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2016 Maryland Legislative Session
Each year the Board of County Commissioners submits a list of legislative requests to the locally elected delegation to the Maryland General Assembly. Under the State Constitution, county commissioner forms of government do not have the authority to pass public local laws. For this reason, the commissioners must ask the local legislative delegation to submit bills for changes to the local laws on their behalf to the General Assembly. If these bills are submitted, they then follow the state legislative process

In addition to the legislative requests, the Board of County Commissioners may also ask the local legislative delegation, which includes two State Senators and three House Delegates, to take a specific position on other legislation being considered during the General Assembly session. 

Legislative Requests

Original legislative requests for the upcoming 2016 Legislative Session were submitted on November 20, 2015. The letter was sent to:  Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and  Steve Waugh, and Delegates Mark N. Fisher, Michael A. Jackson, and Anthony J. O’Donnell.

Additional legislative requests were submitted on December 7, 2015. The letter was sent to:  Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and  Steve Waugh, and Delegates Mark N. Fisher, Michael A. Jackson, and Anthony J. O’Donnell.

A follow-up to questions and requests for information made at the December 15, 2015 Annual Legislative Meeting was submitted on December 22, 2015. The letter was sent to:  Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and  Steve Waugh, and Delegates Mark N. Fisher, Michael A. Jackson, and Anthony J. O’Donnell.

Additional information provided by the Board of License Commissioners was submitted on January 4, 2016. The letter was sent to:  Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and  Steve Waugh, and Delegates Mark N. Fisher, Michael A. Jackson, and Anthony J. O’Donnell.

Additional information provided by the Department of Economic Development was submitted on January 5, 2016. The letter was sent to:  Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and  Steve Waugh, and Delegates Mark N. Fisher, Michael A. Jackson, and Anthony J. O’Donnell.

Legislative Correspondence

The following table provides links to all other correspondence to the delegation during the 2016 session.  All legislative actions for the session will be completed in June 2016. 
      
 
House

Senate

Description

Correspondence
     BILLS BASED UPON REQUESTS FROM THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS  
    (Calvert County Request Number 1) - Impose term limit of three consecutive terms upon an individual serving as County Commissioner.           
    (Calvert County Request Number 2) - Expand the availability of existing civil penalties to Calvert County would allow law enforcement an option in seeking to prevent tobacco sales to minors.                      
HB1156    (Calvert County Request Number 3) - Calvert County - Alcoholic Beverages - Beer or Wine Festival License - Altering the wine festival license in Calvert County to be the beer or wine festival license; establishing that beer festivals and beer and wine festivals are subject to specified authorizations and requirements applicable to wine festivals; authorizing the Calvert County Board of License Commissioners to issue the beer or wine festival license to specified persons; authorizing the Board to approve up to 4 weekends for beer or wine festivals per applicant; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 416
Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 23, 2016
  SB0624   (Calvert County Request Number 3) - Calvert County - Alcoholic Beverages - Beer and Wine Festival (BWF) License - Altering specified provisions of law relating to a wine festival in Calvert County; authorizing the Board of License Commissioners for Calvert County to issue a beer and wine festival (BWF) license to specified alcoholic beverages license holders or a specified nonprofit organization; providing for the scope of the beer and wine festival license; requiring the Board to choose not more than 4 weekends each year for the beer and wine festival; providing for a license fee of $15; etc.  

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 417
 
HB1353    (Calvert County Request Number 4) Calvert County - Alcoholic Beverages - Special Event Festival Permit - Altering, from 750 to 250 customers, the attendance requirement that an applicant for a special event festival beer, wine, and liquor permit in Calvert County demonstrate having a reasonable expectation of reaching.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 650
Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 23, 2016
  SB0625 (Calvert County Request Number 4) - Calvert County - Alcoholic Beverages - Special Event Festival Beer, Wine, and Liquor Permit - Attendance - Repealing a requirement that an applicant for a special event festival beer, wine, and liquor permit in Calvert County demonstrate a reasonable expectation of attendance of at least 750 customers at the special event.  
HB1268    (Calvert County Request Number 5) - Calvert County - Pretrial Release Program - Nonviolent Felon - Repealing a provision of law that prohibits an individual in detention for or previously convicted of a felony that is not a crime of violence from being eligible for a specified pretrial release program in Calvert County; and providing that an individual in detention for or previously convicted of a specified crime is not eligible for a specified program. 

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 506          
Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 23 2016 
HB1155  (Calvert County Request Number 6) - Calvert County - Bonding Authority - Authorizing and empowering the County Commissioners of Calvert County, from time to time, to borrow not more than $9,410,000 to finance the construction, improvement, or development of specified public facilities in Calvert County and to effect such borrowing by the issuance and sale of its general obligation bonds; etc.

Vetoed by the Governor (Duplicative)
Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 25 2016  
  SB0307  (Calvert County Request Number 6) - Calvert County - Bonding Authority - Authorizing and empowering the County Commissioners of Calvert County, from time to time, to borrow not more than $9,410,000 to finance the construction, improvement, or development of specified public facilities in Calvert County and to effect such borrowing by the issuance and sale of its general obligation bonds; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 182
 
HB1483    (Calvert County Request Number 7) - Calvert County - Procurement Contracts - Reciprocal Preference for Resident Bidders - Authorizing Calvert County, under specified circumstances, to give a specified preference to a resident bidder whose principal office is in the county over a nonresident bidder whose principal office is outside the county; prohibiting any increase in the cost of a contract in which a preference is given to exceed $25,000; etc.         Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 25, 2016  
 
HB1493

(Calvert County Request Number 8) - Calvert County - Economic Development Incentive Fund - Eligibility Criteria - Decreasing from 25 to 10 the number of full-time jobs a specified applicant must plan to create in order to be eligible for a direct loan or grant from the Economic Development Incentive Fund in Calvert County.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 140          
Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, March 9, 2016   
 
(Calvert County Request Number 9) - Authorizing a 5 year real property tax credit, up to 50%, for commercial properties to correct blighted commercial property through demolition, construction or rehabilitation.
 
(Calvert County Request Number 10) - Creation of authority for an income tax credit for creation of at least 10 new, full-time jobs that remain in the County for at least 5 years: $1,000 per new job for target market industries, with a maximum per applicant of $20,000;$500 per new job for non-target market industries, with a maximum per applicant of $10,000); and Annual reporting is required and could be leveraged with the State job creation tax credit.
HB1445    (Calvert County Request Number 11) - Calvert County - Property Tax Credit - Commerce Zones - Authorizing a specified property tax credit for specified business entities that obtain specified new or expanded premises in specified commerce zones in Calvert County; providing for the amount and duration of the property tax credit; authorizing the governing body of Calvert County to provide, by law, for specified matters relating to the tax credit; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2016.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 138
Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 18, 2016

Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 23, 2016

Updated Request submitted March 14, 2016
    (Calvert County Request Number 12a) - Authorize the County to deny approvals within Calvert County where the permit, certificate, authorization or approval being sought for a “dispensary” or a location used or to be used by a “grower” or “processor,” as those terms are defined at Md. Ann. Code, Health General Article, §13-3301. Letter to Senator Miller
March 15, 2016


(Calvert County Request Number 12b) - Request that the State impose, collect and distribute to Calvert County a tax upon the sale or fair market value of a transfer of medical cannabis within Calvert County or to a processing or distribution point within Calvert County, including those transactions occurring within the municipalities located in Calvert County. Funds collected would be spent for public safety purposes.              Letter to Delegate Fisher,
January 27, 2016


Other Proposed Legislation


    COUNTY IMPACT - NOT REQUESTED BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS  
HB0434    Calvert County - Personal Property Tax - Exemption - Exempting specified personal property from the Calvert County property tax beginning on the date on which Dominion Resources, Inc., makes its first payment in lieu of taxes payment to Calvert County; providing that specified personal property remains subject to the Calvert County property tax; providing that specified personal property subject to a payment in lieu of taxes agreement shall be subject to the Calvert County property tax on the termination of the agreement; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after June 30, 2016; etc.   Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 9, 2016

Letter to Delegate Fisher, February 23, 2016 
HB1157    Calvert County - Assistant Sheriff - Salary and Status - Increasing the annual salary of the assistant sheriff in Calvert County if the assistant sheriff was an active deputy sheriff in the Calvert County Sheriff's Office immediately before appointment; clarifying that the assistant sheriff shall retain full merit status; and altering the placement and salary of the assistant sheriff at the end of an appointment.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 302               
Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 26, 2016
     CROSS-FILED BILLS  
HB0075 SB0162**  Gas Companies - Infrastructure Replacement Projects - Amendment to a Plan - Altering from 120 to 150 the number of days during which the Public Service Commission is required to take a final action after a gas company files an amendment to an approved plan to invest in eligible infrastructure replacement projects.

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 356
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 355 
 
HB0105 SB0173** Local Government - Clean Energy Loan Programs - Commercial Property Owners - Renewable Energy Projects - Removing the limitation that renewable energy projects by commercial property owners financed through a clean energy loan program have an electric generating capacity of not more than 100 kilowatts.

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 535
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 534 
 
HB0158  SB0299 Income Tax Subtraction Modification - Retirement Income (Fairness in Taxation for Retirees Act) - Including income from specified retirement plans within a subtraction modification allowed under the Maryland income tax for retired individuals who are at least 65 years old or who are disabled or whose spouse is disabled; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc.  
HB0160  SB0301 Income Tax - Personal Exemptions - Inflation Adjustment - Increasing the amount of specified exemptions allowed under the State income tax for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016, by a specified cost-of-living adjustment; etc.  
HB0161  SB0300 Income Tax - Standard Deduction - Inflation Adjustment - Increasing the minimum and maximum limitation amounts of the standard deduction allowed under the State income tax for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016, by a specified cost-of-living adjustment; etc.   
HB0197  SB0623 Maryland Pay Stub Transparency Act of 2016 - Requiring employers to keep wage records for each pay period for at least 3 years; expanding the types of wage records that employers are required to keep for each pay period; requiring employers to give employees a specified written notice within 1 week after the first date of employment; expanding the information that employers are required to give to employees at the time of hiring and for each pay period; requiring employers to provide employees with an explanation of how wages were calculated; etc. 

Both House Bill and Senate Bill Withdrawn
 
HB0209  SB1146 Education - State Grant to Counties With Declining Student Enrollment - Establishing eligibility for a county board of education to receive a specified State grant; requiring a specified grant to be provided to eligible county boards in fiscal years 2017 and 2018; declaring the intent of the General Assembly; requiring the Governor to transfer specified funds for fiscal year 2017 to eligible counties in a specified year under specified circumstances; and requiring specified funds to be provided in a specified fiscal year if specified funds are not transferred.

Both House Bill and Senate Bill Withdrawn
 
HB0227  SB1166 Income Tax Subtraction Modification - Retirement Income of Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Personnel - Providing a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax under specified circumstances for specified retirement income attributable to a resident's employment as a law enforcement officer or the individual's service as fire, rescue, or emergency services personnel; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.  
HB0243 SB0166 Land Use Actions - Legislative Bodies - Judicial Review - Authorizing a specified person who has been aggrieved by a land use decision, who is a taxpayer, or is an officer or unit of a local jurisdiction to file a request for judicial review by a circuit court of a land use action of a legislative body; specifying persons that have standing to bring and maintain a specified action in a circuit court to allow judicial review of a land use action of a legislative body; and applying a provision of law to a charter county and to Baltimore City.

*Withdrawn
 
HB0250  SB0528 General Provisions - Open Meetings Act - Required Training and Certificate of Compliance - Expanding the scope of the training requirements under the Open Meetings Act to include all employees, officials, and members of a public body; requiring that specified individuals complete specified training within a specified time period; requiring each new and returning member of the General Assembly to take specified training; requiring the Office of the Attorney General to provide specified in-person training on or before the 10th day of the first regular session of each legislative term; etc.  
HB0276 SB0137** Income Tax Credit - Preservation and Conservation Easements - Altering specified provisions of law concerning a credit against the State income tax for specified preservation and conservation easements to allow an individual or a member of a pass-through entity to claim the credit for an easement conveyed to the Maryland Environmental Trust, the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, or the Department of Natural Resources under specified circumstances; requiring the Comptroller to adopt specified regulations; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc. 

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 352
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 351 
 
HB0311  SB0005 Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Retirement Income - Increasing the maximum amount allowed as a subtraction modification under the State income tax for specified retirement income of an individual who is at least 70 years old or who is totally disabled; providing that the amount of the subtraction modification may not exceed specified amounts during specified taxable years; etc.  
HB0330 SB0515 County Boards of Education - Procurements for Construction or Repair of School Projects - Making specified provisions of law concerning the advertising for bids for procurements costing more than $25,000 applicable to construction or repair for public school projects in the State; and including construction and repair services under provisions of law concerning the award of procurement contracts, as specified. 

*Withdrawn
 
HB0371  SB0819 Independent Living Tax Credit Act - Allowing an individual or a corporation a credit against the State income tax equal to 50% of the renovation or construction costs incurred during the taxable year to provide specified accessibility and visibility features to or within a home; providing that the credit may not exceed $5,000; requiring applicants to file a specified application before a specified date and to file an amended return; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016; etc.   
HB0402  SB0671 Public Information Act - Personnel and Investigatory Records - Formal Complaints Against Public Employees - Establishing that a person who has made a formal complaint against a governmental unit or an employee of a governmental unit is a person in interest under the Public Information Act; establishing that records related to a formal complaint of job-related misconduct against a public employee are not personnel records under the Public Information Act; and authorizing a custodian to deny inspection of specified records connected with a complaint of job-related misconduct.

Both House Bill and Senate Bill Withdrawn
 
HB0427  SB0188 Income Tax - Oyster Shell Recycling - Credit Amount - Increasing the maximum amount of the credit from $750 to $5,000 that an individual or corporation may claim against the State income tax for the recycling of oyster shells; and providing that the Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.   
HB0442  SB0303* Counties - Transportation Adequate Public Facility Law - State Highway Intersection - Prohibiting a county from amending or repealing a transportation adequate public facility law in effect on January 1, 2016; requiring that the level of traffic congestion at a State highway intersection be determined by the State Highway Administration for the purpose of determining whether development is allowed under a county transportation adequate public facility law.

*Withdrawn
 
HB0450  SB0386 Tax Credits - Manufacturing Empowerment Zones - Establishing the Manufacturing Empowerment Zone Program to encourage business entities engaged in manufacturing outside the State to invest in manufacturing facilities within the State; authorizing the Secretary of Commerce to designate specified areas of the State as manufacturing empowerment zones; authorizing a county or municipal corporation to grant specified property tax credits; authorizing specified business entities to claim a specified credit against the State income tax; etc.  
HB0455  SB0387 Income Tax Exemption Amount - Elderly Individuals - Increasing, from $1,000 to $5,000, the exemption allowed under the State income tax for an individual that is not a fiduciary and is at least 65 years old on the last day of a taxable year; phasing in the increase over 4 taxable years; etc.   
HB0457 SB0385 Corporations and Associations - Filing Fees - Reductions - Reducing on a specified timetable specified filing fees paid by corporations and other business entities to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.   
HB0468  SB0097* Public Health - Opioid-Associated Disease Prevention and Outreach Programs - Repealing the Prince George's County AIDS Prevention Sterile Needle and Syringe Exchange Program; authorizing the establishment of Opioid-Associated Disease Prevention and Outreach Programs by specified entities; requiring a Program to provide for the exchange by participants of used hypodermic needles and syringes; requiring a Program to operate in accordance with procedures approved by specified local health officers, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the recommendations of the Standing Advisory Committee; etc.

*Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 348
 
HB0477  SB0211 Income Tax Credit - Qualified Research and Development Expenses - Credit Amounts - Increasing the maximum total amount of research and development tax credits that the Department of Economic Competitiveness and Commerce may approve; and applying the Act to all Maryland research and development tax credits certified after December 15, 2015.  
HB0492 SB0155 Public Bodies - Use and Retention of E-Mail - Requirements - Prohibiting an employee of a public body from creating or maintaining government e-mail by using a personal e-mail account; requiring an employee of a public body, under specified circumstances, to forward government e-mail to the official e-mail account of the employee within 5 days after the government e-mail is received; requiring each public body to retain government e-mail for a minimum of 7 years or, under specified circumstances, permanently; requiring the State Archivist to adopt specified regulations; etc.

*Withdrawn
 
HB0497* SB0200** Health Occupations - Environmental Health Specialists - Regulation - Repealing the State Board of Environmental Health Specialists and the State Board of Environmental Health Specialists Fund; repealing the requirement that an individual be licensed by the Board to practice as an environmental health specialist; requiring an individual to obtain and maintain a specified credential and submit specified documentation to practice as an environmental health specialist; requiring the employer of an environmental health specialist to verify specified compliance; etc.

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 360
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 359 
 
HB0520  SB1068 Alcoholic Beverages - Auxiliary Winery Permit - Establishing an auxiliary wine permit; authorizing the Comptroller to issue the permit to a Class 4 limited winery for use at a location off the licensed premises anywhere in the State; providing that there is no limit as to the number of permits that may be issued to a single applicant; authorizing the holder of the permit to exercise the privileges with specified exceptions that are allowed at the premises for which the holder's Class 4 license is issued; providing for a $250 annual permit fee; etc.    
HB0521  SB0589 Public Safety - SWAT Teams - Reporting and Limitations - Requiring the Police Training Commission to adopt a set of standards for the training and deployment of SWAT teams in the State; requiring each law enforcement agency to follow the standards; requiring, on or before April 1, 2017, and on or before April 1 of each following year, a law enforcement agency that maintains a SWAT team to report specified information to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention using a specified format; etc.  
HB0531  SB0181 Maryland Strong Manufacturing Development Act - Establishing the Manufacturing Development Zone Program to encourage business entities engaged in manufacturing outside the State to invest in manufacturing facilities within the State; authorizing specified political subdivisions to apply to have specified areas of the State designated as a manufacturing development zone; providing the designation of an area as a manufacturing development zone is effective for 10 years; requiring a county or municipal corporation to grant a specified property tax credit; etc.  
HB0550 SB0410** Distillery License Holders - Sale of Product to Participants in Guided Tours - Repealing a specified provision of law that limits a distillery license holder to selling product and related merchandise to an individual on a guided tour only if the license holder manufactures not more than 27,500 gallons of products annually.

Vetoed by the Governor (Duplicative)
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 68
 
HB0637 SB0934 Local Government Tort Claims Act - Notice Requirement - Exception - Providing a specified exception to a specified notice requirement for a claim under the Local Government Tort Claims Act; and applying the Act prospectively.

*Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 624
 
HB0666  SB0581 Local Governments - Legal Notice Requirements - Authorizing a county or municipality to satisfy a requirement to publish legal notices in a newspaper of general circulation by posting the notices on its Web site; requiring notices posted on a county or municipality Web site to be displayed conspicuously and be easily accessible; requiring a county or municipality that chooses to post notices on the Internet to publish specified advance notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or municipality; etc.  Letters to Delegates Anderton, Cassilly, Folden, Jacobs, O'Donnell, Otto, Szeliga & Wivell, March 1, 2016 
HB0686 SB0559 Department of Housing and Community Development - Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund - Establishment - Establishing the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; specifying the purpose of the Fund is to provide grants and loans to assist in predevelopment activities, including demolition, land assembly, architecture and engineering, and site development for revitalization projects in the State; requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to administer the Fund; requiring the Governor to include, beginning in fiscal year 2018 and yearly thereafter, a $20,000,000 appropriation to the fund; etc. 

*Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 30
 
HB0691  SB0192 Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Compensation - Altering a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for specified military compensation to repeal a requirement that the compensation be attributable to military service of the individual outside the United States; repealing a specified limitation on the amount of the subtraction modification; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.  
HB0693 SB0534 Workers' Compensation - Permanent Partial Disability - Compensation - Decreasing the amount of the maximum weekly benefit for a permanent partial disability claim arising from events occurring on or after January 1, 2017, that is awarded to a covered employee for less than 75 weeks; etc.  
HB0705  SB0726* Maryland Clean Energy Center - Clean Energy Technology Funding - Expanding findings of the General Assembly concerning the Maryland Clean Energy Center; expanding the purposes of the Center; altering the membership of the Board of Directors of the Center; requiring the Center to establish a Credit Investment Advisory Committee to review and make recommendations for qualifying project applicants; altering the authority of the Center to provide financing for clean energy technology-based businesses; establishing a Clean Energy Technology Financing Fund in the Center for specified purposes; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 577
 
HB0710  SB0258 Workers' Compensation - Medical Benefits - Payment of Medical Services and Treatment - Requiring a provider to submit to an employer or an employer's insurer, within 45 days of treatment or medical service to a covered employee, a bill for and documentation summarizing the medical services or treatment provided to a covered employee under a specified provision of law; and prohibiting the employer or the employer's insurer from being required to pay a bill submitted after a specified period of time except under specified circumstances.   
HB0711  SB0643 State Board of Plumbing - State Plumbing Code - Adoption of the International Plumbing and Fuel Gas Codes - Requiring the State Board of Plumbing to adopt by regulation the International Plumbing Code and the International Fuel Gas Code as the State Plumbing Code on or before July 1, 2017; requiring the Board to adopt a specified version of specified codes within a specified period of time; authorizing the Board to adopt regulations to amend the State Plumbing Code under specified circumstances; etc.  
HB0721 SB0711 Prevailing Wage Rates Reform Act of 2016 - Expanding the applicability of the prevailing wage rate law to political subdivisions, agencies, and public works on property where the State, a political subdivision, or an agency is the owner or lessee by altering the definition of "public body"; providing that the prevailing wage rate law applies to public work contracts greater than $25,000; requiring that prevailing wage rates be calculated using wage rates established by specified collective bargaining agreements; etc.

*Withdrawn
 
HB0723  SB0585 Transportation - Highway User Revenues - Distribution to Municipalities - Altering the authorized uses of highway user revenues; repealing obsolete distributions of highway user revenues to Baltimore City, counties, and municipalities for specified fiscal years; requiring that specified additional distributions of highway user revenues be made under specified circumstances to municipalities in specified fiscal years for specified purposes; requiring that specified additional distributions of highway user revenues be allocated among municipalities in a specified manner; etc.  
HB0738  SB0293 Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income - Individuals at Least 65 Years Old - Altering a subtraction modification under the State income tax for specified military retirement income for individuals who are at least 65 years old from $10,000 to $15,000; and applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.  
HB0812 SB0432 Business Relief and Tax Fairness Act of 2016 - Prohibiting the State Department of Assessments and Taxation from imposing a fee for the filing of specified documents by corporations or business entities with 10 or fewer employees; requiring specified corporations to compute Maryland taxable income using a specified combined reporting method; requiring, subject to specified regulations, specified groups of corporations to file a combined income tax return reflecting the aggregate income tax liability of all the members of the group; etc.  
HB0823  SB0598 General Provisions - Open Meetings Act - Enforcement and Training - Authorizing the State Open Meetings Law Compliance Board, under specified circumstances, to issue specified orders and impose specified civil penalties not to exceed $500; expanding the scope of the training requirements under the Open Meetings Act to include all employees, officials, and members of a public body; requiring that specified individuals complete specified training on the Open Meetings Act within 90 days of becoming an employee, an official, or a member of a public body; etc.  Letters to Senators Bates, Waugh& Young, March 1, 2016

Letters to Delegates Krebs, McDonough, Morgan, Rose, Sample-Hughes & Young, March 1, 2016 
HB0833 SB0306** Agricultural Land Transfer Tax - Calculation - Altering the definition of "agricultural land transfer tax" and defining "total rate of tax" to provide that, for purposes of specified provisions of law concerning the calculation of the agricultural land transfer tax, the tax does not include a specified surcharge; etc.

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 373
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 372 
 
HB0849 SB0182** Public Safety - Rental Dwelling Units - Carbon Monoxide Alarms - Altering specified requirements relating to carbon monoxide alarms as the requirements apply to rental dwelling units; requiring specified rental dwelling units, on or after April 1, 2018, to have a specified carbon monoxide alarm installed in a specified manner, subject to a specified exception; etc. 

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 175
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 174 
 
HB0862  SB0367 Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Litter Reduction Act - Establishing the Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Litter Reduction Program; requiring the Maryland Environmental Service to develop, implement, and administer the Program; requiring that every redeemable beverage container sold in the State indicate a 5-cent refund value in a specified manner on and after July 1, 2017; requiring that a specified refund value be added to the retail price of a specified container at the time of purchase on and after a specified date; etc.  
HB0906 SB0433 Correctional Services - Special Requirements for Elderly, Chronically Ill, and Terminally Ill Inmates - Requiring each State and local correctional facility to accommodate the special needs of elderly, chronically ill, and terminally ill inmates and detainees in accordance with standards, guidelines, and recommendations issued or endorsed by the National Institute of Corrections; requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to designate certain sites for the housing of inmates who are over the age of 64, chronically ill, or terminally ill; etc.

*Withdrawn
 
HB0913  SB0366 Land Use - Department of Planning - Permit for Development Projects - Requiring a person that undertakes a development project that involves the construction of a total of 50 or more surface parking spaces, will result in a total of 50 or more surface parking spaces when combined with existing surface parking spaces, and is located within one-half mile of a scenic byway to apply to the Department of Planning for a permit; requiring the Department to provide an opportunity for public comment on the permit application; etc. 

Both House Bill and Senate Bill Withdrawn
 
HB0934  SB0674 Teachers' Retirement and Pension System - Employer Contribution for Local Employees - Altering, beginning in a specified fiscal year 2018, the amounts county boards of education are required to pay for specified employer contributions for specified members of the Teachers' Retirement System and the Teachers' Pension System; and making specified provisions of the Act subject to specified contingencies.   
HB0939  SB0759* Sustainable Communities Tax Credit - Alteration and Extension - Altering the definition of "qualified rehabilitation expenditure", for purposes of the sustainable communities tax credit, to exclude any amounts funded by federal grants; repealing the requirement that the competitive award process for the award of initial credit certificates favor underrepresented jurisdictions; extending the termination of the sustainable communities tax credit from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2022; etc. 

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 578
 
HB0947  SB0930 Public Information Act - Inspection of Records From Body-Worn Digital Recording Devices - Requiring a custodian of records to deny inspection of the part of a recording from a specified body-worn digital recording device worn by a law enforcement officer regarding specified incidents; requiring a custodian of records to allow inspection of recordings from a specified body-worn digital recording device worn by a law enforcement officer by specified individuals; etc.  
HB0961  SB0955 Federal-Aid Primary Highways - Signs - Authorizing the State Highway Administration to issue a permit for a sign along or near a federal-aid primary highway if the sign is a directional sign for a historic, cultural, or educational site that is naturally suited for outdoor recreation.

Both House Bill and Senate Bill Withdrawn
 
HB0978  SB0604 Task Force to Study Housing, Health, and Economic Stability of Maryland Seniors - Establishing the Task Force to Study Housing, Health, and Economic Stability of Maryland Seniors; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to study and make recommendations regarding specified matters; requiring the Task Force to submit a preliminary report on or before January 31, 2017 and a final report including its findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly on or before October 31, 2017; etc.  
HB0984 SB0017** Open Meetings Act - Retention of Minutes and Recordings - Revision - Increasing, from 1 year to 5 years, the number of years after the date of an open session a public body is required to keep a copy of specified minutes of the open session and any recording made under specified provisions of law; requiring specified public bodies to post online specified minutes or recordings to the extent practicable; altering a specified requirement relating to the preparation of minutes; etc.

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 330
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 329 
 
HB0989 SB0815 Residential Real Property - Sales Contracts - Notice of Water and Sewer Charges - Making clarifying changes to a specified notice requirement about water and sewer charges in a contract for the initial sale of residential real property; requiring a contract for the resale of residential real property that is served by public water or wastewater facilities for which deferred water and sewer charges have been established by a recorded covenant or declaration to contain a specified notice; and providing that a purchaser is entitled to specified rights for a violation of the Act.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 638
 
HB1013 SB0908 Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016 - Establishing State transportation goals; establishing measures by which the Department of Transportation is required to score the extent to which major capital projects satisfy the goals; requiring the Department to evaluate, score, and rank specified projects for inclusion in the draft and final Consolidated Transportation Program; requiring, with a specified exception, that capital projects with higher scores be ranked ahead of capital projects with lower scores; etc. 

*Gubernatorial Veto Override - Chapter 36
Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 23, 2016
HB1070  SB0809  Income Tax Credit - Renewable Energy Property - Allowing specified individuals or corporations a credit against the State income tax for a specified percentage of the cost of specified renewable energy property constructed or purchased and placed in service in the State; limiting the amount of the credit for each installation of renewable energy property; limiting the aggregate amount of tax credit certificates that may be issued during a specified period; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017; etc.    
HB1110  SB0645 Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund - Allocation of Funds - Requiring money in the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund, beginning in fiscal year 2017, to be allocated in accordance with specified provisions of law; requiring a minimum of $5,000,000 in the Trust Fund to be allocated to the Department of Agriculture annually for distribution to soil conservation districts to assist farmers and counties with nonpoint source pollution control projects; establishing the intent of the General Assembly; etc.  
HB1143  SB0728 Income Tax Credit - New Dwellings - Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems - Allowing a record owner of a specified new dwelling to claim a credit against the State income tax in an amount equal to $1.25 for each square foot of the new dwelling if a specified automatic fire sprinkler system is installed in the new dwelling; requiring the State Fire Marshal to approve applications for the credit in a specified manner; limiting the total amount of credits that may be approved to $1,000,000 in any taxable year; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc.  
HB1240  SB0812 Sediment Control - Violations - Enforcement - Authorizing a person aggrieved by a specified final decision of the Department of the Environment to seek judicial review; and requiring the Department to deliver three separate warning notices and provide an opportunity for corrective action before imposing a specified penalty on a person accused of a specified violation.  
HB1250  SB0841 Income Tax - Pass-Through Entities - Exemption - Allowing a subtraction modification under the State income tax for up to $20,000 of nonpassive income attributable to a pass-through entity; providing that the subtraction applies only to nonpassive income of a member of a pass-through entity if specified conditions are met; providing that an individual with specified income in excess of $200,000 or a married couple with specified income in excess of $250,000 are not allowed the subtraction; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc.   
HB1255  SB0843* Tax Credits - Evaluations and Sunset Provisions - Expanding the tax credits subject to legislative review and evaluation under the Tax Credit Evaluation Act; altering the time periods for the continuation and reevaluation of the tax credits designated for evaluation; terminating the biotechnology investment tax credit, new job creating businesses tax credit, and specified tax credits available under the Enterprise Zone Program, the Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise Zone Program, and the One Maryland Program; making conforming changes; applying the Act; etc. 

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 582
 
HB1287* SB0867 Public Utilities - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Eligible Sources - Prohibiting specified Tier 1 renewable sources from being eligible for inclusion in meeting the renewable energy portfolio standard on and after January 1, 2018; authorizing renewable energy credits generated from specified Tier 1 renewable sources before January 1, 2017, to be eligible for inclusion in meeting the renewable energy portfolio standard in accordance with a specified provision of law; etc. 

*Withdrawn
 
HB1299 SB0673 Property Tax - Public Land and Public Use - Exemption - Providing an exemption from property tax for the interest of a person in property that is located on property owned by the federal government, the State, a county, a municipal corporation, or an agency or instrumentality of the federal government, the State, a county, or a municipal corporation and used for a public purpose; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2016.

*Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 508
 
HB1307  SB1010 Environment - Municipal Water Supply Contamination - Remediation Costs - Authorizing the Department of the Environment to use the Maryland Oil Disaster Containment, Clean-Up and Contingency Fund to pay costs incurred by a municipality associated with the contamination of the municipal water supply caused by the action of an entity that receives funding from the State; requiring the Department to use the Fund to pay for specified cleanup, corrective action, and treatment of contamination of the water supply of the Town of Chestertown on detection of a specified contaminant; etc.  
HB1318 SB0929** Health Benefit Plans - Network Access Standards and Provider Network Directories - Requiring specified carriers to maintain or adhere to specified standards that assure that specified enrollees have specified access to specified health care providers and covered services; requiring specified carriers to file with the Maryland Insurance Commissioner a specified plan for review and approval; etc.

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 309
**Vetoed by the Governor (Duplicative)
 
HB1324  SB0778 Public Utilities - Natural Gas Infrastructure Expansion and Reinforcement - Authorizing a gas company to defer specified costs for specified projects to extend specified natural gas transmission pipeline, distribution main pipeline, system reinforcement facilities, and associated facilities; specifying the circumstances under which a specified expansion project qualifies for deferral of specified costs; specifying the manner in which a gas company is required to account for specified costs; requiring the Commission to take specified action during a specified base rate proceeding; etc. Letters to Senators Miller & Middleton and Delegate Davis, February 23, 2016  
HB1346  SB0045 Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund - Use of Funds - Proposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution to establish a Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund to be used only for nonpoint source pollution control projects except under specified circumstances; prohibiting the transfer of funds in the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund to the General Fund or a special fund of the State except under specified circumstances; submitting the amendment to the qualified voters of the State for their adoption or rejection; etc.   
HB1372  SB0940 Labor and Employment - Payment of Wages - Minimum Wage and Repeal of Tip Credit (Fight for Fifteen) - Specifying the State minimum wage rate that is in effect for specified time periods; increasing, except under specified circumstances, the State minimum wage rate in effect for specified periods of time based on the annual growth in the Consumer Price Index; repealing the authority of an employer to include, as part of an employee's wage, a specified amount to represent the tips of the employee; etc.  
HB1376  SB1121 Health Insurance - Coverage of Air Ambulance Transport Services - Requiring insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations that provide specified health insurance benefits under specified insurance policies or contracts to provide coverage for specified air ambulance transport services; requiring specified insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations that use a provider panel to ensure that provider panels include specified providers for a specified purpose; etc.  
HB1397 SB0821** Participating Governmental Units - Amortization Schedule - Altering the calculation of the accrued liability contributions required to be paid by a participating governmental unit on account of members of the Employees' Retirement System and Employees' Pension System who are employees of a participating governmental unit; and clarifying the application of a specified amortization period to specified legislative changes. 

*  Vetoed by the Governor (Duplicative)
           
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 233
 
HB1416  SB1060 Public Health - Opioid Maintenance Programs - Licensing - Requiring that specified regulations adopted by the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene include a requirement that the process for approval of a license for an opioid maintenance program include an assessment of a specified catchment area, and the number of existing slots in opioid maintenance programs in a specified catchment area and the number of individuals in need of specified services in a specified catchment area; requiring the Secretary to adopt a specified regulation increasing a specified fee; etc.  
HB1428 SB0748 Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act - Application - Extending the date to October 1, 2021, for a specified preliminary plan to be approved and consequently exempted from specified provisions of the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act.  Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, March 8, 2016
HB1464 SB0927 Program Open Space Trust Fund Act of 2016 - Establishing the Program Open Space Trust Fund; requiring specified appropriations from the General Fund to the Fund to repay specified appropriations or transfers from the Fund to the General Fund; providing that the Fund is a continuing, nonlapsing fund not subject to specified provisions of law; providing for the uses, purposes, sources of funding, and investment of money of the Fund; requiring interest earnings of the Fund to be credited to the Fund; etc.   
HB1471  SB0831 State Board of Plumbing - State Plumbing Code - Adoption and Enforcement - Requiring the State Board of Plumbing to adopt the National Standard Plumbing Code as the State Plumbing Code; providing that the Board may adopt specified standards of a specified nationally recognized testing organization; requiring a county or municipality to enforce the State Plumbing Code and authorizing a county or municipality to adopt and enforce amendments to the State Plumbing Code that meet specified requirements; etc.   
HB1481  SB0723* Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - Entering a Property to Provide Emergency Assistance or Medical Care - Providing immunity from civil liability for a first responder for any act undertaken when entering a property or gaining access to a property in order to provide emergency assistance or medical care in response to a 9-1-1 call provided the act is not one of gross negligence; etc. 

*Withdrawn
 
HB1482 SB0920 Human Services - Homelessness - Emergency Cold Weather Planning - Establishing an emergency cold weather council in each county; establishing the membership of emergency cold weather councils; requiring emergency cold weather councils to create specified plans; requiring local administering agencies to provide a specified plan to the Department of Human Resources on or before October 1 each year; requiring local administering agencies to initiate specified plans under specified conditions; requiring specified agencies to collaborate to create a specified reporting system; etc.   
HB1533* SB1062** Enterprise Zones - Target Redevelopment Areas - Designation and Sales and Use Tax Exemption - Authorizing a political subdivision to request that the Secretary of Commerce designate all or a part of an enterprise zone as a target redevelopment area for the lesser of 5 years or the remainder of the 10-year term of the applicable enterprise zone; authorizing a person to apply to the Department of Economic Competitiveness and Commerce to certify that a construction project in a target redevelopment area is a project for which the purchase of specified material and equipment is entitled to an exemption from the sales and use tax; etc. 

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 604
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 603 
 
HB1553 SB1066 Economic Development - BRAC Revitalization and Incentive Zones - Extraordinary Development District - Authorizing the Secretary of Commerce to designate, in a calendar year, an additional BRAC Revitalization and Incentive Zone that includes a specified extraordinary development district in which a federal law enforcement agency is located; increasing by one the number of BRAC Zones a county may receive if the zone includes a specified development district; increasing from 10 to 20 the number of years the Secretary may designate a specified area as a BRAC Zone if the zone includes a specified development district; etc. 

Both House Bill and Senate Bill Withdrawn
 
HB1554  SB1107 Biotechnology Investment Tax Credit - Qualified Maryland Biotechnology Company - Definition - Altering the definition of "qualified Maryland biotechnology company" to extend a specified period of time from a specified date that an active business may claim the biotechnology tax credit; and applying the Act to initial tax credit certificates issued after June 30, 2016.   
HB1586  SB0722 Crimes Related to Animals - Penalties - Mandatory Reporting - Increasing the penalties for specified crimes related to animals; authorizing a court, as a condition of probation, to prohibit a specified defendant from owning, possessing, or residing with an animal; requiring as a condition of probation the court to prohibit a specified defendant from owning, possessing, or residing with an animal; requiring a veterinarian who has reason to believe that an animal that has been treated by the veterinarian has been subjected to abuse or neglect to make a specified report; etc.   
HB1603  SB0937* Sustainable Oyster Harvest Act of 2016 - Requiring the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science to conduct a specified study related to the public oyster fishery; requiring the Center to report to the Governor, the Department of Natural Resources, the Oyster Advisory Commission, and the General Assembly on or before October 1, 2017; and prohibiting the Department from taking specified actions until after the Center has made its report. 

*Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 703
 
HB1618  SB1144 Cigarette Restitution Fund - Establishment of Behavioral Health Treatment Account and Funding for Substance Use Treatment Services - Requiring the Cigarette Restitution Fund to include a separate account to be used for substance use treatment, with priority given to residential treatment services, recovery support housing, and specified crisis response services, and for rate adjustments for specified agencies or programs; requiring specified distributions from the account to be used to supplement and not supplant specified other funds; prohibiting more than $10,000,000 from being appropriated from the account in any fiscal year; etc.   
HB1628  SB1110* Maryland Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Incentive Program and Fund - Establishing the Maryland Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Incentive Program; establishing that the purpose of the Program is to foster job creation and economic development in the State in a specified manner; requiring the Maryland Technology Development Corporation to administer the Program; authorizing a specified small business to apply to the Corporation for a grant under the Program to reimburse specified costs and to match specified funding awards; etc. 

*Withdrawn
 
HB1643  SB0371 Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Perpetual Conservation Easements - Providing a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for the first $500,000 in proceeds from the sale of a perpetual conservation easement on real property in the State; and applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.   
    HOUSE BILLS   
HB0019
  Public Safety - Building Performance Standards - Local Amendments to Fire Sprinkler Systems Provisions - Repealing the prohibition on a local jurisdiction adopting specified amendments to the Maryland Building Performance Standards regarding fire sprinkler systems in townhouses and one- and two-family dwellings; requiring that if a local jurisdiction adopts local amendments weakening the Maryland Building Performance Standards regarding fire sprinkler systems, the local amendment shall require that a builder provide the buyer with information and, if requested, install a fire suppression system at the buyer's expense; etc.   
HB0020    Calvert County and St. Mary's County - Archery Hunting - Safety Zone - Establishing for archery hunters in Calvert County and St. Mary's County a specified safety zone extending for 50 yards from a dwelling house, residence, church, or any other building or camp occupied by human beings within which archery hunting may not take place except under specified circumstances.
 
Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 246
 
HB0023    Procurement - Prevailing Wage Law - Waiver From Provisions - Authorizing a public body to request a waiver from the provisions of the prevailing wage law for construction of an elementary or a secondary school if compliance with the law defers or cancels the construction of another school, or increases the cost of constructing a school by 10% or more; authorizing the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to grant a waiver within 90 days after specified conditions have been satisfied by a public body; and requiring the Commissioner to adopt specified regulations.   
HB0045    State Education Aid - Real Property Valuation - Tax Increment Financing - Requiring the assessed valuation of specified real property used in calculating the wealth of a jurisdiction for purposes of education aid to remain at a specified assessment for a specified period of time; defining specified terms; and applying the Act to the calculation of payments of State aid to counties and Baltimore City for fiscal years after June 30, 2017. 


Withdrawn
 
HB0057    Public Safety - Maryland Building Performance Standards - Adoption, Implementation, and Enforcement of Modifications - Altering the period of time from 12 months to 18 months in which the Department of Housing and Community Development is required to adopt each subsequent version of the Maryland Building Performance Standards; and altering the period of time from 6 months to 12 months in which a local jurisdiction is required to implement and enforce a modification of the Maryland Building Performance Standards adopted by the State. 

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 83
 
HB0061    Environment - Solid Waste, Recycling, and Anaerobic Digestion - Providing that a person may operate an anaerobic digestion facility only in accordance with specified requirements, regulations, orders, and permits; requiring the Department of the Environment to adopt regulations relating to the design, construction, and operational conditions of recycling facilities, a tiered system of permits or approval for recycling facilities, and exceptions to any requirement to obtain a recycling facility permit or approval; altering specified definitions; etc.  
HB0064    Income Tax Credit - Payment of Tuition at a Community College - Allowing an individual who pays specified tuition and fees at a community college to claim a credit against the State income tax up to the amount of State income tax imposed or tuition paid for the taxable year; prohibiting an individual from claiming the credit for the amount of tuition otherwise covered by grants or loans; requiring the Comptroller to adopt specified regulations; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc.  
HB0069    Personal Property Tax - Credit for New or Small Business - Authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City or the governing body of a county or municipal corporation to provide a property tax credit for up to 100% of the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on specified personal property that is owned or leased by specified new or small businesses; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 473
 
HB0082    Stormwater Management - Assessment of Local Fees, Charges, and Excise Taxes - Leasehold Interests - Requiring a leasehold or other limited interest in property that is owned by the federal government, the State, a county, a municipality, or an agency or instrumentality of the federal government, the State, a county, or a municipality to be assessed a specified stormwater remediation fee, a specified stormwater management charge, or a specified stormwater management excise tax by a county or municipality under specified circumstances.   
HB0090    On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems - Operation and Maintenance Costs - Low-Income Homeowners - Requiring the Department of the Environment to assist, with money from the Bay Restoration Fund, low-income homeowners with the cost, up to 50%, of 3-year operation and maintenance contracts for on-site sewage disposal systems that utilize nitrogen removal technology; and requiring the Department or a local government to determine applicant eligibility and the amount of assistance to be provided.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 93
 
HB0103    Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Interest Paid on Student Loans - Allowing a subtraction modification under the State income tax for the amount of interest paid by a qualified taxpayer on qualified student loans; requiring the Comptroller to adopt specified regulations; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc.    
HB0114    Homeowners' Property Tax Credit - Calculation and Eligibility - Altering specified limitations on a homeowner's combined net worth and gross income amount for purposes of determining eligibility for the homeowners' property tax credit; altering the computation of the credit; etc.   
HB0123    Property Tax - Credits for Property in Neighborhood Conservation Area - Establishing a property tax credit against the State property tax imposed on specified real property located in a neighborhood conservation area under specified circumstances; establishing the amount of the property tax credit, subject to a specified limitation; and requiring that specified properties be purchased from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2021, to qualify for a specified county or municipal corporation property tax credit for specified owner-occupied, residential real property in designated areas; etc.  
HB0129    Staggered Election Terms - Charter County Councils - Proposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution authorizing a charter county to enact legislation to stagger the terms of office for the members of the county council of the county; providing that some members of the county council of a charter county may be elected at the presidential general election and some members may be elected at the gubernatorial general election; and submitting the amendment to the qualified voters of the State for their adoption or rejection.  
HB0153    Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights - Time Period for Filing Administrative Charges - Reduction - Reducing from 1 year to 90 days the period of time under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights during which a law enforcement agency may file administrative charges against a law enforcement officer after becoming aware of an act giving rise to a charge for those acts not involving criminal activity or excessive force.

Withdrawn
 
HB0154   Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights - Administrative Hearing - Reimbursement of Costs and Fees - Requiring under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights that a hearing board award specified costs and fees, including attorney's fees, to a law enforcement officer after a finding of not guilty.

Withdrawn
 
HB0178    Natural Resources - Roadside Trees - Preservation and Protection - Authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to issue a permit for roadside tree maintenance or removal only for public health and safety purposes or if the tree is dead or dying; prohibiting the Department from issuing a permit for roadside tree maintenance or removal for aesthetic purposes; requiring a person who removes a roadside tree to replace the roadside tree within 2 months after its removal; requiring the Department to ensure that all required replacement trees are planted; etc.  
HB0217    Open Meetings Act - Requirements for Providing Agendas - Requiring a public body to provide an agenda containing specified information if the agenda has been determined at the time a public body gives notice of the meeting or, if an agenda has not been determined at the time of the meeting notice, the public body shall provide the agenda at least 24 hours before the meeting; and authorizing a public body to provide an agenda within a reasonable time after a meeting is held under specified circumstances.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 255
 
HB0291    Personal Property Tax - Exemption - Small Business - Providing an exemption from personal property tax between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2021, for property purchased on or after July 1, 2016, and owned by specified businesses.  
HB0325    Environment - Bay Restoration Fund - Use of Funds - Nutrient Credit Purchases - Authorizing funds in the Bay Restoration Fund to be used for the costs associated with the purchase of cost-effective nitrogen and phosphorous nutrient credits in support of the efforts by the State to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay; and requiring the Department of the Environment to consult with the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Natural Resources when adopting specified regulations.  
HB0326    Housing and Community Development - Business Lending and Neighborhood Revitalization - Expanding the areas in which the Neighborhood Business Development Program in the Department of Housing and Community Development is authorized to provide financial assistance; authorizing the Maryland Housing Fund and the Community Development Administration in the Department to provide financial assistance to specified business projects; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 482
 
HB0331    Program Open Space - Funding for Capital Improvements - Altering the funds under Program Open Space that are authorized to be used for specified capital improvements under specified circumstances.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 100
 
HB0389    Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area Protection Program - Intrafamily Transfers - Altering the definition of "immediate family" as it relates to intrafamily transfers of specified property authorized in a local jurisdiction's Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area protection program.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 103
 
HB0394    Public Health - Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - Information and Fund - Requiring an applicant for a specified permit for the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the exploration or production of natural gas to submit specified information to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in a specified manner; establishing the Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Education and Impact Fund to address the potential health risks associated with chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing; establishing a maximum civil penalty of $100,000 for each specified violation of the Act; etc.  
HB0479    Vehicle Laws - Law Enforcement Transport Vehicles - Seat Belts - Requiring that a vehicle used by a law enforcement agency to transport persons be equipped with seat belts for each position on the vehicle that may lawfully be occupied by a passenger.   
HB0483    Property Tax - Homeowner's Tax Credit - Computation and Eligibility - Altering the computation of a specified homeowner's property tax credit; increasing, from $60,000 to $75,000, the limitation on a homeowner's combined gross income amount for eligibility for the credit; etc.  
HB0494    Agriculture - Animal Shelters - Uniform Standards of Operation and Care (Animal Shelters Standards Act of 2016) - Requiring an animal shelter to develop and make reasonable efforts to adhere to a written veterinary care protocol consistent with the guidelines in the Association of Shelter Veterinarians' Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters; requiring an animal shelter to meet specified veterinary care requirements; requiring an animal shelter to maintain specified holding periods; requiring an animal shelter to take specified steps to determine the identity of an animal in its custody; specifying euthanasia requirements; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 267
 
HB0524    Foreclosure - Responsibility for Maintenance of Residential Property and Registration Requirement - Establishing that, on and after the filing of an action to foreclose a mortgage or deed of trust on residential property, the secured party shall be responsible for maintenance of the property until the foreclosure sale occurs; requiring the secured party to submit a registration to the Foreclosed Property Registry within 30 days after the filing of a foreclosure action on residential property; requiring the registration to be in a specified form and contain specified information; establishing fees; applying the Act prospectively; etc.

Withdrawn
 
HB0545    Landlord and Tenant - Water and Wastewater Charges - Prohibition on Ratio Utility Billing Systems - Prohibiting a landlord on or after January 1, 2017, from using a ratio utility billing system to charge a tenant for the cost of water and wastewater utilities; imposing specified limits on charges for water and wastewater utilities if a landlord charges a tenant separately for utilities; providing that a landlord that violates the Act is liable for the greater of the total amount of all damages proximately caused by the violation or $1,000 per violation plus reasonable attorney's fees; etc.

Withdrawn
 
HB0584    Economic Development - One Maryland Tax Credit - Expansion - Expanding the eligibility requirements for the One Maryland Economic Development Tax Credit to include specified qualified businesses that establish or expand a specified business facility that is located in a qualified distressed political subdivision; expanding eligibility for the credit by altering, under specified circumstances, the number of qualified positions that must be created and the eligible activities in which a person may engage at a new or expanded business facility; etc.  
HB0613    Public Utilities - Telephone Companies - Wired Broadband (Wired Broadband Act of 2016) - Requiring a specified telephone company to provide and maintain wired broadband service or pay the cost of providing wired broadband service to the Rural Broadband Assistance Fund; requiring the Public Service Commission, to the extent authorized under federal law, to cooperate with the Federal Communications Commission on efforts to promote universal wired broadband access in the State; and requiring the Commission to make a certain annual report and recommendations to the General Assembly on or before January 31 of each year. Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 18, 2016
HB0664    Foreclosures - Responsibility for Maintenance of Residential Property and Registration Requirement - Establishing that, on and after the filing of an action to foreclose a mortgage or deed of trust on residential property, the secured party shall be responsible for maintenance of the property until the foreclosure sale occurs; requiring the secured party to submit a registration to the Foreclosed Property Registry within 30 days after the filing of a foreclosure action on residential property; requiring the registration to be in a specified form and contain specified information; establishing fees; etc.  
HB0665    Constitutional Amendment - Marijuana - Right to Use, Possess, and Cultivate - Amending the Maryland Constitution to establish that, subject to specified exceptions, an individual in the State who is at least 21 years old has the right under State law to use, possess, and cultivate marijuana; providing that the right enumerated in the amendment may not be infringed except that the transfer of marijuana by purchase or sale may be regulated as necessary to insure health and safety and taxed for specified purposes; etc.  
HB0685    Department of Aging - Comprehensive Plan for the Aging Population - Requiring the Department of Aging, in consultation with specified other units, to develop a comprehensive long-term plan to address the impacts and needs of the State's aging population; requiring the plan to include specified information, recommendations, and benchmarks; requiring the Department to submit specified progress reports to the General Assembly; requiring the Department to submit the completed plan to the Governor and the General Assembly; etc.

Withdrawn
 
HB0687    Prevailing Wage - Payroll Records - Submission by Contractors - Requiring contractors on a public work contract to submit payroll records within 30 days after the end of each payroll period.   
HB0734    State Procurement - Preference for Resident Bidders or Offerors - Requiring a unit of State government to give a resident bidder or offeror a specified preference on the procurement of goods and services under specified circumstances; and defining specified terms.

Withdrawn
 
HB0736    Labor and Employment - Employment Rights for Local Government Employees - Establishment - Requiring specified counties and municipal corporations to enact a local law, on or before December 31, 2017, to authorize collective bargaining between the county or municipal corporation and a specified employee organization; authorizing specified counties and municipal corporations to enact a local law to authorize collective bargaining between the county or municipal corporation and a specified employee organization; etc. Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, March 1, 2016
HB0742    Environment - Water Service Shut Off Protection Act - Authorizing a provider of water or sewerage system service to temporarily shut off service temporarily for reasons of health or safety or in a state or national emergency; requiring a provider to mail a specified notice when temporarily shutting off service; prohibiting a provider from shutting off service unless the provider posts specified notices at the premises within specified time periods; prohibiting a provider from shutting off service for specified reasons; etc.  
HB0760   Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights - Alterations - Altering the requirements for making a specified complaint against a law enforcement officer for a reason that may lead to a specified action; altering the individuals who may conduct a specified investigation, interrogation, or hearing against a specified law enforcement officer; requiring confidentiality of specified information under specified circumstances; providing for the suspension of a law enforcement officer's police powers during a specified investigation; etc.  
HB0762    Tax Sales - Reimbursement for Expenses - Clarifying that specified costs incurred by the holder of a tax sale certificate shall be reimbursed on redemption of the property; requiring specified payments for reimbursement to be made to the attorney for a holder of a certificate of sale or the holder of a certificate of sale and not the collector; providing that the holder of a tax sale certificate shall be reimbursed $500 for attorney's fees if an action to foreclose the right of redemption has not been filed and establishing that amount as reasonable; etc.  
HB0797    Nontidal Wetlands - Nontidal Wetland Mitigation Banking - Repealing a requirement that the Department of the Environment develop standards and adopt regulations to establish specified compensation ratios for mitigation through mitigation banks; altering a requirement that the Department develop standards and adopt regulations to establish specified public notice and comment requirements; repealing a requirement that specified standards and regulations adopted by the Department ensure that on-site mitigation is examined before conducting mitigation off site; etc. 

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 631
 
HB0808    Public Service Commission - Damaged or Dangling Utility Lines - Fine - Requiring the Public Service Commission to notify a specified person about a damaged or dangling line on a utility pole under specified circumstances; requiring a specified person to investigate and, where appropriate, repair a damaged or dangling line within 30 days after receiving notice from the Commission; and requiring the Commission to impose a maximum fine of $250 on a specified person that fails to repair a damaged or dangling line within the 30-day period.  
HB0838    Civil Immunity - Emergency Care for Drug Overdose - Protocols - Providing that a specified person is not civilly liable for specified acts or omissions in administering medications or treatment approved for use in response to an apparent drug overdose only if the person is acting in accordance with the protocols established for the person's license or certification.  
HB0839    Vehicle Laws - Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicles - Reserved Parking Spaces - Prohibiting a person from parking a vehicle that is not a plug-in electric drive vehicle connected for charging purposes in a parking space that is designated for the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles; requiring that a parking space that is for the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles have green pavement markings; requiring that a parking space that is for the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles be counted as part of the overall number of parking spaces for purposes of complying with specified zoning or parking laws; etc.  
HB0851    Counties - Paid Sick Leave for Limited-Term Grant-Funded Employees - Requirement - Requiring a county to provide an employee whose position is funded through a limited-term grant with paid sick leave in the same manner and to the same extent that the county provides paid sick leave to an employee in an equivalent position that is not funded through a limited-term grant.  
HB0854    State Highway Administration - Relocation of Water or Sewer Lines - Cost Sharing - Requiring the State Highway Administration to notify the political subdivision or agency that owns a water or sewer line that must be relocated due to a federal project of the cost of the relocation; requiring the Administration to develop a plan to share the cost of the relocation with the political subdivision or agency that owns the water or sewer line as part of the cost of the federal project; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 281
 
HB0858    Enterprise Zone Income Tax Credit - Expansion - Altering the definition of "economically disadvantaged individual" to include specified ex-felons for the purpose of the State income tax credit authorized for business entities that hire specified economically disadvantaged individuals in enterprise zones; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc.   
HB0898    Property Tax Credit - Elderly Individuals and Veterans - Authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City, a county, or a municipal corporation to provide a property tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on the dwelling of specified individuals who are elderly or veterans; providing a maximum tax credit of 20% of the county or municipal corporation property tax which may be granted for a period of up to 5 years; and applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after June 30, 2016; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 498
 
HB0950    Labor and Employment - Number of Employees Granted H-1B or L-1 Visa - Disclosure - Requiring each employer to make available to the public the number of the employer's employees who have been granted an H-1B or L-1 visa by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  
HB0966    Higher Education - College of Southern Maryland - Bachelor's Degree Programs - Authorizing the College of Southern Maryland to offer specified bachelor's degree programs and award bachelor's degrees; requiring specified bachelor's degree programs to include specified components; and requiring the College of Southern Maryland, in coordination with the Secretary of Higher Education, to adopt specified rules and regulations relating to the implementation of bachelor's degree programs and the awarding of bachelor's degrees at the College. Letters to Senators Miller & Waugh and Delegates Fisher, Jackson & O'Donnell, February 23 2016 
HB1034    Income Tax - Job Creation Tax Credit - Long-Term Unemployed Individuals - Allowing a qualified business entity to claim a credit against the State income tax for employing individuals who have been unemployed for at least 1 year immediately before being employed by the qualified business entity; providing that the credit may not exceed a specified amount; defining a specified term; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.  
HB1041    State Wetlands - Nonstructural Shoreline Stabilization Requirement - Waiver - Requiring a specified waiver process adopted by the Department of the Environment to exempt a person from the requirement to use specified nonstructural shoreline stabilization measures for specified erosion protection projects if the person submits to the Department a document prepared by a licensed marine contractor or professional engineer that certifies that nonstructural shoreline stabilization measures are not feasible for the person's property.

Withdrawn
 
HB1108    Environment - Municipal Stormwater Charges - Property Subject to Charges - Providing a specified exception to an exemption from specified taxes, user charges, and utility fees relating to stormwater for property owned by a county; providing that property owned by the State or a unit of State government, a county, a college or university, or a local school system is subject to specified stormwater charges imposed by the governing body of the municipality within which the property is located under specified circumstances; etc.  
HB1112    Environment - Gas Storage Wells and Facilities - Safety Regulations - Requiring the Department of the Environment to adopt specified regulations to promote the safety of gas storage wells and facilities in the State.  
HB1117    Environment - Mattress Stewardship Program - Requiring specified producers or a representative organization to submit a plan for the establishment of a Mattress Stewardship Program to the Department of the Environment on or before July 1, 2017, and in accordance with specified requirements; requiring the Department to review and approve specified plans, including a specified assessment, submitted in accordance with the Mattress Stewardship Program; prohibiting the sale of specified mattresses under specified circumstances beginning October 1, 2017; etc.  
HB1279   Sales and Use Tax - Exemption - Energy Consumption by Restaurants - Providing that the sales and use tax does not apply to the sale of electricity, fuel, and other utilities used to operate a restaurant.   
HB1286    Residential Property - Foreclosed Property Registry - Notification to Local Jurisdictions - Altering the information that is required to be contained in the initial registration of a residential property in the Foreclosed Property Registry in the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to include the county in which the property is located; and requiring the Department to promptly send an electronic copy of the initial registration of a residential property to the appropriate county official and, on request, to the appropriate official of the municipal corporation in which the residential property is located.  
HB1293    Labor and Employment - Break Time for Expression of Breast Milk by Employees - Requirement - Requiring an employer to provide to an employee specified break time for the employee to express breast milk for a nursing child and, except under specified circumstances, a specified place that the employee can use while expressing breast milk; requiring an employer to provide the break time and place for 1 year after the child's birth; authorizing, under specified circumstances, an employer to require an employee to use specified nonworking shift breaks to express breast milk; etc.   
HB1388    Transportation - Motor Fuel Tax and Highway User Revenue - Increased Local Share - Allocating specified motor fuel tax revenue to a specified account that is shared with local governments; increasing the portion of highway user revenue that is distributed to local governments; altering the allocation of the local share of highway user revenue among Baltimore City, counties, and municipalities; proposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution mandating that revenue be credited to a specified account and distributed from that account in a specified manner; etc.   
HB1407   Economic Development - Business Improvement Districts - Altering a specified definition of "nonexempt property" to include all real property; altering the number of signatures needed on specified documentation required to establish a business improvement district corporation; and altering the criteria for expanding an existing business improvement district.  
HB1413    State Government - Legislation Impacting Local Government Land Use Decisions - Economic Impact Analyses - Requiring specified Executive Branch agencies and the Department of Legislative Services to prepare economic impact analyses for specified bills that impact local government land use decisions; etc.  
HB1415    Cable Service - Broadband Connection Requirement - Enforcement - Providing that a county or municipality may establish specified penalties for failure to comply with a franchise agreement for a cable television system; requiring that a franchise agreement include a service connection requirement for wired broadband service, subject to specified conditions; providing that a specified failure to install wired broadband on request under a service connection requirement of a franchise agreement constitutes a specified breach; etc.  
HB1455    Transportation - Highway User Revenue - Restoration - Increasing the portion of highway user revenue that is distributed to local governments for specified fiscal years; altering the allocation of highway user revenues to Baltimore City and the counties and municipalities for specified fiscal years; stating the intent of the General Assembly that specified projects remain funded; etc.  
HB1472   Fire Safety Construction Act of 2016 - Prohibiting a multifamily dwelling from being constructed using light framed combustible construction in an area with a specified population; authorizing a multifamily dwelling to be constructed using light framed combustible material in an area with a specified population under specified circumstances; requiring the number of stories of a specified building to be measured from the grade plane for a specified purpose; limiting the size of a building that includes specified construction except under specified circumstances; etc.  
HB1485    Other Tobacco Products - Local Laws for Sale and Distribution - Intent of the General Assembly - Stating that it is the intent of the General Assembly that a county or municipal corporation may enact and enforce local laws relating to the sale and distribution of other tobacco products under a specified circumstance and subject to specified exceptions; stating the intent of the General Assembly relating to the holding of a specified case of the Court of Appeals; etc.  
HB1496   Farmers' Rights Act - Establishing that specified contracts for the production of livestock impose a specified obligation of good faith on all parties; requiring specified production contracts to include a specified disclosure statement and cover sheet containing specified information; requiring specified production contracts to comply with specified standards; authorizing a specified producer to cancel a production contract within a specified period of time; providing that specified provisions in a production contract are void and unenforceable; etc.  
HB1504    Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Distribution of Tobacco Products to Minors - Prohibition and Enforcement - Prohibiting a person from distributing specified tobacco products, paraphernalia, or coupons to a minor; providing that a person who violates a specified provision of the Act is subject to specified civil penalties; requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration and consultation with specified agencies, to develop specified strategies; requiring the Department to report on specified strategies on or before October 1 each year; etc.  
HB1571    Property Tax Credit - Disabled Law Enforcement Officers and Rescue Workers - Acquisition of Dwelling - Increasing from 2 years to 10 years the number of years within which a disabled law enforcement officer or rescue worker must have acquired specified residential property in order to qualify for a specified property tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on the property; and applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after June 30, 2016.   
HB1579    Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights - Hearing Board - Repealing the provision allowing an alternative method for the formation of a hearing board under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights when the alternative method has been agreed to in a specified exclusive collective bargaining agreement; repealing the provision under which findings of fact and the penalty determination of a hearing board are final when agreed to through exclusive collective bargaining; and providing for the prospective application of the Act.   
HB1580    Marijuana Control (Cannabis Oversight and Nondiscrimination through Taxation, Regulation, and Legalization) Act of 2016 - Repealing specified criminal and civil prohibitions against the use and possession of marijuana; establishing specified exemptions from prosecution for specified persons for using, obtaining, purchasing, transporting, or possessing marijuana under specified circumstances; providing exemptions from prosecution for specified retailers, marijuana product manufacturers, marijuana cultivation facilities, and safety compliance facilities under specified circumstances; establishing a specified affirmative defense; etc.   
HB1594    Public-Private Partnerships - Unsolicited Proposals - Procedures - Altering a specified provision of law relating to public-private partnerships to require a reporting agency to protect proprietary information included in an unsolicited proposal to a specified extent and comply with specified procedural requirements whether or not the reporting agency conducts a competitive solicitation process under a specified provision of law.  
HB1611    Income Tax Credit - HVAC Energy Efficiency Technology - Allowing a credit against the State income tax for the total installed costs of specified HVAC energy efficiency technology installed on or after January 1, 2016; providing that the credit may not exceed a specified amount; providing that the credit may not be carried forward to another taxable year; requiring a taxpayer claiming the credit to attach proof of the total installed costs to the taxpayer's return; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc.   
HB1638   Criminal Procedure - Initial Appearance Before a District Court Commissioner - Funding - Requiring the Governor to include in the budget bill for each fiscal year sufficient funds to cover the administration of the District Court of Maryland Appointed Attorneys Program which provides appointed counsel for indigent criminal defendants during initial appearances before a judicial officer; specifying that local governments may not be charged for any costs associated with the administration of the Program; requiring the Governor to include in the budget bill a deficiency appropriation to cover the excess program costs; etc.  
     SENATE BILLS  
  SB0007  Prevailing Wage Law - Applicability - Elementary and Secondary School Construction - Altering the definitions of "public body" and "public work" for the purpose of applying the prevailing wage law to all elementary and secondary school construction, rather than only to elementary and secondary school construction that meets specified requirements; and applying the Act prospectively. 

Withdrawn
 
  SB0076  Enterprise Zones - Reimbursements to Local Governments - Schedule - Altering the schedule for the State's reimbursement of an amount equal to a specified portion of an enterprise zone property tax credit to a county or municipal corporation; providing that on or before June 30 a county or municipal corporation shall submit its annual request for reimbursement to the Department of Assessments and Taxation; providing that on or before July 31 the Department shall make a specified certification; establishing that on or before August 31 the Comptroller shall make reimbursement; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 156
 
  SB0114  Health - Prohibition on Distribution of Tobacco Products and Electronic Smoking Devices to Minors - Civil Enforcement - Prohibiting the distribution of a tobacco product, an electronic smoking device, cigarette rolling papers, or a coupon redeemable for a tobacco product to a minor, with specified exceptions; authorizing a county health officer or specified designees of a county health officer to issue a citation for a violation of the Act; establishing specified civil penalties for a violation of the Act; etc. 

Withdrawn
 
  SB0226  Professional Engineers - Engineering Documents Prepared at the Request of the State or Political Subdivision of the State - Signing and Sealing - Requiring specified engineering documents prepared at the request of the State or a political subdivision of the State, where specified skills are required, to be signed, sealed, and dated by a certain professional engineer who prepared or approved the documents.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 361
 
  SB0249  Income Tax Credit - Qualified Farms - Food Donation Pilot Program - Allowing a qualified farm a credit, for tax years 2016 through 2018, of up to $5,000 against the State income tax; providing that the credit is equal to 50% of the value of an eligible food donation or 75% of the value of donated certified organic produce; providing that, for a fiscal year, the total amount of tax credit certificates issued may not exceed $250,000; reestablishing the Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Hub and Spoke Program in the Southern Maryland Region; etc.  
  SB0286 Tax Overpayment - Interest on Refunds - Altering the day on which interest begins to accrue on specified taxpayer refunds of specified tax payments; requiring a tax collector to pay interest on specified taxpayer refunds beginning on the date of the overpayment if the overpayment is attributable to an error or a mistake of the State or a unit of the State government; etc.  
  SB0395  Ethics - Local Government - Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure - Requiring that specified authorized modifications of local conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws and regulations be made in accordance with regulations adopted by the State Ethics Commission and consistent with specified intent; and authorizing rather than requiring a county or municipal corporation to modify specified local financial disclosure laws under specified circumstances.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 201
 
  SB0405  State Highway Administration - Service Signs - Business or Attraction Located in Shopping Center - Requiring the State Highway Administration, when taking a specified measurement to determine whether a business or an attraction that is located in a shopping center may be advertised on a service sign, to take the measurement in a specified manner; etc.

Withdrawn
 
  SB0424  Emergency Number Systems Board - 9-1-1 Trust Fund - Planning Costs  - Authorizing the Emergency Number Systems Board to use the 9-1-1 Trust Fund to pay for specified costs of establishing specified planning guidelines for enhanced 9-1-1 system plans; and providing for the prospective application of the Act.  
  SB0454  Sales and Use Tax - Manufacturing Businesses - Exemption for Energy Costs - Exempting from the sales and use tax the sale of electricity, steam, or artificial or natural gas to a business entity that is primarily engaged in a manufacturing activity.  
  SB0511  Taxes - Sales and Use Tax - Repeal - Providing that the sales and use tax does not apply to the sale of electricity, fuel, and other utilities used to operate a restaurant.   
  SB0529  Open Meetings Act - Requirements for Providing Agendas - Requiring a public body to provide an agenda containing all available information regarding matters to be discussed at the open portion of a meeting and whether a portion of the meeting may be closed; requiring an agenda to be provided at least 24 hours before the meeting under specified circumstances; providing that specified information does not need to be included on the agenda; and authorizing methods by which a public body may provide the agenda.  
  SB0560  One Maryland Economic Development Tax Credits - Business Incubators and Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise Zones - Altering specified eligibility criteria for specified credits under the One Maryland Economic Development Tax Credit to include specified persons who establish or expand a business facility located in specified areas that, for business incubators, creates a specified aggregate number of qualified positions at the facility under specified circumstances; etc.  
  SB0575  County Boards of Education - Limit on Liability - Increasing to $400,000 per claim the limit on liability of a county board of education; increasing to $400,000 per occurrence the minimum amount of liability coverage that a county board must maintain and for which the State Board of Education must establish standards; applying the Act prospectively; etc.

*Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 680
 
  SB0630  Comptroller - Distillery Off-Site Permit - Authorizing the Office of the Comptroller to issue a distillery off-site permit to a holder of a Class 1 manufacturer's license for specified purposes under specified circumstances; establishing limitations on the times and locations that permits may be issued in a year; establishing requirements and a $100 annual fee; authorizing the holder of the permit to provide samples of and sell specified liquor under specified circumstances; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 418
 
  SB0646  Income Tax Credit - Eligible Employers - Eligible Internships - Allowing specified eligible employers a credit against the State income tax, for employing specified interns, which may not exceed $1,000 for each eligible intern, or 10% of the wages paid to each eligible intern, subject to specified limitations; requiring an eligible employer to enter into a specified agreement with an eligible higher education institution; requiring a specified eligible employer to submit a specified application at a specified time; etc.  
  SB0660  Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income - Removing the limitation on the amount of military retirement income that may be subtracted from federal adjusted gross income for State income tax purposes; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc.  
  SB0686  Public Safety - 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System - Information Sharing (Carl Henn's Law) - Specifying that a purpose of the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system is to establish a specified mechanism for the Emergency Number Systems Board to review specified data; expanding the purpose of the Board to include review of specified data contained in specified reports; requiring the Board to include a general summary of findings from a review of specified reports in an annual report submitted to specified entities; etc.   
  SB0737  Economic Development - Rural Economic Development Program and One Maryland Tax Credit - Establishing the Rural Economic Development Program to encourage businesses to locate and expand in the rural counties of the State; providing that for 10 taxable years after a business is designated as a qualified business under the Program the business is eligible for a specified property tax exemption, income tax subtraction modification, and sales and use tax exemption; establishing the Rural Economic Development Program Infrastructure Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund to be used to make grants to specified counties; etc.   
  SB0738  Economic Development - Maryland Economic Development Program and One Maryland Tax Credit - Establishing the Maryland Economic Development Program to encourage businesses to locate and expand in the State; providing that for 10 taxable years after a business is designated as a qualified business under the Program the business is eligible for a specified property tax exemption, income tax subtraction modification, and sales and use tax exemption; establishing the Rural Economic Development Program Infrastructure Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund to be used to make grants to specified counties; etc.   
  SB0973  Campaign Finance - Public Officials - Solicitation of Contributions or Donations - Prohibiting a public official from soliciting, transmitting, or depositing in a campaign account contributions or donations for the benefit of a candidate from a person subject to the regulatory authority of the public official's governmental unit.  
  SB1043  Homeowners' Property Tax Credit - Eligibility - Cost-of-Living Adjustment - Altering, for purposes of determining eligibility for the homeowners' property tax credit, specified limitations on a homeowner's combined net worth and gross income amounts for credits granted for taxable years beginning after June 30, 2017, based on a specified cost-of-living adjustment percentage; etc.   
  SB1064  Alcoholic Beverages - Issuance of Class A Licenses - Specifying that, with exceptions, not more than one alcoholic beverages license may be issued in one jurisdiction to an individual for the use of an establishment that derives less than 85% of revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages; increasing, subject to specified conditions, the number of Class A licenses that may be issued in the State to any individual for a specified use; requiring a local licensing board to consider specified factors before issuing a specified license; etc.   
  SB1091  Wetlands and Waterways Program - Fee Reduction - Reducing specified application and license fees under the wetlands and waterways program.   
  SB1093  Public Health - Construction of Laws Governing Medical Cannabis - Liability for Costs Resulting From Use - Providing that specified provisions of law may not be construed to require an employer, the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, or specified insurance carriers to pay for or reimburse a person for costs that result from an individual's use of medical cannabis in accordance with specified provisions of law.   
  SB1097  Local Government Tort Claims Act - Regional Development Councils - Altering the definition of a "local government" under the Local Government Tort Claims Act to include specified regional development councils; and providing for the prospective application of the Act.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 466
 
 
  SB1111  Correctional Services - Inmate Savings Accounts - Providing that, at the request of an inmate, a correctional facility in the Division of Correction may establish an individual interest-bearing savings account in the inmate's name in a specified banking institution; authorizing an inmate to transfer funds from the inmate's reserve account into a specified account; and providing that specified funds shall be paid to the inmate on the inmate's release, less charged specified disbursements.  
  SB1112  Income Tax - Aerospace, Electronics, or Defense Contract Tax Credit Program - Allowing a qualified business entity operating a specified aerospace, electronics, or defense contract tax credit project to claim a credit against the State income tax; requiring the Department of Economic Competitiveness and Commerce to certify a business entity as a qualified business entity within a specified period of time; providing that a project is eligible for designation by the Department as an aerospace, electronics, or defense contract tax credit project under specified circumstances; etc. 

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 320
 
  SB1124  Scrap Metal Processor - Purchase of Scrap Metal - Hours of Operation - Providing that a scrap metal processor may purchase scrap metal only between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday; providing that a scrap metal processor that pays for scrap metal by check may purchase scrap metal 24 hours a day on any day of the week.   
  SB1127  Business Regulation - Retail Service Station Dealers - Required Signs - Altering the information about a specified measurement of specified gasoline that must be stated on a sign on the premises of a retail service station dealer to require it to state the highest price in a clear and visible manner; authorizing a specified sign to state the highest price for a specified measurement of specified other motor fuel products; and repealing a specified exemption from a specified signage requirement for specified retail service station dealers.   
  SB1134 Criminal Procedure - Initial Appearance Before a District Court Commissioner - Costs for Appointed Legal Representation - Requiring that specified costs related to providing appointed legal representation at an initial appearance before a District Court commissioner be billed to and paid by the county in which the representation is provided if the costs exceed the amount restricted for that purpose in the State budget.   
  SB1148  Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission - Medical Cannabis Grower Licenses - Maximum - Increasing from 15 to 25 the maximum number of medical cannabis grower licenses that the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission may issue before June 1, 2018.   
  SB1165  Public Safety - Elevator Inspections - Testing - Requiring that a specified test on an elevator unit performed in connection with an inspection required by specified provisions of law, the Safety Code, or a regulation adopted by the Commissioner be performed by a specified licensed elevator mechanic; and requiring a State inspector or third-party qualified inspector be physically present to witness that the specified test has been correctly performed and verify the proper recording of the result of a specified test on an elevator unit.   
     JOINT RESOLUTIONS  
  SJ0001  Patuxent River Watershed - Amendment of Patuxent River Policy Plan - Approving the 2015 Patuxent River Policy Plan update as an amendment to the Patuxent River Policy Plan; providing, on approval, that the amended Plan will serve as a policy guide for the Patuxent River Commission, State agencies, and local governments in enhancing restoration and protection of the Patuxent River watershed; and resolving that a copy of the resolution be forwarded by the Department of Legislative Services to specified individuals. 

Signed by the President and the Speaker - Joint Resolution 1
 

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