On March 24 the Maryland State Senate passed the Maryland False Claims Act.  The Act, if passed by the House, would widen Maryland’s current protections to include state and local government contractors.  The currently Maryland False Claims Act only overs health claims such as medicaid fraud.

“This is about people ripping off the government,” said Sen. Jamie Raskin, the bill sponsor. “This is not a liberal thing, it’s not a conservative thing…It’s already against the law, we are just giving our state government the tools to go after it.”

“Welcome to Maryland! We want you to do business throughout the state, except we want you to know that we’ve empowered a countless number of bounty hunters who are going to watch you, and if you screw up in the least bit we’re going to come after you,” Sen. Bob Cassilly said.

Those who violate the act by committing fraud can be fined up to $10,000 for each violation.