2019 Maryland General Assembly Update - Four   
  March 26, 2019
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Welcome to your Garrett County Chamber's 2019 Legislative Update email. The following are bills that your Chamber is monitoring during the 2019 regular session of the Maryland General Assembly.  These are bills that may impact your business or our community. If you have questions, concerns or comments about the bills, please contact Senator George Edwards or Delegate Wendell Beitzel. From time to time throughout the session, we may need you to contact your legislators about a specific bill. Your assistance will be enlisted under the "Calls to Action" section of this email.

 

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Calls to Action 
During the session we will alert you of critical legislation that is being heard by committees and ask you to testify in favor of or in opposition to the specified bill.

How to Testify: You can submit written testimony or attend the hearing in person to provide oral testimony. In either case, please email a written version of your testimony for Senate Bills to Senator George Edwards (
George.edwards.admin@senate.state.md.us) and House Bills to Wendell Beitzel (Wendell.beitzel@house.state.md.us) and interns will deliver your testimony to the appropriate committee. Your written testimony must include the bill number, the committee name, your name & organization, and the date of the hearing. Your testimony must be sent to Senator Edwards and Delegate Beitzel by noon the day prior to the hearing and you must indicate if it is strictly written testimony or if you plan to provide oral testimony. The intern will sign you up if you plan to provide oral testimony.  
Bills and Hearings
House Bill 38  and Senate Bill 328 - Labor and Employment - Non-compete and Conflict of Interest Clauses
HB 38 In the Senate - First Reading Finance. SB 328 In the House - First Reading Economic Matters. Chamber Opposes.  
 
House Bill 46 and Senate Bill 89 - Small Business Relief Tax Credit - Expansion 
Hearing: HB 46 Ways and Means, March 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 89 In the House - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations. Chamber Supports.   
 
House Bill 56 and Senate Bill 38 - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Employers With On-Site Health Clinics - Exemption  
Hearings: HB 56 Economic Matters, January 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 38 Finance, January 31, 2019 at 1:00 pm.   
 
House Bill 100 and Senate Bill 125 - Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2020)
HB 100 In the Senate - Third Reading Passed with Amendments (47-0). SB 125 First Reading Budget and Taxation. Chamber Supports.  
 
House Bill 109 and Senate Bill 285 - Environment - Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Products - Prohibition 
HB 109 In the Senate - First Reading Education, Health and Environmental Affairs. SB 285 In the House - First Reading Environment and Transportation and Economic Matters.  
 
House Bill 126 - Labor and Employment - Labor Organizations - Right to Work  
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters. Chamber Supports.  
 
House Bill 134 - Environment - Single Use Straws - Use in Restaurants
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn.  
 
House Bill 141 - Commercial Law - Internet Privacy and Net Neutrality  
Hearing: HB 141 Economic Matter, February 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  
 
House Bill 150 and Senate Bill 174 - More Opportunities for Marylanders Act of 2019
Hearings: HB 150 Ways and Means, March 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 174 Budget and Taxation, February 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.  
 
House Bill 157 and Senate Bill 173 - State Government - Regulations Impacting Small Businesses  
Hearings: HB 157 Health and Government Operations, February 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 173 Health and Government Operations, March 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.    
 
House Bill 166 and Senate Bill 280 - Labor and Employment - Payment of Wages Minimum Wage and Enforcement (Fight for Fifteen)  
HB 166 Passed Enrolled. SB 280 Passed Enrolled. Chamber Opposes.   
 
House Bill 268 and Senate Bill 240 - Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program - Alterations to the Award of Scholarship Funds 
HB 268 In the Senate - First Reading Education, Health and Environmental Affairs. SB 240 In the House - Third Reading Passed (128 - 0). Chamber Supports.  
 
House Bill 284 and Senate Bill 983 - Procurement - Small Business and Minority Businesses - Qualification and Certification (Small and Minority Business Certification Streamlining Act of 2019)  
HB 284 In the Senate - First Reading Education, Health and Environmental Affairs. Hearing: SB 983 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, March 12, 2019 at 10:00 am. Chamber Supports.   
 
House Bill 285 and Senate Bill 466- Hotel Rental Tax - Limitation of Municipal Authority to Tax Small Hotels - Repeal
HB 285 In the Senate - Third Reading Passed (39-8). Hearing: SB 466 Ways and Means, March 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm.   
 
House Bill 341 - Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2019)
Hearing: HB 341 Economic Matters, February 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes. 
 
House Bill 361 and Senate Bill 480 - Effective Corporate Tax Rate Transparency Act of 2019
Hearings: HB 361 Ways and Means, February 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 480 Budget and Taxation, February 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm.  
    
House Bill 375 - Corporate Income Tax - Rate Reduction
Hearing: HB 375 Ways and Means, February 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.  
 
House Bill 405 and Senate Bill 213 - Natural Resources - State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund - Mandatory Funding and Repeal of Termination Date
HB 405 In the House - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation. SB 213 In the House - First Reading Environment and Transportation. Chamber Supports.   
 
House Bill 406 - Wetlands and Waterways Program - State-Owned Lands - Structural Shoreline Stabilization
Hearing: HB 406 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, March 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm . Chamber Supports.   
 
House Bill 408 - Natural Resources - Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund
HB 408 Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation. Chamber Supports.  
 
House Bill 437 and Senate Bill 128 - County Boards of Education - School Year - Start and End Dates
Hearing: HB 437 Ways and Means, February 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 128 Passed Enrolled. Chamber Opposes.   
 
House Bill 450 - Income Tax - Itemized Deductions
Hearing: HB 450 Ways and Means, February 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.   
 
House Bill 534 and Senate Bill 519 -  Public Schools - State Aid for School Construction - Eligible Costs 
Hearings: HB 534 Appropriations, February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 519 Budget and Taxation, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.   
 
House Bill 686 and Senate Bill 912 - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Adverse Actions - Absence Control Policy 
Hearings: HB 686 Economic Matter, February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 912 Finance, March 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm.    
 
House Bill 723 and Senate Bill 547 - Garrett County - Alcoholic Beverages - Revisions 
HB 723 In the Senate - First Reading - Education, Health and Environmental Affairs. SB 547 In the House - First Reading Economic Matters. Chamber Supports.  
 
House Bill 854 and Senate Bill 951 - Income Tax Rates - Reductions  
Hearings: HB 854 Ways and Means, February 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 951 Budget and Taxation, March 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm.   
 
House Bill 873 -  Task Force on Tax Policy, Reform, and Fairness
Hearing: HB 873 Ways and Means, February 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm.   
 
House Bill 1040 - Labor and Employment - Exemptions From Overtime Pay - Administrative, Executive, or Professional Capacity (Overtime Modernization Act of 2019) 
HB 1040 Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters. Chamber Opposes.  
 
House Bill 1043 - Education - Required Number of School Days or Hours
Hearing: HB 1043 Ways and Means, February 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.  
 
House Bill 1057 - Alcoholic Beverages - Alcohol Awareness Program Certification Requirements - Alterations
Hearing: HB 1057 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, March 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes.   
 
House Bill 1124 - State Government - Regulations Impacting Small Businesses - Economic Impact Analyses
Hearing: HB 1124 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, March 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.       
 
House Bill 1391 - Maryland Arts and Culture Capital Grant Program  
Hearing: HB 1391 Appropriations, March 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  
 
House Bill 1399 and Senate Bill 1006 - Education - Opening Public Schools Before Labor Day - Public Local Laws and Referendum
HB 1399 First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations. SB 1006 First Reading Senate Rules. Chamber Supports.      
 
House Bill 1407 and Senate Bill 1040 - Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2019  
HB 1407 - In the House Conference Committee Appointed. Hearing: SB 1040 Budget and Taxation, March 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm.   
 
Senate Bill 34 - Tourist Area and Corridor Program and Task Force on Attraction Signs
SB 34 Unfavorable Report by Finance.   
 
Senate Bill 37 and House Bill 1139 - Corporate Income Tax - Rate Reduction  
Hearings: SB 37 Budget and Taxation, January 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm. HB 1139 Ways and Means, February 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm.     
 
Senate Bill 51 - Maryland Heritage Areas Authority - Target Investment Zones - Repeal
Hearing: SB 51 Environment and Transportation, April 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.
 
Senate Bill 76 - Small Business Fairness Act  
Hearing: SB 76 Budget and Taxation, January 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes.    
 
Senate Bill 131 and House Bill 53 - County Boards of Education - Length of School Year - Adjustments
Hearings: SB 131 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, January 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm. HB 53 Ways and Means, February 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes.  

Senate Bill 183 - Recycling - Lodging Establishments - Notification to Guests
SB 183 Unfavorable Report by Education, Health and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn.
 
Senate Bill 190 and House Bill 922 - Corporate Income Tax - Rate Reduction  
Hearings: SB 190 Budget and Taxation, February 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm. HB 922 Ways and Means, February 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm.   
 
Senate Bill 213 and House Bill 405 - Natural Resources - State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund - Mandatory Funding and Repeal of Termination Date 
Hearings: SB 213 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, February 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. HB 405 Environment and Transportation, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.    
 
Senate Bill 216 and House Bill 244 - Garrett County - Hotel Rental Tax - Rate and Distribution of Revenue 
Hearings: SB 216 Ways and Means, March 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm. HB 244 Budget and Taxation, March 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm.   
 
Senate Bill 260 - Community Colleges - Maryland Community Colleges - Promise Scholarships - Revisions  
Hearing: SB 260 Appropriations, March 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.  
   
Senate Bill 377 - Corporate Income Tax - Combined Reporting
Hearing: SB 377 Budget and Taxation, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes.   
 
Senate Bill 500 - Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment
Hearing: SB 500 Finance, March 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes.   
 
Senate Bill 507 - Income Tax - Angel Investor Tax Credit Program
Hearing: SB 507 Budget and Taxation, March 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.  
 
Senate Bill 533 - Sales and Use Tax - Limited Residential Lodging 
Hearing: SB 533 Budget and Taxation, February 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.  
 
Senate Bill 628 and House Bill 1387 - Economic Development - Maryland Tourism Development Board - Grants
SB 628 In the House - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations. Hearing: HB 1387 Ways and Means, March 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes.  
 
Senate Bill 663 - Commerce, Housing, and Community Development - Opportunity Zones
Hearing: SB 663 Budget and Taxation, February 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.  
 
Senate Bill 665 and House Bill 721 - Health Insurance - Policy of Group Health Insurance - Associations 
Hearings: SB 665 Finance, March 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm. HB 721 Health and Government Operations, March 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.   
 
Senate Bill 681 and House Bill 1300 - Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Seasonal Temporary Workers  
Hearing: SB 681 Finance, February 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm. HB 1300 First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations. Chamber Supports.  
 
Senate Bill 686 - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Applicability
Hearing: SB 686 Finance, February 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm.
 
Senate Bill 839 and House Bill 994 - Labor and Employment - Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)
SB 839 In the House - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations. HB 994 In the Senate - First Reading Finance. Chamber Opposes.  
 
Senate Bill 906 - Income Tax - Itemized Deductions  
Hearing: SB 906 Budget and Taxation, March 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  

 

 

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