This isn't a new problem, but one that has been around for a number of years. So - again, here is my question - why is our legislature wasting their time on something that creates more problems? Our Maryland legislators are in session only three months of the year - during the rest of the year they research and draft proposals without the clock ticking towards the end of the legislative session.
Yet - this bill, drafted by a senator who is also a law professor at American University, has too many problems. Is this an inartfully crafted piece of legal writing? Or is this a loophole that Senator Raskin really doesn't want to solve?
And - why are his co-sponsors so silent?
Here is a piece from WTOP:
Bill seeks to close sexual-abuse loophole
But Senate Bill 460 has a loophole of its own: If a teacher or coach is no more than 7 years older than the student they coach or teach, they would not be subject to the law. So a 24-year- old teacher or coach could legally engage in a sexual relationship with a 16- or 17-year-old. While most schools and organizations would find that a fireable offense, it would not be a crime.
Read more at http://www.wtop.com/46/3564472/Bill-seeks-to-close-sexual-abuse-loophole and then ask your Maryland legislators how they intend to solve the problem of sex abuse in Maryland schools.