On 04/08/2008, a new law was enacted in the state of Maryland and is regarding septic system installers and permit surety bonds. The new law, HB 305, authorizes the Howard County governing body to oblige permit holders for the installation of a multi-use septic system to obtain a performance bond before any phases of installation are initiated. HB 305 became active on July 1, 2008.
In the state of Maine a new law was introduced concerning telephone utilities within the state. The new law which is named HB 1632, as presented did not affect surety bonds. As enacted, the new law requires telephone utilities to have at least $250,000 in fixed assets and to acquire a surety bond in the same amount to guarantee that the utility will be able to meet its financial responsibilities. HB 1632 will not be relevant to telephone utilities that are already approved to provide service on the effective date of the new law.
LB 853, a new Nebraska state law, was enacted concerning the proof of financial responsibility from viatical settlement providers. LB 853 requires viatical settlement providers and brokers to supply evidence of financial accountability, which could be in the form of a bond. The surety bond must be $250,000 and be issued by a state authorized insurance company. The surety bonds obtained must be in the favor of the state and authorize the Director of Insurance to make recoveries on behalf of any individual in the state who suffered damages as a result of a flawed act, conviction of fraud, or conviction of unfair procedures performed by a viatical settlement provider or broker. Alternative forms of such evidence that will be acknowledged include any combination of proof of financial responsibility, certificates of deposit, or cash. LB 853 is based on recent model legislation from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
A new Nebraska state law was enacted that expands the coverage of contractors within the state. The new law, LB 1001, modifies the current tax bond requirement for contractors to inflate its coverage. Currently, the surety bond is required before the start of any work on a contract and is conditioned to guarantee the payment of all taxes when due, as well as contributions due under the Employment Security Law that accumulate in connection with the contract. LB 1001 broadens this guarantee to protect any withholding required under the Nebraska Revenue Act of 1967. Existing law demands that the required surety bond be no less than $5,000. The new law also states that failure to reach the conditions of the existing law or releasing withholdings to a subcontractor without authorization from the Department of Revenue makes the contractor legally responsible for the full amount of the required bond that the subcontractor acquired. The contractor may decrease their liability to the point that they can prove that the subcontractor has paid the mandatory taxes and contributions to the state and its political subdivisions.
On 06/26/2008, a new law titled SB 309 was enacted in New Hampshire. SB 309 is concerning the regulation of boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts and kickboxing matches. The promoters of mixed martial arts and kickboxing events now must abide by the same bond requirements of boxing and wrestling promoters and post the same surety bond. The current law gives permission to the Boxing and Wrestling Commission to set the amount of the surety bond they require match promoters to post. SB 309 became active after it was enacted.
In the state of New Jersey, a new law was enacted regarding vehicle sales. The new law, titled SB 521, decreases the required surety bond amount to perform an off-site sale of recreational vehicles (RVs) from $500,000 to $10,000. SB 521 did not alter the bond amount required for an off-site motor vehicle sale, but it would have trimmed down the bond amount to $10,000 for such a sale. The new law states that if the surety bond is cancelled before the conclusion of the off-site sale for both motor vehicles and RVs, the dealer must acquire and file a substitute surety bond without delay with the Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission. SB 521 became active upon enactment.