• Coming Down to the Wire In Annapolis

    There are only 8 days to go in the 2019 Legislative Session and we’re getting down to the wire.  Bills will be passing and dying quickly over the next week.

    The big news this week was the veto and over-ride of the $15 Minimum Wage bill.  This is now law.  The minimum wage will go to $15 per hour by 2025.  The next increase will be January 1, 2020 when the minimum wage goes to $11 an hour from the current $10.10.

    Another bill that went into law after a veto and an over-ride was the flexible school year calendar which will allow local school districts to decide the beginning and end of the school year.  (The Governor had previously passed an executive order mandating that all schools start after Labor Day.

    The General Assembly also passed a state budget that includes $255 million more for education this year and are still debating mandating more money to be used for the following year.

    Governor Hogan also signed into law that would provide interest-free loans to feds working without pay because of the Government shutdown. The bill arose from this winter’s prolonged federal government shutdown, when thousands of Maryland residents were required to work without pay — and were therefore ineligible for unemployment benefits because they weren’t available to look for another job

    One controversial bill that failed was the End of Life Option.  The Senate had a tie-vote 23 to 23 and it needed a majority to pass.

    I have listed the bills that I am tracking and have put them into four categories: 1) signed (or veto over-ridden) and are now law; 2) bills before the Governor; 3) bills that are still ‘in play’ and have to pass this week and 4) bills that will definitely not pass this year.  If there are specific bills that you want to know about let me know.

    If you want to know any more about any of the bills go to the Maryland General Assembly Hweb-site:  www.mgaleg.maryland.gov   and type in the bill number.

    Since there is only one week to go you may want to contact your representatives in District 47 and tell them how you feel about a bill of interest to you. You should email or call:

    Senator Malcolm Augustine        Malcolm.augustine@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3745
    Delegate Diana Fennell (47A)     Diana.fennell@house.state.md.us 301-858-3478
    Delegate Julian Ivey (47A)          Julian.ivey@house.state.md.us      410-841-3326
    Delegate Wanika Fisher              Wanika.fisher@house.state.md.us 410-841-3340

    If you do not know who are your representatives, you can go to www.mdelect.net   to find out who are your elected representatives   There is also a very good smart phone application MD GOV which lists all the Delegates and Senators, their Committees and their contact number.

    1 – Bills Passed and Are Now Law

    $15 Minimum Wage 
    HB 166/SB 280   General Assembly over-rode Governor’s veto and is now law.

    Flexible School Calendar
    Overturns the Governor.’s Executive Order (that mandates all schools to start after Labor Day) to allow a local school board to set the school calendar.
    SB 128 General Assembly over-rode Governor’s veto and is now law.

    2 – Bills Waiting for the Governor to Sign or Veto

    Banning Discrimination in Underwriting and Rating Because of Status As A Surviving Spouse
    HB 191 – Passed the House and the Senate

    Maryland Dream Act
    Expands the people eligible for in-state tuition
    SB 537 – Passed the Senate and House – Waiting for Governor to sign/veto

    Option for Gender Neutral Drivers License
    Bill allow residents to apply for licenses with gender identifiers of “M,” “F,” or “X.”
    SB 196 The House of Delegates and the Senate passed this bill.   It now goes to the Governor for signature or veto.

    3 – Bills Still Moving Forward in the General Assembly

    Consumer Rights

    Prohibiting Deceptive Acts by Mortgage Lenders
    HB 425 – Passed the House – Senate hearing held

    Criminal Justice

    Occupational Licenses or Certificates – Prohibition on use of Criminal Records 
    HB 22 – Passed the House – Senate Hearing held

    Johns Hopkins Private Police Force 
    SB 793 Passed the Senate  and the House – two bills have to be reconciled

    Making  the Use of a Noose or Swastika a Hate Crime
      HB 4 Passed the House – Senate hearing held

    Partial Expungement 
    This bill repeals the prohibition on expungement of a charge or conviction within a “unit” of charges unless all of the charges or convictions in the unit  are eligible for expungement.
    HB 13 – Passed the House – Senate hearing held

    Education

    Legislation mandates over $1 billion in state spending for education over the next two years. The funding follows the recommendations of the Kirwin Commission that has been reviewing the education priorities for the State.  The legislation calls for $325 million in increased funding from state taxpayers for public schools for fiscal year 2020 and $750 million in fiscal year 2021.
    Some of the spending over two years are:

    HB 1413 – Hearing Held
    SB 1030 – Hearing Held

    (While these bills have not been passed by either house.  They are a priority of leadership and are still being discussed even though the deadline for other bills has passed.)

    Prohibiting  a school district from spending money to arm a teacher with a gun.
    HB 367 – Passed the House

    Prohibiting non-public schools that receive public funding from discriminating against students who are disabled, LGBTQ+, and other protected classes.
    HB 295 – Passed the House

    Environmental Issues

    Prohibiting use of styrofoam
            HB 109                          Passed the House – Two bills have to be reconciled
    SB 285                          Passed the Senate

    Ban of Chlorpyrifos
    This bill would ban chlorpyrifos, a brain damage-causing pesticide. The chemical has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, lung cancer, and lower IQs in children
    House Bill 275             Passed the House

    Clear Energy Act       
    SB 516                       Senate passed the bill – Held up in House Rules Committee

    Gun Control

    Banning of Computer–Aided Fabrication and Serial Number (3–D Printed Firearms and Ghost Guns)
    HB 740 –Passed the House

    Requiring background checks for all purchases of long guns, including shotguns and rifles
    HB 786 – Passed the House

    Health Care

     Prescription Drug Affordability Board       
    HB 768          Passed the House – Waiting for a Senate Hearing

    Raising the Age of Selling Tobacco to 21
    SB 895            Passed the Senate – Two bills have to be reconciled
    HB 1169          Passed the House

    Patients Bill of Rights 
    Requiring a hospital to provide patients with a patient’s bill of rights andto provide  patients with a translator, a  interpreter
    HB 145 – Passed the House

    Tanning Beds – Prohibition of Use by Minors (under 18)
    HB 124 – Passed the House
    SB 299 – Passed the Senate – Two bills have to be reconciled after one of them was amended

    Immigration Rights

    U Visa Legislation
    This bill will ensure that victims of crimes or witness of crimes who help the police can get a visa to keep them in the country
    HB 214 – Passed the House

    Safe Harbor Legislation
    Bill Requiring to require schools and hospitals  to establish a policy that limits immigration enforcement on the premises to the fullest extent possible consistent
    HB 1273 – Passed the House

    Other Topics

    Ignition Interlock System
    Requiring that an Ignition Interlock System be equipped with a camera capable of recording still images of the person
    HB55 Passed the House

    Expanded Tax Credit for Child Care
    The bill would allow those Marylanders to claim more in credits, while expanding the credits to residents who make more than $50,000 but less than $141,000. That expands the number of Marylanders eligible for the tax credits from 23,000 to about 114,200 taxpayers.
    SB 870  – Passed the Senate
    HB 810 – Passed the House

    Elimination of Statute of Limitations for sex abuse against minors and create a two-year window to file suit for victims where a previous statute of limitations has expired.
    House Bill 687  Passed the House – Senate hearing 3/28

    Prince George’s County Local Bills

    Tax Credits for Grocery Stores in Food Deserts:
    This bill authorizes a tax credit in Prince George’s County for new food stores in what are determined to be ‘food deserts’ in the County.
               HB188 – Passed the House – Hearing held in the Senate

    Property Tax Credits for Teachers
    This bill authorizes Prince George’s County to issue a Property tax credit of up to $2,500 for teachers who decide to move into the County.
    HB 223 – Passed the House  – Being voted on by the Senate

    Repealing a Limitation of Campaign Contributions from Developers to County Executive (I am in opposition to this bill)
    HB 227   Passed the House – Senate hearing held

    Transportation

    Movement of Railroad Freight – Required Two Person Crew
    This bill would prohibit the movement of freight in the same rail corridor as a high speed commuter or passenger train unless the freight train has at least two workers.
    HB 66 – Passed the General Assembly – Being voted on this week

    Independent Environmental Study for Transportation Projects
    This legislation is seen as a way of slowing  Gov. Hogan Jr.’s proposals to widen the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270.
    HB 1091 – Passed the House

    Workers Rights

    Collective Bargaining Rights for Graduate Students at UMD, St. Mary’s and Morgan State University
    HB 270 – Passed the House – Senate hearing held

    4 – Bills Not Moving This Year

    Prohibiting Use of Occupation or Education in Determination of car insurance rates
    HB 329 – Voted down by the Senate Finance Committee

    End of Life Option
    HB 399           Voted down by the Senate (it did not receive of majority of 24 Senators needed to pass)

  • News From Annapolis – March 11

    News From Annapolis – March 11, 2019

    This is one more month in the 2019 legislative session and there is also only one more week until cross-over day in which bills have to pass either the House or Senate to be heard  in a timely fashion by the other house.  (There are  some exceptions to this rule.)  Therefore there will be a lot of bills voted out of Committee and voted on in the next week.
    A few of the big pieces of legislation made progress.

    $15 Minimum Wage (HB 166/SB280) Passed Out of the Senate Committee.  This billwhich had already been voted on by the House of Delegates was voted out of the Finance Committee in the Senate and is scheduled for a vote by the full Senate next week.  Unfortunately it was further weakened when an amendment passed that delayed full implementation for small business (less than 15 employees) until 2028!  There will probably be amendments to try and strengthen the bill on the Senate Floor

    End of Life Option (HB399) passed the House of Delegates.  The bill allows a doctor to prescribe drugs to a patient that the patient could take to end his or her life. The patient would be required to have a terminal illness with a diagnosis of less than six months to live. The patient would also have to be at least 18 years old and ask for the prescription on three separate occasions, including at least once in writing with witnesses. The person also would have to be able to take the medicine by themselves.

    Education Funding Bills Are Introduced (Blueprint for the Future HB 1413/SB 1030) :  Legislation was introduced this week which will mandate over $1 billion in state spending for education over the next two years. The funding follows the recommendations of the Kerwin Commission that has been reviewing the education priorities for the State.  The legislation calls for $325 million in increased funding from state taxpayers for public schools for fiscal year 2020 and $750 million in fiscal year 2021.
    Some of the spending over two years are:

    » $80 million over two years to expand full-day prekindergarten in the state for 4-year-olds;

    » $150 million to provide a 1.5 percent average raise for teacher salaries;

    » $46 million for more services for struggling learners;

    » $110 million in grants for schools with high concentrations of poverty;

    » $275 million more for special education.
    Delaying the Expansion of 270 and the Beltway  – The House Appropriations Committee approved language that eliminated funding this year for Hogan’s plan to add express toll lanes to three of Maryland’s most congested highways the Capital Beltway, the  I-270 spur connecting Frederick to the Washington area, and Interstate 295, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.  This will delay the construction of the projects for at least one year.  The amendment will be voted on by the full House of Delegates later this week.

    A few of the other bills that made progress this week

    HB188 – Tax Credits for Grocery Stores in Food Deserts:   This bill authorizes a tax credit in Prince George’s County for new food stores in what are determined to be ‘food deserts’ in the County.  Passed the House of Delegates

    HB 223 – Property Tax Credits for Teachers.  This bill authorizes Prince George’s County to issue a Property tax credit of up to $2,500 for teachers who decide to move into the County.

    HB 214 – U Visa Bill – Will be passing the House of Delegates early next week.   This bill will ensure that victims of crimes or witness of crimes who help the police can get a visa to keep them in the country.

    HB 295 prohibits non-public schools that receive public funding from discriminating against students who are disabled, LGBTQ+, and other protected classes.

    HB 367 would prohibit a school district from spending money to arm a teacher with a gun.

    HB 1020/SB 713 – Bills to Regulate the Placement of 5G Wireless Poles was referred to a summer study and there will be no action on these bills this year.  The debate in Annapolis was whether local jurisdictions could regulate the placement of new telephone poles (which will bring wireless wifi  to homes) or if the telecom companies could place the poles without getting permission from local government.

    Here is the status of the other bills that I personally am tracking.  There are many other good bills but I don’t want to overwhelm everybody.    If there are specific bills that you want to know about let me know.

    If you want to know any more about any of the bills go to the Maryland General Assembly web-site:  www.mgaleg.maryland.gov   and type in the bill number.

    If you want to contact your representatives in District 47 about any of the bills, you should email or call:

    Senator Malcolm Augustine            Malcolm.augustine@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3745
    Delegate Diana Fennell (47A)          Diana.fennell@house.state.md.us 301-858-3478
    Delegate Julian Ivey (47A)               Julian.ivey@house.state.md.us      410-841-3326
    Delegate Wanika Fisher                   Wanika.fisher@house.state.md.us 410-841-3340

    If you do not know who are your representatives, you can go to www.mdelect.net   to find out who are your elected representatives   There is also a very good smart phone application MD GOV which lists all the Delegates and Senators, their Committees and their contact numbers.

    Criminal Justice Reform

    Increasing pre-release facility services
    HB 715 Hearing held
    Expungement of Nonviolent Convictions
    HB 19 – Hearing Held
    Occupational Licenses or Certificates – Prohibition on use of Criminal Records
    HB 22 – Hearing Held

     Consumer Rights

    Prohibiting Use of Occupation or Education in Determination of car insurance rates
    HB 329 – Hearing held
    SB 233 – Hearing held
    Prohibiting Use of credit factors in the determination of car insurance rates
    HB 351 – Hearing Held
    SB 235 –Hearing held
    Banning Discrimination in Underwriting and Rating Because of Status As A Surviving Spouse
    SB 607 – Hearing Not Scheduled
    Prohibiting Deceptive Acts by Mortgage Lenders
    HB 425 – Hearing held

    Education

    Money has to be appropriated for at least $325 million in new funding proposals for teacher salary increases, the expansion of community schools and pre-k education, and increased funding for mental health services. The legislature must also  commit to full-funding for all Kirwan Commission recommendations with a requirement that $1.5 billion is put in next year’s budget.

    HB 1413 – Hearing Held
    SB 1030 – Hearing Held

    Environmental Initiatives

    Prohibiting use of styrofoam
    HB 109                          Voted out of the Committee
    SB 285                          Passed the Senate
    Clear Energy Act
    HB 1158                       Hearing held
    SB 516                        Hearing held
    Pipeline and Water Protection Act
    HB 669                           Hearing held
    SB 387                          Hearing held

    Gun Control Legislation

    Banning of ghost guns:  buying the parts needed to assemble a firearm
    HB 740 – Hearing held
    Prohibition of computer aided firearm fabrication
    SB 8 – Hearing held – Unfavorable report by Committee

    Plugging the Loan Loophole in  the transfer of gun ownership
    HB 96 – Hearing held

    Health Care 

    Prescription Drug Affordability Board
    HB 768           Hearing held
    SB 759           Hearing held
    Medicare for All Legislation (First Steps)
    HB 1087         Hearing held
    SB 871           Hearing 3/20
    End of Life Option
    HB 399           Passed the House of Delegates
    SB 311            Hearing held
    Raising the Age of Selling Tobacco to 21
    SB 378            No hearing set

    Immigration Justice

    Maryland Dream Act
    This legislation  would protect students that might lose DACA and TPS because of President Trump and expand the ability to get in-state tuition.
    HB 318 –  Hearing  held
    U Visa Legislation
    This bill will ensure that victims of crimes or witness of crimes who help the police can get a visa to keep them in the country
    HB 214 – Being voted on by the House
    SB 221 – Hearing held
    Not Keeping Undocumented People in Jail Beyond Their Sentence
    This bill ensures that undocumented immigrants are not held in jails indefinitely without judicial oversight.
    HB 913 – Hearing held                          
    SB 17 –   Hearing held
    Safe Harbor Legislation
    Bill Requiring to require schools and hospitals  to establish a policy that limits immigration enforcement on the premises to the fullest extent possible consistent
    HB 1273 – Hearing  held
    SB 599 –    Hearing held

    Other Topics

    New 5G wireless telephone poles placement has to follow local zoning laws
    HB 1020       Referred to interim study
    SB 713        Referred to interim study
    Allowing the Legislature to Add Items to the Governor’s Budget
    HB 1108 Hearing 3/12
    Legalization of Marijuana
    HB 632   Referred to a summer task force
    Ignition Interlock System
    HB55) Requiring that an Ignition Interlock System be equipped with a camera capable of recording still images of the person  – Passed the House

    Transportation

    Majority of Counties Have to Agree Before New Toll Road Are Built Through Their Counties
    HB 102 – Hearing Held – Funding for the new roads was not included in the budget
    SB 442 –  Hearing held – Funding for the new roads was not included in the budget
    Railroad Companies – Movement of Freight – Required Crew
    This bill would prohibit the movement of freight in the same rail corridor as a high speed commuter or passenger train unless the freight train has at least two workers.
    HB 66 – Hearing Held
    SB 252 – Hearing held

    Voting Rights 

    Small donor public financing
    HB  1017        Hearing held
    SB 414            Hearing held
    Constitutional Amendment repealing Citizens United
    HJ2         Hearing held
    SJ1          Hearing held
    Special Election to Fill a Vacancy for State Delegate or Senator
    HB 85       Hearing Held
    Repealing a Limitation of Campaign Contributions from Developers to County Executive (I am in opposition to this bill)
    HB 227   Passed the Prince George’s Delegation  – Now has to Pass the full House
    Presidential Tax Transparency Act –
    Candidate Has to release tax returns to be on the Maryland ballot
    HB 925 – Hearing held

    Worker Rights

    Collective Bargaining for community college workers
    HB 766      Hearing held
    Minimum Wage to $15 /Hour
    SB 2221     Hearing held
    HB 166       Passed House  – Waiting for Senate hearing
    Overtime for Low Paid Salaried Workers
    HB 1040     Hearing held
    Expanding Prohibition Against Discrimination in Employment to Small Employers
    HB 661      Hearing held

    There are a couple of good websites that also track bills.  You might want to look at QED’s web-site:  https://qedinc.us/legislative-bulletin  and the Maryland Legislative Coalition:  http://mdlegislative.com

    Evening in Annapolis for 47th District – March 18th

    You are cordially invited to attend District 47’s Annual Annapolis ReceptionAn Evening in Annapolison March 18th 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM.

    The event will be hosted by your District 47 Representatives: Senator Malcolm Augustine, Delegate Diana Fennell, Delegate Wanika Fisher, and Delegate Julian Ivey.

    Light Buffet Dinner

    RSVP to Wanda Gorham 301-858-3478 to RSVP about transportation possibilities.

    *Please note Free Parking is available in Calvert Street Parking Garage beginning @5:45 PM.

  • Important Bills Start Moving In Annapolis – March 5 2019

    There are now five weeks to go in the Legislative session and more bills are now being voted out of Committee and moving to a vote on the House and Senate floors.

              The big news this was the passage of the $15 minimum wage bill (HB 166) out of the House of Delegates and the censuring of a House Delegate for using a racial slur.

              HB 166 ($15 minimum wage) was passed by the House of Delegates on Friday and now goes to the State Senate.  Unfortunately it was weakened by the Economic Matters Committee.  The implementation was pushed back 18 months (to Jan 2025),  automatic cost of living increases was removed, tipped workers were excluded, and a sub-minimum wage( (85% of the minim wage) or those people under 18 years of old was created.  Hopefully some of these amendments will be taken out of the bill in the Senate.

              Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti from Hartford County was censured by the House of Delegates for using a racial slur when describing one of the legislative districts in Prince George’s County.  While there were many calls for her to resign she has stated that she will stay as a Delegate.  She was stripped of all Leadership and committee positions.

    Here is a  report on a few other bills that made progress this week:

    • A Senate Bill (SB 285) that bans Styrofoam containers made progress in the State Senate.  The legislation would ban the use of foam products by restaurants and grocery stores starting in July 2020.   County governments would be responsible for enforcing the ban and could impose fines of up to $250 per violation, after first giving a written warning.  The Senate Bill is expected to pass on Monday. 
    • Making  the Use of a Noose or Swastika a Hate Crime (HB 4)  passed the House of Delegates.
    • A bill (HB55) Requiring that an Ignition Interlock System be equipped with a camera capable of recording still images of the person taking the test of the person’s blood alcohol level passed the House of Delegates by a unanimous vote.
    • The End of Life Option (also known as Death with Dignity), HB 399, passed out of Committee on Friday and is scheduled for a full vote by the full House of Delegates next week.  The vote will be very close.
    • HB 708 passed the House.  It would study the under-identification of traumatic brain injuries among school-aged children and would make recommendations on how to identify such injuries.
    • HB 251 would provide grants to help seniors age in place. It also passed the House of Delegates.  
    • HB 110 sets a goal of 150 minutes per week of physical activity for school students, including 90 minutes of physical education. It will be voted on by the full House this week.
    • HB 295 prohibits non-public schools that receive public funding from discriminating against students who are disabled, LGBTQ+, and other protected classes.  It will also be voted on by the House of Delegates  this week.
    Here is the status of the other bills that I personally am tracking.

    There are many other good bills but I don’t want to overwhelm everybody.    If there are specific bills that you want to know about let me know.

    If you want to know any more about any of the bills go to the Maryland General Assembly web-site:  www.mgaleg.maryland.gov   and type in the bill number.

    If you want to contact your representatives in District 47 about any of the bills, you should email or call:

    Senator Malcolm Augustine             Malcolm.augustine@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3745
    Delegate Diana Fennell (47A)          Diana.fennell@house.state.md.us 301-858-3478
    Delegate Julian Ivey (47A)               Julian.ivey@house.state.md.us      410-841-3326
    Delegate Wanika Fisher                   Wanika.fisher@house.state.md.us 410-841-3340

    If you do not know who are your representatives, you can go to www.mdelect.net   to find out who are your elected representatives   There is also a very good smart phone application MD GOV which lists all the Delegates and Senators, their Committees and their contact numbers.

    Criminal Justice Reform

    Increasing pre-release facility services
    HB 715 Hearing held
    Expungement of Nonviolent Convictions
    HB 19 – Hearing Held
    Occupational Licenses or Certificates – Prohibition on use of Criminal Records
    HB 22 – Hearing Held

     Consumer Rights

    Prohibiting Use of Occupation or Education in Determination of car insurance rates
    HB 329 – Hearing held
    SB 233 – Hearing held
    Prohibiting Use of credit factors in the determination of car insurance rates
    HB 351 – Hearing Held
    SB 235 –Hearing held
    Banning Discrimination in Underwriting and Rating Because of Status As A Surviving Spouse
    SB 607 – Hearing Not Scheduled
    Prohibiting Deceptive Acts by Mortgage Lenders
    HB 425 – Hearing held

    Education

    Money has to be appropriated for at least $325 million in new funding proposals for teacher salary increases, the expansion of community schools and pre-k education, and increased funding for mental health services. The legislature must also  commit to full-funding for all Kirwan Commission recommendations with a requirement that $1.5 billion is put in next year’s budget.

    No bill has introduced yet on funding for the recommendations

    Environmental Initiatives

    Prohibiting use of styrofoam
    HB 109                          Hearing Held
    SB 285                           Being voted on by the Senate Monday
    Clear Energy Act
    HB 1158                       Hearing 3/8
    SB 516                        Hearing 3/5
    Pipeline and Water Protection Act
    HB 669                           Hearing 3/7
    SB 387                          Hearing held

    Gun Control Legislation

    Banning of ghost guns:  buying the parts needed to assemble a firearm
    HB 740 – Hearing held
    Prohibition of computer aided firearm fabrication
    SB 8 – Hearing held
    Plugging the Loan Loophole in  the transfer of gun ownership
    HB 96 – Hearing held

    Health Care 

    Prescription Drug Affordability Board
    HB 768           Hearing 3/6
    SB 759            Hearing 3/6
    Medicare for All Legislation (First Steps)
    HB 1087         Hearing 3/14
    SB 871           No Hearing Set
    End of Life Option
    HB 399           Being voted by the full House this week
    SB 311            Hearing held
    Raising the Age of Selling Tobacco to 21
    SB 378            No hearing set

    Immigration Justice

    Maryland Dream Act
    This legislation  would protect students that might lose DACA and TPS because of President Trump and expand the ability to get in-state tuition.
    HB 318 –  Hearing  held
    U Visa Legislation
    This bill will ensure that victims of crimes or witness of crimes who help the police can get a visa to keep them in the country
    HB 214 – Hearing Held
    SB 221 – Hearing held
    Not Keeping Undocumented People in Jail Beyond Their Sentence
    This bill ensures that undocumented immigrants are not held in jails indefinitely without judicial oversight.
    HB 913 – Hearing 3/5
    SB 17 –   Hearing held
    Safe Harbor Legislation
    Bill Requiring to require schools and hospitals  to establish a policy that limits immigration enforcement on the premises to the fullest  extent possible consistent
    HB 1273 – Hearing  3/5
    SB 599 – Hearing held

    Other Topics

    New 5G wireless telephone poles placement has to follow local zoning laws
    HB 1020       Hearing held
    SB 713         Hearing held

    Allowing the Legislature to Add Items to the Governor’s Budget
    HB 1108 Hearing 3/12

    Transportation

    Majority of Counties Have to Agree Before New Toll Road Are Built Through Their Counties
    HB 102 – Hearing Held
    SB 442 –  Hearing held

    Railroad Companies – Movement of Freight – Required Crew
    This bill would prohibit the movement of freight in the same rail corridor as a high speed commuter or passenger train unless the   freight train has at least two workers.
    HB 66 – Hearing Held
    SB 252 – Hearing held

    Voting Rights 

    Small donor public financing
    HB  1017        Hearing 3/5
    SB 414            Hearing held
    Constitutional Amendment repealing Citizens United
    HJ2         Hearing 3/4
    SJ1          Hearing held
    Special Election to Fill a Vacancy for State Delegate or Senator
    HB 85       Hearing Held
    Repealing a Limitation of Campaign Contributions from Developers to County Executive (I am in opposition to this bill)
    HB 227   Passed the Prince George’s Delegation  – Now has to Pass the full House
    Presidential Tax Transparency Act –
    Candidate Has to release tax returns to be on the Maryland ballot
    HB 925 – Hearing held

    Worker Rights

    Collective Bargaining for community college workers
    HB 766      Hearing 3/1
    Minimum Wage to $15 /Hour
    SB 2221     Hearing Held
    HB 166      Voted on by the full House
    Overtime for Low Paid Salaried Workers
    HB 1040     Hearing 3/5
    Expanding Prohibition Against Discrimination in Employment to Small Employers
    HB 661      Hearing held

    There are a couple of good websites that also track bills.  You might want to look at QED’s web-site:  https://qedinc.us/legislative-bulletin  and the Maryland Legislative Coalition:  http://mdlegislative.com