Maryland Premarital Education Bill


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HOUSE BILL 57

Unofficial Copy 2000 Regular Session
By: Delegates Leopold, Clagett, Busch, Greenip, Love, Rosso, Baldwin,
D'Amato, Sophocleus, Rzepkowski, and Owings

Introduced and read first time: January 12, 2000
Assigned to: Judiciary

AN ACT concerning Anne Arundel County - Marriage License Fee - Premarriage Education

FOR the purpose of reducing the marriage license fee in Anne Arundel County for
couples who have completed a premarriage education course within a certain
time period before applying for a license; providing for disposition of the fee;
requiring the Anne Arundel County Health Department to compile and provide
to the clerk of the circuit court a list of premarriage education courses in the
county and adjacent counties; requiring the clerk to make the list available to
marriage license applicants; defining a certain term; and generally relating to
marriage license fees in Anne Arundel County.

. . .
(2) (I) IN THIS PARAGRAPH, "PREMARRIAGE EDUCATION COURSE"
MEANS A COURSE, SEMINAR, WORKSHOP, PROGRAM, OR COUNSELING TO PREPARE A
COUPLE FOR MARRIAGE AND PARENTING.

(II) IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, IF AN APPLICANT FOR A LICENSE
PRESENTS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE THAT THE PARTIES TO BE MARRIED HAVE
COMPLETED A PREMARRIAGE EDUCATION COURSE WITHIN 1 YEAR BEFORE THE
DATE OF THE APPLICATION, THE FEE FOR A LICENSE IS $2.

(III) THE CLERK SHALL:

1. RETAIN $1 OF THE FEE; AND

2. PAY $1 OF THE FEE INTO THE GENERAL FUND OF THE
COUNTY.

(IV) 1. THE ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
SHALL COMPILE AND PROVIDE TO THE CLERK A LIST OF PREMARRIAGE EDUCATION
COURSES OFFERED IN THE COUNTY AND ADJACENT COUNTIES.

2. THE CLERK SHALL MAKE THE LIST AVAILABLE TO EACH
APPLICANT FOR A LICENSE.


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