• Stephen Buckingham

2022 General Assembly Session Sine Die Report.

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Below are the final results of bills supported as priorities by UULM-MD and other related bills of importance. Priority Bills where we provided testimony and/or contacts with lawmakers are in bold.


Climate Change

Enacted

  • SB 528 – Climate Solutions Now – enacted without Governor’s signature

  • HB 778 and SB 514 – Transportation – Investment Program – MARC Rail Service veto overridden

  • SB 228 – Maryland Corps Program – Revisions [includes new Civilian Climate Corps] enacted without Governor’s signature

Passed (awaiting Governor’s action)

  • HB 108 / SB 524 - Public Utilities - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs - Energy Performance Targets and Low-Income Housing

  • HB 540 / SB 437 - Agriculture - University of Maryland Extension - Urban Farmer Assistance

  • HB 10 and SB 61 - Maryland Transit Administration - Conversion to Zero-Emission Buses (Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act Revisions)

  • HB 141 - Equity in Transportation Sector - Guidelines and Analyses

  • HB 31 / SB 256 - Maryland Energy Administration - Resiliency Hub Grant Program and Fund

  • SB 630 – Maryland Department of Emergency Management - Office of Resilience – Passed

  • HB 275 / SB 273 - Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements (George “Walter” Taylor Act) – Passed

  • SB 124 - Public Schools – Grant Program to Reduce and Compost School Waste – Passed

  • HB 440 - Electricity - Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Net Energy Metering and Generating Capacity

  • HB 76 – Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Exemption From Property Taxes

  • HB 1039 / SB 860 - Property Tax - Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Agrivoltaics

  • HB 653 / SB 348 - Conservation Finance Act

  • HB 772 – Maryland Energy Administration - Energy and Water Efficiency Standards – Alterations

  • HB 1200 - Environment – Permit Applications – Environmental Justice Screening

  • HB 1391 – Clean Cars Act of 2022 – Passed

  • HB 696 - Public Utilities - Electric School Bus Pilot Program

  • SB 526 - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Renewable Energy Credits - Offshore Wind

Failed to Pass

  • HB 596 / SB 783 - Environmental Human Rights Amendment to the State Constitution – no vote in either committee

  • HB 88 - Electric Distribution System Planning and Required Labor Standards – Passed House, but no vote in Senate Finance Committee

  • SB 81 – Charter Counties - Enforcement of Local Building Performance Laws (Building Energy Performance Standards Act of 2022) – Passed Senate, but no vote in House Environment and Transportation Committee

  • SB 418 - Energy Generation Projects - Required Community Benefit Agreement and Labor Standards – Passed Senate, but no vote in House Economic Matters Committee

  • HB 307 / SB 292 - Environment - Packaging Materials - Producer Responsibility – no vote in either committee

  • HB 171 / SB 135 - Climate Crisis and Environmental Justice Act – no vote in either committee

  • HB 729 / SB 471 - Facilitating University Transformations by Unifying Reductions in Emissions (FUTURE) Act – no vote in either committee

  • HB 217 - Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling and Waste Systems in Maryland – no vote in committee

  • HB 1070 - Solid Waste Disposal and Diversion and On-Farm Composting and Compost Use – no vote in committee

  • HB 94 - State Vehicle Fleet - Conversion to Zero-Emission Passenger Cars and Other Light-Duty Vehicles – no vote in committee

  • HB 829 / SB 687 - Department of the Environment – Zero–Emission Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles – Regulations (Zero–Emission Truck Act of 2022) – no vote in either committee

  • HB 806 - Building Standards and Emissions Reductions - State and Local Buildings – no vote in committee

  • HB 831 - Reducing GHG Emissions - Commercial and Residential Buildings – no vote in committee

Criminal Justice

Enacted

  • SB 691 and HB 459 – Juvenile Justice Reform – enacted without Governor’s signature

  • SB 53 – Juvenile Law – Child Interrogation Protection Act – veto overridden

  • HB 837 – Cannabis Reform enacted without Governor’s signature

  • HB 129 – Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services and Public Safety Answering Points – Modifications enacted without Governor’s signature

  • HB 293 - Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services - 9-8-8 Trust Fund enacted without Governor’s signature

Passed (awaiting Governor’s action)

  • HB 67 - Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Direct Release

  • SB 788 - Cannabis - Regulation - Delta-8- and Delta-10-Tetrahydrocannabinol

Passed (awaiting referendum by voters)

  • HB 1 – Constitutional Amendment - Cannabis – Adult Use and Possession – passed and will become law if approved by popular referendum in November

Failed to Pass

  • HB 604 / SB 512 - Office of the Attorney General - Correctional Ombudsman – no vote in committee

  • HB 294 / SB 165 - Juvenile Court – Jurisdiction - no vote in either committee

  • HB 25 - Rehabilitation and Education for All Prisons (REAP) Act – no vote in committee

Health Care

Enacted

  • HB 937 – Abortion Care Access Act – veto overridden

Passed (awaiting Governor’s action)

  • SB 632 - Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - Small Business and Nonprofit Health Insurance Subsidies Program – Workgroup – Passed

Failed to Pass

  • HB 1171 - Declaration of Rights - Right to Reproductive Liberty – no vote in committee

Immigration

Enacted

  • HB 1080 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Children and Pregnant Women (Healthy Babies Equity Act) – enacted without Governor’s signature

Failed to Pass

  • HB 559 - Probation Before Judgment - Probation Agreements - Probation Not Deportation – Passed House, but failed to get final passage on Senate Floor

  • HB 114 / SB 129 - Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Program – no vote in either committee

  • HB 1035 / SB 728 - Health Insurance - Qualified Resident State Subsidy Program (Access to Care Act) – no vote in either committee

Gun Violence

Enacted

  • SB 387 and HB 425 – Public Safety - Untraceable Firearms – enacted without Governor’s signature

  • HB 1021 – Public Safety – Licensed Firearms Dealers – Security Requirements – veto overridden

Failed to Pass

  • HB 659 / SB 676 - Firearm Safety - Storage Requirements and Youth Suicide Prevention (Jaelynn's Law) – no vote in either committee

Economic Justice

Enacted

  • SB 275 – Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment – veto overridden

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