ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 17, 2011) – Today, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement applauding the House Judiciary Committee for passing the O’Malley-Brown administration’s Child Neglect Law (HB 162):
“I congratulate the House Judiciary Committee for passing this important piece of legislation that will help better protect the children of Maryland. As a society, it is our shared duty to protect our most vulnerable citizens: our children. It is unacceptable that Maryland is the last remaining state without a crime of child neglect, but today we are one step closer to finally righting this wrong and ending this glaring injustice.”
In recent weeks, Brown has worked closely with the General Assembly and numerous stakeholders, such as prosecutors, public defenders, doctors, and child and domestic violence advocates to craft a balanced bill that only prosecutes adults who are clearly and egregiously neglecting their children. During their first term, Lt. Governor Brown led the O’Malley-Brown administration’s efforts to strengthen domestic abuse laws. He successfully championed the efforts to take guns out of the hands of abusers in 2009. Passage by the House Judiciary Committee follows Wednesday’s approval of similar legislation by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.