• Stephen Buckingham

2021 Maryland General Assembly Session Report

Here is an overview providing the final status of each of UULM-MD’s priority and related bills.


Climate Change

  • Maryland Transit Administration - Funding (Transit Safety and Investment Act) - HB 114/ SB 199 - Passed

  • Community Choice Energy - Pilot Program - HB 768 - Passed

  • Utility Regulation - Consideration of Climate and Labor – HB 298 / SB 83 - Passed

  • Plastic Bag Reduction Act – HB 314 – Passed House but not voted upon in Senate Finance Committee

  • Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021 - SB 414 – Passed Senate but amended in House; Conference Committee appointed but did not resolve issues – but aspects of this bill were added to other bills that did pass, including:

  • HB 991 - Tree Solutions Now Act of 2021 – Passed

  • SB 137 - Maryland Transit Administration – Conversion to Zero–Emission Buses (Zero–Emission Bus Transition Act) – Passed

Criminal Justice

  • Police Accountability

  • HB 670 - Police Reform and Accountability Act of 2021 – Repealed the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights that had been used to inhibit the investigation and discipline for misconduct and provides new procedures that include - Governor’s veto Overridden

  • SB 71 - Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Body-Worn Cameras, Employee Programs, and Use of Force - Governor’s veto Overridden

  • SB 178 - Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Search Warrants and Inspection of Records Relating to Police Misconduct (Anton's Law) - Governor’s veto Overridden

  • SB 600 - Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Surplus Military Equipment and Investigation of Deaths Caused by Police Officers – Allowed to go into effect without the Governor’s signature

  • SB 786 - Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Baltimore City - Control of the Police Department of Baltimore City – Allowed to go into effect without the Governor’s signature

  • Citations – use in lieu of arrest - HB 445 / SB 671 – Passed

  • Diminution credits for Inmate educational achievements - HB 89Passed

  • Parole Reform – removing the Governor from decisions on lifers - SB 202 - Passed

  • Juvenile Restoration Act – no life without parole for juveniles – SB 494Governor’s veto Overridden

Economic Justice

  • Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021) - HB 375 / SB 211 – Not voted out of either committee

Gun Violence

  • Child Access Prevention (Jaelyn’s Law) – HB 200 / SB 479 – Not voted out of either committee

  • Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms - HB 638 / SB 624 – Not voted out of either committee

  • SB 190 – This bill to protect the right of those who use marijuana to possess firearms was amended to include the provisions of SB 624 to deal with untraceable and undetectable firearms - Passed Senate – Voted Favorable with Amendments by House Judiciary Committee, but never voted by full House

Healthcare

Immigration

  • Dignity Not Detention (with aspects of Trust Act included) – HB 16 - Passed

  • Driver privacy – HB 23Passed

  • Trust Act – HB 304/SB 88 – Hearings held, but not voted out of committee in either chamber

  • Establishment of Governor's Office of Immigrant Affairs - HB 15 / SB 85Passed

  • Child Tax Credit and Expansion of the Earned Income Credit – SB 218 – Expands eligibility of the State and local earned income tax credits, including undocumented immigrantsAllowed to go into effect without the Governor’s signature

State Song

  • Repeal of musical monument to the Confederate cause - HB 667 / SB 8Passed

LGBTQ+

  • HB 231 - Crimes - Mitigation and Defense - Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation – Passed

  • HB 128/SB 220 - Criminal Law - Hate Crimes - Protected Groups and Penalties – Passed

  • HB 130 - Commission on LGBTQ Affairs – Established – Passed

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