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Maryland Code, Alcoholic Beverages § 12-1804.2

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(a) This section applies only to a holder of:

(1) a Class A beer, wine, and liquor license;

(2) a Class A-2 beer, wine, and liquor license;  and

(3) a Class A-7 beer, wine, and liquor license.

(b)(1) A license holder shall maintain and operate a digital surveillance system on the licensed premises in accordance with this section and regulations adopted by the Board under subsection (c) of this section.

(2) The digital surveillance system shall be equipped with high-definition cameras that provide continuous, 24-hour video monitoring without audio recording capacity placed inside and outside the licensed premises.

(3) The cameras must be placed in such a way that:

(i) the exterior of each entryway into the licensed premises is monitored;

(ii) the interior of each entryway into the licensed premises is monitored;  and

(iii) the cash register or till is monitored.

(4) The video recorded from the surveillance system shall be retained for not less than 14 days.

(5) A license holder must post appropriate signage notifying individuals on the premises they are being recorded.

(c)(1) On or before December 31, 2020, the Board shall adopt regulations relating to digital surveillance in consultation with the Baltimore Police Department.

(2) The regulations adopted in accordance with paragraph (1) of this subsection shall:

(i) require that licensed establishments retain video recordings from the surveillance system for not less than 14 days but not more than 30 days;

(ii) require that a notice be placed in a conspicuous location on the interior and exterior of the premises location notifying the public that the licensed establishment is subject to 24-hour video surveillance monitoring;

(iii) include details regarding the specifications for what types of video surveillance systems are acceptable;

(iv) require that the Baltimore Police Department may request video footage only in connection with a criminal investigation and that video footage obtained in violation of this section is inadmissible in a criminal proceeding;

(v) include details on how and when the Board will verify that an acceptable video surveillance system has been installed as well as penalties for failure to comply with this section;  and

(vi) provide for the issuance of temporary waivers to license holders who purchased and installed noncompliant surveillance systems prior to October 1, 2020.

(d) Beginning January 1, 2021, a license holder applying for a license renewal shall file with the license renewal application an affidavit verifying compliance with subsection (b) of this section.

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