Monday, January 29, 2024

Governor Moore's Legislative Agenda and the Bills I'm Following

<p>More New Bills </p>
<p>The Geneal Assembly is in its third week and over 1200 bills have been introduced.I am putting in the front of the newsletter some of the bills that have been introduced since the last newsletter. After those bills I am listing the bills I have already mentioned and the status of those bills. You can find who your legislators by clicking on the following link

Members/District . When there is a Committee Hearing on A Bill Scheduled, it is important to contact members of the Committee. 

 The General Assembly website lists all the committees, the members of each committee and their contact information. Go to the main page ( ) and click on the Committees tab. Elections HB 412 – Special Elections to Fill A Vacancy in Office – Delegate Foley - Health HB 403 – End of Life Option – Delegate Hill HB 309 – Homecare Worker Rights Act – Delegate Robyn Lewis – House Hearing held Health and Government Operations Committee Labor HB 493 – Collective Bargaining for UMD Workers – Delegate Foley - HB 559 – Pilot Program On Four Day Work Week for State Employees: Requiring, on or before October 1, 2025, the Department of Budget and Management to identify units of State government or functions of State government for which a transition to a 4-day workweek is feasible for 60% of State employees; requiring the Department to implement a 4-day workweek for certain State employees by October 1, 2027; and prohibiting State employees who transition to a 4-day workweek from, as a direct result of the transition, having work hours reduced to less than 36 hours per week or having a reduction in pay or benefits. Renters HB 477 – Just Cause Termination – Delegate Wilkins – Allows local jurisdictions to require a just cause basis for landlords to either refuse to renew or to cut off month to month or week to week leases. Hearing Environment and Transportation Committee Jan 30 at 1 PM Status of Bills Previously Discussed Criminal Justice HB0073, Expungement - Completion of Sentence- Delegate Bartlett This bill would reduce the time that a person would have to wait in order to file a petition to have his/her record expunged. HB 27 – No-Knock Warrants – Delegate Acevero establishing that a warrant may not authorize an officer to enter a building, apartment, premises or place without first announcing the officer's purpose and authority; specifying that a warrant may be executed only between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and requiring an officer executing a search warrant, prior to entering certain areas to be searched, to give reasonable notice to alert any occupants within the officer's authority and purpose. SB 145 – Maryland Second Look Act – Senator Benson - This bill allows a person serving a term of confinement to file a petition to modify or reduce the person’s sentence if the person has served 25 years of the sentence term. Senate Hearing Judicial Proceeding Feb 1 at 1 PM Elections SB 29, Special Elections - Procedures and General Assembly Vacancies and Ties, Senator Kagan allows for special elections instead of appointments for legislators. Given that Maryland has a high percentage of appointed legislators vs legislators who have been voted in by their constituents, this will allow for a more representative government. Someone appointed in the first year of the four-year term would have to run for an election in the next presidential primary and general election (this way it would not cost any more money to run a special election Environment HB0166/SB0146, The Reclaim Renewable Energy Act of 2024 – Delegate Stewart and Senator Lewis Young eliminates clean energy rebates for incinerator companies. Senate Hearing Educ, Energy and Env Comm: Jan 25 at 1 PM HB 91 Delegate Foley - Prohibition on State Purchase of Fuel Powered Lawn and Garden Care Equipment – House Hearing Health and Government Operations – Jan 23 1 PM Health HB 184 Healthy Maryland Program – Delegate Acevero - Establishing the Healthy Maryland Program as a public corporation and a unit of State government to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care services for residents of the State by January 1, 2026 SB 328/HB 462 – Nursing Home Staffing Crisis Funding Act – Senator Rosapepe - Requiring that the Governor's proposed budget for each of fiscal years 2026, 2027, and 2028 include an 8% reimbursement rate increase for providers of certain health care services Senate Hearing Budget and Taxation Jan 24 1 PM Labor SB0160, A Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers – Senator Ellis, would phase-in the requirement from $3.63 per hour to the current $15 per hour for other employees. Tipped workers were left out of the minimum wage guarantee that was previously passed Senate Haring Finance Committee Feb 1 at 1 PM HB 114/SB 188 – Arbitration Reform for State Employees – Delegate Jazz Lewis/ Senator Cory McCray. State employees do not have the right to strike and currently they have to agree to management’s last offer. This would have a neutral person decide between the two sides. House Hearing Appropriations Jan 30 at 1 PM/ Senate Hearing Held HB 339 – Unemployment Insurance During a Labor Work Stoppage – Del Vogel – Enables workers who are on strike to receive unemployment benefits after 14 days of a work stoppage (This exists in other states). LGBTQ Rights SB0119, Gender Affirming Care Protection Act, extends current shielding protections that protect reproductive health care to cover gender-affirming care. This is necessary to prevent harassment occurring in other states. Renters HB 93 – Limitation on Liability for Rent – Delegate Mireku-North limits a special needs tenant's liability for rent to no more than 2 months' rent after the date on which the tenant vacates a leased premises. House Hearing Environment and Transportation Comm – Jan 30 at 1 PM HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR THESE BILLS Call or send an email to your legislators using the contact information found. Here is where you can find out who are your Delegates and Senator: If you would like to include a short description of the bills, you can include the descriptions shown above. You are also encouraged to include any details of why you think this bill is important. Dear (legislator), My name is _________ and my address is ______________. I am writing to let you know that the following bill(s) is(are) important to me and to all Marylanders. I would like to request that you be a champion for these bills and help them get passed quickly. Each of these bills is important for Maryland and I support them and would like your help in getting them passed. If you are not on the relevant committee, I would appreciate your voting for them during the session. If you are on the relevant committee, I hope you will fight for them and support the sponsors as much as possible. Thank you for your consideration, (name)