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Tougher Laws Coming for Maryland Sex Offenders

Associated Press

October 01, 2010

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In addition to Maryland’s new ban on using handheld cell phones while driving, a variety of new laws aimed at stopping sex offenders take effect this week as well as new child support guidelines that will increase payments.

Under new laws taking effect Friday, Maryland will now be in compliance with the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which creates minimum standards for sex offender registration.

Another big change in the law relates to how Marylanders will pay child support. Payment guidelines, which had not been changed in more than 20 years, will raise the scale for payments based on combined monthly income between parents from $10,000 under the old law to $15,000.

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