2019 Maryland General Assembly Update - Three  
  March 5, 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.

 

This email will be sent on an as needed basis and you may opt-out by clicking the unsubscribe link below. Thank you for your consideration and please contact Nicole Christian if you have any questions.


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.  
   
THERE'S STILL TIME TO AMEND THE MINIMUM WAGE BILL
The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on SB 280 "Fight for $15" this week. We will try to amend the bill to include a regional carve-out for rural communities based on the current two tier Living Wage established by DLLR. Tier 2 areas pay approximately 75% of the living wage required by the Tier 1 areas. The amendment has been drafted and Senator Katherine Klausmeier is the sponsor and will be introducing it during the committee debate.
 
Please send emails to the Senate Finance Committee TODAY. Oppose any increase in the minimum wage but request the two tier approach if they are intent on passing an increase. Remind the Senators that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for Maryland, and Western Maryland is not the same and Montgomery or Prince Georges Counties. Also request the following amendments: tip credit, training wage, agricultural wage and exemptions for commission employees should be eliminated from SB 280 and remain intact as prescribed under the current law.
 
Here are the Committee's emails to cut and paste:

The House has passed HB 166, the $15/hr. minimum wage bill, with amendments. Changes include:
  1. Lowers the percentages for the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) providers and establishes rate increases for seven other community provider groups
  2. Increases the minimum wage from the current $10.10/hour to $11.00/hour effective 01 January 2020; then increasing 0.75/hour until reaching $13.25 effective 01 January 2024.  Effective 01 January 2025, the minimum wage moves to $15.00/hour.
  3. Permits  the Board of Public Works (BPW) to temporarily suspend a scheduled increase in the minimum wage rate one time, for a one-year period, if they determine that the seasonally-adjusted total employment figure (as determined by (USDOL) has decreased
  4. Leaves the scope of the current Wage and Hour law in place, which means the current exemptions for commission employees; employees engaged in the canning, packing or freezing industries; three types of farm workers;
  5. Lowers from 20 to 18 the maximum age that an employer can pay a rate equal to 85% of the minimum wage.  This subminimum rate applies up to the age of 18; the six-month training wage limitation is eliminated.
  6. Maintains Maryland's current law regarding tipped wages
  7. Leaves in place Maryland's current law regarding enforcement and remedy provisions, and eliminates the proposed changes to the evidentiary standards
An amendment for a regional carve-out for rural communities was proposed on the floor of the House, but it was rejected along with many other amendments.

HELP LOWER HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Your Chamber is leading an effort to lower the cost of health insurance for our small businesses, owners and employees. By changing Maryland law and allowing chambers of commerce to offer Association Health Plans (AHPs), thereby allowing our small businesses and owners to pool together for a large group rate, you could effectively see your health insurance premiums decrease from 20-40%, based on national AHP averages. Click here for a one-pager briefing sheet and FAQs with detailed information on AHPs.
 
Your Chamber needs your help in getting the legislation passed. SB 665 , sponsored by Sen. George Edwards, is being heard by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, March 13 and HB 721 , sponsored by Del. Wendell Beitzel, is being heard by the House Health & Government Operations Committee on Thursday, March 14. Please send letters of support to Sen. Edwards, george.edwards@senate.state.md.us, and Del. Beitzel, wendell.beitzel@house.state.md.us, by March 11 detailing how reducing your health insurance premiums could help you and your business. Please copy Nicole Christian, nicole@garrettchamber.com, on your emails. If you are interested in testifying in person, please contact Nicole.
 
Once the legislation passes, your Chamber will work with an insurance company (i.e. United Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna) to create an AHP that will be offered to all Chamber members with 50 or less employees.
 
Now is the time to tell legislators that we're tired of paying too much for health insurance. Please contact Nicole with any questions.
Bills and Hearings
House Bill 38  and Senate Bill 328 - Labor and Employment - Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clauses
HB 38 In the House - First Reading Finance. SB 328 Second Reading passed with Amendments. Chamber Opposes.  
 
House Bill 46 and Senate Bill 89 - Small Business Relief Tax Credit - Expansion 
Hearings: HB 46 Ways and Means, March 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 89 Budget and Taxation, January 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm. 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 First Reading Appropriations. SB First Reading Budget and Taxation. Chamber Supports.  
 
House Bill 109 and Senate Bill 285 - Environment - Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Products - Prohibition 
Hearing: HB 109 Environment and Transportation, February 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 285 Special Order until 03/05 (Senator Jennings) Adopted.  
 
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
Hearing: HB 134 Economic Matters, February 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  
 
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 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, February 7, 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 Second Reading Passed with Amendments. Hearing: SB 280  Finance, February 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes.   
 
House Bill 268 and Senate Bill 240 - Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program - Alterations to the Award of Scholarship Funds 
Hearings: HB 268 Appropriations, February 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 240 Favorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health and Environmental Affairs . 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)  
Hearings: HB 284 Health and Government Operations, February 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 983 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, March 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. 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 - First Reading Budget and Taxation. Hearing: SB 466 Budget and Taxation, March 8, 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
Hearings: HB 405 Environment and Transportation, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB Favorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health and Environmental Affairs. Chamber Supports.   
 
House Bill 406 - Wetlands and Waterways Program - State-Owned Lands - Structural Shoreline Stabilization
HB 406 Favorable with Amendments Report by Environment and Transportation. 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 In the House Ways and Means, March 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm. 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 
Hearing: HB 723 Economic Matters, February 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm. SB 723 Favorable Report by Education, Health and Environmental Affairs. 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) 
Hearing: HB 1040 Economic Matters, March 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm. 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 Economic Matters, February 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes.   
 
House Bill 1124 - State Government - Regulations Impacting Small Businesses - Economic Impact Analyses
Hearing: HB 1124 Health and Government Operations, March 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Supports.       
 
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.   
 
Senate Bill 34 - Tourist Area and Corridor Program and Task Force on Attraction Signs
Hearing: SB 34 Finance, February 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm.   
 
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 Finance, February 5, 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
Hearing: SB 183 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, February 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm.
 
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 
SB 216 In the House - First Reading Ways and Means. Hearing: HB 244 Ways and Means, February 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm.   
 
Senate Bill 260 - Community Colleges - Maryland Community Colleges - Promise Scholarships - Revisions  
SB 260 Favorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health and Environmental Affairs.  
   
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
Hearing: SB 628 Finance, February 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm. HB 1387 First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations. 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)
Hearings: SB 839 Finance, March 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm. HB 994 Economic Matters, March 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Chamber Opposes.  
 
Senate Bill 906 - Income Tax - Itemized Deductions  
SB 906 Budget and Taxation, March 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  

 

 

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