Today, NRA-backed Senate Bill 88 unanimously passed the Senate. SB 88 now moves on to the Maryland House of Delegates, where it awaits consideration and a committee referral.
SB 88, sponsored by Senator John C. Astle (D-30), repeals the standard of strict liability in Maryland law, and conforms State law to Federal law. This bill requires that hunters know or should reasonably know that the area is a baited area.
Current Maryland law uses the standard of strict liability that prohibits a person from hunting certain game birds using the aid of bait or on/over a baited area. This standard makes Maryland law more restrictive than Federal law, and can ensnare an unsuspecting hunter who has no knowledge that bait could be in the area.
Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated as floor votes are scheduled and this pro-hunting legislation continues to move forward in the House. In the meantime, please contact your state Delegate and urge him or her to SUPPORT Senate Bill 88.
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