ANNAPOLIS SESSION ANNEX to the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, February 24, 2020

Here is the Maryland Legislative Coalition's roundup of upcoming hearings for the cascade of bills at the Maryland General Assembly

Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo ANNAPOLIS ANNEX for Monday, February 24, 2020

 

THE SESSION WEEK AND MORE FROM THE MARYLAND LEGISLATIVE COALITION

The Coalition focuses this week on bills in three crucial issue areas that have hearings this week. You can find out more about critical bills in health care, social justice and the environment here.

The full schedule of hearings (including those referenced above) is here. You can also find this information at the Coalition message site, here.

The coalition roundup on upcoming hearings:
Almost at the end of the hearings!  This is a big week again, and there are some hearings the first week of March, but after that they will taper off until after crossover.  

Because there are still a lot of hearings,  Higher profile, or harder fought bills are in bold.

If you are providing written testimony for any of these bills, please make sure that you get it to the bill sponsor at least 24 hours in advance.  Each of the bills below is linked so you can find the bill sponsor easily - just click on the link. 

You will also be able to submit testimony electronically in Annapolis if you plan to testify in person, and the instructions are available on our website. Be sure to reserve parking.  See instructions at http://mdlegislative.com.   Go to - Legislative Info/Submit Testimony.

FEBRUARY 24th
HB0839 - Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
HJ0001 - Declaration of a Climate Emergency  and Implementation of a Climate Mobilization Effort

FEBRUARY 25th
HB0677 - Correctional Services - Immigration Detention - Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act)
HB0801 - Correctional Services - Prerelease Unit for Women - Facilities and Services (Gender-Responsive Prerelease Act)
SB0315 - Electric Industry - Community Choice Energy
SB0560 - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Eligible Sources
SB0656 - Utility Regulation - Consideration of Climate and Labor
SB0887 - Electric Generation - Transition from Fossil Fuels - Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rate and Transition Account

FEBRUARY 26th
HB0910 - Criminal Law - Untraceable Firearms
HB0975 - State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health - School Based Health Centers - Ombudsmen
SB0623 - Health Insurance - Out of Pocket Maximums and Cost-Sharing Requirements - Calculation
SB0682 - Correctional Services - Prerelease Unit for Women - Requirement to Operate
SB0684 - Correctional Services - Prerelease Unit for Women - Facilities and Services (Gender-Responsive Prerelease Act)
SB0738 - Health Care Providers and Health Benefit Plans - Discrimination in Provision of Services
SB0850 - Correctional Services - Immigration Detention - Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act)
SB0872 - Health Insurance - Consumer Protections
SB0901 - State and Local Government - Participation in Federal Immigration Enforcement
SB0902 - Coal - Tax Credits and Exemption - Repeal
SB0903 - Immigration Enforcement - Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses

FEBRUARY 27th
HB0531 - Utility Regulation - Consideration of Climate and Labor
HB0892 - Public Information Act - Motor Vehicle Administration - Warrant for Personal Information and Reporting
HB0932 - 21st - Century Economy Sales Tax Act
HB1159 - Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan and Commission - Alterations
HB1172 - Election Law - Postelection Tabulation Audits - Risk-Limiting Audits
HB1178 - Vehicle Laws - Fines - Pilot Project for Income-Based Fines (Fair Fines Act of 2020)
HB1351 - Public Financing Act - State Senate and House of Delegates Candidates and Matching Fund Revisions
SB0539 - Labor and Employment - Family Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment
SB0649 - Public Information Act - Motor Vehicle Administration - Warrant for Personal Information and Reporting

FEBRUARY 28th
HB0695 - Digital Advertising Gross Revenues - Taxation
HB1081 - Health Facilities - Hospitals - Medical Debt Protection
HB1149 - Department of Housing and Community Development - Social Housing Subprogram (Social Housing Act)
HB1223 - Clean Cars Act of 2020
SB0701 - End-Of-Life Option Act 

MARCH 2nd
HJ0006 - Participation by Maryland Residents in the 2020 Census

MARCH 3rd
HB1090 - Law Enforcement - Complaints and Investigations and Use of Force (Anton's Law)
HB1209 - Public Safety - DNA Collection, Records, Analysis, and Reporting
HB1221 - Public Information Act - Personnel and Investigatory Records - Complaints Against Law Enforcement
HB1246 - Presidential Candidate Tax Transparency Act
HB1367 - Transportation - Western Maryland MARC Rail Extension Study
SB0958 - Criminal Law - Untraceable Firearms

MARCH 4th
HB0429 - Human relations - Places of Public Accommodation - Pricing of Goods and Services
HB1312 - Water Pollution Control - Discharge Permits - Industrial Poultry Operations (CAFOs)
HB1406 - Land Use - Development - Middle Housing (Modest Home Choices Act of 2020)
HB1425 - Climate Solutions Act of 2020 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act
HB1451 - School Bus Purchasing - Zero-Emission Vehicle - Requirement
SB0669 - Public Health - Prescription Drug Affordability Board and Fund

MARCH 5th 
HB1010 - Health Care Facilities - Discrimination (LGBTQ Senior Bill of Rights)
HB1095 - Public Health - Prescription Drug Affordability Board and Fund
HB1100 - Prescription Drug Affordability Board - Meetings, Legal Advisor, and Technical Changes
HB1105 - Income Tax - Credit for Residential Composting and Pickup Services
HB1220 - Public-Private Partnerships - Highway and Bridge Toll Facilities - Rates (No Lexus Lane Act)
HB1526 - Transportation Carbon Reduction Fund - Establishment (Transportation Carbon Fund Act)
HB1545 - Electric Generation - Transition from Fossil Fuels - Carbon Dioxide Emissions rate and Transition Fund
SB0372 - Election Law - Correctional Facilities - Voter Registration and Voting
SB0811 - Criminal Procedure - Automatic Expungement
SB0873 - Health Facilities - Hospitals - Medical Debt Protection
SB0879 - Public Health - Maryland Infant Lifetime Care Trust Funded by HSCRC and Maryland Patient Safety Center Duties
SB0900 - Criminal Records - Disclosure Information - Prohibited Acts

MARCH 6th
HB1475 - School Buildings - Drinking Water Outlets - Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act)

UPCOMING LOBBY DAYS - 

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 9:00 am - Strong Schools Maryland
February 24th - 4:00 pm - Sierra Club Lobby Day
February 25th - 9:00 am - Compassion and Choices Lobby Day for End of Life Option Act
February 26th - 8:30 am - MAJR Lobby Day
February 27th - 9:30 am - Compassion and Choices Lobby Day for End of Life Option Act 
March 2nd - 1:00 - Maryland Fair Elections Check In
March 3rd - 9:00 am - Compassion and Choices Lobby Day for End of Life Option Act
March 4th - 8:00 am - League of Women Voters Lobby Day 
March 5th - 9:00 am - Compassion and Choices Lobby Day for End of Life Option Act

Thank you for raising your voice in support of a better Maryland.