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2017 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 2017 Legislative Session were submitted on November 22, 2016. The letter was
sent to:  Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Steve Waugh, and Delegates Jerry Clark, Mark N. Fisher, and Michael A. Jackson.

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 Correspondence

Letter to Senator Steve Waugh dated February 6, 2017 (Proposed Bill for Sheriff Salary in Calvert County)
Letter to Senator Edward Kasemeyer dated March 6, 2017 (State Funding for School Construction)
Letter to Delegate Maggie McIntosh dated March 6, 2017 (State Funding for School Construction)
Letter to Senators Edward Kasemeyer & Nancy King dated March 9, 2017 (FY 2018 Department of Commerce Budget)


The following table provides links to all other correspondence to the Senators & Delegates during the 2017 session.  All legislative actions for the session will be completed in June 2017. 

 
House

Senate

Description

Correspondence
     BILLS BASED UPON REQUESTS FROM THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS  
    (Calvert County Request Number 1) - (1) Amend public local laws to impose upon an individual serving as a County Commissioner a limit of three consecutive terms; and (2) Implement a plan to stagger terms of the members of the Board of County Commissioners so that approximately one-half of the seats are up for election every two years (2 seats in one election and 3 in the next election).      
    (Calvert County Request Number 2) - Reduce the length of term for a member of the Calvert County Planning Commission from 5 to 3 years effective the next appointment following adoption of the necessary legislation.  
HB1440   (Calvert County Request Number 3) - Calvert County - Solid Waste Disposal Contracts - Authorizing Calvert County to enter into a contract for solid waste disposal that may include transportation, may require payment of specified funds or receipt of specified payment, and is for an initial term of not more than 20 years.
           
Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 146
Letter of Support
HB1478    (Calvert County Request Number 4) - Calvert County - Competitive Bidding Process - Altering the method by which the County Commissioners of Calvert County or the official authorized to contract for the county shall invite proposals for specified contracts; and authorizing the Commissioners or the official authorized to contract for the county to use other methods to invite proposals for specified contracts. Letter of Support 
HB1439  SB473* (Calvert County Request Number 5) - Calvert County - Bonding Authority - Authorizing and empowering the County Commissioners of Calvert County, from time to time, to borrow not more than $17,620,000 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 in like par amount; etc.
           
*Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 80
Letter of Support
HB1439


Letter of Support
SB473

  SB352 (Calvert County Request Number 6) - Calvert County - Calvert County Youth Recreational Opportunities Fund - Uses and Funding Extension - Requiring funds in the Calvert County Youth Recreational Opportunities Fund first to be used for the sole purpose of completing the development of Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park until the development of the park is complete; requiring the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners to adopt a specified plan after the development of Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park is complete; making permanent the funding for the Fund from specified revenue beginning in fiscal year 2018; etc. Letter of Support


Other Proposed Legislation

                                   

     CROSS-FILED BILLS  
HB1 SB230 Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Requiring employers that employ 15 or more employees to provide employees with earned sick and safe leave that is paid at the same wage rate as the employee normally earns; requiring employers with 14 or fewer employees to provide an employee with unpaid earned sick and safe leave; providing for the manner in which earned sick and safe leave is accrued; authorizing an employee to work additional hours or trade shifts with another employee under specified circumstances; applying the Act prospectively; etc.  
HB71 SB210 Alcoholic Beverages - Class 8 Farm Brewery License Holders - Food Service - Repealing the restriction on a holder of a Class 8 farm brewery license to sell or serve only specified types of food; and allowing the holder to sell and serve food if the holder is licensed to operate a food establishment.  
HB100 SB597** 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, 2016.

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 154
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 153
 
HB118  SB632 Election Law - Persons Doing Public Business - Reporting by Governmental Entities - Repealing the requirement that a governmental entity notify the State Board of Elections if a person doing public business with the governmental entity fails to file a statement under a specified provision of law; requiring a governmental entity that has awarded a person a contract that causes the person to be doing public business to provide the State Board with specified information; authorizing the governmental entity to comply with a specified provision of the Act by sending a specified quarterly report to the State Board; etc.  
HB153* SB197 Creation of a State Debt - Qualified Zone Academy Bonds - Authorizing the creation of a State Debt in the amount of $4,823,000, the proceeds to be used as grants to the Interagency Committee on School Construction and the Maryland State Department of Education for the renovation, repair, and capital improvements of qualified zone academies; providing for disbursement of the loan proceeds and the further grant of funds to eligible school systems for specified purposes, subject to a requirement that the grantees document the provision of a required matching fund; etc.

*Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter
 
HB201* SB256** Employees' and Teachers' Pension Systems - Reformed Contributory Pension Benefit - Service Credit Purchase Clarification - Clarifying that a member of the Employees' Pension System or the Teachers' Pension System who is subject to the Reformed Contributory Pension Benefit is eligible to purchase service credit for a specified period of employment under specified circumstances.

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 270
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 269
 
HB203  SB852 Public Safety - Maryland Accessibility Code - Applicability - Clarifying that the Maryland Accessibility Code applies to new construction, a renovation, a reconstruction of an existing building, and a specified change of use; and defining a term.

Both House Bill and Senate Bill Withdrawn
 
HB228  SB546 Environment - Water Service - Shutoff Notice Disclosures and Vulnerable Population Protection - Authorizing a provider of water or sewerage system service to temporarily shut off service 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 provides specified notices at the premises within specified time periods; prohibiting a provider from shutting off service for specified reasons; etc. Letter of Opposition
HB228
 

Letter of Opposition
SB546
HB260  SB780 Local Government - Sexual Assault Cases - Local Audits - Authorizing a county or municipality to conduct a third-party audit of specified sexual assault cases; requiring a county or municipality to arrange a third-party audit of sexual assault cases under specified circumstances; establishing the requirements for a third-party audit of sexual assault cases; requiring the Office of the Attorney General to establish and maintain guidelines for third-party audits of sexual assault cases; etc.   
HB281  SB266 Environment - On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems - Best Available Technology for Nitrogen Removal - Prohibition - Prohibiting a person from installing, or having installed, on property a person owns in the State in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed, or the watershed of a nitrogen-impaired body of water, an on-site sewage disposal system to service a newly constructed building, unless the on-site sewage disposal system utilizes specified nitrogen removal technology; and repealing specified obsolete provisions of law.  
HB292 SB491** Alcoholic Beverages - Nonrefillable Containers - Draft Beer - Establishing in specified jurisdictions a nonrefillable container permit; authorizing a permit holder to sell draft beer for off-premises consumption by packaging the beer in a nonrefillable container that meets specified standards; and specifying requirements for permit holders, hours of sale, and license fees. 

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 317
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 318
 
HB334  SB573 Local Government - Regulation of Animals - Kennel Licenses - Requiring a person to obtain a kennel license from a local licensing agency if the person owns or has custody of a maximum of 8, instead of 15, specified female dogs kept for specified breeding purposes or if the person sells dogs from six or more litters in a year.   
HB354  SB624* Clean Indoor Air Act - Use of Electronic Cigarette Devices - Prohibition - Altering the Clean Indoor Air Act to include a prohibition of the use of a specified electronic cigarette device; defining the term "electronic cigarette device" as an electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption to an individual to simulate smoking through the inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the device; etc. 

*Withdrawn
 
HB363 SB111** Recordation and Transfer Taxes - Exemptions - Property Conveyed From Sole Proprietorship to Limited Liability Company - Exempting a transfer of real property from a sole proprietorship to a limited liability company from recordation and transfer taxes if the sole member of the limited liability company is identical to the converting sole proprietor and specified other conditions are met; and providing that the transfer of a controlling interest in a limited liability company that is the product of an untaxed conversion from a sole proprietorship is subject to the recordation and transfer tax under specified circumstances. 

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 64
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 63
 
HB382  SB305 Commonsense Paid Leave Act - Requiring specified employers to provide employees with specified paid time off; providing that specified employers are eligible for a specified tax subtraction modification under specified circumstances; providing for the method of determining whether an employer is required to provide paid time off; providing for the manner in which paid time off is accrued by the employee and treated by the employer; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017; etc.   
HB383  SB1057* Public Information Act - Denials of Inspection - Explanation Regarding Redaction - Requiring, under specified circumstances, a custodian of a public record to include in a specified written statement an explanation of why redacting information would not address the reasons for denying inspection of a public record. 

*Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 360
 
HB384 SB343 Bay Restoration Fund - Eligible Costs - Expansion - Altering the definition of "eligible costs" as it relates to projects that receive funding from the Bay Restoration Fund to include any wastewater facility upgrade to enhanced nutrient removal, as determined by the Department of the Environment.   
HB388  SB322 Income Tax Subtraction Modification - Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Personnel (Hometown Heroes Act) - Increasing the amount of a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for specified qualifying volunteer fire, rescue, and emergency medical services members; providing a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax under specified circumstances for a specified amount of 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; etc.  Letter of Support
HB388


Letter of Support
SB322
HB394 SB317* More Jobs for Marylanders Act of 2017 - Establishing the More Jobs for Marylanders Program within the Department of Commerce; requiring the Department to administer the Program; providing that specified business entities certified to participate in the Program are exempt from specified fees and the sales tax imposed on specified purchases; allowing, under specified circumstances, specified business entities a credit against the State income and property taxes; exempting specified business entities from specified expensing and deprecation subtraction modifications; etc. 

*Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 149
 
HB402  SB307* Repeal of the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016 (Road Kill Bill Repeal) - Repealing specified State transportation goals; repealing a requirement that the Department of Transportation score the extent to which specified transportation projects satisfy the goals; repealing a requirement that the Department develop a specified scoring system and promulgate specified regulations; repealing a requirement that the Department, in accordance with the specified scoring system, rank major transportation projects for inclusion in the draft and final Consolidated Transportation Program; etc. 

*Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 30
 
HB405  SB461 Plumbing and Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Inspectors - Qualifications - Providing an exception to the authority of a county or local government to employ only plumbing inspectors who hold a master plumbing license issued by specified entities; authorizing a county or local government to hire plumbing inspectors who obtain certification by the International Code Council as a mechanical inspector within 6 months of being hired; providing that plumbing and HVAC inspectors must have at least 5 years of experience before being appointed or employed; etc. 

Both House Bill and Senate Bill Withdrawn
 
HB417  SB314  Clean Water Commerce Act of 2017 - Authorizing funds in the Bay Restoration Fund to be used for the costs associated with the purchase of specified nutrient credits, not to exceed $10,000,000 per year; and requiring the Department of the Environment to consult with the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Natural Resources when developing specified regulations.    
HB432  SB366 Public Health - Rabies Vaccination Information - Submission to Local Agencies and Use for Licensing - Requiring, under specified circumstances, a licensed veterinarian who vaccinates a dog, cat, or ferret against rabies to send to a specified local agency specified rabies vaccination information; requiring the licensed veterinarian to send the information within 45 days after a vaccination certificate is completed; establishing a specified penalty; requiring a local agency to forward the information to another local agency under specified circumstances; etc.   
HB438  SB253 Legislative Transparency Act of 2017 - Altering the annual reporting requirement of the State Open Meetings Law Compliance Board; altering the scope of the training requirements under the Open Meetings Act; requiring a lobbyist who invites specified employees of the Executive Branch to a meal or reception to register specified information with the State Ethics Commission; requiring reports filed with the Ethics Commission after a specified date to be made available in a specified format; requiring the General Assembly to make available specified video of specified meetings; etc.  
HB466  SB870 Prevailing Wage - Tax Increment Financing Developments - Application - Altering the prevailing wage law to apply to specified structures or works constructed with specified bond proceeds in tax increment financing development districts established under State or local law; and applying the Act only to a contract executed on or after July 1, 2017.  
HB472 SB416** Income Tax Credit - Qualified Farms - Food Donation Pilot Program - Allowing a qualified farm a credit, for tax years 2017 through 2019, 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 the amount of tax credit certificates may not exceed $250,000 per year; requiring the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the Comptroller, to report to the Governor and General Assembly on specified matters by January 1 of specified years; etc. 

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 233
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 232
 
HB557 SB440  Environment - Water Management - Sediment Control at Large Redevelopment Sites - Prohibiting a county or municipality from issuing a grading or building permit until the developer submits a grading and sediment control plan approved by the Department of the Environment if the property that is the subject of the permit is, or is included in, a large redevelopment site; requiring the Department to determine specified criteria for large redevelopment sites; providing that the Department is the approval authority for large redevelopment sites; and defining the term "large redevelopment site".  
HB583  SB421 Counties - Historic Preservation - Development Limitation - Providing that specified improvements to specified real property that is adjacent to or abuts specified religious property in charter or code home rule counties may be authorized only if specified conditions are met, including provision for specified buffers, improvements, approvals, covenants, and financial responsibilities; and applying the Act.   
HB586  SB278  Maryland Farms and Families Act - Establishing the Maryland Farms and Families Program in the Department of Agriculture; establishing the purpose of the Program is to double the purchasing power of food-insecure Maryland residents with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables and to increase revenue for farmers through redemption of specified benefits at Maryland Farmers Markets; establishing a Maryland Farms and Families Fund in accordance with specified requirements; requiring the Governor to include a specified appropriation to the Fund each fiscal year; etc.   
HB599  SB365 Forest Conservation Act - Exemption, Reforestation Rate, and Forest Conservation Fund - Alterations - Altering the exemption from the application of the Forest Conservation Act for the cutting or clearing of public utility rights-of-way or land for specified electric generating stations; increasing the acreage that must be planted in order to meet the reforestation requirement under the Act; and authorizing a specified increase in the rate that is paid to the Forest Conservation Fund in lieu of meeting specified reforestation or afforestation requirements.   
HB607  SB1022* Real Property - Vacant and Abandoned Property - Expedited Foreclosure - Authorizing a secured party to petition the circuit court for leave to immediately commence an action to foreclose the mortgage or deed of trust on specified vacant and abandoned property; authorizing a county, municipal corporation, homeowners association, or condominium to notify a secured party of any vacant and abandoned property located in the county, municipal corporation, homeowners association, or condominium in a specified manner; specifying the contents of a specified notice; etc. 

*Withdrawn
 
HB617  SB29 Natural Resources - Forest Conservation Act - Forest Conservation Thresholds and Reforestation Requirements - Clarifying that units of local government with planning and zoning authority may adopt specified forest conservation thresholds and reforestation requirements that are more stringent than specified forest conservation thresholds and reforestation requirements in State law.   
HB625  SB80 Criminal Law - Animal Abuse - Penalties and Restitution - Prohibiting a person from committing specified abusive acts involving 10 or more animals; establishing penalties of up to $2,500 or up to 3 years imprisonment for violation of the Act; authorizing a court to order a person convicted or found to have committed a delinquent act to pay restitution to specified entities for expenses incurred as a result of the violation; authorizing a court to order a minor convicted or found deliquent under the Act, the minor's parent, or both to pay specified restitution under specified circumstances; etc.  Letter of Support
HB625


Letter of Support
SB80 
HB656  SB472 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.   
HB659  SB823 Task Force to Study Tax Sales in Maryland - Establishing the Task Force to Study Tax Sales in Maryland to examine the tax sale system to maximize resources, facilitate properties getting to productive use, and protecting residents; requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2017; etc.   
HB684 SB1024 Education - Grant for Declining Education Aid - Establishing the criteria for a county board of education to be eligible to receive a specified State grant in a specified fiscal year; and specifying the calculation of a specified amount in a specified year for a specified purpose. 

*Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 6
 
HB714 SB656 Corporations and Associations - Fee for Processing Articles of Dissolution - Repeal - Repealing the nonrefundable $100 fee charged by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation for processing articles of dissolution filed by specified business entities with the Department.  
HB748  SB540 State Retirement Choice for the 21st Century Workforce - Establishing the State Retirement Choice Plan; authorizing specified individuals who are employed by specified participating employers on or after July 1, 2018, to become members of the State Retirement Choice Plan; prohibiting specified individuals from electing to participate in the State Retirement Choice Plan; requiring specified individuals to be enrolled in the Employees' Pension System if a specified election is not made; requiring the Board of Trustees for the State Retirement and Pension System to adopt regulations; etc. Letter of Support
SB 540
 
HB767  SB970 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 individuals; requiring specified notification of specified individuals under specified circumstances; requiring the Police Training and Standards Commission to develop specified uniform standards and policies in consultation with specified groups; requiring a custodian of records to allow inspection of a recording under specified circumstances; etc.  
HB779  SB719 Conserving Working Waterfront Farms Act of 2017 - Altering the contents of the criteria developed by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation for counties to consider when determining whether a property qualifies for the Critical Farms Program to include other benefits attributable to wildlife habitat enhancement and shoreline and water quality protection; and requiring the State Department of Agriculture to report to specified committees of the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2017, on its efforts to encourage easement purchases on working waterfront farms.   
HB869  SB553 Recovery Residence Residential Rights Protection Act - Requiring, beginning November 1, 2017, a behavioral health program or specified health professional, when referring an individual to receive services at a recovery residence, to provide the individual with a specified list; requiring specified recovery residence certification requirements to include a requirement that a recovery residence make arrangements for the receipt of specified services for specified residents; etc.  
HB876* SB918 Health Insurance - Coverage of Fertility Preservation Procedures for Iatrogenic Infertility - Requiring specified insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations that provide specified benefits under specified insurance policies or contracts to provide coverage for specified fertility preservation procedures; and applying the Act to all policies, contracts, and health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed in the State on or after January 1, 2018. 

*Withdrawn
 
HB880  SB450 Open Meetings Act - Required Training for Members of Public Bodies - Repealing the requirement that a public body designate a specified individual to receive training on the Open Meetings Act and forward a specified list to the Open Meetings Compliance Board; and requiring that specified individuals complete specified classes or submit a letter to the Board stating that the specified individual is unable or unwilling to complete the class within 90 days after becoming a member of a public body.   
HB886  SB890 Environment - Refuse Disposal Systems - Public Notice and Hearing Requirements - Requiring the Department of the Environment to provide specified notice and hold a specified public hearing before the Secretary of the Environment may approve the amendment or renewal of a permit for a refuse disposal system.   
HB897  SB684 Liquor Board Reform Act of 2017 - Requiring specified boards of license commissioners to notify specified Senate or House delegations to the Maryland General Assembly and the Governor that a board position requires appointment; requiring, within a specified period of time, a specified delegation to nominate candidates for a board position in a signed letter to the Governor; altering the definition of "State official" as it applies to the Maryland Public Ethics Law to include, with specified exceptions, members of local alcohol control boards; etc.   
HB903  SB705 Award of Attorney's Fees and Expenses - Violation of Maryland Constitutional Right - Authorizing a court to award to a prevailing plaintiff reasonable attorney's fees and expenses in specified actions seeking to remedy a violation of a Maryland constitutional right; authorizing a court to award reasonable attorney's fees and expenses to a prevailing defendant under specified circumstances; providing for the prospective application of the Act; etc.   
HB930  SB640 Municipalities and Counties - Local Roads - Regulation of Travel by Heavy-Weight Vehicles - Authorizing a municipality and specified counties, with regard to short-term, high-intensity or high-usage travel by heavy-weight vehicles, to provide for the designation of local roads on which a heavy-weight vehicle is prohibited unless the hauler has satisfied specified local government requirements for the travel; and authorizing a municipality and specified counties to require a specified hauler to satisfy any specified local government requirements before conducting specified travel on local roads.   
HB938  SB132 Property Tax - Exemption for Disabled Veterans - Percentage of Disability - Expanding eligibility for a property tax exemption for the dwelling house of a disabled veteran to include veterans with a service connected disability of at least 80%; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2017.   
HB942  SB564 Transportation - Highway User Revenues - Distribution to Municipalities - Altering the percentages of highway user revenues that are required to be distributed to Baltimore City and municipalities in specified fiscal years; altering the percentages in specified fiscal years of highway user revenues that are required to be used as authorized under the Transportation Trust Fund; repealing obsolete distributions and transfers of highway user revenues for specified fiscal years; etc.   
HB946  SB563 Transportation - Highway User Revenues - Distribution to Municipalities - Altering the authorized uses of highway user revenues; requiring that specified additional distributions of highway user revenues be made in specified fiscal years to Baltimore City and, under specified circumstances, municipalities; requiring that specified additional distributions of highway user revenues be allocated among municipalities in a specified manner; repealing obsolete distributions and transfers of highway user revenues for specified fiscal years; etc.   
HB996  SB771 Electric Cooperatives - Rate Regulation - Fixed Charges for Distribution System Costs - Authorizing an electric cooperative to propose a fixed charge for specified fixed costs; requiring the fixed charge to be applied in a specified manner; prohibiting an electric cooperative from proposing an increase to a fixed charge that is more than $2.50 greater than the fixed charge in effect 1 year before the effective date of the proposed increase; specifying the manner in which an electric cooperative may propose a fixed charge; applying the Act prospectively; etc.   
HB1002  SB966 Electric Universal Service Program - Unexpended Funds - Providing that the Public Service Commission has oversight responsibility over specified expenditures of the electric universal service program; and requiring the Department of Human Resources to expend specified funds collected for the Program in specified fiscal years for specified purposes, including bill assistance and arrearage retirement, targeted weatherization, or arrearage management.   
HB1007  SB364 One Maryland Economic Development Tax Credits - Business Incubators, Enterprise Zones, 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 in specified areas a business facility that, for business incubators, creates a specified aggregate number of qualified positions at the facility under specified circumstances; authorizing specified business incubators to claim a refund of specified project tax credits or start-up tax credits; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016; etc.   
HB1024  SB718 Alcoholic Beverages - Auxiliary Winery Permit - Establishing an auxiliary winery 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; 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.    
HB1051  SB1021 Enterprise Zone and Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise Zone Programs - Small Business Entities - Allowing a credit against the State income tax for specified small business entities located in an enterprise zone or a Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise (RISE) zone; allowing a small business entity to claim the credit as a credit for the payment to the Comptroller of specified taxes; altering the definition of "qualified property" for purposes of a specified property tax credit on a specified assessment of specified real property located in a RISE zone so as to include specified personal property; etc.   
HB1052 SB873 Economic Development - Job Creation Tax Credit - Alteration - Altering the definitions of "qualified position" and "State priority funding area" for purposes of the job creation tax credit program; requiring the Department of Commerce to certify the amount of the tax credit for which a qualified business entity is eligible; prohibiting the Department from certifying tax credits in a taxable year in excess of a specified amount; applying the Act to job creation tax credits certified after December 31, 2017; etc.   
HB1084  SB1104  Income Tax Credit - Volunteer Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Personnel - Authorizing a credit against the State income tax for specified volunteer members of specified fire, rescue, or emergency services organizations under specified circumstances; providing that the credit may not exceed the lesser of $350 or the State income tax for that taxable year and that any unused credit may not be carried over to any other taxable year; authorizing an individual to claim the credit in addition to a specified subtraction modification; and applying the Act to tax years 2017 and beyond.   
HB1127 SB968 Health Insurance - Coverage Requirements for Behavioral Health Disorders - Modifications - Altering specified coverage requirements applicable to specified health benefit plans for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and emotional, drug use, and alcohol use disorders; etc.   
HB1168  SB957 Counties and Municipalities - Land Bank Authorities - Altering specified provisions of law concerning the authority of a municipality to establish a land bank authority; making specified provisions of law concerning the establishment of a land bank authority applicable to a municipality or county; authorizing two or more local governments to enter into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement; etc.   
HB1186  SB927 Excise Tax and Sales Tax - Cannabis - Establishing a tax on specified sales of cannabis; providing for the distribution of cannabis tax revenues; establishing specified tax rates on the sale of cannabis; excluding specified sales of cannabis from the tax; requiring cannabis tax revenue to be appropriated in a specified manner; requiring the State Comptroller to administer the cannabis excise tax and adopt specified regulations; establishing the Cannabis Tax Distribution Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund to provide supplemental funding for specified programs and purposes, etc.   
HB1187 SB784 Department of Juvenile Services - Youth Services Bureau - Budget Appropriation - Requiring the Governor to appropriate any funding in the State budget for an eligible youth services bureau in the Department of Juvenile Services budget.

*Withdrawn
 
HB1226  SB177 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 to be physically present during a specified test in its entirety to witness that the test has been performed correctly and to verify the proper recording of the result of a specified test on an elevator unit.   
HB1236  SB891 Constitutional Amendment - Cannabis - 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 cannabis, possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis, and cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants; providing that the right enumerated in the amendment may not be infringed except that the transfer of cannabis by purchase or sale shall be regulated as necessary to ensure health and safety and taxed for specified purposes; etc.  
HB1271 SB952 Business Regulation - Security Systems - Permitting and Registration - Specifying the scope and construction of specified provisions of law; requiring the Department of State Police to develop a specified uniform basic permit for use in connection with a low-voltage security system project and make the uniform basic permit available to specified local governments; specifying the terms for use of a uniform basic permit; requiring a local government to take specified actions regarding a uniform basic permit; etc. Letter of Opposition
HB1271
 

Letter of Opposition
SB952
HB1293  SB425 Workers' Compensation - Permanent Partial Disability - Survival of Claim - Limiting the survivability of the right to compensation for permanent partial disability payable under specified provisions of law to total compensation not exceeding $65,000; and applying the Act prospectively.   
HB1294 SB426** Workers' Compensation - Permanent Total Disability - Survival of Claim - Increasing, from $45,000 to $65,000, the limitation on the survivability of the right to compensation for permanent total disability payable under specified provisions of law; and applying the Act prospectively. 

*  Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 70
**Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 69
 
HB1309  SB885 Environment - Recycling - Special Events - Altering the application of specified provisions of law relating to recycling at special events; requiring a county, a municipality, or any other local government to provide to an organizer of a special event a written statement that describes specified requirements and penalties before issuing a permit for the special event; requiring a county, a municipality, or any other local government to enforce specified provisions of law relating to recycling at a special event; and altering specified penalties.   
HB1322  SB586 Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland Act - Authorizing the Office of Legislative Audits to perform an audit of local governments that receive a distribution of highway user revenues; increasing, over 7 fiscal years, the portion of highway user revenues that is distributed to local governments; altering the allocation of the local share of highway user revenues among Baltimore City, counties, and municipalities; requiring, if distributions to municipalities do not equal $26,400,000, that additional distributions of highway user revenues be made to specified municipalities; etc. Letters of Support
HB1322


Letter of Support SB586 
HB1350  SB851 Public Service Commission - Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Consistency With Comprehensive Plan - Requiring the Public Service Commission to provide a copy of specified application materials for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to each appropriate unit of local government in which the construction of a generating station or of a specified overhead transmission line is proposed to be located; requiring each unit of local government to review the application materials and make a specified determination as to whether the application is consistent with the jurisdiction's comprehensive plan; etc.   
HB1416  SB962 Labor and Employment - Payment of Minimum Wage Required (Fight for Fifteen) - Specifying the State minimum wage rate in effect for specified time periods based on employer size; increasing, except under specified circumstances, the State minimum wage rate based on annual growth in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area; requiring the Board of Revenue Estimates during a specified time period to conduct a specified analysis; authorizing, under specified circumstances, the Governor to temporarily suspend a minimum wage rate increase; etc.  
HB1433  SB397 Local Income Tax Overpayments - Local Reserve Account Repayment - Forgiveness - Repealing a requirement that a county or municipal corporation that receives an overpayment of local income tax revenue reimburse the Local Reserve Account for its share of the overpayment; repealing a requirement that the Comptroller withhold, under specified circumstances, the amount specified counties or municipal corporations owe to the account from specified distributions; etc.   
HB1438 SB896  Natural Resources - Program Open Space - Use of Local Funds - Repealing a requirement that specified local governing bodies use at least a specified amount of the local governing body's annual apportionment for acquisition projects under Program Open Space; authorizing a local governing body to use all of the local governing body's annual apportionment for acquisition projects; altering the required contents of a local land preservation and recreation plan; repealing a requirement that the Department of Planning prepare specified guidelines; etc.

*Withdrawn
 
HB1443  SB999 Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission Reform Act - Repealing provisions of law establishing the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission; establishing the Medical Cannabis Division in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; providing for the purpose of the Division; requiring the Division to develop specified identification cards and to adopt specified regulations; requiring the Division to develop and maintain a Web site that provides specified information; authorizing the Division to employ specified staff; etc.  
HB1484  SB194 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.   
HB1511 SB626 Prevailing Wage Rates - Public Work Contracts - Suits by Employees - Authorizing specified employees to file an action if the employees are paid less than the prevailing wage rate; providing that a determination by the Commissioner of Labor and Industry does not preclude employees from filing actions; requiring a court to award treble damages and reasonable counsel fees and costs; etc. 

*Withdrawn
 
HB1557 SB1156 Health Insurance - Coverage for Male Sterilization - High-Deductible Health Plans - Exempting a high-deductible health plan from the prohibition on application of a deductible to coverage for male sterilization; and applying the Act to all policies, contracts, and health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed in the State on or after January 1, 2018.

*Withdrawn
 
HB1582  SB1138 Alcoholic Beverages - Family Beer and Wine Facility Permit - Repealing a provision of law that prohibits a family beer and wine facility permit holder from holding another license simultaneously.  
HB1592 SB931 Local Jurisdictions - Zoning Authority - Generating Stations - Authorizing a local jurisdiction to adopt specified zoning regulations for the siting of generating stations; requiring a local jurisdiction that adopts zoning regulations in accordance with the Act to make a specified determination regarding the types of energy generating technologies that the zoning regulations will include; etc.   
HB1613  SB876* Individuals With Disabilities - Establishing Community-Based Long-Term Services and Supports (Maryland Disability Integration Act) - Requiring public entities to provide community-based long-term services and supports to specified individuals; requiring the Department of Disabilities to adopt a comprehensive plan that includes a specific and reasonable time frame and that is funded from any source; requiring the Department to complete its comprehensive plan no later July 1, 2018; providing that public entities may not discriminate against individuals who require long-term services and supports by specified means; etc.

*Withdrawn
 
HB1631 SB1026 Public Ethics Law - Conflicts of Interest and Financial Disclosure Statements - Altering the definition of "legislative action" in the Public Ethics Law to include specified testimony or advocacy; prohibiting an official or employee from using the prestige of office to influence the award of a State or local government contract to a specific person; altering the definition of "close economic association" to include associations between a legislator and an entity with which employment is negotiated or prearranged; etc.  
HB1661 SB1191 Schools and Child Care Centers - State Grant Program - Security Upgrades for Facilities at Risk of Hate Crimes or Attacks - Authorizing the Maryland Center for School Safety to make grants for specified security-related projects to schools and child care centers determined to be at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission; authorizing specified schools or child care centers to apply to the Center for a specified State grant; establishing the terms and conditions for the use of specified State grant funds by specified recipients; etc.   
    HOUSE BILLS   
HB27   Open Meetings Act - Minutes - Required Internet Postings - Requiring a public body that votes on legislation to post specified individual votes, the amendments adopted, and reprints of the amended legislation including the language of those amendments interlineated with the text of the bill on the Internet under specified circumstances.  
HB37   Public Safety - Local Law Enforcement Surveillance Programs and Equipment - Reporting - Requiring a local law enforcement agency to send written notification within 30 days to the local governing body of the county or municipal corporation in which the local law enforcement agency is located on the initiation of the operation of electronic surveillance equipment; requiring each local law enforcement agency that operates electronic surveillance equipment to submit a comprehensive report on the operation of the equipment on or before January 31 annually to specified local governing body or municipal corporation; etc.

Withdrawn
 
HB77   Lean Government Advisory Board - Establishment - Establishing the Lean Government Advisory Board; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Board; requiring the Board to meet at least quarterly and to apply lean principles to analyze the operations and organization of State government, identify specified inefficiencies, and recommend improvements to increase State government efficiency and improve the delivery of State government services; requiring the Board, beginning December 1, 2018, to annually report its recommendations to the General Assembly; etc.  
HB83   Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Discharged Student Loan Debt - Altering a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for specified income of specified individuals resulting from the discharge of student loan indebtedness by repealing a requirement that the discharge must be due to total and permanent disability or death; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016; etc.  
HB105   Program Open Space - Apportionment Formula and Committee - Altering a requirement that a specified committee adopt an apportionment formula for Program Open Space funds to require the Department of Natural Resources in consultation with a specified committee to adopt the apportionment formula; altering the membership of the committee; repealing the authority of the committee to reallocate Program Open Space funds; repealing a requirement that before adopting an apportionment formula the committee provide notification and opportunity for a hearing; etc.  
HB120    Department of Agriculture - Seafood and Aquaculture Product Marketing - Transferring the Seafood Marketing and Aquaculture Development Program, the Seafood Marketing Fund, the Seafood Program Management Team, the Innovative Seafood Technologies Program, and the Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Agriculture; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 101
 
HB124   Environment - Solid Waste and Recycling Facilities - Requiring the Department of the Environment to adopt specified regulations relating to recycling facilities, including conditions for specified permit exemptions; providing that specified enforcement provisions apply to specified violations; requiring the Department to convene and consult with a workgroup of affected stakeholders in developing specified regulations; and requiring the workgroup to include representatives of specified entities.  
HB125   Environment - Emergency Action Plans for Dams - Requiring specified dam owners to prepare and submit to the Department of the Environment an emergency action plan that contains specified information by August 1, 2017; requiring the Department's approval of an emergency action plan; requiring specified dam owners to provide a copy of an emergency action plan to specified agencies; requiring specified dam owners to update and test an emergency action plan in a specified manner; and authorizing the Department to adopt specified regulations.  
HB130    Maryland Wine and Grape Promotion Fund - Repealing the Maryland Wine and Grape Promotion Council; requiring the Governor's Advisory Commission on Maryland Wine and Grape Growing to advise and recommend to the Secretary of Agriculture for approval the allocation of specified funds for specified projects; and repealing a specified defined term. 

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 104
 
HB131   State Planning - Central Depository - Repealing a specified provision of law relating to the submission of specified plans to the Department of Planning; clarifying specified provisions of law relating to the plans, amendments, and revisions for which the Department is a depository; requiring a specified unit of government or agency to submit to the Department an electronic version of specified plans, amendments, and revisions; and requiring the Department to post on its Web site specified plans, revisions, and amendments.  
HB155    Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation - Easement Termination - Altering the procedures for terminating an easement purchased by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation; establishing specified criteria to be considered by a county governing body and the Foundation for approving or denying a termination of an easement; providing for the effect of a county governing body's denial of a request to terminate an easement; applying the Act to an easement that is eligible for termination and acquired by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation on or before September 30, 2004; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 114
 
HB161    Department of Commerce - Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund - Renaming and Restructuring - Renaming the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Fund to be the Advantage Maryland Fund Authority and the Advantage Maryland Fund; repealing from the scope of the Authority and the Fund grants to local economic development funds; repealing from the scope of the Authority and the Fund loans to child care facilities to improve child care services; altering the scope of financial assistance provided under the Fund; establishing a specified reporting requirement; etc.   
HB167   Counties and Municipalities - At-Will Supervisory Employees - Residency Requirements - Authorizing a county or municipality to require a specified at-will supervisory employee to reside in the State, county, or municipality or within a certain distance of the State, county, or municipality as a condition of employment under specified circumstances.  
HB199   Capital Grants for Senior Citizen Activities Centers - Allowing more than one grant for a senior citizen activity center from the Senior Citizen Activities Centers Capital Improvement Grants Program if the sum of grants made for any single center does not exceed $800,000 in any 15-year period.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 116
 
HB215   County Revenues - Business Fees and Personal Property Tax Exemption - Authorizing the governing body of a county to impose a specified fee on business entities that own real or personal property in the county; requiring the Department of Assessments and Taxation to collect and remit the fee revenue to the counties; prohibiting the fee from exceeding specified amounts; requiring a county governing body that imposes a fee to notify the Department on or before July 1 of the year preceding the year in which the fee will be collected; exempting specified personal property from the specified property tax; etc. 

Withdrawn
Letter of Opposition 
HB230    Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - First-Time Homebuyer Savings Accounts - Allowing a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for contributions to a specified first-time homebuyer savings account during a taxable year and specified earnings on the account; providing that an account holder may claim the subtraction modification under specified circumstances; providing that transfers of money to or from the account are subject to specified requirements and limitations; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016; etc.   
HB231    Property Tax Credit - Disabled or Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Rescue Workers - Alteration - Authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City or the governing body of a county or of a municipal corporation to grant a property tax credit for a dwelling owned by the surviving spouse or cohabitant of a specified fallen law enforcement officer or rescue worker; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2017; etc.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 174
 
HB235   Abandoned Private Cemeteries - Repair or Maintenance by County or Municipality - Authorizing a county or municipality, by local law, to establish that unpaid charges made against real property that is an abandoned private cemetery for specified purposes are a lien on the property; and requiring a county or municipality to take specified actions if the county or municipality determines that a private cemetery is abandoned and in need of repair, maintenance, or preservation.   
HB254    State Government - Closed Captioning Activation Required Without Request - Requiring places of public accommodation to keep closed captioning activated on specified television receivers under specified circumstances regardless of whether the closed captioning was requested.   
HB284    State Property Tax - Homestead Property Tax Assessment Cap Reduction - Reducing from 110% to 105% the homestead property tax credit percentage for the State property tax; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2018.   
HB351    Property Tax - Homestead Property Tax Credit Percentage - Deadlines - Extending the deadline by which the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City and the governing body of a county or municipal corporation must set or alter the homestead property tax percentage in a taxable year and notify the Department of Assessments and Taxation; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2018.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 239
 
HB435    Governmental Procedures - Security of Computerized Data - Encryption of Personal Information - Requiring specified State and local governmental units to secure by encryption specified personal information of an individual that the unit has collected in computerized form. 

Withdrawn
 
HB453    Tax Sales - Water Liens - Prohibiting a tax sale of real property solely to enforce liens for unpaid water, sewer, and sanitary system services; providing a specified exception to the prohibition on specified tax sales of real property; repealing a specified prohibition on specified tax sales made obsolete by the Act; and providing that the Act applies prospectively to liens attaching to real property on or after October 1, 2017.  
HB468    Procurement - Prevailing Wage - Application to Leased Properties - Applying the prevailing wage law to specified construction contracts on property where the State or a political subdivision of the State is the owner and the State or political subdivision leases, or plans to lease, the property or a portion of the property; and applying the Act prospectively.  
HB537   Environment - On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems and Funding for Wastewater Treatment Facilities and Sewerage Systems - Authorizing a person to install, replace, or have installed or replaced a specified on-site sewage disposal system that does not utilize specified nitrogen removal technology on specified property located outside the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area; requiring the Department of the Environment or the local approving authority to impose a fee of $200 for a residential on-site sewage disposal system and $100 per 1,000 square feet for a non-residential building on-site sewage disposal system; etc.  
HB552    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; 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; submitting the amendment to the qualified voters of the State for their adoption or rejection; etc.  
HB596    Procurement - Confidential Proprietary Information, Goods, or Services Provided to a Governmental Entity - Nondisclosure Agreement - Prohibiting a governmental entity from entering into a contract with a contractor that prohibits the governmental entity from disclosing to the public that the governmental entity uses confidential proprietary information, goods, or services provided to the governmental entity by the contractor; and generally relating to nondisclosure agreements involving confidential proprietary information, goods, or services provided to a governmental entity by a contractor.

Withdrawn
 
HB598    Counties and Municipal Corporations - "Sanctuary Laws" for Illegal Aliens - Prohibition - Requiring local governments to fully comply with and support federal immigration law; prohibiting local governments from restricting specified individuals from requesting, obtaining, sending, receiving, or maintaining specified immigration information; requiring local governments to implement specified requirements and obligations in a manner that is consistent with federal immigration law and protects civil rights; etc.    
HB691    Corporations and Associations - Annual Reports - Filing Fees (Filing Fee Fairness Act of 2017) - Altering the fee that specified business entities must pay for filing an annual report with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation; and applying the Act prospectively. 

Withdrawn
 
HB854    Units of State Government - Award of Grants to Counties - Requirement of Paid Sick Leave - Requiring that the terms of a grant awarded to a county by a unit of State government require the county to provide to an employee paid sick leave that accrues at 4 hours per month for a total of 48 hours per year if the employee's position is funded by the grant.  
HB863    State Agricultural and Conservation Property Interests - Solar Facilities (Right to Solar Farm) - Exempting a specified facility that generates electricity by utilizing solar energy from specified development restrictions under an agricultural land preservation easement; altering the limitation on the percentage of the land subject to an agricultural land preservation easement that may be used for the generation of electricity from solar energy; and authorizing the Maryland Environmental Trust to lease properties for the generation of electricity under specified circumstances. 

Withdrawn
 
HB872   Tax Credits - Enterprise Zones, RISE Zones, and Maryland Jobs Development Projects - Altering from 10 years to 5 years the length of time the designation of an enterprise zone is effective under the enterprise zone tax credit program; altering the tax credit that may be claimed under the Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise Zone program; establishing the Maryland Jobs Development Tax Credit that may be claimed against the income, franchise, and insurance premium taxes; providing for the calculation and refundability of the tax credit; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016; etc.  
HB918   Environment - Water Services - Water Affordability Program - Requiring a provider of specified types of water services to establish a specified water affordability program; requiring a provider to establish a plan for implementing a water affordability program on or before July 1, 2018; requiring the program to go into effect on or before July 1, 2019; requiring a provider to establish a specified annual cap on specified charges the provider assesses to specified customers; etc.  
HB924    Natural Resources - Oyster Management - Prohibited Actions - Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from reducing or altering specified oyster sanctuaries until the Department develops a fisheries management plan for the scientific management of the oyster stock following completion of a specified study and reports.

Enacted under Article 2, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 27
 
HB954    Foreclosed Property Registry - Updated Information - Notice to Local Governments - Requiring the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to establish procedures that require a foreclosure purchaser to send to the Department any updates to the information about or relating to the foreclosure purchaser that was submitted in the initial registration of a residential property with the Foreclosed Property Registry; and requiring the Department, for each registered residential property, to send to specified local governments a copy of the initial registration and any specified updates.  
HB1063    Agriculture - Maryland Healthy Soils Program - Establishing the Maryland Healthy Soils Program for specified purposes; requiring the Department of Agriculture to provide specified incentives, including research, education, technical assistance, and, subject to available funding, financial assistance, to farmers to implement farm management practices that contribute to healthy soils; and requiring the Department to determine whether the Program may be implemented in a manner to enhance other specified programs.   
HB1067    Shelter Services for Homeless Women - Feminine Hygiene Products - Requiring the Department of Human Resources to make available to local administering agencies for specified service providers and to specified service providers a specified supply of feminine hygiene products sufficient to meet the needs of female residents in shelters; providing that feminine hygiene products be made available to specified entities and to female residents in shelters for free; and defining specified terms.   
HB1079    Roadways - Crossing by Pedestrians of Roadways - Authority of Local Jurisdictions - Authorizing local jurisdictions to regulate the crossing by pedestrians of roadways between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are not in operation.  
HB1184    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; etc.   
HB1190    Corporations and Associations - Annual Reports - Fees - Altering the fee that specified business entities must pay for filing a required annual report with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation; and applying the Act prospectively. 

Withdrawn
 
HB1238    Personal Property Tax - Exemption for Business Personal Property - Exempting business personal property from the property tax imposed by a county or municipal corporation, subject to specified exceptions; requiring the State Department of Assessments and Taxation to identify specified provisions of law and submit a specified report to the General Assembly; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2017.   
HB1241    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 at least 1 year; requiring the State Archivist to adopt specified regulations; etc.   
HB1252    County Boards of Education - Disposition of School Property - Repealing provisions of law requiring the approval of the State Superintendent of Schools before a county board of education may dispose of any land, school site, or building that is no longer needed for school purposes.

Withdrawn
 
HB1260    Annual Reports and Personal Property Reports - Fees, Exemption, and Affidavit - Reducing the fee that specified business entities must pay for filing a required annual report with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation if the business entity did not own personal property that is subject to property tax during the preceding calendar year; exempting a person who did not own personal property that is subject to property tax during the preceding calendar year from submitting a report on personal property to the Department; etc.   
HB1283    Alcoholic Beverages - Class 5 Brewery License - Repealing a specified provision of law authorizing a holder of a Class 5 brewery license to serve specified samples of beer to specified individuals; repealing provisions of law requiring a local licensing board to grant an on-site consumption permit to a specified applicant; authorizing a local licensing board to issue a Class D beer license for on-premises consumption to a holder of a Class 5 brewery license; authorizing the holder of specified licenses to exercise specified privileges from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on specified days; etc.  
HB1305    Labor and Employment - Payment of Wages - Minimum Wage - Requiring to be paid for the 6-month period beginning July 1, 2017, a minimum wage of $9.25 per hour, for the 18-month period beginning January 1, 2018, a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, and beginning July 1, 2019, a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour.

Withdrawn
 
HB1306    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.  
HB1313    Public Utilities - Telephone Companies - Wired Broadband (Wired Broadband Act of 2017) - 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 specified annual report and recommendations to the General Assembly on or before January 31 each year.   
HB1320    Counties - Towing Companies - Authority to Regulate - Authorizing the governing body of a county to adopt rules and regulations for the licensing, maintenance, and operation of towing companies in the county for specified purposes; authorizing the rules and regulations adopted by a county to require a person who operates a towing company in the county to obtain a license and pay a specified fee; requiring a county to hold a public hearing that is advertised in advance in a specified manner before adopting the rules and regulations; etc.  
HB1323    Property Tax - Credit for Revitalization Districts - Authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City or the governing body of a county or municipal corporation to grant, by law, a property tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on a dwelling that is located in a revitalization district and is owned by a homeowner who, on or after June 1, 2017, made specified substantial improvements to the dwelling that cause the dwelling to be reassessed at a higher value; etc. 

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 241
 
HB1352    On-Site Sewage Disposal - Historic and Culturally Significant Properties - Regulations - Requiring the Department of the Environment, on or before December 31, 2017, to adopt regulations providing for the correction of failing on-site sewage disposal systems located on historic and culturally significant properties; and requiring the regulations to be designed to facilitate the use and preservation of, and to accommodate specified characteristics associated with, historic and culturally significant properties.  
HB1353    Local Government Tort Claims Act and Maryland Tort Claims Act - Damages Sustained on Artificial or Synthetic Turf Playing Fields - Establishing that the limits on liability of a local government under the Local Government Tort Claims Act do not apply to a tort action for damages sustained by an individual on an artificial or a synthetic turf playing field owned or operated by a local government; providing that the State, its officers, and its units may not raise sovereign immunity as a defense in a tort action for damages sustained by an individual on a State-owned or State-operated artificial or synthetic turf playing field; etc.  
HB1355    Sewerage Systems - Residential Major Subdivisions in Tier III and Tier IV Areas - Authorizing a local jurisdiction to authorize a residential major subdivision served by on-site sewage disposal systems, community sewerage systems, or shared systems in Tier III and Tier IV areas under specified circumstances; exempting specified residential major subdivisions from specified provisions of law; and specifying that the Act does not create new development rights.   
HB1367    Personal Property Tax - Investments in Maryland - Providing an exemption from personal property tax for property that is owned by a business that has organized under the laws of Maryland during the current tax year or that relocates its headquarters to Maryland during the current tax year; exempting specified personal property from a property tax imposed by a county or municipal corporation for all taxable years beginning after June 30, 2019; providing that specified personal property remains subject to county or municipal corporation property tax; etc.  
HB1368    Electricians - Local Licenses - Repeal - Requiring that an individual be licensed by the State Board of Master Electricians before the individual provides electrical services in the State; repealing the authority of a local board to issue a local license to provide specified electrical services; providing that local jurisdictions may locally regulate specified work by establishing a system of registrations designed to take action against specified registrants, and to report enforcement action to the State Board; etc.   
HB1370    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, 2018, 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. Letter of Opposition
HB1386    Maryland Public Ethics Law - Members and Employees of Boards of License Commissioners - Making State restrictions and requirements of the Maryland Public Ethics Law apply to members and employees of boards of license commissioners by adding the members and employees of the boards to a specified list of public officials; and altering a specified definition to remove members and employees of boards of license commissioners from the scope of the county and municipal corporation provisions of the Maryland Public Ethics Law.  
HB1387   Criminal Law - Hydraulic Fracturing - Prohibition - Prohibiting the use of hydraulic fracturing for any purpose; and providing that a violation is a misdemeanor and is subject to, for a first conviction, imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $50,000, and for each subsequent conviction, imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $100,000.  
HB1423    Calvert County - Board of License Commissioners - Notice and Hearing on Proposed Legislation - Requiring the Board of License Commissioners for Calvert County, before submitting a legislative proposal to the Calvert County Delegation for introduction as a bill in a session of the General Assembly, to post notice, send specified e-mails, and hold a public hearing on the proposal at least 3 months before the start of the General Assembly session. 

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 310
Letter of Support
HB1426    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, 2017; etc.  Letter of Opposition

Letter in Response
to Proposed
Amendment
HB1643    Health Insurance - Health Benefit Plans - Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy - Requiring specified health benefit plans and specified carriers to provide a special enrollment period during which specified individuals who become pregnant may enroll in a health benefit plan; establishing the duration of the special enrollment period; establishing specified effective dates of coverage for specified individuals enrolled in specified health benefit plans during the special enrollment period; applying the Act to all health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed in the State on or after January 1, 2018; etc.   
     SENATE BILLS  
  SB59  Crabs - Harvest Times - Trotlines and Crab Pots - Requiring the Department of Natural Resources to adopt regulations that provide the option to a tidal fish licensee authorized to catch crabs using trotlines and crab pots to work specified hours on Labor Day, Memorial Day, July 4, and the day before each of these holidays; requiring a licensee who chooses the early hours option to notify the Department of that choice by August 31 of the previous license year; prohibiting a licensee who chooses the early hours option from changing that option until the following license year; etc.   
  SB100  Creation of a State Debt - Charles County - Southern Maryland Studies Center - Authorizing the creation of a State Debt in the amount of $500,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the Board of Trustees of the College of Southern Maryland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Southern Maryland Studies Center, located in Charles County; providing for disbursement of the loan proceeds; etc.   
  SB108  Property Tax Credit - Erosion Control Measures - Nonstructural Shoreline Stabilization - Requiring that specified erosion control measures that qualify for a specified property tax credit authorized against the county or municipal corporation property tax meet the standards of a nonstructural shoreline stabilization measure; repealing specified provisions of law rendered obsolete by the Act that relate to defining erosion control measures that qualify for the tax credit; and applying the Act to tax years beginning after June 30, 2017.

Passed and Approved by the Governor - Chapter 228
 
  SB116  Program Open Space - Attainment of Acquisition Goals - Local Government Apportionment and Use of Funds - Increasing from 75 percent to 100 percent of its future annual apportionment the amount a local government may spend on development projects and capital renewal after it has attained its acquisition goals under Program Open Space; repealing a specified limitation on the use of specified funds; etc.   
  SB136  Vehicle Laws - Parking Violations - Authority of Political Subdivisions - Prohibiting a political subdivision from adopting or enforcing a regulation or an ordinance that imposes specified additional penalties for a parking violation within 30 days after the issuance of the citation.  
  SB161  Transportation - Highway User Revenues - Allocation - Increasing the portion of highway user revenues that is distributed to local governments if the Transportation Trust Fund revenue for a fiscal year exceeds the most recent estimate of the Board of Revenue Estimates for that fiscal year; altering the allocation of the local share of highway user revenues among Baltimore City, counties, and municipalities; etc.   Letter of Support
  SB179  Creation of a State Debt - Calvert County - End Hunger In Calvert County Warehouse - Authorizing the creation of a State Debt not to exceed $50,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the Board of Directors of the End Hunger In Calvert County, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the End Hunger In Calvert County Warehouse, located in Calvert County; providing for disbursement of the loan proceeds, subject to a requirement that the grantee provide and expend a matching fund; etc.  
  SB214 Local Government - Public Nuisances - Restriction on Local "Padlock" Laws - Prohibiting a county from enacting or enforcing a local law that authorizes the chief law enforcement officer to order the discontinuance of a public nuisance on any premises or the closing of the premises to the extent necessary to abate the nuisance, unless the local law provides for a hearing before a circuit court judge before the issuance of the order.  
  SB239 Personal Property Tax - Exemption - Property Owned by New or Relocated Business - Providing an exemption from personal property tax for property that is owned by a business that has organized under the laws of Maryland during the current tax year or that relocates its headquarters to Maryland during the current tax year; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2017.

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  SB345  Income Tax Refunds - Wynne Case - Eligibility - Authorizing, on or before December 31, 2017, specified individuals eligible for an income tax refund as a result of a specified United States Supreme Court decision to file an amended income tax return for specified taxable years to claim an income tax refund; providing for the determination of eligibility for a specified income tax refund; prohibiting an individual that claims a specified income tax refund from receiving interest on the income tax refund; etc.   
  SB408  Senior Apartment Facilities - Limitation on Occupancy by Person Convicted of Crime of Violence - Prohibiting under specified circumstances a landlord from renting a unit to an individual convicted of a crime of violence within the previous 5 years or allowing an individual convicted of a crime of violence within the previous 5 years to reside in a senior apartment facility in a unit on the same floor on which a vulnerable adult resides; providing for enforcement by the Division of Consumer Protection of the Office of the Attorney General; etc.   
  SB463  Business Regulation - Limited Residential Lodging - Requiring innkeepers and hosting platform operators that offer specified types of limited residential lodging to maintain specified licenses and records and operate in a specified manner; requiring that the records be made available to specified law enforcement agencies; authorizing specified law enforcement agencies to order an innkeeper to cease and desist from offering limited residential lodging; requiring innkeepers to ensure that limited residential lodging units comply with laws applicable to similar accommodations; etc.  
  SB466  Public Safety - 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System - Revisions (Carl Henn's Law) - Extending the presumption of compensability under the workers' compensation law to include, subject to specified conditions, specified individuals who work at public safety answering points and secondary public safety answering points and suffer from heart disease or hypertension resulting in partial or total disability or death; establishing the 9-1-1 Advisory Council; requiring the Council to make specified recommendations to the Emergency Number Systems Board; etc.  
  SB703  Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation - Participation in the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program - Authorizing agricultural land preservation easements to be included as part of a partnership formed under the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program; requiring the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation to attempt to form a partnership under the Program when making specified agricultural land preservation easement purchases; etc.   
  SB716  Admissions and Amusement Tax - Exemption - Agricultural Tourism and Promotion of Agricultural Products - Providing that the admissions and amusement tax may not be imposed by a county on gross receipts derived from any admissions and amusement charge for activities related to agricultural tourism or the promotion of valued-added agricultural products on a farm or by a specified organization; and defining "agricultural tourism" as any agricultural or horticultural activity conducted for the purpose of entertainment or education; etc.  
  SB862  Environment - Hydraulic Fracturing - Moratorium and Referenda - Prohibiting the Department of the Environment from issuing a permit for the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the exploration or production of natural gas in the State until October 1, 2019, and only under specified circumstances; prohibiting a person from engaging in hydraulic fracturing in a local jurisdiction unless the local jurisdiction has submitted to a referendum of the voters of the local jurisdiction a specified question and a majority of the voters have voted in a specified manner; etc.  
  SB975 Real Property - Agricultural Land Preservation Easements - Separate Parcels - Establishing that, unless a specified deed expressly provides otherwise, the grant of a specified agricultural land preservation easement governing two or more separate parcels of land owned by the same grantor under separate deeds does not consolidate the parcels for any other purpose, under specified circumstances; establishing that a specified parcel of land subject to an agricultural land preservation easement may be conveyed separately without the approval of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation; etc.   
  SB1040  Environment - Water and Sewer Plan Approval - Reducing the number of days from 90 to 60 that the Department of the Environment has to take specified actions on a proposed county plan or a proposed revision or amendment to a county plan; reducing the number of days from 90 to 30 for an extension of a specified review period; authorizing an additional extension of time for a specified review period, subject to specified notice requirements; requiring a written notice to include specified information; etc.   
  SB1103  Home Sprinkler and Fire Safety Assistance Fund - Establishing the Home Sprinkler and Fire Safety Assistance Fund to provide grants to offset the costs of installing a sprinkler system when purchasing a home; requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to administer the Fund; requiring the State Treasurer to hold the Fund and the Comptroller to account for the Fund; specifying the contents of the Fund; and providing for the investment of money in, and expenditures from, the Fund.   
  SB1107  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.   
  SB1116  Maryland Fair Scheduling, Wages, and Benefits Act - Requiring a specified employer to provide specified employees with specified estimates and work schedules within specified time periods and notify employees of specified changes to specified schedules; authorizing an employer to make specified changes to a scheduled shift within a specified period of time; requiring an employer, except under specified circumstances, to pay specified predictability pay under specified circumstances; providing that the predictability pay is in addition to specified other pay; etc.   
  SB1142 Income Tax - Corporate Headquarters Investment and Job Retention Tax Credit - Authorizing a qualified business entity operating an eligible corporate headquarters project to claim a specified credit against the State income tax; requiring the Department of Commerce to certify a business entity as a qualified business entity within 60 days of receiving a specified application; providing that a project is eligible for designation by the Department as an eligible tax credit project under specified circumstances; etc.  
  SB1172  Alcoholic Beverages - Class 5 Breweries - Barrelage and Hours of Sale - Repealing the requirement that a local licensing board grant an on-site consumption permit under specified conditions; altering the amount of beer that a holder of a Class 5 brewery license may sell for on-premises consumption; and specifying hours of sale for beer sold for on-premises consumption, unless the hours are otherwise determined by the local licensing board for the jurisdiction in which the Class 5 brewery is located.  
  SB1190 Bay Restoration Fund - Upgraded Municipal Wastewater Facilities - Grants - Authorizing the Department of the Environment to use specified funds from the Bay Restoration Fund to provide grants to a municipality that upgraded a municipal wastewater facility to enhanced nutrient removal before July 1, 2013, under specified circumstances; and terminating the Act after September 30, 2019.  
  SB1196  Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland - Financing Purchase or Lease of Property - Exemption From Procurement Law - Exempting from the State procurement law the purchase or lease of property for a specified purpose by specified persons if the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland makes a specified determination; and providing that existing obligations or contract rights may not be impaired by the Act.   
   JOINT RESOLUTIONS  
HJ2  SJ2 Constitutional Convention - Amendment - Repeal - Repealing and withdrawing specified applications to Congress to call a Constitutional Convention; and urging the legislatures of specified other states to repeal and withdraw such applications.   
  SJ3  United States Constitution - Amendments Convention - Limitations on Federal Power - Applying to the U.S. Congress for an amendments convention called under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for officials of the federal government and for the members of the U.S. Congress.  
  SJ7 Protection of the Federal Affordable Care Act - Expressing the sharp disagreement of the General Assembly of Maryland with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act; urging the U.S. Congress to promptly protect provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act that ensure all Marylanders have access to affordable health insurance coverage, free from discriminatory rates and policies; urging the Governor of Maryland to join in urging the U.S. congress to promptly protect specified provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act; etc. 
 

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