The Maryland Tourism Coalition Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following legislation being considered by the General Assembly. The committee convenes every Monday at 12:00 pm to discuss legislation, tourism positions, and courses of action. All MTC members are encouraged to join these calls and share their thoughts on the issues at hand. The call-in number is 641-715-3580 and the access code is 861-843. If you have questions or comments about any of the bills below, or if you think there is another issue or piece of legislation MTC should be monitoring, please email our Legislative Committee Chair, Chris Riehl at chris@rentatour.com.

2019 Maryland Tourism Council Bill Tracking

Bill Number

Title

Sponsor

Description

Legislative Status

Tourism Council Position

HB0178

Maryland Stadium Authority – Ocean City Convention Facility – Renovation

Req. Admin.

CF: SB177 – Increases the maximum amount of outstanding debt on bonds related to the Ocean City Convention Center from $17,340,000 to $24.5m.

HAPP: H-2/28@1pm; Returned Passed

Support (Written Testimony)

HB1391

Maryland Arts and Culture Capital Grant Program

Lierman

Creates a new program to be funded annually at $12m for fiscal years 2021-2026 to award grants for , expansion, repair, or rennovations, with stipulated matching organizational grant.

HAPP: H-3/7@1pm; Dead

Support (Just concerned where money coming from)

HB0008

Business Regulation – Amusement Attractions – Maryland Rider Safety Act

Chang

Puts onus for ride safety compliance on the rider or the rider’s guardian, requires posting of rider safety responsibilities at entrance and exit of ride.

HEM: H-1/22@1pm; Unfavorable

Support

HB0009

Consolidated Senior Sport Fishing License – Minimum Age

Chang

Lowers the minimum age from 65 to 62.

HE&T: H-1/30@2:30; Withdrawn

Support

HB0027

Clean Indoor Air Act – Use of Electronic Cigarette Devices – Prohibition

Holmes

Prohibits use of  e-Cigarettes and similar devices in in-door areas accessible by the public.

HECMAT: Withdrawn

Support

HB0046

Small Business Relief Tax Credit – Expansion

Admin

CF: SB89 – Provides tax credits as follows:  If provide either parental leave or sick and safe leave $500; if provide both; $1,000; or the amount that equals the total amt. of parental leave and sick/safe leave accrued by the qualified employee.  I think there is a drafting error – see pg.2 L30 through pg3 ll 11.

HW&M: H-3/6@1pm; Dead

Support

HB0100

Budget Bill

Admin.

CF: SB0125 – Approximately $10m to various convention centers from MD Stadium Authority; $2.7m to Museum Services & $1.6m for Historic Preservation from Planning; $75.8m for major information technology develop funds & $13m for infrastructure;  $2m for agricultural land preservation and $40m for various other agricultural and pest management activities; $39.6m for Tourism; $45m for Technology Development Corporation; and $400m for State Police; and, other various appropriations.

HAPP: NHS; 2nd R PWA; SB&T: NHS; Passed Enrolled

Support

HB0157

State Government – Regulations Impacting Small Businesses

Req. Admin.

CF: SB173 – Requires agency personnel to be trained every 2 years of economic impact analysis for new regulations, including impact to small businesses.  Allows small business to sign up to receive notice of changes in regulations and requires that notice be written in plain English.

HHGO: H-2/5@2pm; Dead

Support

HB0197

Wicomico County – Alcoholic Beverages – Bed and Breakfast License

Wicomico Del.

CF: SB19 – Creates a beer and wine licenses for B&Bs in Wicomico County.

HECMAT: H-2/18@1pm; Favorable; SEHEA: NHS; Returned Passed

Support

HB0212

Anne Arundel County – Toll Roads, Highways, and Bridges and Chesapeake Bay Crossing – Consent Requirement

Malone

CF: SB107 – Adds Anne Arundel County to jurisdictions that must expressly consent to the development of any road/bridge, etc. that crosses the Chesapeake Bay.

HE&T:H-3/7@1pm; Unfavorable

Support

HB0285

Hotel Rental Tax – Limitation of Municipal Authority to Tax Small Hotels – Repeal

Palakovich

CF: SB466 – Eliminates the prohibition on taxing hotels with 10 or fewer rooms.

HW&M: H-2/12@1pm; 2nd R Passed; SB&T: H-3/19@1pm; Returned Passed

Support

HB0375

Corporate Income Tax – Rate Reduction

Buckel

Reduces corporate income tax by 0.5% per year starting in 2020 and ending in 2023 so that rate reduces from 8.25% to 6.25%.

HW&M: 2/13@1pm; Dead

Support

HB0405

Natural Resources – State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund – Mandatory Funding and Repeal of Termination Date

Beitzel

CF: SB213 – Mandated annual fund amount increases from $1m to $3m and expiration date is removed.

HE&T: H-2/20@1pm; Unfavorable

Support

HB0432

Property Tax – Exemptions – Nonprofit Charitable Museums

Dumais

CF: SB296 – Exempts from property tax property owned by a nonprofit charitable museum that is open to the public and does not charge an admission fee.

HW&M: H-2/12@1pm; Favorable; SB&T: H-3/20@1pm; Returned Passed

Support

HB0480

Alcoholic Beverages – Maryland Brewery Promotion Program – Establishment

Luedtke

CF: SB508 – Creates a Maryland Brewery Promotion Program to promote Maryland Breweries.

HECMAT: H-2/22@1pm; Unfavorable

Support

HB0518

Public Safety – Agritourism – Permit Exemption

Szeliga

CF: SB446 – Adds Baltimore County to the jurisdictions where buildings used for agritourism need not comply with building codes provided the building is structurally sound.

HE&T: H-2/27@1pm; FWA; SEHEA: NHS; Dead

Support

HB0801

Maryland Stadium Authority – Baltimore Convention Facility – Renovation

Req. City Admin.

CF: SB799 – Increases total amount of bonds (new & outstanding) for new construction or renovation at the  Baltimore Convention Center from $55m to $600m.

HAPP: ;  SB&T: H-3/27@1pm; Returned Passed

Support

HB0884

Sales and Use Tax – Limited Residential Lodging

Mosby

Requires separate itemization of sales and use tax in all limited residential lodging unit transactions.  Booking platforms cannot collect a fee for services of they fail to separately note the sales & use tax.

HW&M: H-2/26@1pm; Returned Passed

Support

HB0921

Environment – Conowingo Dam – Water Quality Certification

Jacobs

Imposes reservoir debris cleaning requirements as part of the water qualification certification process.

HE&T: H-2/27@1pm; Withdrawn

Support

HB0922

Corporate Income Tax – Rate Reduction

Mangione

CF: SB190 – Decreases rate from 8.25% by 0.25% each year starting in 2020 tax year until rate is 6%.

HW&M: H-2/22@1pm; Dead

Support

HB1010

Brewery Modernization Act of 2019

Atterbeary

CF: SB801: Makes numerous changes to quantity that can be brewed and consumed at various classes of breweries and authorizes the brewing and sale of malt beverages across brewery types.

HECMAT: FWA; SRULES: NHS; 3rd R PWA; Passed Enrolled

Support

HB1043

Education – Required Number of School Days or Hours

Adams

Changes requirement that school be open for 180 actual school days AND 1080 school hours to OR.

HW&M: H-2/28@1pm; Dead

Support

HB1070

Video Lottery Terminals – Racetrack Facility Renewal Account – Allocation of Funds

Valentino-Smith

CF: SB878 – Adds the Bowie Racecourse Training Center as part of 80% distribution of video lotter terminal proceeds.

HW&M: H-3/1@1pm; Dead

Support

HB1080

Alcoholic Beverages – Beer Franchise Agreements – Notice of Nonrenewal or 3 Termination

Krimm

CF: SB704:  Authorizes brewers of 20,000 barrels or less to terminate franchise agreements entered into after 1/1/20 without cause.

Returned Passed

Support

HB1139

Corporate Income Tax – Rate Reduction

Shoemaker

CF: SB37 – Lowers corporate income tax from 8.5% to 7% by 0.5%/year over a 3yr period.

HW&M: H-2/22@1pm; Dead

Support

HB1190

Maryland Stadium Authority’s Pimlico Race Course Study Workgroup

Req. City Admin.

CF: SB800 – Make recommendations on financing Phase 2 of the Pilmico study & assess economic impact of Phase 2.  No representative from tourism sector.

HW&M: H-3/1@1pm; Dead

Support

HB1300

Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act – Seasonal Temporary Workers

Adams

CF: SB681 – Changes thresholds for rehires to make it less likely the law will apply to seasonal temporary workers.

HRULES: NHS; Dead

Support

HB1353

Agriculture – Nuisance Insects

Req. Agriculture

Creates a nuisance inspect fund designed to eliminate nuisance inspects, including the black fly, from farm and recreational lands.

HE&T: H-3/12@1pm; SEHEA: H-3/26@1pm; 2nd R PWA; Passed Enrolled

Support

HB1378

Natural Resources – Sunday Hunting – Migratory Game Birds

Anderton

CF: SB293: Authorizes the Department to allow persons to hunt migratory game birds during the open season  on Sundays  on designated public land or private property.

HRULES: NHS; Dead

Support

HB1399

Education – Opening Public Schools Before Labor Day – Public Local Laws and Referendum

Req. Admin.

CF: SB1006 – Gives to local jurisdictions the ability to start school before Labor Day but required it passes by referendum before enactment.

HRULES: NHS; Dead

Support

HB1407

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2019

Chair HAPP

CF: YES – Budget reconcilliation bill – nothing affecting client as introduced.

HAPP: H-3/5@1pm; 2nd R PWA; SB&T: 2nd R PWA; Passed Enrolled; Enacted

Support

HB1425

Maryland Stadium Authority – Development of Supplemental Facilities to 3 Benefit Camden Yards

Req. Stadium Authority

Authorizes the Authority to undertake studies to develop supplemental facilities that benefit Camden Yards either directly or indirectly but does not include Hippodrome or Convention Center. 

HAPP: H-3/12@1pm; SB&T: H-3/27@1pm; Returned Passed

Support

SB0012

Capital Projects – Inclusion of Public Art

Req. Commerce

Limits requirement of public art incorporated into capital projects where at least 50% of funding comes from state.

SFIN: H-1/23@2pm; 3rd R Passed; HAPP: H-3/19@1pm; 3rd R PWA; Passed Enrolled

Support

SB0019

Wicomico County – Alcoholic Beverages – Bed and Breakfast License

Eckardt

CF: HB197 – Creates a beer and wine licenses for B&Bs in Wicomico County.

SEHEA:  H-2/22@1pm; 2nd R PWA; HECMAT: Favorable; 2nd R Passed; Returned Passed

Support

SB0037

Corporate Income Tax – Rate Reduction

Serafini

CF: HB1139 – Lowers corporate income tax from 8.5% to 7% by 0.5%/year over a 3yr period.

SB&T: H-1/30@2pm; Dead

Support

SB0051

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority – Target Investment Zones – Repeal

Req. Planning

Eliminates the identification and use of the “target investment zone” concept by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

SFIN: H-2/5@1pm; HE&T: H-4/2@1pm; FWA; Passed Enrolled

Support

SB0089

Small Business Relief Tax Credit – Expansion

Admin

CF: HB46 – Provides tax credits as follows:  If provide either parental leave or sick and safe leave $500; if provide both; $1,000; or the amount that equals the total amt. of parental leave and sick/safe leave accrued by the qualified employee.  I think there is a drafting error – see pg.2 L30 through pg3 ll 11.

SB&T: H-1/30@2pm; HRULES: NHS; Dead

Support

SB0125

Budget Bill

Admin.

CF: HB100 – Approximately $10m to various convention centers from MD Stadium Authority; $2.7m to Museum Services & $1.6m for Historic Preservation from Planning; $75.8m for major information technology develop funds & $13m for infrastructure;  $2m for agricultural land preservation and $40m for various other agricultural and pest management activities; $39.6m for Tourism; $45m for Technology Development Corporation; and $400m for State Police; and, other various appropriations.

SB&T: NHS; Dead

Support

SB0173

State Government – Regulations Impacting Small Businesses

Req. Admin.

CF: HB157 – Requires agency personnel to be trained every 2 years of economic impact analysis for new regulations, including impact to small businesses.  Allows small business to sign up to receive notice of changes in regulations and requires that notice be written in plain English.

SEHEA:  H-2/7@1pm – SFIN: NHS; HHGO: H-3/26@1pm; Dead

Support

SB0177

Maryland Stadium Authority – Ocean City Convention Facility – Renovation

Req. Admin.

CF: HB178 – Increases the maximum amount of outstanding debt on bonds related to the Ocean City Convention Center from $17,340,000 to $24.5m.

SB&T: H-2/6@1pm; Returned Passed

Support

SB0190

Corporate Income Tax – Rate Reduction

West

CF: HB922 – Decreases rate from 8.25% by 0.25% each year starting in 2020 tax year until rate is 6%.

SB&T: H-2/5@2:30PM; Dead

Support

SB0213

Natural Resources – State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund – Mandatory Funding and Repeal of Termination Date

Edwards

CF: HB405 – Mandated annual fund amount increases from $1m to $3m and expiration date is removed.

SEHEA: H-2/12@1pm; 2nd R PWA; HE&T: NHS; Unfavorable

Support

SB0229

Baltimore City – Summer Youth Employment – Funding and Incentives

McCray

Allocates at least $4.5m annually through 2023 for summer youth employment programs in Baltimore City and requires MTA to grant 10,000 free bus passes to those participating in the program.

SB&T: H-2/6@1pm; Dead

Support

SB0293

Natural Resources – Sunday Hunting – Migratory Game Birds

Bailey

CF: HB1378: Authorizes the Department to allow persons to hunt migratory game birds during the open season  on Sundays  on designated public land or private property.

SEHEA: H-2/12@1pm; Withdrawn

Support

SB0296

Property Tax – Exemptions – Nonprofit Charitable Museums

King

CF: HB432 – Exempts from property tax property owned by a nonprofit charitable museum that is open to the public and does not charge an admission fee.

SB&T: H-2/13@1pm; Favorable; HW&M: H-3/19@1pm; 3rd R Passed; Returned Passed

Support

SB0390

Natural Resources – Sunday Hunting – Deer

Bailey

Authorizes the Department to allow persons to hunt deer on Sundays during season on designated public land or private property.

SEHEA: H-2/19@1pm; 2nd R PWA; HE&T: H-3/27@1pm; FWA; Passed Enrolled

Support

SB0446

Public Safety – Agritourism – Permit Exemption

Jennings

CF: HB518 – Adds Baltimore County to the jurisdictions where buildings used for agritourism need not comply with building codes provided the building is structurally sound.

SHEA: H-2/19@1pm; Dead

Support

SB0466

Hotel Rental Tax – Limitation of Municipal Authority to Tax Small Hotels – Repeal

King

CF: HB285 – Eliminates the prohibition on taxing hotels with 10 or fewer rooms.

SB&T: H-3/8@1pm; 2nd R Passed; HW&M: 3/26@1pm; Favorable; 3rd R Passed; Returned Passed

Support

SB0508

Alcoholic Beverages – Maryland Brewery Promotion Program – Establishment

Eckardt

CF: HB480 – Creates a Maryland Brewery Promotion Program to promote Maryland Breweries.

SFIN: H-3/1@1pm – SB&T: NHS ; Dead

Support

SB0533

Sales and Use Tax – Limited Residential Lodging

Guzzone

Requires sales and use tax to be clearly identified and prohibits bookings unless they are.

SB&T: H-2/27@1pm; Laid Over; HW&M: H-4/4@1pm; Returned Passed

Support

SB0545

Sales and Use Tax – Rate Reduction

Salling

Lowers the sales tax from 6 cents to 5 cents.

SB&T: H-3/13@1pm; Dead

Support

SB0681

Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act – Seasonal Temporary Workers

Carozza

CF: HB1300 – Changes thresholds for re-hires to make it less likely the law will apply to seasonal temporary workers.

SFIN: H-2/21@1pm; Dead

Support

SB0704

Alcoholic Beverages – Beer Franchise Agreements – Notice of Nonrenewal or 3 Termination

Feldman

CF: HB1080:  Authorizes brewers of 20,000 barrels or less to terminate franchise agreements entered into after 1/1/20 without cause.

Returned Passed

Support

SB0799

Maryland Stadium Authority – Baltimore Convention Facility – Renovation

Req. City Admin.

CF: HB801 – Increases total amount of bonds (new & outstanding) for new construction or renovation at the  Baltimore Convention Center from $55m to $600m.

SB&T: H-3/8@1pm; 3rd R Passed; Dead

Support

SB0800

Maryland Stadium Authority’s Pimlico Race Course Study Workgroup

Req. City Admin.

CF: HB1190 – Make recommendations on financing Phase 2 of the Pilmico study & assess economic impact of Phase 2.  No representative from tourism sector.

SJPR: H-3/6@1pm; Dead

Support

SB0801

Brewery Modernization Act of 2019

Hayes

CF:HB1010: Makes numerous changes to quantity that can be brewed and consumed at various classes of breweries and authorizes the brewing and sale of malt beverages across brewery types.

SEHEA: 3rd R Passed; Returned Passed

Support

SB0878

Video Lottery Terminals – Racetrack Facility Renewal Account – Allocation of Funds

Peters

CF: HB1070 – Adds the Bowie Racecourse Training Center as part of 80% distribution of video lotter terminal proceeds.

SB&T: H-3/6@1pm; HW&M: H-3/27@1pm; Dead

Support

SB1006

Education – Opening Public Schools Before Labor Day – Public Local Laws and Referendum

Req. Admin.

CF: HB1399 – Gives to local jurisdictions the ability to start school before Labor Day but required it passes by referendum before enactment.

SRULES: NHS; Dead

Support

HB1106

Youth Sports Programs – Restrictions, Registration, Personnel, and Policy 3 Information – Requirements

Hill

Regulates activities for sports youth programs with participants based on age; regulates football season as running between August through December.

HW&M: H-3/7@1pm; Dead

Oppose with Written

HB0038

Labor and Employment – Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clauses

Carr

CF: SB328 – Makes noncompetes null and void for those earning less than or equal to $15/hr. or $31,200.

HECMAT: H-1/24@1pm; FWA; SFIN: NHS; Conference; Dead

Oppose (Sign Up)

SB0328

Labor and Employment – Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clauses

Smith

CF: HB38 – Makes noncompetes null and void for those earning less than or equal to $15/hr. or $31,200.

SFIN: H-2/21@1pm; HECMAT: 3rd R PWA; Passed Enrolled

Oppose (Sign Up)

HB0166

Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage and Enforcement (Fight for Fifteen)

Fennell

CF: SB280 – Increases minimum wage by $1/year so that beginning 7/1/19 wage is $11/hr and increasing to $15/hr by 7/1/23.  For every 12 month period beginning 7/1/24 wage increases by the product of the current wage and the average growth in the CPI for the proceeding 12 months.  Applies to tip wages increasing same to $15/hr beginning 7/1/26 and then increasing same as regular minimum wage starting 7/1/27.  Creates complaint mechanism.

HECMAT: H-2/8@12:30pm; 2nd R PWA; SFIN: 2nd R PWA; Passed Enrolled; Veto Override

Oppose (Oral & Written Testimony)

HB0053

County Boards of Education – Length of School Year – Adjustments

Chang

CF: SB131 – Changes where the authorization to increase the school year for up to 5 days beyond June 15 without state board approval is placed in the section.

HW&M: H-2/14@1pm; Dead

Oppose

HB0341

Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment  (Time to Care Act of 2019)

Kelly

Creates a temporary assistance fund to offset lost income for taking medical leave e.  Funds come from a contribution from both employer and employee at a rate specified via regulation.  Does not diminish benefits from a collective bargaining agreement.

HECMAT: H-2/12@1pm; Dead

Oppose

HB0437

County Boards of Education – School Year – Start and End Dates

Ebersole

CF: SB128 – Requires County Boards to set the start and end date of the school year.

HW&M: H-2/14@1pm; Dead

Oppose

HB0990

Video Lottery Terminal Proceeds – Racetrack Facility Renewal Account – Use of Funds

Chang

CF: SB883 – Authorizes funds made available from the Racetrack Facility Renewal Account to be allocated to the Maryland Economic Development Corporation and to the Bowie Race Course Training Center.

HW&M: H-3/1@1pm; Dead

Oppose

HB0994

Labor and Employment – Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)

Mosby

CF: SB839 – Prohibits employers from conducting criminal background checks or asking about prior criminal convictions prior to the first face-to face interview or offer of conditional employment.

HECMAT: H-3/5@1pm; SFIN: NHS; Conference; Passed Enrolled

Oppose

HB1040

Labor and Employment – Exemptions From Overtime Pay – Administrative,  Executive, or Professional Capacity  (Overtime Modernization Act of 2019)

Stewart

Requires those employed in an administrative or executive capacity to be paid more than $900 per week to be exempt from overtime laws.

HECMAT: H-3/5@1pm; Unfavorable

Oppose

HB1057

Alcoholic Beverages – Alcohol Awareness Program Certification Requirements – Alterations

Arentz

CF: YES – Requires all individuals who sell or serve alcoholic beverages, rather than holders of the license, to be certified in an alcohol awareness program and also requires that a certified individual be on premises during the hours in which alcoholic beverages may be sold or served.

HECMAT: H-2/18@1pm; SEHEA: H-3/28@1pm; Withdrawn

Oppose

HB1387

Economic Development – Maryland Tourism Development Board – Grant

Brooks

CF: SB628 – Authorizes Maryland Tourism Development Board to issue grants to nongovernmental tourism organizations.

HW&M: H-3/14@1pm; Dead

Oppose

SB0128

County Boards of Education – School Year – Start and End Dates

Pinsky

CF: HB437 – Requires each county board of education to set the start and end date of the school year. 

SEHEA: H-1/30@2pm; Special Order; HW&M: NHS; 3rd R PWA; Passed Enrolled; Veto Override

Oppose

SB0131

County Boards of Education – Length of School Year – Adjustments

King

CF: HB53 – Changes where the authorization to increase the school year for up to 5 days beyond June 15 without state board approval is placed in the section.

SEHEA: H-1/30@2pm; Dead

Oppose

SB0280

Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage and Enforcement (Fight for Fifteen)

McCray

CF: HB166 – Increases minimum wage by $1/year so that beginning 7/1/19 wage is $11/hr and increasing to $15/hr by 7/1/23.  For every 12 month period beginning 7/1/24 wage increases by the product of the current wage and the average growth in the CPI for the proceeding 12 months.  Applies to tip wages increasing same to $15/hr beginning 7/1/26 and then increasing same as regular minimum wage starting 7/1/27.  Creates complaint mechanism.

SFIN: H-2/21@1pm; 2nd R PWA; HECMAT: 3rd R Passed; Passed Enrolled; Veto Override

Oppose

SB0839

Labor and Employment – Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)

Carter

CF: HB994 – Prohibits employers from conducting criminal background checks or asking about prior criminal convictions prior to the first face-to face interview or offer of conditional employment.

SFIN: H-3/15@1pm; Special Order to 3/21; Re-referred to HECMAT; Conference; Passed Enrolled

Oppose

SB0883

Video Lottery Terminal Proceeds – Racetrack Facility Renewal Account – Use of Funds

Beidle

CF: HB990 – Authorizes funds made available from the Racetrack Facility Renewal Account to be allocated to the Maryland Economic Development Corporation and to the Bowie Race Course Training Center.

SB&T: H-3/6@1pm; Dead

Oppose

SB0863

Labor and Employment – Screening for Use of Marijuana or Cannabis

Zirkin

General prohibits employers from asking about or taking action because of an employees use of medical cannabis, unless required by other applicable law or employee works with minors or vulnerable adults.

SJPR: H-2/26@12pm; Dead

Monitor (what if employee of a minor)

HB0058

Mandated Reports and Statutory Commissions, Councils, and Committees – Revisions

Speaker

CF: SB112 – Changes various reporting requirements.  Of particular note:  Requires Dept. of Economic and Business Development annual reporting of details of activities regarding private sector cooperative marketing projects that directly enhance promotion of the state and the tourism industry that are exempt from state procurement law. Requires Dept. Transportation to monitor federal regulations regarding unmanned aircraft and to assess if the state should address the issue – report to made in consultation with unidentified interested parties;

HRULES: H-2/25@2pm; Dead

Monitor

HB0101

Creation of a State Debt – Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2019, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018

Admin.

CF: SB126 – Approximately $10m to various convention centers from MD Stadium Authority; $2.7m to Museum Services & $1.6m for Historic Preservation from Planning; $75.8m for major information technology develop funds & $13m for infrastructure;  $2m for agricultural land preservation and $40m for various other agricultural and pest management activities; $39.6m for Tourism; $45m for Technology Development Corporation; and $400m for State Police; and, other various appropriations.

HAPP: NHS; SB&T: NHS; Passed Enrolled

Monitor

HB0303

Interstate Compact on Washington Area Professional Football Team Franchise Facility Incentives

Moon

Prohibits any incentive to the team unless the incentive is likewise available to all development projects.

HAPP: H-2/12@1pm; Withdrawn

Monitor

HB0389

Charles County – Alcoholic Beverages – Resort Complex License

Charles Co. Del.

Creates a license for resort complexes in Charles County.

HECMAT: H-2/18@1pm; Favorable; SEHEA: NHS; Returned Passed

Monitor

HB0639

Anne Arundel County – Public Safety – Buildings Used for Agritourism

Howard

CF: SB99 – Adds Anne Arundel County to the list of jurisdictions where buildings used for agritourism do not have to comply with current building codes provided building is structurally sound.

HE&T: H-3/6@1pm; FWA; SEHEA: NHS; Passed Enrolled

Monitor

HB0686

Maryland Healthy Working Families Act – Adverse Actions – Absence Control Policy

Wilson

CF: SB912 – Allows an employer to take action against an employee for absences only if the employer has an absence control policy and the employer provides at least 40 hours of paid leave in a year, including earned sick and safe leave and the policy is uniformly applies, is provided in writing, has a progressive accountability structure; and provides a warning prior to disciplinary action.

HECMAT: H-2/19@1pm; Interim Study

Monitor

HB0794

Labor and Employment – Discrimination Against Medical Cannabis Patients and Caregivers – Prohibition (Medical Cannabis Patient and Caregiver Antidiscrimination Act)

Glenn

Prohibits discrimination against qualifying patients or caregivers unless prohibited by federal law.

HECMAT: H-3/11@1pm; Withdrawn

Monitor

HB1107

Discrimination in Employment – Pregnancy and Childbirth

Valderrama

CF: SB518 – Requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for disabilities attributed to pregnancy or childbirth.

HECMAT: H-3/11@1pm; Dead

Monitor

HB1142

Environment – Hazardous Materials – Disposal of Synthetic Turf and Turf Infill

Lehman

Requires those using synthetic turf to dispose of it only at a closed-loop recycling facility and requires Department to post chain of custody on its website.  No limitation on threshold amount.  Technically indoor-outdoor carpet and mats are synthetic turf.

HE&T: H-3/1@1pm; Withdrawn

Monitor

HB1192

Assembly Areas – State–Funded Construction or Renovation – Assisted Listening System Requirement

Valderrama

CF: SB1014 – Requires installation of a system that transmits sound directly to a hearing aid, cocgkear implant, etc. for all assembly areas (includes convention centers, concert halls, for profit and nonprofit spaces) funded or rennovated with state funds.

HAPP: H-3/7@1pm; SB&T: H-3/27@1pm; Returned Passed

Monitor

HB1394

Harford County – Alcoholic Beverages – Seasonal Closing

Harford Del.

Authorizes the Board to close a licensed premises for up to 9 (currently 6) months if the business is seasonal.  SB960/HB1394 are the same but not marked as crossiled.

HRULES: NHS; Dead

Monitor

SB0014

Vehicle Laws – Personal Electric Transportation Devices – Definitions

Lam

Subjects self balancing boards, along with self balancing vehicles to traffic laws, etc.

SJPR: H-1/23@2pm; Unfavorable

Monitor

SB0034

Tourist Area and Corridor Program and Task Force on Attraction Signs

Young

Creates a program administered by the Dept. of Transportation that identifies geographic tourist areas and corridors and then establishes policies for signage standards for individual attractions within the designated areas.

SFIN:  H-2/13@1pm; Unfavorable

Monitor

SB0099

Anne Arundel County – Public Safety – Buildings Used for Agritourism

Elfreth

CF: HB639 – Adds Anne Arundel County to the list of jurisdictions where buildings used for agritourism do not have to comply with current building codes provided building is structurally sound.

SEHEA: H-2/5@1pm; Laid Over; HE&T: NHS; 2nd R Passed; Returned Passed

Monitor

SB0107

Anne Arundel County – Toll Roads, Highways, and Bridges and Chesapeake Bay Crossing – Consent Requirement

Reilly

CF: HB212 – Adds Anne Arundel County to jurisdictions that must expressly consent to the development of any road/bridge, etc. that crosses the Chesapeake Bay.

SFIN: H-2/13@1pm; Dead

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SB0112

Mandated Reports and Statutory Commissions, Councils, and Committees – Revisions

President

CF: HB58 – Changes various reporting requirements.  Of particular note:  Requires Dept. of Economic and Business Development annual reporting of details of activities regarding private sector cooperative marketing projects that directly enhance promotion of the state and the tourism industry that are exempt from state procurement law. Requires Dept. Transportation to monitor federal regulations regarding unmanned aircraft and to assess if the state should address the issue – report to made in consultation with unidentified interested parties;

SRULES: H-2/13@1pm; FWA; HRULES: NHS; 2nd R Passed; Returned Passed; Enacted

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SB0126

Creation of a State Debt – Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2019, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018

Admin.

CF: HB101 – Approximately $10m to various convention centers from MD Stadium Authority; $2.7m to Museum Services & $1.6m for Historic Preservation from Planning; $75.8m for major information technology develop funds & $13m for infrastructure;  $2m for agricultural land preservation and $40m for various other agricultural and pest management activities; $39.6m for Tourism; $45m for Technology Development Corporation; and $400m for State Police; and, other various appropriations.

SB&T:  NHS; Dead

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SB0285

Environment – Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Products – Prohibition

Lierman

CF: HB109 – Prohibits sale of food or drink in expanded polystyrene packaging after 12/31/2019.  Provides for 1 year compliance extension.  Does not apply to foods that arrive to vendors already packaged in the material.

SEHEA: H-2/12@1pm; Laid Over; HE&T: NHS; FWA; Passed Enrolled

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SB0443

Workers’ Compensation – Discharge of Employee – Prohibition

Klausmeier

Eliminates requirement that discharge “solely” as a result of the filing of a worker’s comp claim.

SFIN: H-2/19@1pm; Dead

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SB0518

Discrimination in Employment – Pregnancy and Childbirth

Feldman

CF: HB1107 – Requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for disabilities attributed to pregnancy or childbirth.

SJPR: H-2/28@12pm; Dead

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SB0628

Economic Development – Maryland Tourism Development Board – Grant

Carter

CF: HB1387 – Authorizes Maryland Tourism Development Board to issue grants to nongovernmental tourism organizations.

SFIN: H-2/26@1pm; 2nd R PWA; HRULES: NHS; Dead

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SB0864

Contracts and Employment – Discrimination Against Medical Cannabis Patients and Caregivers – Prohibition

Zirkin

Prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified patients or caregivers based on use or certification of use of medical cannabis unless required by other federal or state law.

SJPR: H-2/26@12pm; Dead

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SB0912

Maryland Healthy Working Families Act – Adverse Actions – Absence Control Policy

Beidle

CF: HB686 – Allows an employer to take action against an employee for absences only if the employer has an absence control policy and the employer provides at least 40 hours of paid leave in a year, including earned sick and safe leave and the policy is uniformly applies, is provided in writing, has a progressive accountability structure; and provides a warning prior to disciplinary action.

SFIN: 3/19@1pm; Dead

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SB0960

Harford County – Alcoholic Beverages – Seasonal Closing

Jennings

Authorizes the Board to close a licensed premises for up to 9 (currently 6) months if the business is seasonal.  SB960/HB1394 are the same but not marked as crossfiled.

SEHEA: H-3/8@1pm; 2nd R PWA; HECMAT: H-3/27@1pm; 2nd R Passed; Returned Passed

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SB0990

State Budget

Ferguson

Authorizes the General Assembly to make changes to the budget and gives the Governor the right to veto those changes.

SRULES: NHS; Dead

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SB1014

Assembly Areas – State–Funded Construction or Renovation – Assisted Listening System Requirement

Patterson

CF: HB1192 – Requires installation of a system that transmits sound directly to a hearing aid, cocgkear implant, etc. for all assembly areas (includes convention centers, concert halls, for profit and nonprofit spaces) funded or rennovated with state funds.

SB&T: H-3/13@1pm; HAPP: H-3/26@1pm; 3rd R Passed; Returned Passed

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HB1127

Financial Consumer Protection Act of 2019

Carey

CF: SB786 – Adds activity tracking data, genetic info, and nonpublic social media to definition of personal information.  Requires notification of data breaches unless the business reasonably believes that the breach does not create a likelihood of data misuse, lowers notification period from 45 to 10 days; requires electronic notice in addition to, rather than in lieu of, regular mailing and makes business liable to the underlying financial institution for fraudulent charges associated with the breach unless the business had an outside security consult certify the security measures.  Bill also covers mobile home financing, virtual currency, auto financing, among other industry sectors.

HECMAT: H-3/13@1pm; Dead

Hold for more info

SB0786

Financial Consumer Protection Act of 2019

Rosapepe

CF: HB1127- Adds activity tracking data, genetic info, and nonpublic social media to definition of personal information.  Requires notification of data breaches unless the business reasonably believes that the breach does not create a likelihood of data misuse, lowers notification period from 45 to 10 days; requires electronic notice in addition to, rather than in lieu of, regular mailing and makes business liable to the underlying financial institution for fraudulent charges associated with the breach unless the business had an outside security consult certify the security measures.  Bill also covers mobile home financing, virtual currency, auto financing, among other industry sectors.

SFIN: H-3/13@1pm; Unfavorable

Hold