- Iraq tells U.N. that ‘terrorist groups’ have seized nuclear materials
- Houston dad suspected of shooting his 4 kids surrenders to police
- Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi denied freedom by Mexican judge
- Argentina beats Dutch in shootout to reach World Cup final
- Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely by NFL — again
- FAA investigating fireworks drone flights
- Pentagon: We’ll give Obama a drone strike with al-Baghdadi’s name on it
- Marine in Mexican custody to get day in court after 101 days
- Senate OKs San Antonio mayor as housing secretary
- NFL star likely fooled by Marine impostor who accepted first-class plane ticket
Maryland law on identity theft to take effect
Gay marriage set for Jan. 1
Question of the Day
ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland law enabling parents to better protect their children from identity theft is among several taking effect next week.
Same-sex marriage also will be allowed in Maryland next week, and another new law taking effect on Tuesday will allow veterans to show that status on their driver’s licenses.
The child identity theft law, which is the first of its kind in the nation, will allow parents to freeze their child’s credit any time. Credit agencies have been required to place a security freeze on the credit of anyone who requests it. But they have been able to refuse to lock the credit of those who do not have a pre-existing credit report. That has presented problems for children, because if they have a credit report they likely already are a victim of fraud.
Delegate Craig J. Zucker, Montgomery Democrat who sponsored the bill this year, noted that it also will benefit elderly and developmentally disabled residents who could become victims of identity theft.
Identity theft can be a big problem for children, because they usually don’t learn they are victims until they are older, when they apply for a credit card or a loan.
The law will apply to a person younger than 16 at the time of a request. It also will apply to an incapacitated person who has a legal guardian.
A consumer reporting agency would be required to place a security freeze after receiving the request.
Parents will have to opt in to trigger the credit freeze. A consumer reporting agency will be required to place a security freeze after receiving the request. Parents or guardians will have to contact a credit agency and provide proof of identification for the person they want to protect, such as a Social Security number or birth certificate.
Meanwhile, some Maryland couples are preparing for New Year’s Eve celebrations leading up to the Jan. 1 effective date of the state’s new law allowing same-sex marriage. Some couples have already received marriage licenses in advance to fulfill a required 48-hour waiting period, so they can be married officially at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1.
All but several laws approved by the General Assembly in 2012 already have taken effect, after a busy year that included two short special sessions.
The first special session in May was called to approve a budget plan that included income tax increases on single tax filers who make more than $100,000 and joint filers who make more than $150,000. It was called by Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, after a similar plan fell apart in the waning hours of the legislature’s regular session in April. The second special session in August was held to expand gambling to include table games such as blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George’s County. Maryland voters approved the expansion in a statewide vote in November.
TWT Video Picks
By Ted Cruz
Banning speech with a constitutional amendment is playing with fire
- GOP: Lerner warned IRS employees to hide information from Congress
- White House plans for bowling alley upgrades abruptly canceled
- ISTOOK: Flying illegals home would be 99.5 percent cheaper than Obamas plan
- GORDON: Russia plays its own game away from the World Cup
- Obama requests $3.7 billion to fight surge of illegals
- Facebook allows 'Kill Kendall Jones' page, but deletes her game hunting photos
- Islamic militants aim to take Baghdad airport
- EDITORIAL: Whats Obama hiding at illegal-alien 'refugee' camps?
- CURL: Obama turning millennials into Republicans
- Power grab: EPA wants to garnish wages of polluters
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq
World Cup's sexiest WAGs
U.S.-Ghana World Cup opener