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 712-770-5505 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, Kristin Hanna at kristin.hanna@flyingdog.com.

2020 Maryland Tourism Council Bill Tracking

Bill Number

Title

Sponsor

Description

Legislative Status

Tourism Council Position

HB0743

Universal School Start Act of 2020

Admin.

CF: SB558 – Prohibits a local jurisdiction from starting the school year before the first Tuesday after Labor Day without good cause to be defined by state regulation.

HW&M: H-2/21@1pm

SWA

HB0877

Natural Resources – State Lakes Protection and Restoration Program and Fund

Beitzel

CF: SB582 – Requires a $3m annual appropriation starting in FY2022; otherwise, it appears to just clean up the language.

HENVTRN: H-2/25@1pm

Support Possible MTC Testimony Written

SB0707

Task Force on the Tourism Industry in Maryland

Carter

CF: HB1541 – Creates a task force to study the funding and training needed to support tourism related businesses with an emphasis on small and minority businesses with aim to increase diversity in the industry.

SFIN: H-2/28@1pm

Support No Testimony

HB0019

Education – Required Number of School Days or Hours

Adams

Clarifies that school is opened for 180 actual days or a minimum of 1,080 hours.

HW&M: H-1/28@1pm; Withdrawn

Support

HB0056

Chesapeake Bay Bridge – Reconstruction Advisory Group and Traffic Study

Arentz

CF: SB13 – Creates an advisory group whose purpose is to make recommendations on how to avoid traffic back-ups.  Annual reports and recommendations begin July 2021.  Membership not limited to residents from QA or AA Counties.

HENVTRN: H-1/30@2pm

Support

HB0150

Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2021)

Admin.

CF: SB190 – Budget Bill

HAPP: NHS

Support

HB0305

Department of Agriculture – Maryland Made Promotion Fund

Lisanti

Creates a fund to promote alcoholic beverages made in the state.

HECMAT: H-2/17@1pm

Support

HB0335

Charles County – Public Safety – Buildings Used for Agritourism

Charles County Delegation

CF: SB432 – Adds Charles County to the list of jurisdictions whose buildings used for agritourism be structurally sound but don’t need to comply with other aspects of the various building codes.

HENVTRN: H-2/21@1pm

Support

HB0354

Solid Waste Management – Personal Cleansing Products Provided at Lodging Establishments – Prohibition

Love

Prohibits providing personal hygiene products – soap, shampoo, lotion, etc. unless requested by the guest, violation is up to $2,000.

HECMAT: H-2/19@1pm; HENVTRN: NHS

Support

HB0965

Labor and Employment – Minimum Wage – Allegany County and Garrett County

Beitzel

CF: SB0862 – Extends full implementation of $15/hr. minimum wage from 1/1/26 to 1/1/28 in Allegany and Garrett Counties.

HECMAT: H-3/10@1pm

Support

HB0988

Environment – Business Recycling Reporting Requirements

Smith

Requires businesses that privately contract for waste removal and recycling services to report annually the total amount, by weight, of solid waste generated by the business; the amount and types of materials recycled by the business; and any other information required by the relevant county.

HENVTRN: H-2/26@1pm; HECMAT: NHS

Support

HB1021

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

Hartman

CF: SB906 – Expressly states that an employer may not be required to allow an employee to take leave within the first 120 (currently 106) calendar days of employment; and, requires reinstatement of unused leave if employee rehired within 32 weeks (currently 37).

HECMAT: H-2/25@1pm

Support

HB1046

Alcoholic Beverages – Class MD License

Kerr

Creates a Class MD license that authorizes the holder to sell beer, wine, liquor manufactured in the state at the place described in the license for on-premises consumption – it is not subject to or included in any license quotas.  Fee varies depending on location.

HECMAT: H-2/17@1pm

Support

HB1280

Admissions and Amusement Tax – Small Business Exemption

Howard

Exempts from admissions and amusement tax businesses with total gross receipts of less than $75,000 in a calendar year.

HW&M: H-2/27@1pm

Support

HB1493

Worcester County – Special Event Zones – Prohibitions

Hartman

CF: SB878 – Prohibits using special event zones for exhibition driving events in Worcester County.

HENVTRN: H-3/10@1pm

Support

HB1541

Task Force on the Tourism Industry in Maryland

Brooks

CF: SB707 – Creates a task force to study the funding and training needed to support tourism related businesses with an emphasis on small and minority businesses with aim to increase diversity in the industry.

HW&M: H-3/5@1pm

Support

SB0013

Chesapeake Bay Bridge – Reconstruction Advisory Group and Traffic Study

Hershey

CF: HB56 – Creates an advisory group – all members are either Anne Arundel or Queen Anne’s County residents except for Port Authority member.   Purpose is to make recommendations on how to avoid traffic back-ups.  Annual reports and recommendations begin July 2021.

SFIN: H-2/5@2pm; 2nd R PWA

Support

SB0066

Income Tax – Credit for Small Businesses – State Minimum Wage Increase

Ellis

Grants qualified small businesses a tax credit to offset increases in minimum wage.  Credit based on the difference between minimum wage and $10.10/hr.  Applicable through 2029.

SB&T: H-1/15@1pm

Support

SB0086

Natural Resources – Fishing and Hunting Rights

Simmonaire

Requires state to preserve the right to fish and hunt subject to regulations and restrictions enacted by the General Assembly.

SEHEA: H-1/23@1pm; 3rd R Passed; HENVTRN: NHS

Support

SB0118

Land Use – Alcohol Production and Agricultural Alcohol Production

Req. Agriculture

Authorizes charter counties to regulate the production of alcohol on agricultural land, including regulations related to tastings and storage.

SEHEA: H-1/16@2:30pm, 2nd R Passed; HECMAT: NHS

Support

SB0190

Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2021)

Admin.

CF: HB150 – Budget Bill

SB&T: NHS

Support

SB0432

Charles County – Public Safety – Buildings Used for Agritourism

Charles County Senators

CF: HB335 – Adds Charles County to the list of jurisdictions whose buildings used for agritourism be structurally sound but don’t need to comply with other aspects of the various building codes.

SEHEA: H-3/4@1pm

Support

SB0456

Transportation – Third Chesapeake Bay Crossing – Study

Beidle

Requires a study for a third Chesapeake Bay crossing route.  Study to be conducted by UMD.

SFIN: H-2/12@1pm; SB&T: NHS

Support

SB0558

Universal School Start Act of 2020

Admin.

CF: HB743 – Prohibits a local jurisdiction from starting the school year before the first Tuesday after Labor Day without good cause to be defined by state regulation.

SRULES: NHS

Support

SB0582

Natural Resources – State Lakes Protection and Restoration Program and Fund

Edwards

CF: HB877 – Requires a $3m annual appropriation starting in FY2022; otherwise, it appears to just clean up the language.

SEHEA: H-25@1pm; SB&T: NHS

Support

SB0718

Income Tax – Film Production Activity Tax Credit – Alteration

Griffith

Adds salary, wages or other compensation for writers, directors, or producers in definition of “total direct costs” and bumps credit from $11m in 2020 to $20m each year thereafter.

SB&T:  H-2/19@1pm

Support

SB0862

Labor and Employment – Minimum Wage – Allegany County and Garrett County

Edwards

CF: HB965 – Extends full implementation of $15/hr. minimum wage from 1/1/26 to 1/1/28 in Allegany and Garrett Counties.

SJPR: H-3/12@12pm

Support

SB0878

Worcester County – Special Event Zones – Prohibitions

Carozza

CF: HB1493 – Prohibits using special event zones for exhibition driving events in Worcester County.

SJPR: H-3/4@12pm

Support

SB0906

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

Carozza

CF: HB1021 – Expressly states that an employer may not be required to allow an employee to take leave within the first 120 (currently 106) calendar days of employment; and, requires reinstatement of unused leave if employee rehired within 32 weeks (currently 37).

SFIN: H-3/12@1pm

Support

HB0695

Digital Advertising Gross Revenues – Taxation

Washington

CF: SB2 – Taxes the gross revenue received by owners of digital interfaces such as websites for the money received as a result of displaying ads on seen by Maryland users of the website or application.  Maryland user is someone whose device used to access the website (phone, computer, tablet, etc.) has an IP address indicates that the device owner is a Maryland resident.  Quarterly payments required if annual revenue exceeds $1m.   Tax is 2.5% if global annual gross revenues $100k to $1m; 7.5% up to $15m; and 10% over $15m.  $5,000 fine and/or 5 years penalty. Probably not much of an impact for small businesses but if gross ad revenue exceeds $100,000 would need some very sophisticated tracking software to comply.

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

Oppose No Testimony

SB0002

Digital Advertising Gross Revenues – Taxation

Miller

CF: HB695 – Taxes the gross revenue received by owners of digital interfaces such as websites for the money received as a result of displaying ads on seen by Maryland users of the website or application.  Maryland user is someone whose device used to access the website (phone, computer, tablet, etc.) has an IP address indicates that the device owner is a Maryland resident.  Quarterly payments required if annual revenue exceeds $1m.   Tax is 2.5% if global annual gross revenues $100k to $1m; 7.5% up to $15m; and 10% over $15m.  $5,000 fine and/or 5 years penalty. Probably not much of an impact for small businesses but if gross ad revenue exceeds $100,000 would need some very sophisticated tracking software to comply.

SB&T: H-1/29@1pm

Oppose No Testimony

HB1441

Economic Development – Maryland Tourism Development Board – Grants

Brooks

All grants to be made to non-governmental tourism organizations.

HW&M: H-3/5@1pm

Oppose

HB1147

Places of Public Accommodation and Public Buildings – Single–Occupancy Public Restrooms – Availability (The Accessible to All Act)

Solomon

CF: SB401 – Requires places of public accommodation that provide single occupancy restrooms to label them as restroom or bathroom and to not use gender identifying pictures.

HECMAT: H-3/3@1pm; HHGO: NHS

Monitor Wait for DMO feedback SB217

SB0401

Places of Public Accommodation and Public Buildings – Single–Occupancy Public Restrooms – Availability (The Accessible to All Act)

Kagan

CF: HB1147 – Requires places of public accommodation that provide single occupancy restrooms to label them as restroom or bathroom and to not use gender identifying pictures.

SJPR: H-2/12@12pm; SEHEA: NHS

Monitor Wait for DMO feedback SB217

SB0158

Lodging Establishments – Accessible Rooms for Individuals With Disabilities – Bed Height

Cassilly

CF: HB771 – Requires rooms that are labeled “accessible” to comply with ADA and have a bed that is between 20-23 inches high with at least a 7-inch vertical clearance from the floor.

SFIN: H-2/6@1pm

Monitor Defer to MHLA

HB0009

Maryland Horse Industry Board – Breeding Stables and Horse Establishments – Definitions

Guyton

Brings breeding stables under the jurisdiction of the Maryland Horse Industry Board.

HENVTRN: NHS, Withdrawn

Monitor

HB0068

North Point State Park – Deer Bow Hunting Season – Establishment

Grammer

Establishes a deer bow hunting season in North Point State Park.

HENVTRN: NHS, Withdrawn

Monitor

HB0123

Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range

K. Young

CF: SB217 – Requires employers to disclose the wage range if asked and prohibits them from asking about wage history of potential employees.  Allows employers to verify voluntarily given wage history information on after an offer of employment with named wages has been given.  Fines and penalties for violation.

HECMAT: 2/4@1pm

Monitor

HB0151

Creation of a State Debt – Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2020, and the Maryland CF: SB191 – Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019

Admin.

CF: HB191 – Consolidated Bond Bill

HAPP: NHS

Monitor

HB0152

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020

Admin.

CF: HB192 – BRFA

HAPP: H-2/27@1pm

Monitor

HB0173

Natural Resources – Sunday Hunting

Req. Natural Resources

Consolidates who can hunt what, when, and where on Sundays.

HENVMAT: H-2/12@1pm

Monitor

HB0209

Plastics and Packaging Reduction Act

Lierman

CF: SB313 – Prohibits stores from providing plastic bags less than 4mils thick at point of sale.  Exceptions for produce bags, newspaper bags, etc.  Requires store to charge at least 10 cents for each durable bag used at point of sale and prohibits store from absorbing this cost or otherwise rebating it to the customer.  Durable bag presumably is anything other than a plastic bag less than 4mil.  Stores are defined as retail establishments. In the Healthy Employee Act, retail establishment was defined as a place or business with the primary purpose of selling goods to a consumer at the place of business.

HENVTRN: H-2/11@1pm

Monitor

HB0468

Queen Anne’s County – Alcoholic Beverages – Underage Employees

Arentz

Would only allow those 21 or over to be bartenders and those 18 and over to stock or serve alcohol provided they have completed an alcohol awareness program.  Applicable to QA County only.

HECMAT: H/2/17@1pm

Monitor

HB0771

Lodging Establishments – Accessible Rooms for Individuals With Disabilities – Bed Height

Reilly

CF: SB158 – Requires rooms that are labeled “accessible” to comply with ADA and have a bed that is between 20-23 inches high with at least a 7-inch vertical clearance from the floor.

HECMAT: H-2/11@1pm

Monitor

HB0786

Garrett County – Alcoholic Beverages Act of 2020

Beitzel

CF: SB643 – Allows for on-site sales for distilleries and wineries for consumption on or off site.

HECMAT: H-2/17@1pm

Monitor

HB0841

Sales and Use Tax – Short–Term Rental Vehicles and Peer–to–Peer Car Sharing  – Rate Alteration and Sunset Repeal

Chang

CF: SB573 – Eliminates current taxing structure and imposes a straight 10% tax on the  taxable price for short term rentals and peer to peer shared vehicles.

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

Monitor

HB1056

Racing and Community Development Act of 2020

speaker

Creates an Equine Health, Safety, and Welfare Advisory Committee to study and make recommendations to enhance the health, safety, and welfare of horses engaged in racing and training at tracks and training facilities in the state; and, sets forth criteria for future improvements at Pimlico and Laurel.

HW&M: H-2/25@1pm; HAPP: NHS

Monitor

HB1129

Talbot County – Turkey and Deer Hunting – Sundays

Mautz

CF: SB500 – Authorizes the DNR to allow hunt turkey or deer with a firearm on Sunday if they are participating in a qualified Junior Hunt.

HENVTRN: H-3/10@1pm

Monitor

HB1160

Baltimore City – Imitation Firearms – Prohibition

Boyce

CF: SB968 – Prohibits the sale or display of an imitation firearm in the City.  No exemption for historic replicas at historic sites and souvenirs related thereto.

HJUD: NHS

Monitor

SB0191

Creation of a State Debt – Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2020, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019

Admin.

CF: HB151 – Consolidated Bond Bill

SB&T: NHS

Monitor

SB0192

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020

Admin.

CF: HB152 – BRFA

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

Monitor

SB0217

Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range

Lee

CF: HB123 – Requires employers to disclose the wage range if asked and prohibits them from asking about wage history of potential employees.  Allows employers to verify voluntarily given wage history information on after an offer of employment with named wages has been given.  Fines and penalties for violation.

SFIN: H-2/13@1pm

Monitor

SB0243

Natural Resources – Sunday Hunting – Migratory Game Birds

Bailey

Eliminates the prohibition on hunting migratory game birds and allows DNR to authorize same on public or private land during open season.

SEHEA: H-3/4@1pm

Monitor

SB0312

Talbot County – Sunday Hunting – Deer Bow Hunting Season

Eckardt

CF: HB1130 – Authorizes DNR to permit bow hunting of deer on private property during season.

SEHEA: H-3/4@1pm

Monitor

SB0313

Plastics and Packaging Reduction Act

Augustine

CF: HB209 – Prohibits stores from providing plastic bags less than 4mils thick at point of sale.  Exceptions for produce bags, newspaper bags, etc.  Requires store to charge at least 10 cents for each durable bag used at point of sale and prohibits store from absorbing this cost or otherwise rebating it to the customer.  Durable bag presumably is anything other than a plastic bag less than 4mil.  Stores are defined as retail establishments. In the Healthy Employee Act, retail establishment was defined as a place or business with the primary purpose of selling goods to a consumer at the place of business.

SFIN: H-2/20@1pm

Monitor

SB0500

Talbot County – Turkey and Deer Hunting – Sundays

Eckardt

CF: HB1129 – Authorizes the DNR to allow hunt turkey or deer with a firearm on Sunday if they are participating in a qualified Junior Hunt.

SEHEA: H-3/4@1pm

Monitor

SB0573

Sales and Use Tax – Short–Term Rental Vehicles and Peer–to–Peer Car Sharing  – Rate Alteration and Sunset Repeal

McCray

CF: HB841 – Eliminates current taxing structure and imposes a straight 10% tax on the  taxable price for short term rentals and peer to peer shared vehicles.

SB&T: H-2/19@2pm

Monitor

SB0643

Garrett County – Alcoholic Beverages Act of 2020

Edwards

CF: HB786 – Allows for on-site sales for distilleries and wineries for consumption on or off site.

SEHEA: H-2/28@1pm

Monitor

SB0968

Baltimore City – Imitation Firearms – Prohibition

Washington

CF: HB1160 – Prohibits the sale or display of an imitation firearm in the City.  No exemption for historic replicas at historic sites and souvenirs related thereto are exempt.

SJPR: H-3/3@12pm

Monitor

SB0748

Annual Curative Bill

Req. DLLR

Annual curative bill.

SRULES: NHS; 3rd R Passed

Hold

HB0712

Labor and Employment – Leave With Pay – Bereavement Leave (Family Bereavement Act)

Boyce

Authorizing employees of certain employers to use certain leave with pay for bereavement leave in the event of the death of an immediate family member or pet of the employee.

HECMAT: H-2/25@1pm

 

HB1001

Business Regulation – Amusement Attractions – Maryland Rider Safety Act

Wilson

Prohibits reckless rider behavior and requires injury reports to be submitted prior to leaving amusement park.

HECMAT: H-2/18@1pm

 

HB1598

Washington County –Hotel Rental Tax–Rate and Distribution of Revenue

Corderman

Reduces current distributions to 25% and dedicates the remaining 50% to the Hagerstown/Washington County Industrial Foundation to assist with development projects and  tourism attractions, as well as, supporting economic development, cultural, and recreational projects.

HRULES: NHS

 

SB0742

Labor and Employment –Fair Recruitment and Transparency Act

Lee

Expands law related to migrant farm labor to include all foreign workers who were not issued a green card but are eligible to work under a different category.  Institutes expansive reporting requirement some of which to become public information.

SFIN: H-2/27@1pm

 

SB0979

Income Tax Credit –Value–Added ProcessingExpenses

Hester

Grants a 25% credit against capital expenses related to value-added processing, defined as transforming a raw agricultural products into new products, including fermenting, cooling, packaging, etc.

SB&T: H-3/4@1pm

 

SB1014

Hunting – Regulated Shooting Areas – Offshore Stationary Blinds and Blind Sites

Eckardt

CF: HB1296 – Allows use of off-shore blinds if located within a regulated hunting area.

SRULES: NHS