2019 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 (PDF) for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session were submitted on November 16, 2018. The letter was
sent to: Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Jack Bailey, and Delegates Jerry Clark, Mark N Fisher, and Michael A. Jackson.

An update to the original legislative requests (PDF) was submitted on January 8, 2019. The letter was sent to: Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Jack Bailey, and Delegates Jerry Clark, Mark N Fisher, and Michael A. Jackson.

Legislative Correspondence

Letters of Support (PDF) to Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Jack Bailey, and Delegates Jerry Clark, Mark N Fisher, and Michael A. Jackson dated January 8, 2019 (for Public Transportation Operations).

Letters of Support (PDF) to Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Jack Bailey, and Delegates Jerry Clark, Mark N Fisher, and Michael A. Jackson dated January 8, 2019 (Options for Older Adults - Mental Illness).

Letters of Support (PDF) to Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Jack Bailey, and Delegates Jerry Clark, Mark N Fisher, and Michael A. Jackson dated January 8, 2019 (Local Management Boards).

The following table provides links to all other correspondence to the Senators and Delegates during the 2019 session. All legislative
actions for the session will be completed in June 2019.

HouseSenateDescriptionCorrespondance


 BILLS BASED UPON REQUESTS FROM THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS



SB0947(Calvert County Request Number 1) - Calvert County - Correctional Officers' Bill of Rights - Applying the provisions of the Charles County Correctional Officers' Bill of Rights to Calvert County.

SB0957(Calvert County Request Number 2) - Calvert County - Office of the Sheriff - Correctional Deputies - Authorizing the Sheriff of Calvert County to appoint correctional deputies in a number and at a salary approved by the County Commissioners; providing that correctional deputies serve under the Sheriff of Calvert County; requiring Calvert County correctional deputies to complete certain training provided by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions; providing that certain Calvert County correctional deputies may become merit system employees under certain circumstances; etc.
HB0623
(Calvert County Request Number 3) - Calvert County - Local Debt Bonding Authority - Authorizing and empowering the County Commissioners of Calvert County, from time to time, to borrow not more than $10,320,000 to finance the construction, improvement, or development of certain public buildings, roads, and facilities in Calvert County, as herein defined, and to effect such borrowing by the issuance and sale at public or private sale of its general obligation bonds in like par amount; etc.Letter of Support
HB0622
(Calvert County Request Number 4) - Criminal Law - Trespass - Refusal or Failure to Leave Public Building or Grounds - Prohibiting a person who has been served a court order, a trespass warning, or any other official government document prohibiting the person from returning to a public building or grounds, from refusing or failing to leave a public building or grounds, or a specific part of a public building or grounds under certain circumstances.Letter of Support
HB1258
(Calvert County Request Number 5) - Calvert County - Length of Service Award Program - Death Benefits - Providing that a qualified volunteer of certain fire and rescue entities in Calvert County who dies in the line of duty is eligible for a death benefit of $6,000 under certain circumstances; and altering the definition of "qualified volunteer".Letter of Support

Other Proposed Legislation




CROSS-FILED BILLS


HB0116*SB0846**Public Health - Correctional Services - Opioid Use Disorder Examinations and Treatment - Repealing the requirement for a certain inmate to be placed on a program of methadone detoxification under certain circumstances; requiring State and local correctional facilities to conduct a certain assessment of each inmate within 24 hours of incarceration to determine whether opioid treatment or medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction is appropriate; requiring State and local correctional facilities to provide certain treatments to inmates suffering from opioid use disorder under certain circumstances; etc.*Opposition Letters

**Opposition Letter
HB0654SB0937Wireless Facilities - Installation and Regulation - Establishing procedures and requirements for the deployment, installation, and regulation of certain wireless telecommunications facilities in the State; prohibiting an authority from entering into an exclusive agreement for the use of certain rights-of-way for certain purposes; authorizing an authority to impose certain rates and fees for use of certain rights-of-way in a certain manner and subject to certain limitations; authorizing a wireless provider to collocate certain facilities and use certain rights-of-way; etc.Letter of Opposition 
HB1020SB0713Wireless Facilities - Permitting and Siting - Establishing procedures and requirements for the permitting, installation, and regulation of certain wireless telecommunications facilities in the State; authorizing a wireless provider to install and maintain certain facilities in certain rights-of-way in accordance with certain provisions; prohibiting the use of a public right-of-way from obstructing or hindering certain other uses; prohibiting a certain local law from prohibiting the installation of certain facilities or discriminating among certain providers; etc.Letter of Support






HOUSE BILLS


HB1219
Calvert County - Soil Percolation Tests - Validity - Requiring a soil percolation test conducted on an unimproved property in Calvert County to remain valid for at least 20 years under certain circumstances.Letter of Support






SENATE BILLS



SB0973Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland - Membership and Funding - Expanding the voting membership of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland; increasing, beginning in fiscal year 2020, the amount of money that the county commissioners of Calvert County, Charles County, and St. Mary's County are required to appropriate each year to the Council, subject to certain provisions; and providing, beginning in fiscal year 2021, that any increase in certain county appropriations may not take effect until certain county commissioners give approval in advance of the increase.Letter of Support