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.
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
Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling and Waste Systems in Maryland – HB 109 passed the House (134-0) without amendment; no companion bill in the Senate
Resources and Education for All Prisons (REAP) Act – HB 416 passed the House (106-29) with amendments; no companion bill in the Senate
Gun Violence Prevention
Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Possession and Permits to Carry, Wear, and Transport a Handgun – HB 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
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
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
Health - Reproductive Health Services - Protected Information and Insurance Requirements – HB 812 passed the House (98-37) with amendments; companion HB 786 passed the Senate (31-12) with identical amendments
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
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange and Maryland Department of Health - Health Care and Dental Care Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants – Report – SB 806 passed the Senate (32-14) with amendments; no action on companion HB 363
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.