The House Bill number for Lynette’s Law this year has been designated as 33! Mike Ricksecker’s latest article describes this years focus and what Heather Sinclair and Lynette’s Law uncovered since the last legislative session:
It passed the Maryland House of Delegates last year unanimously 135-0 as HB 60 but the criminal portion of Lynette’s Law, a measure that would criminalize the sexual exploitation and abuse of mental health professionals against their patients, was shockingly drawer vetoed by State Senator Brian Frosh who prohibited the bill from even being voted upon in the Senate in 2013. Lynette’s Law founder Heather Sinclair vowed to bring the bill back in 2014 and has made good on her word, now armed with additional information and support that she didn’t have last year, and once again sponsored by Delegate Michael Smigiel.
“It wasn’t brought to my attention until a few days before session ended last year that there had been a sexual exploitation task force by the legislature back in the 1990s that researched this epidemic, made recommendations, and passed laws that have been ignored for the past fifteen years,” recounted Sinclair. “Had these things been enforced then this would have never happened to me or to so many others.”
(Continue reading here: http://www.examiner.com/article/lynette-s-law-roars-back-as-house-bill-33)