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  • Writer's pictureStephen Buckingham

Status of Priority Bills After Crossover Deadline

Yesterday, Monday, March 20 was the Opposite Chamber Crossover Date, meaning that each Chamber had to have send to the other Chamber those bills it intended to pass favorably. Bills that missed this deadline will be referred to the other chamber’s Rules Committee, rather than going directly to a standing committee for consideration.


Here is a snapshot of the bills that successfully passed one chamber and were sent to the other ahead of Crossover.


Climate Change

  • Baltimore Regional Transit Commission – Establishment HB 794 passed the House (103-34) with amendments; SB 876 passed the Senate (34-11) with amendments

  • Public Utilities - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs - Energy Performance Targets and Low-Income Housing HB 169 passed the House (99-35) with amendments; SB 144 passed the Senate (40-7) with amendments

  • Electricity - Community Solar Energy Generating Systems Program and Property TaxesHB 908 has passed the House (99-36) with amendments; no action on companion SB 613

  • Environment - Reducing Packaging Materials - Producer Responsibility SB 222 passed the Senate (32-13) with amendments; no action on companion HB 284

  • Equity in Transportation Sector - Guidelines and AnalysesHB 9 passed the House (96-35) with Amendments; companion SB 19 passed the Senate (33-13) with amendments

  • Offshore Wind Energy - State Goals and Procurement (Promoting Offshore Wind Energy Resources Act) – SB 781 passed the Senate (33-12) with amendments; no action on companion HB 793

  • Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling and Waste Systems in MarylandHB 109 passed the House (134-0) without amendment; no companion bill in the Senate

Criminal Justice

  • Resources and Education for All Prisons (REAP) ActHB 416 passed the House (106-29) with amendments; no companion bill in the Senate

Gun Violence Prevention

  • Firearm Safety - Storage Requirements and Youth Suicide Prevention (Jaelynn's Law) - SB 858 passed the Senate (36-10) with amendments; no action on companion HB 307

  • Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Possession and Permits to Carry, Wear, and Transport a HandgunHB 824 passed the House (98-39) with amendments; no companion bill in the Senate

  • Criminal Law - Wearing, Carrying, or Transporting Firearms - Restrictions (Gun Safety Act of 2023) - SB 1 passed the Senate (31-16) with amendments; no companion bill in the House, although there is some overlap with HB 824

  • Firearms - Maryland Voluntary Do Not Sell Firearm Registry – Establishment HB 162 passed the House (96-36) with amendments; no action on companion SB 159

  • Public Schools - Active Shooter Safety Drills or Trainings – Requirements HB 515 – passed the House (138-0) with amendments; no companion bill in the Senate

Healthcare and Reproductive Rights

  • Declaration of Rights - Right to Reproductive Freedom - HB 705 passed the House (99-37) without amendment and SB 798 passed the Senate (32-15) without amendment

  • Public Senior Higher Education Institutions – Reproductive Health Services Plans – Requirements - SB 341 passed the Senate (31-13) with amendments; companion HB 477 passed the House (99-37) with nearly identical amendments

  • Reproductive Health Protection ActSB 859 passed the Senate (33-11) with amendments; no action on companion HB 808

  • Health - Reproductive Health Services - Protected Information and Insurance RequirementsHB 812 passed the House (98-37) with amendments; companion HB 786 passed the Senate (31-12) with identical amendments

  • Prescription Drug Affordability Board - Upper Payment Limits - HB 279 passed the House (97-38) without amendment and SB 202 passed the Senate (34-11) without amendment

  • Maryland Medical Assistance Program, Maryland Children's Health Program, and Workgroup on Low-Income Utility Assistance - SB 26 passed the Senate (45-0) with amendments; companion HB 111 passed the House (99-36) with nearly identical amendments.

  • Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - State-Based Young Adult Health Insurance Subsidies Pilot Program - Sunset Extension - HB 814 passed the House (100-31) with amendments; companion SB 601 passed the Senate (33-12) with identical amendments

  • Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Gender-Affirming Treatment (Trans Health Equity Act) - HB 283 passed the House (93-37) with amendments; companion SB 460 passed the Senate (32-114) with identical amendments

Immigration

  • Health Insurance - Qualified Resident Enrollment Program (Access to Care Act) - HB 588 passed the House (100-38) with amendments; no action on companion SB 365

  • Maryland Health Benefit Exchange and Maryland Department of Health - Health Care and Dental Care Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants – ReportSB 806 passed the Senate (32-14) with amendments; no action on companion HB 363

  • Probation Before Judgment – Probation AgreementsSB 211 passed the Senate (41-4) with amendments; companion HB 193 passed the House (102-32) with nearly identical amendments

Each bill that crossed over must now pass the opposite chamber with identical language in order to be sent to Governor for signature. Only one of two companion bills must pass all the way through the process; the second bill is not needed but would give equal credit to the sponsors in both chambers.


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