Law Professors: Comprehensive Crime Bill “Comprehends Too Much”

A number of law professors have contacted General Assembly leadership with concerns that the prominent SB 122, Comprehensive Crime Bill of 2018 violates the “single-subject rule.”

The single-subject rule, codified in Article III, Section 29 of the Maryland Constitution, states that “every law enacted by the General Assembly shall embrace but one subject.”

The law professors, who include professors from the University of Maryland School of Law and University of Baltimore School of Law, argue that the bill in its current form covers 29 subjects ranging from health and public safety to procurement.

Now styled as the “Comprehensive Crime Bill,” this legislation simply seeks to comprehend too much.

The Coalition for a Safe and Just Maryland makes the full letter available: