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  • This report provides the status of all UULM-MD priority bills at the close of the session. At midnight on the 90th day, the General Assembly adjourns "sine die" (literally "without day," meaning indefinitely, although the 2020 session will convene next January).

    Climate Change 

    SB 516 - Clean Energy Jobs – Passed --> Governor

    SB 249/HB 277 Regional Initiative to Limit or Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Transportation Sector - Authorization (Regional Transportation and Climate Protection Act of 2019) – Passed --> Governor 

    All others failed (no action in either committee) 

    Death with Dignity 

    HB 399/SB 311 - End-of-Life Option Act (Richard E. Israel and Roger 'Pip' Moyer Act) – Failed by tie vote on Senate floor 

    Economic Justice 

    HB 166/SB 280 - Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage (Fight for Fifteen) – Passed over Governor’s veto 

    HB 341/SB 500 - Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2019) – Failed (no action in either committee) 

    Gun Violence 

    SJ2/HJ 9 - Freedom of the Press Day – [Designating June 28 as Freedom of the Press Day in Maryland to memorialize the lives lost on June 28, 2018, at the Capital Gazette offices] – Passed 

    SB 622 - Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention – Crime Firearms – Study –– Passed --> Governor 

    SB 346 – Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Sell, Rent, Transfer or Loan – Passed --> Governor 

    SB 536/HB 367 - Public Safety - Education - Firearm Funding – awaiting action in EHEA 

    HB 740/SB 882 - Criminal Law – Firearms – Computer–Aided Fabrication and Serial Number (3–D Printed Firearms) – HB awaiting action in JPR 

    HB 468/SB 441 - Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements - Failed (no action in either committee) 

    Healthcare 

    HB 697/SB 868 - Health Insurance - Consumer Protections and Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission – Passed --> Governor 

    HB 814/SB 802 - Maryland Health Insurance Option (Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019) – Passed --> Governor 

    HB 768 - Health - Prescription Drug Affordability Board – Passed --> Governor 

    Immigration 

    SB 537/HB 262 - Higher Education - Tuition Rates – Exemptions [Dream Act improvement] – Passed --> Governor 

    HB 214/SB 144 - Victims and Witnesses - U Nonimmigrant Status - Certification of Victim Helpfulness – Passed --> Governor 

    HB 1273/SB 599 - Immigration Enforcement – Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses – Policies – Passed House but Failed, no action in JPR 

    HB 1165/SB 718 - State Government – Government Agents – Requests for and Use of Immigration Status Information – Passed House but Failed, no action in JPR  

    HB 913/SB 817 Correctional Facilities and Police Officers – Procedures – Immigration Status – Failed (no action in either committee) 

    Restorative/Criminal Justice 

    SB 621/HB 294 - Correctional Services - Diminution Credits – Education – Passed Senate but Failed, no action in JUD

    HB 1001/SB 774- Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Reporting by Correctional Units and Requirements Relating to Minors – Passed --> Governor 

    SB 809 - Correctional Facilities - Restrictive Housing - Pregnant Inmates – Passed --> Governor 

    HB 1002 - Restrictive housing - Direct Release – Passed House but failed to get final vote in Senate. 

    HB 1029 - Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations (Restrictive Housing Reform Act of 2019) – Failed (no action in JUD committee) 

    HB 443/SB 121 - Inmates - Life Imprisonment - Parole Reform - Failed (no action in either committee) 

     

     

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  • One day before the 2019 session ended, Maryland lost a rare leader and good friend, Speaker Michael Busch. He was UULM-MD's first-ever Lawmaker of the Year, so named in December 2006. According to UULM-MD Chair Steve Buckingham: "When we presented this award, I remember saying that he had already shown us all how a Speaker should lead." His tenure ushered in a new era of progressive legislation, including healthcare reform, climate change measures, death penalty repeal, LGBTQ rights, gun control, and many other significant laws enacted. Will will miss him greatly. Rest in Peace, Coach.

     

  • The following bills passed before the General Assembly adjourned on April 8, and we need to urge the Governor to sign them:

    For current descriptions of all bills, including those that have been amended and passed by the House or Senate, please refer to the table here 

    Climate Change

    SB 516 - Clean Energy Jobs 

    SB 249/HB 277 Regional Initiative to Limit or Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Transportation Sector - Authorization (Regional Transportation and Climate Protection Act of 2019) 

    Gun Violence

    SB 346 – Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Sell, Rent, Transfer or Loan 

    SB 622/HB 774 - Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention – Crime Firearms – Study 

    Healthcare

    HB 697/SB 868 - Health Insurance - Consumer Protections and Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission

    HB 814/SB 802 - Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program 

    HB 768 - Health - Prescription Drug Affordability Board 

    Immigration

    HB 262/SB 537 - Higher Education - Tuition Rates - Exemptions 

    HB 214/SB 144 - Victims and Witnesses - U Nonimmigrant Status - Certification of Victim Helpfulness 

    Restorative Justice

    HB 1001/SB 774 - Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Reporting by Correctional Units and Requirements Relating to Minors 

    SB 809 - Correctional Facilities - Restrictive Housing - Pregnant Inmates 

    NOTE: The following measures also passed, but do not need the Governor's signature to become effective:

    HB 166/SB 280 - Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage (Fight for Fifteen) – Passed over Governor’s veto 

    SJ 2/HJ 9 - Freedom of the Press Day – Designating June 28 as Freedom of the Press Day in Maryland to memorialize the lives lost on June 28, 2018, at the Capital Gazette offices.  [Joint Resolutions do not require the Governor's signature.]

     

     

  • For a full list of priority bills filed to date, their status and actions to take, please click here

     

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