BILLS REVIEWED
3/1/2017

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 LAND USE SUBCOMMITTEE
ENVIRONMENT - Les

HB 1224 Environment - Liquid Waste Hauler - Vehicle License and Inspection
OpposeRosenberg ... HC: E&T
3/6/2017 - House - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn
Prohibiting a person from engaging in business as a liquid waste hauler in the State unless the vehicle used by the person to haul liquid waste is licensed annually by the Department of the Environment; establishing specified requirements for the application for and the issuance of a specified vehicle license; requiring the Department to set reasonable fees for the licensing and inspection of specified vehicles in a specified manner; requiring the Department to adopt specified regulations; providing for penalties; etc.
Assigned To: Les

    

PLANNING & ZONING - Les

HB 1623 Home Sprinkler and Fire Safety Assistance Fund
SupportSample-Hughes ... HC: RUL
2/27/2017 - House - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Establishing the Home Sprinkler and Fire Safety Assistance Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund to provide grants to offset the costs of installing a sprinkler system when purchasing a home; requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to administer the Fund; requiring the State Treasurer to hold the Fund and the Comptroller to account for the Fund; specifying the purpose for which the Fund may be used; and providing for the investment of money in, and expenditures from, the Fund.
Assigned To: Les

    

SB 1103 Home Sprinkler and Fire Safety Assistance Fund
SupportMathias ... SC: EHE
3/20/2017 - Senate - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Establishing the Home Sprinkler and Fire Safety Assistance Fund to provide grants to offset the costs of installing a sprinkler system when purchasing a home; requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to administer the Fund; requiring the State Treasurer to hold the Fund and the Comptroller to account for the Fund; specifying the contents of the Fund; and providing for the investment of money in, and expenditures from, the Fund.
Assigned To: Les

    

ELECTIONS - Kevin & Michael

HB 1056 Election Law - Court Offices - Nonpartisan Elections
Support W/AFlanagan ... HC: JUD and WM
3/15/2017 - House - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
Establishing a method of election for specified court offices on a nonpartisan basis, without regard to political party affiliation; establishing a primary election for candidates for nomination for specified court offices to be administered in a specified manner; authorizing any registered voter, with or without any political party affiliation, to participate in such a primary; prohibiting candidates from appearing on primary ballots under specified circumstances; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND RELATIONS - Kevin & Michael

HB 1416
SB 0962
Labor and Employment - Payment of Minimum Wage Required (Fight for Fifteen)
Waldstreicher / Madaleno ... HC: ECM / SC: FIN
OpposeHouse: 3/7/2017 - House - Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate: 3/15/2017 - Senate - Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
Specifying the State minimum wage rate in effect for specified time periods based on employer size; increasing, except under specified circumstances, the State minimum wage rate based on annual growth in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area; requiring the Board of Revenue Estimates during a specified time period to conduct a specified analysis; authorizing, under specified circumstances, the Governor to temporarily suspend a minimum wage rate increase; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

GOVERNMENT LIABILITY & COURTS - Les

HB 1267 Workers' Compensation - Members of Volunteer Company - Computation of Average Weekly Wage
OpposeValderrama ... HC: ECM
3/9/2017 - House - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
Altering the wages used for the purpose of computing the average weekly wage of specified covered employees who are members of a volunteer company who did not receive a salary or wages from other employment at the time of accidental personal injury or last injurious exposure.
Assigned To: Les

    

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES - Natasha

HB 1187
SB 0784
Department of Juvenile Services - Youth Services Bureau - Budget Appropriation
Gaines / Madaleno ... HC: APP / SC: BT
OpposeHouse: 4/8/2017 - House - Unfavorable Report by Appropriations; Withdrawn
Senate: 3/7/2017 - Senate - Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring the Governor to appropriate any funding in the State budget for an eligible youth services bureau in the Department of Juvenile Services budget.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

HB 1278 Public Health - Health Care Facilities and Health Care Systems - Availability of Buprenorphine Prescribers
Support W/APena-Melnyk ... HC: HGO
3/7/2017 - House - Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring health care facilities that are not part of a health care system and health care systems to make available to patients the services of at least one health care provider who is authorized to prescribe buprenorphine under federal law for every 100 patients; authorizing specified health care facilities and health care systems to contract with specified health care providers to comply with a specified provision of this Act; etc.
Assigned To: Natasha

    

INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS - Kevin & Michael

SB 1102 Worcester County - Ocean City Convention Center - Beer and Wine Tasting License
SupportMathias ... HC: ECM ... SC: RUL
5/4/2017 - Senate - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 564
Establishing in Worcester County a 1-day beer and wine tasting license; authorizing the Board of License Commissioners to issue a license to an organization representing local governments in the State for a specified purpose; prohibiting the Board from issuing more than two licenses per year; providing that an organization may apply for not more than one license per year; providing a license fee of $100; etc.
Assigned To: Kevin

    

PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS - Natasha

HB 1503 Public Safety - Use of Force De-Escalation Training of Law Enforcement Officers - Reports
No PositionHaynes ... HC: APP ... SC: JPR
3/28/2017 - Senate - Hearing 3/28 at 1:00 p.m.
Requiring a law enforcement agency to report at a specified interval to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention on specified policies and procedures related to use of force de-escalation training for its law enforcement officers; requiring the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to adopt procedures for the collection, analysis, and compilation of specified use of force de-escalation training information received from a specified law enforcement agency; etc.
Assigned To: Natasha