BILLS REVIEWED
3/24/2021

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 EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
EDUCATION - Drew

HB 1067
SB 0538
Community College Tuition and Residency Waivers - Funding
Feldmark / Guzzone ... HC: APP / SC: BT
SupportHouse: 2/21/2021 - House - Hearing 3/09 at 1:30 p.m.
Senate: 3/22/2021 - House - Hearing 3/30 at 1:30 p.m.
Requiring the Governor, beginning in fiscal year 2023, to include in the annual State budget for the Maryland Higher Education Commission a General Fund appropriation of $10,000,000 to fund State-mandated tuition and residency waivers for community colleges; requiring the Commission to distribute the appropriation to each community college board of trustees based on the number of qualifying students enrolled in each community college in proportion to the total number of enrolled qualifying students, as determined by the Commission; etc.
Assigned To: Drew

    

HB 1372
SB 0965
Blueprint for Maryland's Future - Revisions
/ ... HC: RUL / SC: RUL
No Position/LOIHouse: 4/9/2021 - House - Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 55
Senate: 3/10/2021 - Senate - Hearing 3/15 at 3:00 p.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs)
Altering certain policy and funding provisions and implementation dates relating to the Blueprint for Maryland's Future; requiring the State Department of Education to submit a certain report on information technology; requiring, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, the Department to review schools where students continue to show learning loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic; requiring a certain workgroup for English language learners to study the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; etc.
Assigned To: Drew

    

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION & CAPITAL BUDGET - Drew

SB 0551 21st Century School Facilities Act and Built to Learn Act - Revisions
SupportRosapepe ... HC: APP ... SC: BT
5/30/2021 - Senate - Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 698
Requiring certain public school facilities projects to comply with a certain memorandum of understanding; prohibiting the Interagency Commission on School Construction from the unreasonable delay of certain approval under certain circumstances; adding roofs and pipe insulation to reduce condensation in order to prevent mold to the list of issues that require priority in awarding a grant under the Healthy Schools Facility Fund; requiring the Maryland Stadium Authority to use certain funds for certain purposes; etc.
Assigned To: Drew

    

PLANNING & ZONING - Alex

HB 1356 Blue Ribbon Solar Land Use Commission
OpposeBarve ... HC: RUL
2/19/2021 - House - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Establishing the Blue Ribbon Solar Land Use Commission to study and make recommendations regarding the land use needs to meet the State's solar energy goals in a cost-effective manner under the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard; providing for the composition, cochairs, and staffing of the Commission; requiring the Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2021; etc.
Assigned To: Alex

    

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND RELATIONS - Drew

SB 0951 Labor and Employment – Workers– Compensation Claims – Fees for Legal Services
OpposeKlausmeier ... SC: RUL
3/1/2021 - Senate - First Reading Senate Rules
Authorizing the Workers' Compensation Commission, if there is no compensation other than a medical benefit 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; exempting a certain fee for legal services from a certain provision of law providing that a fee ordered by the Commission is a lien on compensation awarded; etc.
Assigned To: Drew

    

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES - Michael

HB 1380
SB 0957
Criminal Law – Threat Against Public Health Official
Young, K. / Young, R. ... HC: RUL / SC: RUL
SupportHouse: 3/11/2021 - House - Referred Rules and Executive Nominations
Senate: 2/20/2021 - Senate - First Reading Senate Rules
Prohibiting a person from making or sending a threat to a public health official with the intent to intimidate, interfere with, or impede a public health official from performing the official's duties; and providing that a person who violated the Act is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to imprisonment of up to 90 days and a fine of up to $500, or both.
Assigned To: Michael

    

PUBLIC INFORMATION & ETHICS - Alex

HB 0363
SB 0004
Public Ethics - Officials and Employees - Acceptance of Gifts and Prohibited Retaliation
Lierman / Edwards ... HC: E&T / SC: EHE
No Position/LOIHouse: 5/18/2021 - House - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 253
Senate: 5/18/2021 - Senate - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 254
Prohibiting an official or a State employee from accepting a gift from a certain association or an entity acting on behalf of the association; and prohibiting an official or employee from retaliating against an individual for reporting or participating in an investigation of a potential violation of the Maryland Public Ethics Law.
Assigned To: Michael

    

PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS - Michael

HB 1312
SB 0910
Landlord and Tenant - Eviction Actions - Catastrophic Health Emergencies
Wilkins / Smith, W. ... HC: JUD / SC: JPR
Support W/AHouse: 4/12/2021 - Senate - Motion Rules Suspend Two Readings Same Day Const/Rule 24 (Senator King) Rejected (30-16)
Senate: 4/12/2021 - Senate - Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings
Requiring the Maryland Judiciary to collect, maintain, and provide certain access to certain information on eviction actions; requiring the Maryland Judiciary to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the eviction data by August 31, 2022, and each year thereafter; establishing that a substantial loss of income due to a declared catastrophic health emergency is an affirmative defense to certain eviction actions; etc.
Assigned To: Michael