• Stephen Buckingham

March 14th- Updated Status of Bills

Status of Issues

Below is a snapshot of where our priority bills are for each issue as of March 14, 2020.

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).

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