BILLS REVIEWED
2/26/2020

NOTES: The summaries of the bills listed below are taken directly from the synopsis provided by the Department of Legislative Services. When reporting on specific bills to the Legislative Committee, staff will make clarifications to the synopsis. MACo refines the list each week, consistent with the organization's by-laws, to bring before the Legislative Committee a list of Action Bills that represent opportunities for county input and effect. Visit www.mdcounties.org for daily updates about legislation affecting county government.

BILLS CONSIDERED BY THE TAX SUBCOMMITTEE
TAXES AND REVENUES - Kevin

HB 1200 Property Tax - Credit to Offset Increases in Local Income Tax Revenues - Eligibility
SupportLuedtke ... HC: WM ... SC: BT
5/8/2020 - House - Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 445
Requiring a homeowner to have a homestead property tax credit application on file with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation in order to be eligible for a certain credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax to offset certain increases in local income tax revenues; providing that any increase in county property tax revenue that results from the Act may not be counted toward a certain county limitation on county property tax revenue; applying the Act to taxable years after June 30, 2022; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

HB 1280 Admissions and Amusement Tax - Small Business Exemption
OpposeHoward ... HC: WM
2/10/2020 - Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.
Prohibiting a county or municipal corporation from imposing the admissions and amusement tax on gross receipts of a business that has total gross receipts of less $75,000 in a calendar year.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

HB 1301 Property Tax Credit - Opportunity Zone Property Improvements
No PositionMelissa Wells ... HC: WM
2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.
Authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City or the governing body of a county or municipal corporation to grant, by law, a property tax credit on a certain assessment of certain qualified opportunity zone property if the taxpayer has invested at least $100,000, including acquisition costs and improvements, in the property; providing for the calculation of the credit; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

HB 1494
SB 1040
County Income Tax - Authority to Impose on an Income Bracket Basis
Mosby / Rosapepe ... HC: WM / SC: BT
No PositionHouse: 3/15/2020 - Senate - Referred Budget and Taxation
Senate: 3/3/2020 - Senate - Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m.
Authorizing a county to impose the county income tax on an income bracket basis under certain circumstances; requiring a county that imposes the county income tax on an income bracket basis to set, by ordinance or resolution, certain income brackets; prohibiting the income brackets from differing from the income brackets to which the State income tax applies; prohibiting a county that imposes the county income tax on an income tax bracket basis from setting a minimum income tax rate less than 2.25%; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

HB 1606 Corporations and Associations - Fees for Processing Articles of Dissolution, Certificates of Cancellation, and Other Documents - Repeal
SupportWilson ... HC: RUL
2/17/2020 - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Repealing certain fees charged by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation for processing articles of dissolution, certificates of cancellation, and certain other documents filed by certain business entities with the Department.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

STATE BUDGET & FISCAL AFFAIRS - Kevin

HB 0152
SB 0192
Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020
Jones / Ferguson ... HC: APP / SC: BT
Support W/AHouse: 2/17/2020 - Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 5/8/2020 - Senate - Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 538
Authorizing, altering, or requiring the distribution and payment of certain revenue in certain fiscal years; altering the requirement that the Comptroller provide notice of abandoned property in a certain manner; altering the manner in which the Governor is required to provide certain budget books; repealing and altering certain programs; increasing the amount local governments are required to reimburse the State for certain services; repealing a requirement that the State appropriate money for certain purposes; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

BILLS CONSIDERED BY THE EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
EDUCATION - Drew

HB 1375 Public School Students - Vision Services and the Vision for Maryland Program
OpposeHill ... HC: WM
2/11/2020 - Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m.
Establishing certain health specialist positions in the State Department of Education and the Maryland Department of Health; specifying the responsibilities of the health specialists; providing for the funding of the health specialist positions; requiring that county boards of education or county health departments provide vision and hearing screenings for students in public schools at least twice during grades 1 through 5 and at least once during grades 6 through 8; etc.
Assigned To: Drew

    

HB 1451 School Bus Purchasing - Zero-Emission Vehicle - Requirement
OpposeFraser-Hidalgo ... HC: WM and E&T
2/11/2020 - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m. (Ways and Means)
Requiring, beginning on October 1, 2023, that each school bus purchased by a county board of education be a zero-emission vehicle; requiring, beginning on October 1, 2026, that each school bus purchased by a certain person for use under a certain contract with a county board be a zero-emission vehicle; etc.
Assigned To: Drew

    

HB 1557 Public Schools - Health Services - County Boards of Education and Health Departments
OpposeHill ... HC: WM
2/11/2020 - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring a county board of education to provide adequate school health services as designated by the county health department under certain circumstances; requiring each county health department to provide certain health services in certain schools; authorizing a county health department to designate certain responsibilities to a county board; authorizing the Maryland Department of Health to authorize a county board to provide certain health services under certain circumstances; etc.
Assigned To: Drew

    

HB 1623 Education - Community Colleges - Collective Bargaining
OpposeHaynes ... HC: RUL
2/20/2020 - House - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Establishing collective bargaining rights for community college employees; establishing procedures for the selection of an exclusive bargaining representative; establishing that a maximum number of six bargaining units may be designated at each community college; requiring certain contracts and agreements entered into before October 1, 2020, to remain in effect until the agreement or contract expires; etc.
Assigned To: Drew

    

BILLS CONSIDERED BY THE LAND USE SUBCOMMITTEE
ENVIRONMENT - Alex

HB 1128 Environment - Water Quality Certifications - Requests (Water Quality Certification Improvement Act)
OpposeGilchrist ... HC: E&T
3/12/2020 - House - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn
Requiring a person seeking a certain water quality certification to submit a request to the Department of the Environment; requiring that a request for a water quality certification include certain information concerning the potential environmental impacts of certain projects; requiring the Department to begin reviewing a request immediately on receipt of the request; requiring the Department to issue a decision on a request in accordance with the timeline for environmental review provided under the federal Clean Water Act; etc.
Assigned To: Alex

    

HB 1416
SB 0820
Public Water Systems - Supplier Requirements (Water Quality Accountability Act of 2020)
Miller, W. / Klausmeier ... HC: E&T / SC: EHE
OpposeHouse: 3/12/2020 - House - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation
Senate: 2/5/2020 - Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring a supplier of water to inspect certain valves in a public water system in a certain manner, repair or replace certain valves, inspect certain fire hydrants, formulate and implement a certain plan, identify the locations of certain valves, and record certain characteristics and identifiers of certain valves; requiring a supplier of water to develop a certain cybersecurity program by February 1, 2021; etc.
Assigned To: Alex

    

HB 1452 Department of the Environment - Office of Recycling - Recycling Market Development
SupportStein ... HC: E&T
3/13/2020 - Senate - Referred Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Requiring the Office of Recycling in the Department of the Environment to promote the development of markets for recycled materials and recycled products in the State in a certain manner; requiring that the annual Maryland solid waste management and diversion report be submitted to the General Assembly by September 1, 2021, and each year thereafter, and include certain activities; requiring the Office to coordinate certain activities with certain entities; requiring certain departments to report certain information to the Office; etc.
Assigned To: Alex

    

HB 1465
SB 0955
Federal Clean Water Act - Authority of State
Jacobs / Hershey ... HC: E&T / SC: EHE
No PositionHouse: 2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 2/16/2020 - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
Prohibiting the State from entering into an agreement that waives the State's authority under - 401 of the federal Clean Water Act as part of exercising the State's authority and carrying out the State's duties under the federal Clean Water Act and State law, including the State's authority and duties related to the federal relicensing of the Conowingo Dam.
Assigned To: Alex

    

HB 1540
SB 1067
Environment - Mold Inspections - Standards, Reporting, and Penalties
Shaneka Henson / Patterson, O. ... HC: E&T / SC: RUL
OpposeHouse: 2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 3/14/2020 - Senate - Rereferred to Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Requiring the Department of the Environment, in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health, the State Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of General Services, to adopt certain regulations on or before a certain date establishing uniform standards for mold assessment and remediation; requiring the Department of the Environment to submit a certain annual indoor air quality report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 1 beginning in 2023; etc.
Assigned To: Alex

    

PLANNING & ZONING - Alex

HB 1390
SB 0741
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Electric Facilities - Study and Procedures
Brooks / Feldman ... HC: ECM / SC: FIN
OpposeHouse: 2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 2/5/2020 - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring the Secretary of Natural Resources to require the Department of Natural Resources within 60 days of the filing of a certain application with the Public Service Commission to complete a certain independent environmental and socioeconomic project assessment report and any other additional required study; requiring the Secretary of Natural Resources and the Secretary of the Environment to forward certain information to the Public Service Commission in accordance with a certain procedural schedule adopted by the Commission; etc.
Assigned To: Alex

    

HB 1406 Land Use - Comprehensive Plan - Middle Housing (Planning for Modest Homes Act of 2020)
OpposeStewart ... HC: E&T
3/14/2020 - Senate - Referred Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Requiring a local jurisdiction to address middle housing as a component of the housing element of a certain plan; and requiring the housing element of a certain plan to state the number of additional housing units the local jurisdiction will need by a certain point in time based on certain forecasts.
Assigned To: Alex

    

ELECTIONS - Kevin

HB 1314
SB 0757
Election Law - Voting Systems - Accessibility for Voters With Disabilities
Mosby / Lam ... HC: WM / SC: EHE
OpposeHouse: 2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 2/5/2020 - Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring each voter to use a ballot marking device that is accessible to voters with disabilities to vote at early voting centers and election day polling places to ensure that access is provided to voters with disabilities in accordance with a certain provision of law; applying the Act to all elections beginning with the statewide primary election held under a certain provision of law in 2022; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

EMERGENCY SERVICES - Kevin

HB 0934
SB 0838
Public Safety - 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System
Jackson / Kagan ... HC: HGO / SC: FIN
SupportHouse: 5/8/2020 - House - Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 375
Senate: 5/8/2020 - Senate - Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 376
Altering references to the terms "9-1-1 fee" and "additional charge", respectively, to be "State 9-1-1 fee" and "county 9-1-1 fee", respectively, and altering the definition of "public safety answering point" for purposes of provisions of law concerning the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system; renaming the Emergency Number Systems Board to be the Maryland 9-1-1 Board; requiring a certain report by the Department of General Services by June 30, 2020; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

HB 1618
SB 1036
Maryland Emergency Management Agency - Cybersecurity Coordination and Operations Office - Establishment
Jackson / Hester ... HC: RUL / SC: RUL
No PositionHouse: 2/19/2020 - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Senate: 3/17/2020 - House - Referred Health and Government Operations
Establishing the Cybersecurity Coordination and Operations Office within the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to help improve statewide cybersecurity readiness and response; requiring the Director of MEMA to appoint an Executive Director as head of the Office; requiring the Office to be provided with sufficient staff to perform the Office's functions; requiring the Office to establish regional assistance groups to deliver or coordinate support services to political subdivisions, agencies, or regions; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND RELATIONS - Drew

HB 0767
SB 0619
Workers' Compensation - Fees for Legal Services
Valderrama / Klausmeier ... HC: ECM / SC: FIN
OpposeHouse: 2/4/2020 - Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 2/7/2020 - Senate - Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.
Authorizing the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission, if there is no compensation payable to a covered employee, to order that a fee of not more than $2,000 for legal services rendered on behalf of the covered employee be payable by the covered employee, an employer or its insurer, a self-insured employer, or the Uninsured Employers' Fund.
Assigned To: Drew

    

GOVERNMENT LIABILITY & COURTS - Natasha

HB 1617 Local Government Tort Claims Act - Definition of Local Government
SupportDavis, Debra ... HC: RUL
2/19/2020 - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Altering the definition of "local government" under the Local Government Tort Claims Act to include the Maryland Association of Counties Pooled Other Post-Employment Benefits Investment Trust.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES - Natasha

HB 1485 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Emergency Service Transporters - Reimbursement
SupportCorderman ... HC: HGO
2/14/2020 - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
Altering certain services provided to Maryland Medical Assistance Program recipients by emergency service transporters that are required to be reimbursed by the Maryland Department of Health.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

HB 1496 Medical Assistance Program - Emergency Service Transporters - Reimbursement for Transportation and Medical Services
SupportCorderman ... HC: HGO
2/14/2020 - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to reimburse certain emergency service transporters at a rate of $3 per mile for mileage accrued in response to 911 calls related to Maryland Medical Assistance Program recipients; and requiring the Department to increase the amount of certain reimbursement by $25 each fiscal year, beginning in fiscal 2021, until the reimbursement is at least $300.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

SB 0710 Health - General - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - County Health Officer
SupportBailey ... SC: FIN
2/7/2020 - Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, in accordance with regulations adopted by the Secretary of Health, to disclose prescription monitoring data to a local health department or a local health officer for the purpose of evaluating the distribution or abuse of a monitored prescription drug; and authorizing the Program to request the technical advisory committee to review the request and provide certain guidance and interpretation before disclosing information under a certain provision of this Act.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - Natasha

HB 1199 Real Property - County Rental Property Licenses - Requirements and Limits
OpposeGrammer ... HC: E&T
3/6/2020 - House - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn
Requiring each county to establish a program to license certain residential rental properties on or before September 30, 2021; authorizing a county to create certain exceptions to rental property license requirements; requiring each county to establish a limit on the number of rental property licenses that may be issued; prohibiting a county from issuing new rental property licenses after a certain limit has been reached, subject to an exception for certain property that has been in continuous operation as a rental property; etc.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

PARKS & RECREATION - Alex

HB 1098 Use of Public Funds - Playground and Athletic Field Surfaces - Authorizations, Preferences, and Prohibitions (Safe and Healthy Fields Act)
OpposeSolomon ... HC: APP
2/21/2020 - Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m.
Authorizing certain funds under Program Open Space to be used for the maintenance and upkeep of certain grass athletic fields and drainage systems on land owned by the State; authorizing a certain subdivision to request funds for the maintenance and upkeep of certain grass athletic fields and drainage systems as part of a certain annual program; establishing a preference for the use of certain natural surface materials in certain projects to construct playgrounds or athletic fields; applying the Act prospectively; etc.
Assigned To: Alex

    

PROCUREMENT - Alex

HB 0747
SB 0933
State and Local Procurement - Payment Practices
Barnes, D. / Hayes ... HC: HGO / SC: EHE
OpposeHouse: 2/5/2020 - Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 2/5/2020 - Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.
Altering a State policy to make a payment under a procurement contract or after receipt of a proper invoice in 15 days rather than the current policy of 30 days; requiring each county and municipality to adopt a certain policy; reducing the number of days from 45 to 15 following receipt of an invoice after which the State owes interest on unpaid amounts and interest begins to accrue on unpaid amounts; and repealing a requirement that a contractor submit an invoice within a certain amount of time in order to receive interest payments.
Assigned To: Alex

    

HB 0991 Procurement - Transparency and Application to County Contracts
OpposeWilson ... HC: HGO
2/5/2020 - Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.
Altering the definition of "unit" for the purposes of applying certain provisions of law governing procurement to certain county procurement contracts using State funds or for the benefit of the State; requiring certain invitations for bids and requests for proposals to include certain instructions; altering the period of time within which a unit is required to publish a certain notice of award in a competitive sealed bid or sole source procurement in eMaryland Marketplace; etc.
Assigned To: Alex

    

PUBLIC INFORMATION & ETHICS - Alex

HB 1565 Public Ethics and Campaign Activity - County Governing Bodies and County Executives - Planning and Zoning Applications
OpposeDavis, Derek ... HC: E&T and WM
2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m. (Environment and Transportation)
Altering the definitions of "County Executive" and "member" to apply certain provisions of law regarding the payment of campaign contributions to certain county officials during the pendency of an application regarding county land use planning and zoning matters to members of the governing body and the county executive, if applicable, of all counties instead of only Prince George's County; etc.
Assigned To: Alex

    

PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS - Natasha

HB 1275 Correctional Services - Inmate Release (Suzanne Jones Act)
SupportCorderman ... HC: JUD
2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring the Division of Correction to transport a certain inmate from a certain correctional facility to a certain jurisdiction after the inmate is released from a State correctional facility; and requiring the Division of Parole and Probation to supervise any required probation, parole, or mandatory supervision of a certain inmate in a certain jurisdiction after the inmate is released from a State correctional facility.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

HB 1355
SB 1051
Public Safety - Interjurisdictional Policing Grant Program - Establishment
Young, P. / Klausmeier ... HC: APP / SC: JPR
SupportHouse: 2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 2/25/2020 - Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m. (Judicial Proceedings)
Establishing the Interjurisdictional Policing Grant Program to provide counties with grants to defray costs associated with establishing and supporting interjurisdictional policing agreements; requiring the Governor, in each fiscal year, to provide $3,500,000 in the annual budget bill; requiring the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to administer, and establish certain requirements for, the Program; specifying certain details regarding application procedures and grant awards under the Program; etc.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

HB 1368 Correctional Services - Home County Correctional Facility Program
OpposeCorderman ... HC: JUD
2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring the Commissioner of Correction to establish an inmate relocation program in which a certain inmate may request to relocate to a certain correctional facility; requiring the Commissioner to make a determination on the eligibility of the inmate requesting to relocate based on certain factors; authorizing the award of certain diminution credit to reduce the term of confinement of an inmate if the inmate participates in the relocation program; requiring the Commissioner to adopt certain regulations; etc.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS - Drew

HB 1394
SB 0982
Highway User Revenues - Revenue and Distribution
Anderton / Serafini ... HC: E&T / SC: BT
Support W/AHouse: 2/10/2020 - Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 3/15/2020 - House - Referred Environment and Transportation
Repealing the exclusion of certain motor fuel tax revenue from distribution as highway user revenues to the Gasoline and Motor Vehicle Revenue Account; repealing an exception for highway user revenues to the requirement that a supermajority of the General Assembly approve transfers from the Transportation Trust Fund; altering the amounts of capital grants calculated based on highway user revenues that are required to be appropriated to Baltimore City, counties, and municipalities in certain fiscal years; etc.
Assigned To: Drew