Final List of Priority Bills That Passed!
Updated: Jul 9
When the General Assembly adjourned “sine die” last night at midnight, 30 of UULM-MD's 67 priority bills had passed (45%). In terms of issues (rather than individual bills), the record is even better: 20 of 36 issues (56%).
Climate Change - of 12 issues supported, six passed:
SB 781 - Offshore Wind Energy - State Goals and Procurement (Promoting Offshore Wind Energy Resources Act)
SB 222 - Environment - Statewide Recycling Needs Assessment and Producer Responsibility for Packaging Materials
HB 794 - Baltimore Regional Transit Commission – Establishment
SB 908 - Electricity - Community Solar Energy Generating Systems Program and Property Taxes
Criminal Justice - of the 5 measures supported, none passed, however:
HB 201 – Capital Budget – includes $3 million to build the first Pre-Release Unit for Women required by HB 801/SB 684 passed in 2020 with UULM-MD support (with the prior Governor’s veto overridden in 2021)
Gun Violence - of the 6 issues supported, 3 passed:
SB 858 – Firearm Safety - Storage Requirements and Youth Suicide Prevention (Jaelynn's Law)
HB 824 - Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Possession and Permits to Carry, Wear, and Transport a Handgun
SB 1 – Criminal Law - Wearing, Carrying, or Transporting Firearms - Restrictions (Gun Safety Act of 2023)
Healthcare – 8 of the 9 measures supported passed:
Including the following reproductive rights measures:
Also passed were:
Immigration - of the 3 measures supported, two passed:
SB 806 – Maryland Health Benefit Exchange and Maryland Department of Health - Health Care and Dental Care Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants – Report
Medical Aid in Dying – did not pass.
All of our supporters did a terrific job this year advocating for our shared values, and each of us should be proud of our efforts. I think our State, its people, and its environment will be much better off because of it.
We will keep you apprised of bill signing sessions in case you want to get into the groups pictures. Later, we will provide a more complete explanation of the measures that passed and when they will go into effect.