release by Carozza, several local supporters of this legislation testified Tuesday. They included the State’s Attorneys for both Wicomico and Worcester counties, Matt Maciarello and Beau Oglesby, Worcester County Deputy Sheriff Mike McDermott, and delegations of administrators, parents and students from both Wicomico and Worcester County Public Schools. There was no opposition to the bill during the hearing.

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