A new law was introduced in the state of Maryland concerning the office of dog warden. The new law which is titled HB 1139 eradicated the office of dog warden in Calvert County which required a surety bond conditioned on the trustworthy performance of his or her responsibilities. The law also demanded a surety bond from all deputy dog wardens. Now that these offices are eliminated, the bond obligation also was eliminated. The SFAA did not oppose HB 1139 because it canceled the law for motives unrelated to the surety bond requirement. HB 1139 became active on October 1, 2008.