Current Status of Priority Bills and Actions to Take
2021 Legislative Session

 

Below are all of the bills that have been introduced to date that we are tracking, including those we selected as priorities and some related bills.

For further information on any bill listed below, please go to the Maryland General Assembly website and enter the bill number in the Search field. 

Issue
Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Sponsor
Title
Status
Current Location
Priority
Position
Action
UULM-MD Summary
Climate Change
Climate Solutions Now
HB0583
SB0414
Delegate Stein
Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would requiring the State to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 60% from 2006 levels by 2030 andachieve net-zero statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2045; use the Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities to determine what percent of all state funds invested in climate must be spent in overburdened communities; protect fossil fuel workers; and enact simple, effective policies to reduce and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Change
Climate Solutions Now
SB0414
HB0583
Senator Pinsky
Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021
Conference Committee Appointed
Failed - Did not report agreement
X
Support
Contact your Senator
Would requiring the State to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2006 levels by 2030 and achieve net-zero statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2045; use the Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities to determine what percent of all state funds invested in climate must be spent in overburdened communities; protect fossil fuel workers; and enact simple, effective policies to reduce and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Change
Community Choice Energy Pilot
HB0768
Montgomery County Delegation
Montgomery County - Community Choice Energy - Pilot Program MC 17-21
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Would establish a Community Choice Aggregator Pilot Program for local jurisdictions to negotiate the purchase of electric generation services from a supplier or storage facility; and apply the laws regarding net energy metering and community solar generating systems to customers served by a community choice aggregator.
Climate Change
Forest Mitigation
HB0991
Delegate Gilchrist
Tree Solutions Now Act of 2021
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Includes tree planting provisions from Climate Solutions Now Act
Climate Change
Plastic Bags
HB0314
SB0223
Delegate Lierman
Plastic Bag Reduction Act
Passed House - No vote in Senate Committee
Finance
X
Support
Would prohibit a “retail establishment” from providing a customer with a “plastic carryout bag” after July 1, 2021 and establish a civil penalty for violations.
Climate Change
Plastic Bags
SB0223
HB0314
Senator Augustine
Plastic Bag Reduction Act
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Finance
X
Support
Would prohibit a “retail establishment” from providing a customer with a “plastic carryout bag” after July 1, 2021 and establish a civil penalty for violations.
Climate Change
Transit Investment
HB0114
SB0199
Delegate Lierman
Transportation - Maryland Transit Administration Funding and MARC Rail Extension Study (Transit Safety and Investment Act)
Vetoed by Governor
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would require the Governor to include in the State budget from the Transportation Trust Fund at least $529 million per year for the next five years to the Maryland Transit Administration for its operating and capital needs.
Climate Change
Transit Investment
SB0199
HB0114
Senator McCray
Transportation - Maryland Transit Administration Funding and MARC Rail Extension Study (Transit Safety and Investment Act)
Vetoed by Governor
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would require the Governor to include in the State budget from the Transportation Trust Fund at least $529 million per year for the next five years to the Maryland Transit Administration for its operating and capital needs.
Climate Change
Utility Regulation
HB0298
SB0083
Delegate Charkoudian
Utility Regulation - Consideration of Climate and Labor
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Would require the Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) to include an evaluation of the impact of electric power plants on climate change as part of its ongoing research; and would require the Public Service Commission (PSC) to consider (1) the maintenance by regulated public service companies of fair and stable labor standards for affected workers and (2) additional specific climate effects and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions before taking final action on a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN).
Climate Change
Utility Regulation
SB0083
HB0298
Senator Kramer
Utility Regulation - Consideration of Climate and Labor
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Would require the Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) to include an evaluation of the impact of electric power plants on climate change as part of its ongoing research; and would require the Public Service Commission (PSC) to consider (1) the maintenance by regulated public service companies of fair and stable labor standards for affected workers and (2) additional specific climate effects and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions before taking final action on a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN).
Climate Change
Zero-emission busses
SB0137
HB0334
Senator Zucker
Maryland Transit Administration - Conversion to Zero-Emission Buses (Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act)
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Would prohibit the Maryland Transit Administration from purchasing buses for the Administration's State transit bus fleet that are not zero-emission buses beginning in fiscal year 2023.
Criminal Justice
Baltimore Police Dept.
SB0786
HB1027
Senator McCray
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Baltimore City - Control of the Police Department of Baltimore City
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
Transfers control of the Baltimore Police Department from the State to the City of Baltimore (contingent on adoption of a City Charter Amendment in 2022).
Criminal Justice
Body cams
HB0187
Delegate Ivey
Public Safety - Law Enforcement - Body-Worn Cameras
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
Would require all law enforcement agencies to adopt policies and procedures and require the use of body-worn cameras by October 1, 2021.
Criminal Justice
Body cams
SB0071
Senator Sydnor
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Body-Worn Cameras, Employee Programs, and Use of Force
Gubernatorial Veto Override - Chapter 60
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
(1) requires specified law enforcement agencies to require the use of a body-worn camera (BWC) by each law enforcement officer employed by the law enforcement agency who regularly interacts with members of the public as part of the law enforcement officer’s official duties; (2) requires each law enforcement agency to establish a specified early intervention system; (3) requires each law enforcement agency to provide access to an “employee assistance program” for all police officers that the law enforcement agency employs and develop a policy to provide access to required program services at no cost to a police officer; (4) establishes the Maryland Use of Force Statute; and (5) extends the duration and required duties of the Law Enforcement Body Camera Task Force
Criminal Justice
Citations
HB0445
SB0671
Delegate Dumais
Criminal Procedure - Charging Procedures - Citations
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would expand the use of citation for charging people with criminal violations instead of making arrests.
Criminal Justice
Citations
SB0671
HB0445
Senator Waldstreicher
Criminal Procedure - Charging Procedures - Citations
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Contact your Senator
Would expand the use of citation for charging people with criminal violations instead of making arrests.
Criminal Justice
Education Credits
HB0089
SB0397
Delegate Wilkins
Correctional Services - Diminution Credits - Education
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would award a diminution credit of 90 days to reduce the term of confinement of an inmate for successfully obtaining an educational certificate, diploma, or degree.
Criminal Justice
Education Credits
SB0397
HB0089
Senator Carter
Correctional Services - Diminution Credits - Education
Favorable with Amendments Report by Judiciary
House Floor (no vote taken)
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would award a diminution credit of 90 days to reduce the term of confinement of an inmate for successfully obtaining an educational certificate, diploma, or degree.
Criminal Justice
Investigations of police-State Prosecutor
SB0600
Senator Smith
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Surplus Military Equipment and Investigation of Deaths Caused by Police Officers
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
Establishes an independent investigative unit within the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to investigate all alleged or potential police-involved deaths of civilians. A law enforcement agency must notify the independent investigative unit of any alleged or potential police–involved death of a civilian as soon as the agency becomes aware of the incident and cooperate with the unit in connection with the investigation. The Governor must annually include funding in the State budget sufficient to provide for the full and proper operation of the unit. Funds provided in accordance with this requirement must supplement and may not supplant any other funding provided to the unit. The bill also prohibits a law enforcement agency from receiving specified military equipment from a surplus program operated by the federal government.
Criminal Justice
LEOBOR repeal & procedures
SB0627
Senator Carter
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights - Repeal and Procedures for Discipline
Passed Senate-Amended in House
Senate did not accept or reject House Amendments
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
Would repeal the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights and replace it with other procedures for investigating police misconduct
Criminal Justice
Military equipment
SB0599
Senator Smith
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Surplus Military Equipment
Passed Senate - No vote in House Committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
Would prohibit law enforcement agencies from receiving certain equipment from a federal military surplus program, including weaponized aircraft, drones, or vehicles; destructive devices; firearm silencers; or grenade launchers
Criminal Justice
No-Knock warrants
SB0419
Senator Carter
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Search Warrants
Passed Senate - No vote in House Committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
Would repeal the law authorizing an application for a search warrant to contain a request authorizing the executing law enforcement officer to enter a building, apartment, premises, place, or thing to be searched without giving notice of the officer's authority or purpose under certain circumstances.
Criminal Justice
Parole Reform
HB0003
Delegate Clippinger
Correctional Services - Parole - Life Imprisonment
Passed House - No vote in Senate Committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would alter, from 15 years to 20 years, the time period that inmates sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime committed on or after October 1, 2021, must serve before becoming eligible for parole consideration; and repeal provisions that provide that inmates serving a term of life imprisonment may be paroled only with the Governor's approval.
Criminal Justice
Parole Reform
SB0202
Senator Kelley
Correctional Services - Parole - Life Imprisonment
Vetoed by Governor
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would alter, from 15 years to 20 years, the time period that inmates sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime committed on or after October 1, 2021, must serve before becoming eligible for parole consideration; and repeal provisions that provide that inmates serving a term of life imprisonment may be paroled only with the Governor's approval.
Criminal Justice
Police Personnel Records
SB0178
HB0120
Senator Carter
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Search Warrants and Inspection of Records Relating to Police Misconduct (Anton's Law)
Gubernatorial Veto Override - Chapter 62
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
Makes various modifications to provisions relating to search warrants, including “no-knock” search warrants, and requires law enforcement agencies to annually report specified data relating to search warrants to the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services (GOCPYVS). In addition, the bill establishes that, except for a record of a “technical infraction,” a record relating to an administrative or criminal investigation of misconduct by a law enforcement officer, including an internal affairs investigatory record, a hearing record, and records relating to a disciplinary decision, is not a personnel record for purposes of Maryland’s Public Information Act (PIA). Thus, such records are generally subject to discretionary denial of inspection (instead of mandatory denial) as provided under PIA, subject to specified exceptions. The bill further specifies requirements for custodians of specified records relating to investigations of misconduct by law enforcement officers
Criminal Justice
Police Reform
HB0670
Speaker
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Police Discipline and Law Enforcement Programs and Procedures
Gubernatorial Veto Override - Chapter 59
X
Support
Contact your Delegate
Among other things, the bill (1) repeals the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBR) and establishes provisions that relate to a statewide accountability and discipline process for police officers; (2) alters requirements for the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission (MPTSC) regarding training and police certification; (3) establishes two higher education financial assistance programs for police officers, with mandated appropriations; (4) increases civil liability limits applicable to police misconduct lawsuits; and (5) requires reporting on SWAT team activity and use of force complaints
Criminal Justice
Police Use of Force
SB0626
HB0139
Senator Carter
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Law Enforcement Officers - Use of Force, Reporting, and Whistleblower Protections
Passed Senate - No vote in House Committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
Establishes three misdemeanors punishable by up to 10 years in jail for a law enforcement officer who: Intentionally uses excessive force Fails to intervene to terminate another officer using or expressing an intent to use excessive force, or Fails to provide or obtain appropriate medical treatment for a person injured as a result of an officer’s use of force.
Criminal Justice
Police mental health assistance
SB0074
HB0088
Senator Washington
Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Employee Assistance Programs and Early Intervention Programs
Passed Senate-Amended in House
Senate did not accept or reject House Amendments
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on Committee
Would require each law enforcement agency to develop and implement an employee assistance program or a mental health program resiliency sessions, for crisis and stress management counseling, peer support, and mental health evaluations.
Criminal Justice
Step-Down Programs
HB0131
Delegate Lewis, J.
Correctional Services - Step-Down Programs - Cause of Action
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would require the Department of Corrections to establish step-down program to prepare any inmate placed in restrictive housing (solitary confinement) for transition to the general population or the ciommunity.
Economic Justice
FAMLI
HB0375
SB0211
Delegate Valderrama
Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021)
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Economic Matters
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would establish the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program to provide temporary benefits to a covered individual who is taking leave from employment.
Economic Justice
FAMLI
SB0211
HB0375
Senator Hayes
Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021)
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Finance
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would establish the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program to provide temporary benefits to a covered individual who is taking leave from employment.
Gun Violence
Child Access Prevention
HB0200
SB0479
Delegate Stein
Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements (Jaelynn's Law)
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would further limit access to firearms for children under 18, better defines how a firearm should be stored to deny access to an unsupervised child, and requires the storage of unloaded firearms as well as loaded guns.
Gun Violence
Child Access Prevention
SB0479
HB0200
Senator Smith
Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements (Jaelynn's Law)
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would further limit access to firearms for children under 18, better defines how a firearm should be stored to deny access to an unsupervised child, and requires the storage of unloaded firearms as well as loaded guns.
Gun Violence
Firearms-Cannibis/Untraceable
SB0190
HB0543
Senator Hough
Firearms - Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry - Use of Medical Cannabis
Passed Senate-Favorable with Amendments by House committee
House Floor (No vote taken)
X
Support
Amended to include regulation of undetectable or untraceable "ghost guns" from SB 624
Gun Violence
Untraceable Firearms
HB0638
SB0624
Delegate Lopez
Public Safety - Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would regulate the manufacture of untraceable and undetectable firearms by requiring a serial number and background check
Gun Violence
Untraceable Firearms
HB1291
Delegate Amprey
Public Safety - Untraceable Firearms
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Gun Violence
Untraceable Firearms
SB0624
HB0638
Senator Lee
Public Safety - Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would regulate the manufacture of untraceable and undetectable firearms by requiring a serial number and background check
Healthcare
Easy Enrollment-Unemployment
HB1002
Delegate Charkoudian
Unemployment - Insurance Revisions and Special Enrollment Period for Health Benefits
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Contact your Delegate
As part of comprehensive revision of unemployment, would establish an easy enrollment process for applicants to obtain health insurance through the Maryland Health Exchange.
Healthcare
Easy Enrollment-Unemployment
SB0893
Senator Rosapepe
Unemployment - Insurance Revisions and Special Enrollment Period for Health Benefits
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
As part of comprehensive revision of unemployment, would establish an easy enrollment process for applicants to obtain health insurance through the Maryland Health Exchange.
Healthcare
Health equity resource
HB0463
SB0172
Delegate Barron
Maryland Health Equity Resource Act
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would require the Secretary of Health to designate certain areas as Health Equity Resource Communities to reduce health disparities, improve health outcomes, improve access to primary care, promote primary and secondary prevention services, and reduce health care costs and hospital admissions and readmissions. Would also authorize health care practitioners and community health workers in Health Equity Resource communities to receive state income tax credits and loan repayment assistance.
Healthcare
Health equity resource
SB0172
HB0463
Senator Hayes
Maryland Health Equity Resource Act
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would require the Secretary of Health to designate certain areas as Health Equity Resource Communities to reduce health disparities, improve health outcomes, improve access to primary care, promote primary and secondary prevention services, and reduce health care costs and hospital admissions and readmissions. Would also authorize health care practitioners and community health workers in Health Equity Resource communities to receive state income tax credits and loan repayment assistance.
Healthcare
Medical Debt Protection
HB0565
SB0514
Delegate Charkoudian
Health Facilities - Hospitals - Medical Debt Protection
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Healthcare
Medical Debt Protection
SB0514
HB0565
Senator Feldman
Health Facilities - Hospitals - Medical Debt Protection
Allowed to go into effect without Governor's signature
X
Support
Immigration
Dignity Not Detention
HB0016
SB0478
Delegate Stewart
Correctional Services - Immigration Detention - Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act)
Vetoed by Governor
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would prohibit the State or any local jurisdiction from entering into agreements facilitating immigration-related detention by private entities, prohibit governmental entities from approving zoning variances or permits for the construction or reuse of buildings to house immigration-related detainees without public notification, and requird governmental entities to terminate existing contracts for the detention of immigration-related detainees by October 1, 2022
Immigration
Dignity not detention
SB0478
HB0016
Senator Smith
Correctional Services - Immigration Detention - Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act)
Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings
Senate Floor (no vote taken)
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would prohibit the State or any local jurisdiction from entering into agreements facilitating immigration-related detention by private entities, prohibit governmental entities from approving zoning variances or permits for the construction or reuse of buildings to house immigration-related detainees without public notification, and requird governmental entities to terminate existing contracts for the detention of immigration-related detainees by October 1, 2022
Immigration
Driver privacy
HB0023
SB0234
Delegate Stein
Personal Information - State and Local Agencies - Restrictions on Access (Maryland Driver Privacy Act)
Vetoed by Governor
X
Support
Contact your Delegate
Would require an officer, an employee, an agent, or a contractor of the State or a political subdivision to deny inspection by a federal agency seeking access for certain immigration enforcement matters of a public record that contains personal information or certain photographic images unless a valid warrant is provided.
Immigration
Driver privacy
SB0234
HB0023
Senator Lam
Personal Information - State and Local Agencies - Restrictions on Access (Maryland Driver Privacy Act)
Passed Senate - No vote in House Committee
Rules and Executive Nominations
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would require an officer, an employee, an agent, or a contractor of the State or a political subdivision to deny inspection by a federal agency seeking access for certain immigration enforcement matters of a public record that contains personal information or certain photographic images unless a valid warrant is provided.
Immigration
Right to counsel
HB0750
SB0317
Delegate Atterbeary
Office of the Attorney General - Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would establish a right to legal representation for an individual in immigration detention for an immigration proceedings where he/she is subject to removal from the US. Would establish the Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator in the Office of the Attorney General to manage services and resources in order to provide individuals with access to legal representation.
Immigration
Right to counsel
SB0317
HB0750
Senator Hettleman
Office of the Attorney General - Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would establish a right to legal representation for an individual in immigration detention for an immigration proceedings where he/she is subject to removal from the US. Would establish the Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator in the Office of the Attorney General to manage services and resources in order to provide individuals with access to legal representation.
Immigration
Trust Act
HB0304
SB0088
Delegate Fisher, W.
State and Local Government - Participation in Federal Immigration Enforcement
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would provide immunity for an official from criminal and civil liability for refusing to provide information to the federal government or another state that would be used for the creation or maintenance of a registry for the purpose of discriminating against indiiduals on the basis of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, or national or ethnic origin.
Immigration
Trust Act
SB0088
HB0304
Senator Smith
State and Local Government - Participation in Federal Immigration Enforcement
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would provide immunity for an official from criminal and civil liability for refusing to provide information to the federal government or another state that would be used for the creation or maintenance of a registry for the purpose of discriminating against indiiduals on the basis of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, or national or ethnic origin.
State Song
Repeal
HB0667
SB0008
Delegate Sample-Hughes
General Provisions - State Song - Repeal
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 148
X
Support
Repeals the current State song.
State Song
Repeal
SB0008
HB0667
Senator Kagan
General Provisions - State Song - Repeal
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 149
X
Support
Repeals the current State song.