Bills Passed by the House and Senate during the 2022 Legislative Session

April 13, 2022

PASSED THE HOUSE AND SENATE

BUDGET

SB 290: FY 23 State Operating Budget. The State’s FY 23 Operating Budget passed with a record $2.4B in the Rainy Day Fund for emergencies and provides more than $650M to fund the General Assembly’s legislative priorities like education, support for Marylanders with the greatest need, employee benefits and cost of living increases for state employees. The budget includes:

  • $800M set aside for future Blueprint education funding
  • Over $50M in help for families to afford child care
  • An increase of nearly $150M in funding for crime prevention and victim services
  • Over $100M in funds to create more affordable rental housing
  • $202M for providers serving vulnerable populations
  • $35M toward benefits for cash assistance recipients
  • $27M to expand Medicaid dental benefits for adults
  • $50M for grants for arts and tourism organizations
  • Implementation of cannabis reform ($47 million),
  • $30M provided to serve 1,350 youth on the Autism Waiver waiting list
  • $9M to address climate impacts
  • $10M to launch paid family leave
  • $36 million to support economic development and revitalization efforts

SB 291: FY 23 State Capital Budget. This year’s capital budget is one of the largest in State history. Working with the Administration to target spending toward one–time infrastructure investment, the capital budget provides $1.5 billion in funding for our most important priorities, including $50.0 million for legislative bond initiatives. The General Assembly also preauthorized funding for nearly $600 million for projects in future years.

  • Montgomery County directly received $152 million for projects within the county, including $63 million to develop Montgomery County BRT transit lines.
  • In District 39 this includes money for multiple projects at South Germantown Park, Watkins Mill Recreation Area, and Seneca Creek State Park, money for rehabilitating several Elementary School playgrounds, BlackRock Center for the Performing Arts, needed expansion for CSAAC, stormwater management in Washington Grove, and Upcounty community living supports expansion.

CHILDCARE

HB 89: Child Care Stabilization and Child Care Expansion Grant Programs. House Bill 89 prioritizes family child care providers and providers most in need for the State’s $50 million stabilization grant. This legislation will allow family child care providers and providers most in need a better opportunity to take advantage of the grant this fiscal year.

HB 725: Therapeutic Child Care Program. House Bill 725 establishes the Therapeutic Child Care Program for childcare providers that support students with developmental disabilities. The grant program will help provide up to $45k for each child with severe developmental disabilities or delays.

HB 993: Establishes the Child Care Capital Support Revolving Loan Fund. House Bill 993 creates a $35 million revolving loan fund available to child care providers participating in the scholarship program. The loans will be at no interest and can be used for expansion, new construction/acquisition, and renovations of childcare facilities.

HB 995: Child Care Scholarship Program Improvements. House Bill 995 improves the child care scholarship program so that students on the edge of eligibility can be automatically enrolled and allows child care providers participating in the program to receive their payments faster.

HB 1100: Bonuses for Child Care Providers and Employees. House Bill 1100 fences off $16 million in the budget for child care providers to use for employee retention and new hire bonuses.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

HB 1: Legal Cannabis Constitutional Amendment. House Bill 1 puts a referendum for legalized cannabis on the 2022 General Election ballot. It would allow individuals 21 or older to use and possess cannabis.

HB 837: Cannabis Reform. House Bill 837 addresses criminal justice and public health issues facing legalization while building the necessary foundation to create social equity in the recreational cannabis industry. Should Marylanders vote for legalized cannabis, this bill would allow Marylanders to possess up to 1.5 ounces of recreational cannabis without penalty and automatically expunges the conviction of anyone previously found guilty of simple possession of marijuana.

HB269/SB 53: Child Interrogation Protection Act. This legislation extends access to counsel to children during an interrogation. It prohibits officers from interrogating children until an attorney has been consulted and requires law enforcement to make an effort to notify the parent, guardian, or custodian that the child will be interrogated unless there’s a threat to public safety. This ensures due process for children and equal treatment across the board. These actions will help prevent coerced false confession and prevent juveniles from wrongful convictions.

SB 691: Juvenile Justice Reform. Senate Bill 691 makes changes to the juvenile justice process by implementing the recommendations of the Juvenile Justice Reform Council (JJRC). The bill, among other things, limits the circumstances under which a child is subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. It further creates a permanent Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform and Emerging and Best Practices to research evidence– and research–based practices to improve child welfare, juvenile rehabilitation, mental health services for children, and prevention and intervention services for juveniles.

SB 763: Judicial Transparency and Police Accountability. Senate Bill 763 requires certain judicial transparency measures to be implemented by the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy. Specifically, the Commission must collect and public specified information for sentences involving a crime of violence. The bill also builds on last year’s police reform measures by providing the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission, as well as local police departments, with additional guidance in implementing reform requirements.

SB 861: Gun Center Funding. Senate Bill 861 establishes and funds the Maryland State Police Gun Center. This gun center is responsible for the statewide tracking, screening, and vetting of all firearm crimes committed in the State.

CYBERSECURITY

HB 1202: Local Cybersecurity Support Act of 2022. House Bill 1202 codifies the Cyber Preparedness Unit Emergency under the Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) to assist local governments to be prepared for and respond to security hack and other incidents. It requires local governments to report cyber security incidents to the local emergency manager, security operations center in the Department of Information Technology (DoIT), and the MD Joint Operations Center.

HB 1205: Modernize Maryland Act of 2022. House Bill 1205 creates an oversight commission consisting of experts in cybersecurity, legislators, industry leaders. It also includes a “fee for service” grant program provided at-cost by the state, to assess local governments cyber infrastructure and make grants available to jurisdictions who take advantage of the program. This legislation also requires DoIT to conduct an audit of state cybersecurity infrastructure at least every two years with assistance of hired outside consultants to provide insight into overall system security and identify deficiencies and areas for improvement.

HB 1346: Improving State Cybersecurity Coordination and Governance. House Bill 1346 centralizes state cybersecurity operations inside of DoIT. The bill also codifies the Office of Security Management and the Chief Information Security Officer positions originally outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order. The bill also establishes the Cybersecurity Coordination and Operations Unit (CCOU) inside DoIT as a body to coordinate local efforts and support services to improve local, regional, and statewide cyber security readiness and response. This will serve as a place for locals to go for resources to improve their own cyber security efforts.

EDUCATION

HB 277/SB 234: Purple Star School Program. This legislation establishes the Purple Star Schools Program. This will provide students from military families with better support and stability when they have to change schools. The Purple Star Schools Program is administered by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and recognizes public schools that provide strong services and support for military-connected students and their families when students transfer schools as a result of a parent or guardian’s military service.

HB 734: Maryland Student Investment Act. House Bill 734 expands access to higher education. It makes college more affordable for Maryland students by increasing funding to the State’s financial aid programs. It also improves the Guaranteed Access Grant so that grant recipients who become ineligible due to an income change will remain eligible for the full award under certain conditions.

HB 1163/SB 362: Virtual Education. This legislation equips the state for high-quality virtual education when a transition to remote learning is required and puts guardrails in place for existing virtual education raising the standard for these programs. It also requires the Department of Education to study best practices for virtual education and develop criteria for the establishment of virtual schools. The bill also requires local school boards to have a plan in place should they need to transition to virtual education for an extended period of time.

HB 1290: Public School Construction Funding. Codifies the recommendations of the workgroup. State picks up more of the share. Schools with a high concentration of poverty get 10% increase; schools with good maintenance assistance, net zero schools. So all students have adequate school facilities. School systems wont be blind-sided by the local share

HB 1349/SB 831: Education Support Professionals – Bonus and Report. Gives a cash bonus to our food service workers, TA’s, student advocates, and other education support professionals for the next two years.

HB 1444: Income Tax Credit – Endowments of Maryland Historically Black Colleges – Extension. Repeals the sunset on the tax credit on the endowments of Maryland’s HBCUs so the tax credit can continue. There have been over 120k endowment contributions. To continue this successful tax credit and continue to support Maryland’s HBCUs. Help them recover from the pandemic and allow them to provide more scholarships to students. There has been a downtick in giving because of covid-19. Increases the ability to incentivize ongoing contributions.

HB 1450: Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Alterations. House Bill 1450 adjusts the Blueprint’s implementation plan to better align with the formation of the Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB). The bill extends the dates for when the AIB must adopt a Comprehensive Implementation Plan (CIP) for the Blueprint and extends the dates for when the plans should be approved. The bill also dedicates a certain percentage of sales and use tax revenues to the Blueprint’s funding.

HB 1469: Maggie McIntosh Art Fund. House Bill 1469 establishes the Maggie McIntosh Arts Fund to provide grants to help Baltimore City public schools purchase art supplies for their classrooms. The Maggie McIntosh School Arts Fund is a special fund administered by Arts Every Day to provide grants to specified schools in Baltimore City and must be used to expand the arts curriculum for students in schools in Baltimore City that are eligible for concentration of poverty grants (CPGs). Beginning in fiscal 2023, $250,000 annually must be allocated from the remaining money in the State Lottery Fund after other specified distributions are made.

SB 4: Cybersecurity Scholarship Program Improvements. This bill expands the Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program by allowing part-time students to apply under certain conditions. It increases the number of years an individual may hold an award; and expands the positions that fulfill the program’s work and teaching obligations. The Maryland State Department of Education must provide
information on the scholarship to certain high school students. The bill also makes a technical change to clarify the conditions under which a student must repay the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) scholarship funds.

ELECTIONS

SB 158: Protecting Voting Rights. This emergency legislation requires the State Board of Elections and local boards of elections to provide at least the same number of in-person precinct polling locations as the 2018 election. After it was made clear that local boards intended to conduct a mass consolidation of election day polling places, the General Assembly took action quickly to prevent any chance of voter suppression. While states across the country have experienced anti-democracy legislation in recent years, Maryland will continue to be a leader and ensure equal access to the ballot and expand voting opportunities.

ENVIRONMENT

HB 649: “Zombie” Permit Ban. House Bill 649 gives the Maryland Department of the Environment the tools to improve the water pollution inspection process and end “zombie” permits – water discharge permits that have expired but continue to be used. This will prevent water pollution, will ensure the safety of the state’s drinking water system and will prevent water contamination issues seen in Flint, Michigan.

HB 696: Electric School Bus Pilot Program. House Bill 696 establishes a 3-year electric school bus pilot program to begin transitioning Maryland’s 7,300 school buses from diesel to electric buses.

HB 1228: Oyster Restoration. House Bill 1228 is oyster restoration legislation that provides funding for the state to make infrastructure upgrades that will help the state achieve its goal of producing 5 billion baby oysters by 2025. The bill also provides economic incentives to retain and reuse oyster shells. It transitions the oyster shell tax credit to a grant and eliminates the sunset to keep the program going. The bill also provides loans to increase capacity in oyster shucking houses.

HB 1391: Clean Cars Act of 2022. House Bill 1391 extends the Clean Cars program for zero-emission and fuel cell electric vehicles that cost $50,000 or less. This bill is another important step in the right direction to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

SB 528: Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022. As amended by the House, this landmark legislation strengthens Maryland’s commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change by setting achievable goals to reduce greenhouse gases and meet the goal of net-zero statewide emissions by 2045.  This bill is the result of nearly a year’s worth of work by legislative leaders and advocacy organizations and it continues to prove that Maryland is a national leader when it comes to addressing climate change.

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Targets. This bill requires Maryland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% from 2006 levels by 2031, which is 20% greater than requirements under current law. Additionally, the state is required to achieve net-zero statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. The final plan to reach the 2045 goal will be a data driven process and will require use of technology that has been scientifically proven to achieve verifiable carbon reductions and ensure continued use of Maryland’s existing zero carbon electric generators The plan may not take into account highway widening or new road construction as a greenhouse gas reduction measure.
  • Environmental Justice. The bill requires the MDE, in coordination with the Commission on Environmental Justice to address issues of climate equity for communities disproportionately affected by climate change and defines in law what it means to be an “overburdened” or “underserved” community. It is important to remember that these communities are distinct, diverse, and located across the state.
  • Maryland Commission on Climate Change Working Groups. The bill also establishes four workgroups under the purview of the MCCC to help further the goals of the bill:
    (1) Just Transition Employment and Retraining Work Group – improve workforce development, training, and job creation connected to increasing energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction
    (2) Energy Industry Revitalization Workgroup – study and advise on opportunities and challenges for small businesses in transition to using renewable energy
    (3) Energy Resilience and Efficiency Workgroup – identify opportunities to improve the state’s energy infrastructure, modernize energy transmission, and viability of battery backup
    (4) Solar Photovoltaic Systems Recovery, Reuse, and Recycling Workgroup – review systems and programs in the state to decommission, dispose, and recycle solar panels
  • International Green Construction Code (IGCC). Requires the Department of Labor to adopt the 2018 version of the International Green Construction Code and ensure that each subsequent version of the code is adopted by the state within 18 months to keep Maryland in line with top green building design and performance standards.
  • Building Energy Performance Standards for Existing Buildings. The bill requires MDE to develop building energy performance standards to achieve a 20% reduction in net direct greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net-zero direct by 2040. To help MDE develop necessary guidelines, building owners must report direct emission data to MDE each year, starting in 2025. Buildings covered in the bill include state, commercial, or multifamily residential buildings, with at least 35,000 square feet. The bill creates necessary exceptions for agricultural facilities (including greenhouses), schools, and manufacturing buildings. It also allows regulations to provide special provisions for hospitals, military facilities, assisted living facilities, and more, to be adopted as necessary to ensure normal operation.
  • Building Energy Transition Implementation Task Force. This task force will work to make recommendations for programs and incentives to reduce emissions from the building sector through retrofitting and electrification.
  • Public Service Commission. Extends the EmPOWER Maryland program energy savings requirement beyond 2% by requiring each electric company to procure or provide cost effective energy efficiency and conservation programs and services to customers to reach gross energy savings of 2.25% in 2025 and 2026, and 2.5% in 2027. The bill also instructs electric companies to work with the Maryland Energy Administration and submit their plan for achieving annual incremental gross energy to the PSC every three years. The PSC is also required to research more cost-effective, energy efficient services and conduct a system planning study to assess energy capacity and distribution ability to better serve customers for a transition to a highly electrified building sector.
  • Zero-emission Vehicles School Buses & Electric School Bus Pilot Program. This bill promotes the expansion of electric school buses by requiring county boards of education to purchase electric school buses if there is available federal, state, or private funding and ensures MDE works with county boards and private school bus contractors to develop a sufficient electric school bus infrastructure.
    The bill also establishes the Electric School Bus Pilot Program which partners with investor-owned utilities to facilitate public school bus fleets to transition from dirty diesel fuel buses to clean electric buses at no additional cost. This will help improve air quality for our kids, drivers, and neighbors, improve electric grid reliability and reduce costs for ratepayers.
  • Zero-emission Passenger Cars and Other Light-duty Vehicles. This requires 100% of the passenger car state vehicle fleet to be ZEVs by 2031 and other light-duty vehicles to be ZEVs by 2036. The bill sets benchmarks for future ZEV state purchases to increase as necessary to meet the goals. Transitioning the state vehicle fleet will result in major reductions in emissions and continue to incentivize improvements to the state electric vehicle infrastructure.
  • Electric Distribution System Planning. Under this section of the bill, the PSC and MEA are required to assist utility companies in acquiring federal funds under the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act for electric grid improvement projects. This will greatly improve the quality of services provided and help improve the grid for future energy advancements. Additionally, the bill also extends prevailing wage and labor requirements for contractors and subcontractors working on portions of projects with are federally funded for electric and gas companies for electric infrastructure. The bill requires a first of its kind study focused solely on the State’s electric grid capacity with a report due in September 2023. Collecting and assessing critical data, this report lays the foundation for future policy decisions on electrification.

SB 541: The Great Maryland Outdoors Act. Senate Bill 541 provides better support to the Maryland Park Service and makes critical improvements based on the recommendations by the State Parks Investment Commission. During the pandemic, patronage to Maryland’s state parks increased by 45%; parks were unable to support the increased capacity because of decades of underfunding. This bill corrects decades of underfunding by providing nearly $68M to address backlogged maintenance projects and repairs and new land acquisition to expand parks for better public access, historic preservation, flood mitigation and enhanced staffing. It also includes $20M for transportation improvements, parking availability and trail connectivity. Additionally, the bill leverages power between county and state parks for better partnerships to create a pipeline to hire and retain diverse staff, improve oversight to the park system and promote our state parks so every Marylander has access to their state parks.

HB 740: State Retirement and Pension System – Investment Climate Risk – Fiduciary Duties. This bill requires a fiduciary of the State Retirement and Pension System (SRPS), when managing assets of the system and in accordance with statutory fiduciary responsibilities,
to consider the potential systemic risks of the impact of climate change on the system’s assets. It further specifies requirements for an existing climate risk assessment, the duties of the Chief Investment Officer (CIO), and changes to policies of the SRPS Board of Trustees to address and mitigate climate risk in the system’s investment program.

GOVERNMENT

HB 373: State Postmortem Examiners Commission – Minimum Staffing Requirements.  Requirements minimum staffing requirements at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to prevent loss of accreditation.

HB 227: Juneteenth State Holiday.
House Bill 227 makes Juneteenth a state holiday. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when hundreds of thousands of enslaved people in Texas found out they were free – 2.5 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

HB 1088: African American Heritage Preservation Program Funding. House Bill 1088 provides the program with $4 million in new funding to preserve more sites in Maryland that are significant to African American history, culture and heritage. The program is one of only two grant programs in the nation that is solely dedicated to funding African American heritage sites.

HJ 8: Solidarity with the Government and People of Ukraine. House Joint Resolution 8 declares that the State stands in solidarity with the government and people of Ukraine as they resist the unprovoked invasion of their territory by the Russian Federation; and that the General Assembly of Maryland encourages all Marylanders to assist as they are able in providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine affected by this conflict. It is the duty of all free peoples to resist tyranny, whatever form it may take.

SB 487: Minority Business Enterprises Procurement Improvements. Senate Bill 487 establishes the position of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Ombudsman within the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs (GOSBA) to help increase minority participation in state projects. The position will enhance reporting and transparency in the State’s procurement process.

  • The bill expands accountability, transparency, and training requirements for the MBE program; codifies an existing set-aside program for small businesses; and requires a follow-up report to assess implementation of the bill’s provisions. Improves vendor accountability; codifies small business set-asides; Provides incentives for mentoring.
  • Requires procurement officers to provide a summary of requirements for and request for procurement (RFP) – minority participation. Sets up statewide industry goals. List of contractors who fail to meet these goals. Target for MBE participation. Making it industry specific. Expand the industries.

HEALTH

HB 245/SB 331: Program for Preventing HIV Infection for Rape Victims – Alterations and Repeal of Sunset.  This bill makes permanent a program passed three years ago to provide post-exposure prophylaxis to rape victims to prevent an HIV infection at no cost.

HB 247: Insurance – Medicare Supplement Policies – Open Enrollment Period Following Birthday.  This bill implements a “birthday rule” for an open enrollment period for Medicare supplemental plans 30 days following one’s birthday without medical underwriting.

HB 6/SB 150: Expanded Dental Coverage for Adults on Medicaid. This legislation expands access to dental care by allowing adults with Medicaid to get dental coverage beginning January 1, 2023. This will expand dental coverage to the nearly 800,000 Marylanders without dental care.

HB 413: Extended Provider Fee for State Reinsurance Program. House Bill 413 reauthorizes the reinsurance assessment fee for large insurance companies which is used to make healthcare insurance more affordable. This assessment is projected to raise $695 million in state funds from 2024-2028 and is expected to generate $1.5 to $2.5 billion in federal pass-through funds over that period. Since the reinsurance program was established by the General Assembly in 2018, it has dramatically reduced the cost of insurance in the individual market and ensured that large insurers pay their fair share into Maryland’s healthcare system.

HB 937: Reproductive Health Care Access. House Bill 937 removes unnecessary and outdated barriers to accessing reproductive health care. It allows more types of providers to perform abortions and provides more access to clinical training for those providers. It also removes financial barriers by requiring Medicaid and private insurance plans to cover abortion care without cost-sharing or deductible requirements.

HB 1080: Healthy Babies Equity Act. House Bill 1080 allows pregnant people and their babies access to health care coverage regardless of their immigration status. This bill will expand access to prenatal and postnatal care for thousands pregnant individuals in Maryland.

HB 1403: End the Wait Act. This bill requires the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to develop plans to reduce the waitlists for seven specified waiver programs by 50%, beginning in fiscal 2024 and develop a plan to reduce the registry for the Autism Waiver that includes conducting eligibility determinations of individuals on the registry and, beginning in fiscal 2024, providing services to at least 50% of individuals determined eligible. This will get people the critical care they need.

SB 353: Insulin Cost Reduction Act. Senate Bill 353 Limits the total amount of cost share for insulin for individuals with health insurance plans. Over half a million adults in the state has diabetes. Puts a cap on the cost of insulin to $30. Requires an insurer, nonprofit health service plan, or health maintenance organization (collectively known as carriers) that provides coverage for prescription drugs and devices (including coverage provided through a pharmacy benefits manager) to limit the amount a covered individual is required to pay in copayments or coinsurance for a covered prescription insulin drug to no more than $30 for a 30-day supply.

HOUSING

HB 932: Require Landlords to Accept Federal Rental Assistance for Failure to Pay Rent. House Bill 932 requires landlords to accept a check of federal rental assistance provided by a tenant to avoid eviction. During the course of the pandemic, the state has received hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) which has helped Marylanders pay their rent during these difficult times. This bill clarifies existing law by specifically stating that a landlord must accept ERAP funds to stop an eviction just like any other allowed payment method.

HB 1097: Task Force on Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity. Task force to address inequality in property value appraisals and ensure that Marylanders get fair appraisals regardless of race or demographic.

HB 174: Require All Licensure from Landlords in Failure to Pay Rent Cases. This bill allows a tenant to make it an issue of fact at trial whether a landlord is in compliance with lead paint certification.

SB 384: Stay of Eviction Proceeding for Rental Assistance Determination. This emergency bill requires judges to pause eviction proceedings for failure to pay rent cases up to 30 days when there is a good faith effort to apply for rental assistance. If a judgment has not been entered, the court must pause the proceeding. If a judgment has been entered in favor of the landlord, the execution of any warrant of restitution or order requiring the tenant to leave the property must be paused. This will prevent people who are eligible for rental assistance from being evicted from their homes.

HB 86/ SB 6: Tenant Protection Act. This bill increases protections for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking in lease terminations. It also improves transparency in utility costs when they are passed on to tenants and security deposit disbursement at the end of a lease.

LABOR

HB 145: Stop Work Order. House Bill 145 requires the Commissioner of Labor to start an investigation after receiving a complaint or being made aware of a violation of paying prevailing wage for a qualified project. If the Commissioner determines a violation of prevailing wage laws has occurred, they may issue a Stop Work Order for every work site in violation. The Commissioner then must give the contractor a reasonable amount of time to fix the violation to release the Stop Work Order. The General Assembly passed prevailing wage laws to ensure workers are paid fairly, this is a commonsense step to make sure all parties do their job.

HB 611: Prevailing Wage for Mechanical Service Contracts. House Bill 611 extends prevailing wage requirements to routine mechanical service contracts that are part of a public work valued in excess of $2,500. While prevailing wage laws already apply to public work construction projects which cost $250,000 or more, this legislation ensures future work done involving HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, electrical, elevator systems, etc. also qualifies for prevailing wage.

SB 275: Time to Care Act of 2022. Senate Bill 275 establishes the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Fund to provide up to 12 weeks of benefits to covered workers who need to take extended time away from work to care for themselves or a loved one. This will allow workers to take paid time off for events like the birth or adoption of a child, caring for an aging family member or caring for themselves during a medical emergency without having to endure hardship.

PUBLIC SAFETY

HB 425/SB 387: Ghost Gun Ban. This legislation bans unregistered, untraceable ‘ghost guns’ and creates a plan for a system to register guns that can be sold in kits of loose parts and do not have a serial number. The bill requires the Secretary of State Police to maintain a system to register firearms imprinted with serial numbers and prohibits a person from purchasing, receiving, selling, offering to sell, or transferring an “unfinished frame or receiver” or a firearm unless it is registered and imprinted with a serial number.

HB 1021: Enhanced Security Requirements for Licensed Firearms Dealer Shops. House Bill 1021 requires firearm dealers to put common sense security features like video cameras, burglary systems and safes in their shops to prevent stolen firearms. These enhanced security measures will prevent stolen firearms from going on the black market and being used to commit crimes.

HB 1018: Public Safety Funding Transparency. House Bill 1018 requires the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services to create a scorecard of quantifiable safety indicators to ensure that the State’s public safety funding is being used in a manner that makes all Marylanders safer.

TAXES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

HB 2/SB 598: Work Opportunity Tax Credit. House Bill 2 helps put chronically unemployed Marylanders back to work by providing a tax credit to businesses that hire and retain workers from underrepresented communities.

HB 253: Federal Unemployment Insurance Benefit Extension. House Bill 253 ensures that unemployed Marylanders receive additional benefits when unemployment is extraordinarily high and on-going like during a pandemic. It will prevent interruption in benefits by making use of federal benefits when it is available.

HB 282/SB 316: Sales Tax Exemption on Diapers. House Bill 282 cuts the sales tax on diapers to help make these items more affordable for Maryland families.

HB 288: Sales Tax Exemption on Baby Products. House Bill 288 helps families afford basic necessities by cutting the sales tax on baby products including car seats, baby bottles and bottle nipples.

HB 364/SB 488: Sales Tax Exemption on Medical Devices. House Bill 364 makes medical products more affordable by cutting the sales tax on thermometers, pulse oximeters, and blood pressure monitors – critical for the 1.5 million Marylanders with high blood pressure.

HB 492/SB 571: Sales Tax Exemption on Oral Hygiene Products. House Bill 492 helps families afford everyday household items by cutting the sales tax on dental hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash making them more affordable and accessible.

HB 1151: Sales Tax Exemption on Diabetic Care Products. House Bill 1151 makes diabetic care products more affordable for the 700K Marylanders with diabetes. It cuts the sales tax on products like testing strips, insulin pumps and glucose monitors.

HB 1468/SB 405: Retirement Income and Senior Tax Credit. House Bill 1468 provides a nonrefundable credit against the State income tax for Marylanders who are at least age 65 and income does not exceed $100,000 ($150,000 if married filing jointly). The amount of the tax credit is equal to $1,000 for an individual or if only one of the individuals filing a joint return is an eligible individual; and $1,750 if married filing jointly and both individuals are at least age 65.

HB 1486/SB 1010: Gas Tax Suspension. House Bill 1486/Senate Bill 1010 lifts the Maryland gas tax for 30 days. This emergency legislation helps ease the financial burden on everyday Marylanders while working to cut off Russia’s financial system and hold Vladimir Putin accountable for his attack on Ukraine.

HB 1479/SB 885: Maryland Equity Investment Fund. This legislation establishes the Maryland Equity Investment Fund to help ensure that we are using state dollars to invest in Maryland businesses. It uses the general fund surplus to invest in entrepreneurs and help seed companies’ growth through the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).

HB 187: Estates and Trusts Fee Schedule. This bill eliminates probate fees for an estate that is valued at $50,000 or less and decreases fees for an estate valued up to $500,000. Generally, this bill decreases the probate fees for smaller estates and imposes a larger fee on the largest estates to offset the cost. This bill is ‘good government’ legislation that helps the less fortunate and removes unnecessary fees on smaller probate estates.

SB 369: Maryland Earned Income Tax Credit Assistance Program for Low-Income Families. Senate Bill 369 establishes the Maryland Earned Income Tax Credit Assistance Program for Low-Income Families to ensure that low-income Marylanders who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are actually receiving it. The EITC is one of the best, most effective anti-poverty tools we have, yet 1 in 4 Marylanders who can receive it are not. The program will help more families, individuals who make so little that they don’t have to file tax returns and other low-income Marylanders access the tax credit. Last year, the General Assembly increased the Maryland’s EITC making it the highest in the nation and expanded it to allow immigrant taxpayers to take advantage of the tax credit.

TRANSPORTATION

HB 254/SB 874: Vision Zero Implementation Act of 2022. This bill requires the State Highway Administration (SHA) to conduct an infrastructure review of each pedestrian or bicyclist fatality that occurs on a State highway or at an intersection of a State highway and another highway or municipal street. The bill establishes requirements for SHA in conducting the infrastructure reviews and requires that
each review be (1) completed within six months after SHA is notified by law enforcement of a fatality and (2) published on SHA’s website. By December 1, 2023, SHA must publish the vulnerable road user safety assessment required by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) on its website.

HB 778/SB 514: Maryland Regional Rail Transformation Act. This bill requires the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to establish individual investment programs to advance the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Cornerstone Plan and other MARC improvements, as specified. The bill also requires MTA to (1) advance specified rail priority projects as part of the investment programs, as
specified and (2) conduct a MARC Cornerstone Plan Implementation Study. In addition, the bill establishes a Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) Workgroup to examine specified funding issues. The workgroup must be staffed by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) and submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 16, 2022.

HB 1187: Highway User Revenues. This bill increases the share of funds from the Gasoline and Motor Vehicle Revenue Account (GMVRA) and corporate tax that the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) must annually provide to local governments through capital transportation grants from fiscal 2024 through 2027. This will provide critical funds to the counties, municipalities, and Baltimore City. This will help continue to fund critical transportation infrastructure. This four-year funding increase is a top priority for counties and municipalities across the state.

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