• Stephen Buckingham

A Busy Week Advanced Priority Bills

After an extremely busy week of committee and floor voting sessions and even included Saturday House Sessions, the General Assembly has now taken favorable actions on the majority of bills that UULM-MD has supported. This includes:

  • Climate Change – One of our top priority measures (SB 528 – Climate Solutions Now) has passed the Senate, but the other (HB 596 / SB 783 – Constitutional Amendment - Environmental Rights) has not received a vote in either chamber

  • Of the 12 priority measures where we submitted UULM-MD testimony, 4 have received approval by both houses, and 4 have passed one chamber:

  • HB 31 and SB 256 - Resiliency Hub Grant Program and Fund – HB passed House and SB passed Senate

  • HB 10 and SB 61 - Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act Revisions – HB passed House and SB passed Senate

  • HB 772 and SB 494 – Energy & Water Efficiency Standards – HB passed House and SB passed Senate

  • HB 108 and SB 524 – Energy Performance Targets and Low-Income Housing – HB passed House; SB awaiting final vote in Senate

  • SB 528 – Climate Solutions Now - Passed Senate

  • SB 81 – Building Energy Performance Standards Act of 2022 – Passed Senate

  • HB 88 – Public Utilities - Energy Distribution Planning and Required Labor Standards – Passed House

  • HB 94 - State Vehicle Fleet - Conversion to Zero-Emission Passenger Cars and Other Light-Duty Vehicles – Passed House

  • Of the 13 measures where we signed onto coalition testimony, two have passed both chambers and six have passed one chamber

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

  • HB 540 and SB 437 - Agriculture - University of Maryland Extension - Urban Farmer Assistance - HB passed House and SB passed Senate

  • SB 264 - Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Exemption From Property Taxes – Passed Senate

  • HB 696 - Public Utilities - Electric School Bus Pilot Program – Passed House

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

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

  • HB 141 - Equity in Transportation Sector - Guidelines and Analyses – awaiting final passage in the House

  • SB 418 - Energy Generation Projects - Required Community Benefit Agreement and Labor Standards – awaiting final passage in the Senate on Monday, 3/21

  • Criminal Justice – at least one of the two chambers has passed three of our six priority measures

  • HB 459 and SB 691– Juvenile Justice Reform – HB passed House; SB awaiting final vote in Senate

  • SB 53 – Juvenile Interrogation Protection Act - Passed Senate

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


  • Health Care – all of our three priority measures have passed at least one chamber

  • HB 937 - Abortion Care Access Act - Passed House

  • HB 1171 - Right to Reproductive Liberty Constitutional amendment - Passed House

  • SB 632 - Small Business and Nonprofit Health Insurance Subsidies Program – Awaiting final passage in the Senate


  • Immigration – the House of Delegates has passed two of our four top priority measures

  • HB 559 - Probation Before Judgment - Probation Not Deportation

  • HB 1080 - Healthy Babies Equity Act

  • Gun Violence – both houses have passed one of our two priority measures

  • HB 425 and SB 387 - Untraceable Firearms - HB passed House; SB passed Senate


  • Economic Justice – both houses have passed a version of our priority measure (which will need to be reconciled)

  • SB 275 - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2022) - Passed Senate

  • HB 496 – Commission on the Establishment of a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Passed House

While these bills have passed one chamber ahead of the Opposite Chamber Bill Crossover Date on March 21, in each case, they must now be passed by the opposite chamber in order to be fully passed. In other words, every House bill will need to be passed by the Senate, even if the Senate has already passed its companion Senate bill (and vice versa). Stay tuned for any alerts from Issue Teams to contact lawmakers to get them across the finish line.

Priority Bills Still in Committee

Any bill that has not pass one chamber by Monday, March 21 will be referred to the other chamber’s Rules Committee, requiring the Rules Committee to decide to re-refer it to a standing committee. This could jeopardize passage in the last three weeks of the session. Issue Leads will need your help to get them out of committee.

The following bills need help to be brought to a vote as soon as possible in order to have any chance of passage this year:


Climate Change Constitutional Amendment - Environmental Rights

  • HB 596 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judiciary

  • SB 783 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judicial Proceedings

Criminal Justice

Juvenile Court – Jurisdiction

  • HB 294 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judiciary

  • SB 165 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judicial Proceedings


Office of the Attorney General – Correctional Ombudsman

  • HB 604 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judiciary

  • SB 512 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judicial Proceedings

Rehabilitation and Education for All Prisons (REAP) Act

  • HB 25 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judiciary


Immigration

Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Program

  • HB 114 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judiciary

  • SB 129 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judicial Proceedings

Access to Care Act

  • HB 1035 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Health & Government Operations

  • SB 728 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Finance


Gun Violence Prevention Firearm Safety – Storage Requirements and Youth Suicide Prevention (Jaelynn’s Law)

  • HB 659 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judiciary

  • SB 676 – Hearing held, awaiting committee vote in Judicial Proceedings


Please Check out our Digest Here: https://uulmmd.salsalabs.org/2022-03-21-crossoverday-a




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