• Stephen Buckingham

General Assembly Acting Ahead of Early Adjournment

Updated: Mar 16

In the new environment created by the pandemic, the Legislature is working overtime to get as much done as possible, and they have announced a plan to adjourn by Wednesday, March 18, reconvening in May. For this reason, the action in Annapolis is frenetic.


While this information will no doubt change before the end of the day (both chambers are meeting this afternoon), we can provide a snapshot of our priority bills at this point (3/15):


Climate Change

GGRA acceleration: Climate Solutions Act of 2020 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act - HB 1425/SB 926 – SB approved by EHEA, awaiting B&T action, no action on HB

Community Choice Energy: Electric Industry - Community Choice Energy - HB 561/SB 315 – HB moving through House; no action on SB

Electric Buses: Maryland Transit Administration - Conversion to Electric Buses (Electric Bus Transition Act) - HB 432/ SB 423 – HB moving through House; no action on SB

MTA Funding: Maryland Transit Administration - Funding (Transit Safety and Investment Act) - HB 368/SB315 – HB moving through House; no action on SB -

Transition from Fossil Fuels: Electric Generation - Transition From Fossil Fuels - Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rate and Transition Account - HB 1545/SB 887 – No action in either committee

Coal subsidies: Coal - Tax Credits and Exemption - Repeal - HB 919/SB 902 – No action in either committee

RPS Sources: Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Eligible Sources - HB 438/SB 560 – No action in either committee

Black liquor: Electricity - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Qualifying Biomass - HB 98/SB 168 – No action on HB, Unfavorable report on SB [legislation done for year]


Criminal Justice

Citations: Criminal Procedure - Charging Procedures and Documents - HB 261/SB 333 – No action in either committee

Citation training: Public Safety - Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission - Citations in Lieu of Arrest - HB 479/SB 479 – No action in either committee

Diminution credits-Education: Correctional Services - Diminution Credits - Education - HB 812/SB 922 – Both bills moving through House/Senate

Direct Release: Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Direct Release - HB 740/SB 999 – HB not referred to subject committee, no action on SB in committee

Parole Reform: Correctional Services - Parole - Life Imprisonment - HB 1219/SB 817 – HB moving through House; no action on SB in committee

Serious Mental Illness: Corrections - Restrictive Housing - Serious Mental Illness - Assessments (Restrictive Housing Reform Act) - HB 742/SB 1002 – SB not referred to subject committee, no action on HB in committee

Voting Rights upon release: Election Law - Individuals Released From Correctional Facilities - Voter Registration - HB 51/SB 91 – SB moving through Senate; no action on HB in committee

Women's Pre-Release Unit: Correctional Services - Prerelease Unit for Women - Facilities and Services (Gender-Responsive Prerelease Act) - HB 801/SB 684 – Both bills moving through House/Senate


Economic Justice

Time to Care: Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment - HB 839/SB 539 – No action in either committee


Education

HB 1300 - Blueprint for Maryland's Future - Implementation – Passed House and amended in Senate; will return to House to accept/reject amendments


Gun Violence

Long Guns: Public Safety - Rifles and Shotguns - Secondary Transactions - HB 4/SB 208 – Both bills moving through House/Senate; HB amended in Senate, returning to House to accept/reject amendments

Minors' Access: Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements - HB 636/SB 646 – SB moving through Senate; no action on HB in committee

Untraceable Firearms: Criminal Law - Untraceable Firearms - HB 910/SB SB 958 – No action in either committee


Health Care

Consumer protections: Health Insurance - Consumer Protections - HB 959/SB 872 – Both bills passing through House/Senate

Health Insurance Subsidies: Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - Establishment of a State-Based Health Insurance Subsidies Program - HB 196/SB 124 – Both bills passing through House/Senate

Rx Drug Affordability. Board Funding: Public Health - Prescription Drug Affordability Board and Fund - HB 1095/SB 669 – Both bills passing through House/Senate

Small Business Health Option: Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - Funding for Small Business Insurance Subsidies and Outreach - HB 930/SB 977 – No action in either committee


Immigration

Dignity Not Detention: Correctional Services - Immigration Detention - Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act) - HB 677/SB 850 - No action in either committee

Facial Recognition: Facial Recognition Privacy Protection Act - HB 1578/SB 476, SB 857 – No action in either committee

Law enforcement: Criminal Procedure - Civil Immigration Enforcement – Restrictions - HB 388 – No action in House committee

MVA records: Public Information Act – Motor Vehicle Administration – Warrant for Personal Information and Reporting - HB 892/SB 649 – SB moving through Senate; no action on HB in committee

Participation in enforcement (“Trust Act”): State and Local Government - Participation in Federal Immigration Enforcement - HB 1612/SB 901 – HB not referred to subject committee, no action on SB in committee

Safe Spaces: Immigration Enforcement - Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses - Policies - Sponsor on committee: Smith. - HB 403/SB 903 – HB moving through House; no action on SB in committee


Medical Aid in Dying

End-of-Life Option Act (Richard E. Israel and Roger 'Pip' Moyer Act) - SB 701/ HB 643 – No action in Senate committee; No hearing in House committee


All of these bills are listed in the table Current Status of Priority Legislation, along with descriptions (scroll right). Check it frequently to see future changes.


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