2022 General Assembly Session Election Legislation

This year, our Democracy Task Force, Economic Justice Task Force, Gun violence Task Force and Health Care Task Force will not be active during the legislative sessions, but we will be tracking a number of relevant bills. 
Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Sponsor
Title
Status
Current Location
Synopsis
Congressional redistricting-2
SB1012
President
Congressional Districting Plan
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 16
Establishing the composition of the eight districts in the State of Maryland for the election of members to the United States House of Representatives; and requiring that a certain question be submitted to the qualified voters of the State if the Act is petitioned to referendum under Article XVI of the Maryland Constitution.
Redistricting
HJ0001
SJ0003
Speaker
Maryland Citizens' Legislative Districting Plan of 2022
Failed: not referred to standing committee
Rules and Executive Nominations
Establishing a plan for legislative districts presented by the Governor pursuant to Article III, Section 5 of the Maryland Constitution; providing that this Joint Resolution shall be effective as a plan within the meaning of Article III, Section 5 of the Maryland Constitution only under certain circumstances; and providing that this Joint Resolution does not preclude the enactment by the General Assembly of a subsequent Joint Resolution setting forth the boundaries of legislative districts.
Redistricting
HJ0002
SJ0002
Speaker
Legislative Districting Plan of 2022
Failed: not referred to standing committee
Rules and Executive Nominations
Establishing a plan for legislative districts in accordance with the fourth and fifth sentences of Article III, Section 5 of the Maryland Constitution; and providing that the legislative districting plan presented to the General Assembly by the Governor may not become law in accordance with Article III, Section 5 of the Maryland Constitution.
Redistricting
SJ0002
HJ0002
President
Legislative Districting Plan of 2022
Enacted under Article III, Section 5 of the Maryland Constitution Assigned a resolution number - Joint Resolution 1
Establishing a plan for legislative districts in accordance with the fourth and fifth sentences of Article III, Section 5 of the Maryland Constitution; and providing that the legislative districting plan presented to the General Assembly by the Governor may not become law in accordance with Article III, Section 5 of the Maryland Constitution.
Redistricting
SJ0003
HJ0001
President
Maryland Citizens' Legislative Districting Plan of 2022
Failed: no vote in committee
Reapportionment and Redistricting
Establishing a plan for legislative districts presented by the Governor pursuant to Article III, Section 5 of the Maryland Constitution; providing that this Joint Resolution shall be effective as a plan within the meaning of Article III, Section 5 of the Maryland Constitution only under certain circumstances; and providing that this Joint Resolution does not preclude the enactment by the General Assembly of a subsequent Joint Resolution setting forth the boundaries of legislative districts.
Secure elections
SB0738
Senator Simonaire
Secure Elections Act of 2022
Failed: no vote in committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Requiring the State Board of Elections, in collaboration with the local boards of elections, to conduct an audit of absentee ballots cast in each statewide election; requiring that the audit consist of verifying the voter's signature for each ballot selected for audit; requiring that the audit be expanded if a certain threshold is exceeded; and requiring the State Board to adopt certain regulations that include the method for verifying voter signatures and a deadline for submission of a new signature as provided under the Act.
Voting Rights-Government Liability
HB0463
Delegate Acevero
Civil Rights - Violation of Rights - Governmental Liability
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Establishing the civil liability of a police officer who deprives or allows another to deprive an individual of certain rights under the Maryland Declaration of Rights and the Maryland Constitution; requiring that the employer of a police officer indemnify the law enforcement officer against a judgment or settlement entered against the officer under the Act subject to certain exceptions; requiring that a civil action under the Act be filed within 2 years after the cause of action occurs; etc.
Voting rights
HB0538
Delegate Rosenberg
Voters' Rights Protection Act of 2022
Failed: no vote in committee
Ways and Means
Altering the days on which early voting centers are open before regularly scheduled primary and general elections to the second Thursday before a primary or general election through the Sunday, rather than the Thursday, before the election.
Voting rights
SB0413
Senator Sydnor
Voting Rights Act of 2022 – Counties and Municipalities
Failed: no vote in committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Prohibiting the imposition or application of a method for electing the governing body of a county or municipality that impairs the ability of members of a protected class to elect candidates of the members' choice or influence the outcome of an election by diluting or abridging the rights of voters who are members of a protected class.