Wade sponsored legislation related to fatal accidents. Time and time again, motorists at fault in fatal accidents are permitted to simply pay a fine, never facing the family members of the victim in any setting.
This new law requires anyone responsible for a fatal accident to appear in a specified administrative hearing, allowing family members to confront the person responsible for the death of their loved one. Wade also supported legislation to impose criminal penalties for operating a vehicle in a criminally negligent manner that causes a traffic fatality.
Wade sponsored legislation to prohibit sex offenders from earning diminution credits to reduce the term of confinement of inmates serving sentences for such serious offenses. Wade also supported requiring lifetime supervision for violent repeat sexual offenders.
Though we in Northern Baltimore County remain extraordinarily blessed to enjoy relative calm—apart from traffic congestion—Wade’s interactions with other lawmakers from parts of the state that were once serene and placid have convinced him that we must not be complacent about the spread of gang activity in our region. Even rural areas of Harford County have not been immune to gang violence.
Wade supported legislation to strengthen gang laws in this state, which is beset with around 600 gangs and 9000 gang members. The new laws to require consecutive sentences for crimes related to gang activity and strengthened the ability of State’s Attorneys to prosecute gang crime. We cannot legislate crime away, but we can avail prosecutors with greater enforcement power.