Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

Kathleen’s 2011 Session Accomplishments

Delegate Kathleen M. Dumais

• Served as primary sponsor of legislation directing the Department of Juvenile Services to provide a report by the end of the year explaining how it will provide girls in the juvenile justice system equal treatment. Currently, girls do not receive the same level and quality of programs and services that boys receive. House Bill 511 passed and is awaiting Governor O’Malley’s signature.

• With the aim of minimizing the trauma of child victims, sponsored legislation expanding the list of qualified professionals who may testify concerning an out of court statement by an abused child. It also allows a recording of the statement as evidence and raises the age limit of victims who have these protections from 11 years to 12 years. House Bill 859 was signed by Governor O’Malley on April 12.

As Judiciary Committee Vice Chair, Delegate Dumais:

• Played a key role in achieving final passage of a bill to increase the use of ignition interlocks for drivers with blood alcohol content of .15 or above; drivers who have been convicted of a second drunk driving offense; and drivers under 21 years old who have consumed any alcohol.

• Collaborated in securing final passage of a bill criminalizing child neglect that endangers a child’s physical health or risks mental injury. The new law enhances the services provided to at risk families and children, and requires law enforcement intervention when such action is necessary to keep children safe.

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