Maryland Community Action Partnership Legislative Update
Tuesday March 19, 2019

HB2 Task Force to Improve Baltimore City Homeless Transitions From Low-Barrier Shelters to Permanent Housing -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Establishing the Task Force to Improve Baltimore City Homeless Transitions From Low-Barrier Shelters to Permanent Housing; providing for the composition of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to study certain matters related to low-barrier shelters and make certain recommendations on volunteering; requiring the Task Force, by December 31, 2019, to report its findings and recommendations to the Mayor of Baltimore City, the Baltimore City Council, the Governor, and the General Assembly; terminating the Act; etc.

Email Members of Environment and Transportation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/12 1:00 PM @ Environment and Transportation


HB82 Transportation - Complete Streets - Access to Healthy Food and Necessities -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Finance and Budget and Taxation

Expanding the definition of "complete streets design features" under the Compete Streets Program by adding access to retail stores that provide health food and other necessities, especially in food deserts, as a design feature of the complete streets policy and as a goal of the Program; and providing the Act may not be construed to require the Maryland Department of Transportation to provide staff or operating expenses for the administration of the Complete Streets Program until money is appropriated in the State budget for the Program.

Email Members of Environment and Transportation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/7 1:00 PM @ Environment and Transportation


HB100 Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2020) -
Status: In the Senate - Special Order until 3/20 (Senator King) Adopted

Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc.


HB166 Labor and Employment - Payment of Wages - Minimum Wage (Fight for Fifteen) -
Status: In the Senate - Conference Committee Appointed

Specifying the State minimum wage rate that is in effect for certain time periods except under certain circumstances; authorizing the Board of Public Works to temporarily suspend an increase to the minimum wage rate if the seasonally adjusted total employment is negative, subject to certain limitations; requiring the Governor's proposed budget for certain fiscal years to include certain rate increases for certain community service providers over the funding provided in certain legislative appropriations; etc.

Email Members of Economic Matters Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Fri 2/8 12:30 PM @ Economic Matters


HB248 Education - Child Care Subsidies - Mandatory Funding Level -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/19 at 1:00 p.m.

Altering the Governor's required appropriation of certain funds in the State budget, beginning in fiscal year 2021, to increase the Child Care Subsidy Program reimbursement rate to the 60th percentile of the most recent market rate survey or a certain equivalent.

Email Members of Budget and Taxation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/5 1:00 PM @ Appropriations
Tue 3/19 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


HB268 Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program - Alterations to the Award of Scholarship Funds -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Defining "local promise scholarship" as a community college scholarship program in effect on July 1, 2018, that provides a scholarship to any high school senior who is eligible for enrollment at the community college; and specifying that if an award recipient is eligible for a local promise scholarship, an award under the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship program shall be credited to the tuition of a scholarship recipient before the award of a local promise scholarship; etc.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/12 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


HB338 Human Services - Food Supplements (Summer SNAP for Children Act) -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/20 at 1:00 p.m.

Renaming the food stamp program to be the food supplement program; requiring the State to provide matching funds to counties for a supplement for each child in a household that receives federally funded benefits under the food supplement program; providing for each eligible child a combined State and county supplement of $30 per month in June, July, and August, and $10 in December; requiring a county to submit a certain application by December 1 to receive certain funding; specifying the required State and local shares of funding; etc.

Email Members of Budget and Taxation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/5 1:00 PM @ Appropriations
Wed 3/20 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


HB339 Family Investment Program - Temporary Cash Assistance - Funding -
Status: In the House - Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Requiring the Governor to provide sufficient funds in the budget to ensure that the value of temporary cash assistance, combined with federal food stamps, is equal to at least certain percentages of the State minimum living level for certain fiscal years.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/12 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


HB366 Commission to Study Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Funding -
Status: In the House - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn

Establishing the Commission to Study Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Funding to review the State's funding requirements for non-emergency medical transportation services and the impact on locally operated transit systems; requiring the Commission to consider certain matters as part of the study; providing for the composition, cochairs, and staffing of the Commission; requiring the Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to certain committees of the General Assembly by June 30, 2020; etc.

Email Members of Health and Government Operations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/12 1:00 PM @ Health and Government Operations


HB380 Income Tax Subtraction Modification - Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief - Extension -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m.

Repealing the termination of a certain subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for income from the discharge of indebtedness related to costs incurred with respect to a principal residence; etc.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/21 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation
CANCELLED: Thu 3/21 2:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation
Wed 2/13 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB451 Fair Housing Opportunities Act of 2019 -
Status: In the House - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn

Expanding the housing policy of the State to include providing for fair housing to all citizens regardless of source of income; stating the Act seeks to deconcentrate poverty by providing additional opportunities for tenants utilizing public subsidies to live in certain neighborhoods; prohibiting a person from refusing to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of source of income; establishing qualifications and limitations on the prohibition against discrimination in housing based on source of income; etc.

Email Members of Environment and Transportation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Tue 2/19 1:00 PM @ Environment and Transportation


HB503 Employers of Ex-Offenders - Liability for Negligent Hiring or Inadequate Supervision - Immunity -
Status: In the House - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters

Establishing that certain employers are not liable, under certain circumstances, for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee based on evidence that the employee has received probation before judgment for an offense or has been convicted of an offense; providing that the Act does not limit or abrogate certain other immunities or defenses; applying the Act prospectively; etc.

Email Members of Economic Matters Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/19 1:00 PM @ Economic Matters
CANCELLED: Wed 2/20 1:00 PM @ Economic Matters


HB584 Earned Income Tax Credit - Individuals Without Qualifying Children - Eligibility and Refundability -
Status: In the House - Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m.

Expanding the eligibility of the Maryland earned income tax credit to allow certain individuals without qualifying children to claim the credit; allowing certain individuals to claim a refund of the credit; providing that the amount of the credit that may be claimed by certain individuals is adjusted for inflation each year; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2018.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/20 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB585 Earned Income Tax Credit - Individuals Without Qualifying Children - Calculation and Refundability -
Status: In the House - Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m.

Altering the calculation of the Maryland earned income tax credit to allow certain individuals without qualifying children to claim an increased credit; allowing certain individuals to claim a refund of the credit; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2018; etc.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/20 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB672 Housing - Local Housing Grant Program for Homeless Veterans and Survivors of Domestic Violence -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m.

Establishing the Local Housing Grant Program for Homeless Veterans and Survivors of Domestic Violence to provide grants for housing voucher funds to counties to house homeless veterans and survivors of domestic violence; authorizing the Governor in fiscal year 2020 to include funding in the annual budget for the Program; requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to distribute grants to counties and establish grant application procedures; authorizing the Department to establish preferences for certain counties; etc.

Email Members of Environment and Transportation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/21 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation
CANCELLED: Thu 3/21 2:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation
Tue 2/26 1:00 PM @ Environment and Transportation


HB677 Human Services - Food Assistance Program - Continuity of Benefits -
Status: In the House - Unfavorable Report by Appropriations; Withdrawn

Establishing the Food Assistance Program in the Department of Human Services to ensure the continuity of food assistance benefits in the State; requiring the Program to provide certain food assistance benefits for certain individuals who lost eligibility for certain federally funded benefits for up to 6 months; authorizing the Department to adopt regulations; and requiring that funding used to support food assistance benefits under the Program shall be in addition to certain funding provided under the food stamp program.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/19 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


HB793 Task Force to Study 2-1-1 Maryland -
Status: In the House - Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m.

Establishing the Task Force to Study 2-1-1 Maryland; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; prohibiting a member of the Task Force from receiving certain compensation, but authorizing the reimbursement of certain expenses; and requiring the Task Force to study and make recommendations regarding the use, governance structure, operation, funding, reporting, and accountability of 2-1-1 Maryland to the Governor and General Assembly on or before December 1, 2019.

Email Members of Health and Government Operations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/21 1:00 PM @ Health and Government Operations


HB811 Sales Tax Reform Act of 2019 -
Status: In the House - Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.

Exempting from the sales and use tax the sale of certain bottled water and diapers; increasing the amount of the sales price of certain sales that are eligible for a casual and isolated sales exemption; designating certain periods each year to be tax-free periods during which the sale of certain textbooks purchased by certain individuals is exempt from the sales and use tax; altering the definition of "engage in the business of an out-of-state vendor", for purposes of establishing nexus under the sales and use tax law; etc.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/27 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB814 Maryland Health Insurance Option (Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019) -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Finance and Budget and Taxation

Establishing the Maryland Health Insurance Option and the purpose of the Option; requiring certain individuals who are under a certain age to maintain certain minimum essential coverage for the individual and certain household members; requiring a certain individual to pay a certain amount if certain coverage is not maintained for a certain period of time of a certain taxable year; etc.

Email Members of Health and Government Operations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/28 1:00 PM @ Health and Government Operations


HB832 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Home- and Community-Based Waiver Services - Prohibition on Denial -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/11 at 2:00 p.m.

Prohibiting the Maryland Department of Health from denying an individual access to a home- and community-based services waiver due to a lack of funding for waiver services if the individual is living at home or in the community at a certain time, received certain services, will be or has been terminated from the Maryland Medical Assistance Program due to certain entitlement or enrollment, meets certain eligibility criteria, and certain services received by the individual would qualify for federal matching funds.

Email Members of Health and Government Operations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Wed 3/6 1:00 PM @ Health and Government Operations
Mon 3/11 2:00 PM @ Health and Government Operations


HB838 Food Supplement Program - Restaurant Meals Program -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Finance

Renaming the food stamp program to be the food supplement program; establishing a Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) within the food supplement program in the Department of Human Services to expand food access to certain individuals; authorizing a certain household eligible to participate in the RMP if the household is eligible for certain State and federal benefits and lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes certain persons; requiring a restaurant to meet certain requirements to participate; etc.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/21 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


HB855 Family Law - Marriage - Age Requirements -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m.

Repealing provisions allowing individuals under the age of majority to marry under certain circumstances; and establishing that individuals under the age of 18 may not marry.

Email Members of Judiciary Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/7 1:00 PM @ Judiciary


HB902 Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - College Savings Plan Contributions -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Increasing from $2,500 to $5,000 the maximum amount allowed as a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for payments or contributions made by an account holder or a contributor to certain college savings plan accounts; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2018.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Fri 3/8 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB909 Income Tax Credit - Student Employees -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Allowing specified business entities a credit against the State income tax for the cost of hiring student employees who attend a high school at which at least 80% of the registered students are eligible for the federal free or reduced price meal program and who work for the business entity for specified time periods; providing that the credit may not exceed $5,000 for any taxable year; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2018; etc.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Fri 3/8 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB911 Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness - Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings

Providing that a certain unaccompanied minor in need of shelter has the same capacity as an adult to consent to shelter and supportive services; requiring a certain service provider to obtain written consent, including a certain statement, from a certain unaccompanied minor in need of shelter before providing shelter and supportive services; requiring a certain service provider to contact certain individuals as soon as possible and within 72 hours after providing shelter; etc.

Email Members of Judiciary Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/28 1:00 PM @ Judiciary


HB957 Food Stamp Program - Time Limit Waiver - Prohibition -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Prohibiting the State from applying for or implementing a federal waiver of the time limit on the receipt of benefits under the food stamp program by an able-bodied adult without dependents who does not meet certain work requirements.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/12 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


HB1066 Family Investment Program - Work Activity Requirement - Authorized Activities and Report -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Finance

Establishing the Transitional Assistance for Education Pilot Program within the Family Investment Program in the Department of Human Services; requiring the Department to establish the Pilot Program in Baltimore City, Prince George's County, and Washington County; specifying the purpose of and certain eligibility requirements for participation in the Pilot Program; requiring the transitional assistance provided to a recipient under the Pilot Program to equal a certain benefit; etc.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Tue 2/26 1:00 PM @ Appropriations
CANCELLED: Fri 3/1 1:00 PM @ Appropriations
Fri 3/1 1:30 PM @ Appropriations


HB1073 Joint Committee on Workforce Development -
Status: In the House - Hearing canceled

Creating a Joint Committee on Workforce Development; specifying the membership of the Committee; providing that members of the Committee serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer; providing for the appointment of cochairs of the Committee; establishing the powers and duties of the Committee; and requiring the Committee to submit a certain report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 31 each year.

Email Members of Economic Matters Committee

Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Tue 3/5 1:00 PM @ Economic Matters


HB1115 Community Colleges - Workforce Readiness Grant Program - Established -
Status: In the House - Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m.

Establishing the Workforce Readiness Grant Program; specifying the purpose of the Program; authorizing each community college to accept certain donations that further the purpose of the Program; requiring the Governor to appropriate the lesser of $250,000 for each campus of each community college or the amount of certain donations in certain fiscal years; requiring that certain funding be in addition to certain State funding provided for certain community colleges; etc.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/21 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


HB1125 High Schools - Postsecondary Career and Technology Education Programs - Reporting on Student Acceptance Rates -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m.

Requiring each local school system to report to the State Department of Education on or before March 1 each year the number of high school students accepted into postsecondary career and technology education programs during the previous calendar year and the types of programs in which the students were accepted; and requiring the Department on or before April 1 each year to publish on its website a list of the high schools that reported on students who were accepted into postsecondary career and technology education programs; etc.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Fri 3/1 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB1167 Labor and Employment - Apprenticeship Career Training Pilot Program for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals - Establishment -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Finance

Establishing the Apprenticeship Career Training Pilot Program for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals; establishing the purpose and method for administering the Program; requiring the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to administer the Program; establishing certain standards under which certain employers may be eligible to receive certain grants; requiring the Department to adopt certain regulations; etc.

Email Members of Economic Matters Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/5 1:00 PM @ Economic Matters


HB1178 Department of Housing and Community Development - Social Housing Act of 2019 -
Status: In the House - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn

Establishing the Social Housing Program in the Division of Development Finance of the Department of Housing and Community Development; establishing the Social Housing Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; requiring the Governor to appropriate $2,500,000,000 in the annual State operating or capital budget to the Fund for fiscal year 2021; altering the State income tax rate for individuals with a certain taxable income; etc.

Email Members of Environment and Transportation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/12 1:00 PM @ Environment and Transportation


HB1201 Task Force on Educational Outcomes of Pregnant and Parenting Students in High School and GED Programs -
Status: In the House - Hearing 2/22 at 1:00 p.m.

Establishing the Task Force on Educational Outcomes of Pregnant and Parenting Students in High School and GED Programs; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to track and assess, identify, determine, and make recommendations regarding certain matters; requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the State Board of Education and the General Assembly on or before June 30, 2021; terminating the Act after June 30, 2021; etc.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Fri 2/22 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB1226 Community Career Centers for 21st-Century Jobs -
Status: In the House - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn

Requiring each local workforce development board to recruit employers to provide youth apprenticeships, registered apprenticeships, and job opportunities for certain students and graduates; requiring each local workforce development board to match high school students with youth apprenticeships, registered apprenticeships, and job opportunities; requiring the State and certain local governing bodies, beginning in fiscal year 2021, to distribute a certain amount of funding to local workforce development boards; etc.

Email Members of Economic Matters Committee

Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Mon 3/11 1:00 PM @ Economic Matters
Tue 3/12 1:00 PM @ Economic Matters


HB1237 Maryland Technology Internship Program - Qualifications for Participation - Alteration -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m.

Altering from 3.0 to 2.0 the cumulative grade point average that a certain individual must maintain or have maintained during a certain academic year to qualify for participation in the Maryland Technology Internship Program.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/7 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


HB1250 Career Education Act of 2019 -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m.

Requiring the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to develop a mobile application to target employers in industries in which industry skills align with the skills developed through membership in a certain student organization; requiring county boards of education to treat the pursuit of certain certificates, certifications, or apprenticeships as the equivalent of pursuing postsecondary education; requiring a county board to pay any fees related to career technology student organizations; etc.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/7 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB1262 Human Relations - Employment Discrimination and Discriminatory Housing Practices - Time to File Complaint -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings

Altering the definition of "employer" by reducing from 15 to five the minimum number of employees an employer is required to have for purposes of certain provisions of law prohibiting discrimination in employment; and extending the time periods within which a person claiming to be aggrieved by a certain discriminatory act or housing practice is required to file a complaint with the Commission on Civil Rights.

Email Members of Health and Government Operations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/5 1:00 PM @ Health and Government Operations


HB1272 Maryland Department of Health - Family Planning Program - Funding -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Finance

Prohibiting the Maryland Department of Health from accepting certain federal funding under certain circumstances; requiring the Governor to fund the Family Planning Program with a certain level of State funds under certain circumstances; requiring the Governor to provide certain funding for certain family planning grants for fiscal year 2021 and each fiscal year thereafter; etc.

Email Members of Health and Government Operations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 3/6 1:00 PM @ Health and Government Operations


HB1287 Housing - Community Development Program Act - Funding -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Budget and Taxation

Requiring the Administrator of a certain abandoned property fund to distribute certain funds in excess of $80,000,000 to the Community Development Program Fund under certain circumstances; altering the contents of the Community Development Program Fund to include any money distributed from a certain abandoned property fund; and repealing a certain provision providing for the construction of certain Acts of the General Assembly concerning the Community Development Program Act.

Email Members of Environment and Transportation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/12 1:00 PM @ Environment and Transportation


HB1290 Income Tax - Affordable Housing Credit -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Allowing certain owners of qualified developments of low income housing to claim a credit against the State income tax; prohibiting a credit in a taxable year from exceeding the owner's State income tax for the taxable year; prohibiting credits claimed by owners of a pass-through entity from exceeding a certain amount; allowing unused credits to be claimed in subsequent taxable years under certain circumstances; requiring the Secretary of Housing and Community Development to approve certain applications; etc.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/12 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB1345 Juvenile Services Education County Pilot Program - Expansion and Alterations -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Expanding the scope of the Juvenile Services Education County Pilot Program to include a juvenile services education program in Baltimore City beginning in the 2020-2021 school year; requiring that a certain workgroup convened by the State Department of Education to analyze the results of the Program make concluding findings and recommendations on or before December 1, 2020; and extending the termination date for the workgroup to June 30, 2021.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/12 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


HB1346 Public Safety - Student Peer Mediation Program Fund - Establishment -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Budget and Taxation

Establishing the Student Peer Mediation Program Fund to provide grant assistance to schools and community-based organizations in Baltimore City to establish student peer mediation programs to reduce juvenile violence; requiring the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to administer the Fund; requiring the Governor annually to appropriate at least $250,000 for the Fund; requiring the Executive Director to establish grant application procedures for certain organizations in Baltimore City; etc.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/12 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


HB1390 Baltimore City - Property Tax Credit - Low-Income Employees -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City to grant, by law, a certain property tax credit against the property tax imposed on dwellings in Baltimore City that are owned by low-income employees of Baltimore City who are employed on a full-time basis, are among the 25% lowest-paid city employees, and who own a dwelling in Baltimore City; providing that the credit may not exceed the lesser of $2,500 per dwelling or the amount of property tax imposed on the dwelling; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2019; etc.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/12 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


HB1407 Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2019 -
Status: In the Senate - Special Order until 3/20 (Senator King) Adopted

Authorizing or altering the distribution of certain revenue; altering certain required appropriations; expanding the uses of certain funds; altering the cap for fiscal 2020 from 0.5% to 0.25% on a certain adjustment to a certain revenue estimate relating to nonwithholding income tax revenues; requiring, at the end of fiscal year 2020 only, the distribution of certain revenues to the Fiscal Responsibility Fund; altering, for fiscal year 2020, a certain budgeted Medicaid Deficit Assessment; etc.

Email Members of Appropriations Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/5 1:00 PM @ Appropriations


SB16 Workgroup on Categories for Funding Priorities in the Annual State Budget -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 1/30 at 2:00 p.m.

Establishing a Workgroup on Categories for Funding Priorities in the Annual State Budget; specifying that the purpose of the Workgroup is to study, evaluate, and make recommendations concerning budgeting models used by state or local governments in the United States that utilize well-defined service categories to set budget funding priorities and allocate resources; requiring the Workgroup to report its findings to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2019; terminating the Act after June 30, 2020; etc.

Email Members of Budget and Taxation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Thu 1/17 10:30 AM @ Budget and Taxation
CANCELLED: Thu 1/17 1:45 PM @ Budget and Taxation
Wed 1/30 2:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB116 Transportation - Complete Streets - Access to Healthy Food and Necessities -
Status: In the House - First Reading Environment and Transportation

Requiring a complete streets policy adopted by certain modal administrations of the Department of Transportation to create access to healthy food for certain individuals living in food deserts; authorizing grants under the Complete Streets Program to be used to encourage certain jurisdictions to develop ranking systems for projects that prioritize designs that create access to healthy food in food deserts; requiring the Governor, each year, to appropriate $1,000,000 from the Transportation Trust Fund for the Program; etc.

Email Members of Finance Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/13 1:00 PM @ Finance


SB125 Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2020) -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Budget and Taxation

Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution, etc.


SB127 Education - Public School Attendance - Homeless Children -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m.

Repealing a provision of law requiring a county superintendent of schools to allow a child awaiting foster care placement not subject to certain educational stability provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to attend school in the county even if the child is not currently domiciled in that county; and updating certain provisions of law to include references to the educational stability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Email Members of Ways and Means Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 1/30 2:00 PM @ Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Thu 3/21 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


SB181 Education - Child Care Subsidies - Mandatory Funding Level - SUPPORT
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/19 at 1:00 p.m.

Altering the Governor's required appropriation of certain funds in the State budget, beginning in fiscal year 2021, to increase the Child Care Subsidy Program reimbursement rate to the 60th percentile of the most recent market rate survey or a certain equivalent.

Email Members of Budget and Taxation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/19 1:00 PM @ Appropriations
Tue 2/5 2:30 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB218 Human Services - Food Supplements (Summer SNAP for Children Act) -
Status: In the House - First Reading Appropriations

Requiring the State to provide certain funds to counties for a certain supplement for each child in a household that receives food stamp benefits; making the provision of funding for the supplemental benefit subject to certain requirements; providing for the amount of the supplemental benefit; requiring the supplemental benefit to be provided in June, July, and August in a certain manner; requiring a county to submit a certain application and have a certain approved final plan to receive funding for the supplemental benefit; etc.

Email Members of Budget and Taxation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/6 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB219 Employers of Ex-Offenders - Liability for Negligent Hiring or Inadequate Supervision - Immunity -
Status: In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings

Establishing that certain employers are not liable, under certain circumstances, for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee based on evidence that the employee has received probation before judgment for an offense or has been convicted of an offense; providing that the Act does not limit or abrogate specified other immunities or defenses; applying the Act prospectively; etc.

Email Members of Judicial Proceedings Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/6 12:00 PM @ Judicial Proceedings


SB229 Baltimore City - Summer Youth Employment - Funding and Incentives -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m.

Requiring the Governor to include in the State budget for fiscal years 2021, 2022, and 2023, $3,000,000 each for the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation and the Department of Human Services to be distributed to the Maryland Summer Youth Connection Program in Baltimore City; requiring Baltimore City to appropriate a 75% match for a certain summer youth employment program; requiring the Maryland Transit Administration to provide free student bus passes for youth participating in the program in Baltimore City; etc.

Email Members of Budget and Taxation Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/6 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB231 Family Law - Marriage - Age Requirements -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 2/06 at 12:00 p.m.

Repealing certain provisions allowing certain individuals under the age of majority to marry under certain circumstances; and establishing that individuals under the age of 18 may not marry.

Email Members of Judicial Proceedings Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/6 12:00 PM @ Judicial Proceedings


SB240 Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program - Alterations to the Award of Scholarship Funds -
Status: In the Senate - Third Reading Passed (45-1)

Defining the term "local promise scholarship" as a community college scholarship program in effect on July 1, 2018, that provides a scholarship to any high school senior who is eligible for enrollment at the community college; and specifying that if an award recipient is eligible for a local promise scholarship, an award under the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship program shall be credited to the tuition of a scholarship recipient before the award of a local promise scholarship.

Email Members of Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/19 1:00 PM @ Appropriations
Wed 2/20 1:00 PM @ Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs


SB262 Earned Income Tax Credit - Individuals Without Qualifying Children - Calculation and Refundability -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m.

Altering the calculation of the Maryland earned income tax credit to allow certain individuals without qualifying children to claim an increased credit; allowing certain individuals to claim a refund of the credit; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2018; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/6 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB263 Earned Income Tax Credit - Individuals Without Qualifying Children - Eligibility and Refundability -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m.

Expanding the eligibility of the Maryland earned income tax credit to allow certain individuals without qualifying children to claim the credit; allowing certain individuals to claim a refund of the credit; providing that the amount of the credit that may be claimed by certain individuals is adjusted for inflation each year; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2018.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/6 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB265 Income Tax Subtraction Modification - Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief - Extension -
Status: In the House - Hearing 3/20 at 1:00 p.m.

Repealing the termination of a certain subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for income from the discharge of indebtedness related to costs incurred with respect to a principal residence; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/6 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation
Wed 3/20 1:00 PM @ Ways and Means


SB280 Labor and Employment - Payment of Wages - Minimum Wage (Fight for Fifteen) -
Status: In the House - Conference Committee Appointed

Specifying the State minimum wage rate that is in effect for certain time periods; increasing, except under certain circumstances, the State minimum wage rate based on the annual growth in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metropolitan area; specifying the tip credit amount that is in effect for certain time periods; prohibiting an employer, beginning July 1, 2027, from including the tip credit amount as part of the wage of certain employees; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/21 1:00 PM @ Finance


SB456 Family Investment Program - Temporary Cash Assistance - Funding -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m.

Requiring the Governor to provide sufficient funds in the budget to ensure that the value of temporary cash assistance, combined with federal food stamps, is equal to at least certain percentages of the State minimum living level for certain fiscal years.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/20 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB515 Community Colleges - Workforce Readiness Grant Program - Established -
Status: In the House - First Reading Appropriations

Establishing the Workforce Readiness Grant Program; specifying the purpose of the Program; authorizing each community college campus to accept certain donations that further the purpose of the Program; requiring the Governor, in fiscal year 2024, to appropriate for each community college supplemental funding equal to the lesser of $25,000 for each campus of each community college or the amount of certain donations in fiscal years 2022 and 2023; requiring that certain funding be in addition to certain State funding; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/20 1:00 PM @ Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs


SB558 Community Career Centers for 21st-Century Jobs -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.

Requiring each local workforce development board to recruit employers to provide youth apprenticeships, registered apprenticeships, and job opportunities for certain students and graduates; requiring each local workforce development board to match high school students with youth apprenticeships, registered apprenticeships, and job opportunities; requiring the State and certain local governing bodies, beginning in fiscal year 2021, to distribute a certain amount of funding to local workforce development boards; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Fri 3/15 1:00 PM @ Finance


SB583 Income Tax - Affordable Housing Credit -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Allowing certain owners of qualified developments of low income housing to claim a credit against the State income tax; prohibiting a credit in a taxable year from exceeding the owner's State income tax for the taxable year; prohibiting credits claimed by owners of a pass-through entity from exceeding a certain amount; allowing unused credits to be claimed in subsequent taxable years under certain circumstances; requiring the Secretary of Housing and Community Development to approve certain applications; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Wed 3/6 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation
Fri 3/8 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB588 Career Education Act of 2019 -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m.

Requiring the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to develop a mobile application to target employers in industries in which industry skills align with the skills developed through membership in a certain student organization; requiring county boards of education to treat the pursuit of certain certificates, certifications, or apprenticeships as the equivalent of pursuing postsecondary education; requiring a county board to pay any fees related to career technology student organizations; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 3/6 1:00 PM @ Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs


SB616 Joint Committee on Workforce Development -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance)

Creating a Joint Committee on Workforce Development; specifying the membership of the Committee; providing that members of the Committee serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer; providing for the appointment of cochairs of the Committee; establishing the powers and duties of the Committee; and requiring the Committee to submit a certain report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 31 each year.

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Hearing Date(s):
Fri 3/15 1:00 PM @ Finance


SB632 Housing - Community Development Program Act - Funding -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.

Requiring the Administrator of a certain abandoned property fund to distribute certain funds in excess of $80 million to the Community Development Program Fund under certain circumstances; altering the contents of the Community Development Program Fund to include any funds distributed from a certain abandoned property fund; and repealing a certain provision providing for the construction of certain Acts of 2018 concerning the Community Development Program Act.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/27 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB699 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Home- and Community-Based Waiver Services - Prohibition on Denial -
Status: In the Senate - Favorable with Amendments Report by Finance

Prohibiting the Maryland Department of Health from denying an individual access to a home- and community-based services waiver due to a lack of funding for waiver services if the individual is living at home or in the community at a certain time, received certain services, will be or has been terminated from the Maryland Medical Assistance Program due to certain entitlement or enrollment, meets certain eligibility criteria, and certain services received by the individual would qualify for certain funds.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 3/13 1:00 PM @ Finance


SB752 Food Supplement Program - Restaurant Meals Program -
Status: In the Senate - Favorable with Amendments Report by Finance

Renaming the food stamp program to be the food supplement program; establishing a Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) within the food supplement program in the Department of Human Services; providing for the purpose of the RMP; authorizing a certain household eligible to participate in the RMP to purchase certain foods at certain restaurants using a certain food supplement benefit; providing for household eligibility requirements for the RMP; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/14 1:00 PM @ Finance


SB802 Maryland Health Insurance Option (Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019) -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance)

Establishing the Maryland Health Insurance Option and the purpose of the Option; requiring certain individuals who are under a certain age to maintain certain minimum essential coverage for the individual and certain household members; requiring a certain individual to pay a certain amount if certain coverage is not maintained for a certain period of time of a certain taxable year; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 3/6 1:00 PM @ Finance


SB810 Housing - Local Housing Grant Program for Homeless Veterans and Survivors of Domestic Violence -
Status: In the Senate - Second Reading Passed with Amendments

Establishing the Local Housing Grant Program for Homeless Veterans and Survivors of Domestic Violence to provide certain grants to counties for use to house homeless veterans and survivors of domestic violence; authorizing the Governor to include in the budget at least $2,000,000 for FY 2020 and each fiscal year thereafter for the Program; requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to distribute certain grants to counties under certain circumstances, monitor the operation of the grants, and adopt certain regulations; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Wed 3/6 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation
Wed 3/13 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB812 Fair Housing Opportunities Act of 2019 -
Status: In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn

Expanding the housing policy of the State to include providing for fair housing to all citizens regardless of source of income; stating the Act seeks to deconcentrate poverty by providing additional opportunities for tenants utilizing public subsidies to live in certain neighborhoods; prohibiting a person from refusing to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of source of income; establishing qualifications and limitations on the prohibition against discrimination in housing based on source of income; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Tue 2/19 12:00 PM @ Judicial Proceedings


SB904 Maryland Department of Health - Family Planning Program - Funding -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/19 at 1:00 p.m.

Prohibiting the Maryland Department of Health from accepting certain federal funding under certain circumstances; requiring the Governor to fund the Family Planning Program with a certain level of State funds under certain circumstances; requiring the Governor to provide certain funding for certain family planning grants for fiscal year 2021 and each fiscal year thereafter; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/19 1:00 PM @ Finance


SB930 Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter - Consent to Shelter and Supportive Services -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/13 at 12:00 p.m.

Providing that a certain unaccompanied minor in need of shelter has the same capacity as an adult to consent to shelter and supportive services; requiring a certain service provider to obtain written consent, including a certain statement, from a certain unaccompanied minor in need of shelter before providing shelter and supportive services; requiring a certain service provider to contact certain individuals as soon as possible and within 72 hours after providing shelter; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 3/13 12:00 PM @ Judicial Proceedings
CANCELLED: Wed 3/13 1:00 PM @ Judicial Proceedings


SB969 Family Investment Program - Transitional Assistance for Education Pilot Program -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Senate Rules

Establishing the Transitional Assistance for Education Pilot Program within the Family Investment Program in the Department of Human Services; requiring the Department to establish the Pilot Program in Baltimore City, Prince George's County, and Washington County; specifying the purpose of and certain eligibility requirements for participation in the Pilot Program; requiring the transitional assistance provided to a recipient under the Pilot Program to equal a certain benefit; etc.


SB972 Task Force on Educational Outcomes of Pregnant and Parenting Students in High School and GED Programs -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.

Establishing the Task Force on Educational Outcomes of Pregnant and Parenting Students in High School and GED Programs; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to track and assess, identify, determine, and make recommendations regarding certain matters; requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the State Board of Education and the General Assembly on or before June 30, 2021; terminating the Act after June 30, 2021; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 3/13 1:00 PM @ Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs


SB982 Commission to Study Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Funding -
Status: In the Senate - Hearing canceled (Finance) and Hearing canceled (Budget and Taxation)

Establishing the Commission to Study Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Funding to review the State's funding requirements for non-emergency medical transportation services and the impact on locally operated transit systems; requiring the Commission to consider certain matters as part of the study; providing for the composition, cochairs, and staffing of the Commission; requiring the Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to certain committees of the General Assembly by June 30, 2020; etc.

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Hearing Date(s):
CANCELLED: Wed 3/13 1:00 PM @ Budget and Taxation


SB990 State Budget -
Status: In the Senate - First Reading Senate Rules

Proposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution authorizing the General Assembly to increase or add Executive Department items in the budget bill, subject to a certain limitation; providing for the veto by the Governor of only those items relating to the Executive Department that have been increased or added by the General Assembly; providing for the reversion to original appropriations of certain vetoed items in the budget bill; authorizing the General Assembly to override budget bill item vetoes; etc.






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