• Stephen Buckingham

One Week to Go!

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Many Bills Have Already Passed

A number of important bills, including some of our top priorities, have now passed both chambers and will be presented to the Governor for his consideration. Priority bills are in Bold type:

Health Care

  • HB 937 - Abortion Care Access Act

Criminal Justice

  • HB 459 and SB 691 – Juvenile Justice Reform and

  • SB 53 – Juvenile Law - Child Interrogation Protection Act

  • HB 129 – Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services and Public Safety Answering Points – Modifications

  • HB 293 - Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services - 9-8-8 Trust Fund

  • HB 837 – Cannabis Reform

  • HB 1 – Constitutional Amendment – Cannabis – Adult Use and Possession

Immigration

  • HB 1080 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Children and Pregnant Women (Healthy Babies Equity Act)

Climate Change

  • SB 528 – Climate Solutions Now

  • HB 31 – Maryland Energy Administration – Resiliency Hub Grant Program and Fund

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

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

  • HB 778 and SB 514 – Transportation - Investment Program - MARC Rail Service (Maryland Regional Rail Transformation Act)

  • SB 228 – Maryland Corps Program – Revisions

Gun Violence

  • SB 387 and HB 425 – Public Safety - Untraceable Firearms

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

Economic Justice

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

Priority Bills That Still Need to Pass We are still waiting on some of important bills to move in the opposite chamber, including:

Climate Change

  • SB 81 – Charter Counties - Enforcement of Local Building Performance Laws (Building Energy Performance Standards Act of 2022) – Passed Senate and awaiting action in House Environment and Transportation Committee

  • HB 1391 – Clean Cars Act of 2022 – Passed House and awaiting action in Senate Finance Committee

  • HB 76 / SB 264 – Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Exemption From Property Taxes – Each passed its chamber of origin and awaiting action in opposite chamber committee

  • HB 772 / SB 494 – Maryland Energy Administration - Energy and Water Efficiency Standards – Alterations – Each passed its chamber of origin and awaiting action in opposite chamber committee

  • SB 630 – Maryland Department of Emergency Management - Office of Resilience – Passed Senate and awaiting action in House Environment and Transportation Committee

  • HB 622 / SB 526 - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Renewable Energy Credits - Offshore Wind – Each passed its chamber of origin; HB 622 passed Senate with amendments – the two versions need to be reconciled before passage

  • HB 1200 / SB 818 - Environment – Permit Applications – Environmental Justice Screening – Each passed its chamber of origin and awaiting action in opposite chamber committee

  • HB 275 / SB 273 - Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements (George “Walter” Taylor Act) – Each passed its chamber of origin and awaiting action in opposite chamber committee

  • SB 124 / HB 150 - Public Schools – Grant Program to Reduce and Compost School Waste – Passed Senate and awaiting action in House Ways & Means Committee

  • SB 516 - Equitable and Inclusive Transit-Oriented Development Enhancement Act Passed Senate and waiting for reassignment from Rules to a Standing Committee

  • HB 540 / SB 437 - Agriculture - University of Maryland Extension - Urban Farmer Assistance – Each passed its chamber of origin and awaiting action in opposite chamber committee (SB 437 has hearing in Appropriations on 4/4)

  • HB 10 / SB 61 - Maryland Transit Administration - Conversion to Zero-Emission Buses (Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act Revisions) – Each passed its chamber of origin and awaiting action in opposite chamber committee

  • SB 418 - Energy Generation Projects - Required Community Benefit Agreement and Labor Standards – Passed Senate and awaiting action in House Economic Matters Committee

Criminal Justice

  • HB 67 - Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Direct Release – Passed House and awaiting action in Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

Health Care

  • SB 632 - Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - Small Business and Nonprofit Health Insurance Subsidies Program – Workgroup – Passed Senate and awaiting action in House Health and Government Operations Committee

Immigration

  • HB 559 - Probation Before Judgment - Probation Agreements - Probation Not Deportation – Passed House, awaiting action in Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee



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