MISA Legislative Committee Update


April 15, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized


MISA Legislative Report

  • Today was Sine Die (final adjournment) of the 2015 Maryland General Assembly. MISA submitted two bills this year, monitored 82 bills and assisted with the Special Police Officers’ bill (HB 1110 passed late last night). SB 328/HB 479 passed in the final hours yesterday and will make private detective agency licenses have a three year term beginning October 1, 2015 assuming the Governor will sign it into law.

 

    1.  
  • HB 189/SB 261 – Public Safety – Handgun Permit Background Investigations – Armored Car Company Employees passed on April 10th. This was the second year for this bill that allows the State Police to accept backgrounds from armored car companies under certain conditions. Kudos to the Dunbar Team and Patrick Gibbons for their accomplishment.

 

    1.  
  • SB 436/HB 477 would have allowed the State Police to make handgun carry permits expire on the same date as a private detective or security guard certifications or licenses. Unfortunately no bills under the gun section of the Public Safety article of the Annotated Code were even passed out of committee so this bill did not pass. The good news is we made some new allies in the NRA and the Maryland Shall Issue groups. MISA will be approaching MSP to discuss submitting this bill next year as a Departmental bill.

 

    1.  
  • We will be discussing with MSP the need to issue one hard card for those who have multiple licenses/certifications through the Licensing Division. There will still be a second card for handgun carry permits. MISA will also be discussing the possibility of linking the certifications or licenses to MVA, making police calls for suspicious vehicles easier to handle.

 

    1.  
  • MISA did not have a lobbyist this year so the process was entirely grassroots. Kudos to the MISA Legislative Team – Dale Cranford, Deb Cranford, Patrick Gibbons, Dave Wiley and Gregg Goneconto – who went the extra mile for private detective and security guard issues. Thanks to all the MISA members who also gave their support with making phone calls and sending emails at a moment’s notice.

 

    1.  
  • President Dale Cranford and Kathy Morris, Legislative Chair will be meeting with Captain Brady at her request to discuss the types of experience required for private detectives and licensees. Captain Brady’s intention is to add more specifics to COMAR. Does anyone have any suggestions?

 

    1.  
  • Yesterday a federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others (including children). All four were convicted in October for their involvement in the killings in the crowded traffic circle in downtown Baghdad. The legal fight over the killings has spanned years. The defense argued for mercy, saying decades-long sentences would be unconstitutionally harsh for men who operated in a stressful, war-torn environment and who have proud military careers and close family ties. They also argued the guards were using weapons that had been issued by the U.S. State Department for their protection. The law under which they were charged, the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, covers the overseas crimes of Defense Department civilian employees, military contractors and others who are supporting the American war mission. But defense lawyers note that the Blackwater defendants worked as State Department contractors and were in Iraq to provide diplomatic, not military, services. This was the incident that ended Blackwater who attempted to recover by changing their name to Xe in 2008. They lost their DOD contracts in 2009. The company was sold in 2010 and took on new leadership in 2011 along with the name Academi. In 2014, Academi became a division of Constellis Holdings. Erik Prince the original owner of Blackwater retained the name but is not affiliated with Academi.
Comments