Important Bills We Passed in Maryland
Establish a $15 Minimum Wage (HB 166)
- The Maryland House & Senate passed a bill to create a $15 minimum wage by 2025. Governor Hogan swiftly vetoed this legislation, but we voted to override his veto.
Acquire 50% Renewable Energy (SB 516)
- We passed a bill to push Maryland to acquire 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. This is a positive step forward to combat climate change in our state.
Boost School Funding (SB 1030)
- This year we secured $500 million for statewide school construction, the largest state contribution in Maryland history. Additionally, we passed SB 1030, which directs over $24 million in additional education funds to Montgomery County for pre-K, teacher pay, special education, and more.
Stabilize Health Care Costs (HB 814 & HB 768)
- The House & Senate passed a bill to stabilize health care costs in Maryland and counteract Trump's repeal ofthe federal health care mandate. I was proud to cosponsor HB 814, which requires residents to acquire health coverage or put a down payment on a health plan. We also passed HB 768, which would establish a drug pricing review board to cap government prescription drug costs.
Local School Calendar Choice (SB 128)
- This legislation allows county boards of education to choose the start and end dates for the school year. Schools are still required to follow state & federal guidelines such as hour requirements, and maintaining a 180 day school year over 10 months. Local boards may still decide to start school after Labor Day or end after June 15th; this legislation just gives them the autonomy to decide. This bill also allows schools to extend the year without seeking special waivers from the State board. The Governor vetoed the bill but the House and Senate voted to override the veto.
Styrofoam in Maryland (HB 109)
- I cosponsored a bill we passed to ban the sale of polystyrene products in Maryland. These items are not biodegradable, and the trash stays with us forever.
Tighten Handgun Permit Appeals (HB 1343)
- Governor Hogan’s appointees to the Handgun Permit Review Board have been approving an alarming numberof handgun permits after applicants were initially denied by the police. As a result, we abolished the review board and created a new process for appeals.
Improve Prescription Drug Coverage for State Retirees (SB 946)
– We passed legislation to restore some of the prescription drug coverage for retired state employees, who recently faced an increase in out-of-pocket costs.
Allow Unemployment Benefits During Government Shutdowns (HB 336)
- The House & Senate passed a bill to provide Maryland residents with unemployment benefits during government shutdowns. If the federal government eventually pays these workers for the work period during the shutdown, residents will repay the unemployment funds they received. I was proud to cosponsor and vote for this legislation, in case the recent nonsense from our federal government happens again. It was signed into law on March 26.
Patients' Bill of Rights (HB 145)
– requires each hospital patient to be provided a written copy of a patient’s bill of rights and specifies minimum required contents. A hospital must conspicuously post copies of the document on it's website and in certain areas, and provide annual training to all patient care staff. The Office of Health Care Quality must monitor the compliance
Prescription Drug Affordability Board (HB768)
- establishes a board to protect State residents and other stakeholders from the high costs of prescription drug products. The board must conduct a study on the entire pharmaceutical distribution and payment system and policy options being used in other states and countries.
Increase Childcare Tax Credits (HB 810)
– The General Assembly passed legislation to expand the childcare tax credit to curb the high cost of services in Montgomery County.
Raising the age for tobacco and nicotine purchase to 21 (HB1169/SB895)
- Increases the age for the purchase of cigarettes, vaping and other tobacco products. Alters penalties and has an exception for military personnel.