HB 261/SB 135 is a bill that deals with the installation of battery charged fences that are used as security systems in non residential zones to protect outdoor inventory. This type of fence emits an electrical pulse when touched and is configured to alert the property owner when tripped.
Local governments currently have the authority to require permits for this type of structure. However, this bill expressly limits the permits needed to just an alarm permit; which in many cases is an inadequate vehicle for this type of product. Permitting is inherently a local function in order to ensure the safety of the residents as well as aesthetics of the community and this bill looks to limit that authority.
MML, along with the Maryland Association of Counties and Baltimore City, opposes the bill. The organizations testified virtually before the House Economic Matters and Senate Finance Committees pushing for an unfavorable vote.