The 2007 session of the General Assembly saw several pieces of legislation passed having statewide effect on the alcohol and tobacco tax laws of Maryland. Those bills are indicated below along with a brief synopsis and their effective dates. Where it is
known, the chapter number is indicated in parenthesis. The session also saw the passage of approximately fifty-six alcohol bills affecting laws at the county level. For a summary of those pieces of legislation, visit the Maryland General Assemblyís Web site.
Senate Bill 7 (Chapter 8)
Cross References and Corrections
In part, correcting cross-references and other corrections in Article 2B, Alcoholic Beverages, 6-301 and 12-107; and other state articles. Effective October 1, 2007.
Senate Bill 150 (Chapter 5)
Annual Corrective Bill
In part, for the purpose of correcting certain errors and omission in Article 2B, Section 6-301, 12-107 and 12-108. Effective March 22, 2007.
Senate Bill 9 (Chapter 306)
Education - Student Surveys - Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey
Requires the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to establish a workgroup to include representatives knowledgeable of and experience with the Maryland Youth Tobacco Survey among other health surveys as mandated by Federal and State laws to collect data regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs by the youth of the State. Effective July 1, 2007.
Senate Bill 91 (Chapter 501) and House Bill 359 (Chapter 502)
Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007
Requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to adopt regulations to implement the provisions of prohibiting a person from smoking tobacco products in indoor areas open to the public and places of employment with civil penalties and fines for the violation of a newly created Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007. An indoor area open to the public includes any establishment licensed or permitted under Article 2B of the Code for the sale or possession of alcoholic beverages. Waivers shall be determined through and granted by the health officer of a county from applications received prior to January 31, 2011. Effective October 1, 2007.
House Bill 68 (Chapter 589)
Alcoholic Beverages - Places of Public Entertainment and Unlicensed Establishments
Prohibiting a person in Caroline County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Queen Anneís County, Somerset County, Talbot County, Wicomico County or Worcester County from serving or dispensing certain items or serving, dispensing, keeping, or allowing to be consumed alcoholic beverages or other component parts of mixed alcoholic drinks in certain places of public entertainment; prohibiting a person who operates a certain business establishment for profit in certain counties from knowingly allowing customers to bring alcoholic beverages for consumption into the establishment; etc. Effective July 1, 2007.
Senate Bill 1017 (Chapter 218)
Crimes - Tobacco Paraphernalia - Distribution to and possession by minors
Prohibiting the distribution of tobacco paraphernalia to a minor, unless the minor is acting as an agent of the minorís employer within the scope of employment. Tobacco paraphernalia defined to include cigarette rolling paper and various pipes. Emergency Bill, effective April 24, 2007.
HB670 (Chapter 249)
Alcohol Without Liquid Machines (AWOL)
Prohibiting the possession, purchase, transfer, or offering of sale or use, an AWOL device which is designed for the user to inhale a mix of an alcoholic product with pure oxygen or other gas; producing a vaporized product that can be inhaled. Effective October 1, 2007.
HB785 (Chapter 497)
Cigarette Fire Safety Performance Standard & Firefighter Protection Act
Prohibiting the manufacture of cigarettes or sale of cigarettes to any person within this State unless the manufacturer has filed a specified written certification with the Comptroller, copied to the wholesaler, attesting that each marked cigarette has been tested and is fire standard compliant for the purpose of creating a self-extinguishing cigarette. The manufacturer will provide an
illustrated copy of the packaging to the wholesaler, in turn, provide same to each retailer, subwholesaler, and vending machine operator to which the wholesaler sells cigarettes. A fee of $250.00 will be charged for each certificate which may list no more than 50 cigarettes, with recertification required every three years. Violators will be subject to penalties and cigarettes may be seized and destroyed. Effective July 1, 2008.