New Maryland Laws Taking Effect Include ‘Laura and Reid’s Law’

A new law that takes effect Tuesday in Maryland honors the late Laura Wallen, who was killed by Tyler Tessier, the father of her unborn child.

The law, Laura and Reid’s Law — Wallen planned to name her son Reid — increases the sentences for crimes against women known to be pregnant. Wallen was from Olney and taught high school in Columbia. Tessier died by suicide last September as his trial was about to begin.

Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted about some of the other bills taking effect:

In addition to the laws Hogan mentioned, another law is taking effect that changes the minimum age from 18 to 21 for Marylanders to buy tobacco products.

Maryland is also now allowing people to an unspecified gender option on their state identification.

NBC4 has mapped out all of the new laws taking effect on its website.

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One Response to “New Maryland Laws Taking Effect Include ‘Laura and Reid’s Law’”

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    On September 30, 2019 at 11:33 pm responded with... #

    … How can a person be punished for the loss of a fetus , .. if the fetus is NOT recognized as a person by society, which claims that abortion is NOT killing a person !!!!

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