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Dear Chamber Members,

The Maryland General Assembly reconvened on January 10, 2024. The Chamber’s Legislative Committee is hard at work monitoring the proposed laws that would affect Charles County businesses, and advocating on your behalf.

We invite you to review our work so far and to contact us with any concerns you might have about legislation that may affect your business. View our Legislative Advocacy Contact Sheet to share your concerns with the delegation.

We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors who continue to support our advocacy efforts. We also would like to thank the entire delegation for hearing our concerns and acting in the best interest of Charles County, and Maryland at large.

Sincerely,

Your Legislative Committee

Maryland House of Delegates (HB)

BillBill DescriptionPosition
HB12Property Tax Credit – Retail Service Station ConversionsSupport
HB24Environment – Impact of Environmental Permits and State Agency ActionsOppose
HB26Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Businesses Account – AlterationsSupport
HB28Passenger, Truck, and Multipurpose Vehicles – Annual Registration Fees Oppose
HB29Real Property – Transfer to Heir – Exemption from PrepaymentFYI to Real Estate Companies
HB55Maryland Commission on Veterans & Military FamiliesSupport
HB63Property Tax – Credit for Dwelling House of Disabled Veterans – AlterationsSupport
HB66Property Tax Credits – Public School Employees, Health and Safety Improvements, and Property Used for Local Housing ProgramsSupport
HB69Community Development Administration – Live Near Where You Teach Program – EstablishmentSupport with Amendments
HB75Higher Education – Teacher Development and Retention Program – DefinitionSupport
HB76Health Occupations – Pharmacists – Administration of VaccinesFYI to Pharmacies
HB81Constitutional Amendment – Form of County Government – Requirement to Adopt Charter Home RuleOppose
HB82Post College and Career Readiness Pathways – Cost to Student – AlterationOppose
HB93Landlord and Tenant – Termination of Residential Lease – Limitation of Liability for Rent Oppose
HB100Inheritance Tax Rate – Beneficiaries of Limited MeansSupport
HB136Employment Standards, Prevailing Wage, and Living Wage – Employer Adverse Actions – ProhibitionOppose
HB138Education – Financial Literacy Curriculum (Financial Literacy for All Act)Support
HB146Health Occupations Boards – Reciprocal Licensure and CertificationSupport
HB150Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program and Diesel Vehicle Emissions Control Program – Fees and FinesOppose
HB157Public Schools – Appropriations for School Safety Expenditures – Increase (School Safety Enhancement Act of 2024)Support
HB159Common Ownership Communities – Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment (Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment Act of 2024)FYI to Landlords, HOAs, Community Developers, etc
HB160Elementary and Secondary Schools – Workplace Readiness Week – Establishment Oppose
HB162Courts – Prohibited Liability Agreements – Recreational Facilities FYI to Recreation Facilities
HB181Failure to Pay Rent Proceedings – Prohibition on Rent Increases and Shielding of Court RecordsFYI to Landlords
HB184Public Health – Healthy Maryland Program – EstablishmentOppose
HB196Motor Vehicles – School Buses – Seat BeltsFYI to Bus Contractors
HB206Education – Student Behavior – Parent and Guardian Notice and Required Counseling (Parent and Guardian Accountability Act)Oppose
HB210Maryland Building Performance Standards – Fossil Fuel Use and Electric-Ready StandardsOppose
HB216Condominiums – Common Elements – Clean Energy EquipmentFYI to Condominium Owners and Managing Bodies
HB220Homestead Property Tax Credit – Calculation of Credit for Dwelling Purchased By First-Time HomebuyerFYI to Real Estate Firms, Attorneys, Etc.
HB244Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act – Civil Penalties – Alterations Oppose
HB245Department of the Environment – Fees, Penalties, Funding, and RegulationOppose
HB248Property Tax – Assessment Appeal Boards and Supervisors – Regional OrganizationFYI to Real Estate Firms, Attorneys, etc
HB267Electricity and Gas – Retail Supply – Regulation and Consumer ProtectionSupport
HB271Limited Liability Companies – Articles of Organization – Required Information Oppose
HB273Real Property – Regulation of Common Ownership Community ManagersFYI to Community Managers
HB281Cooperative Housing Corporations, Condominiums, and Homeowners Associations – Funding of Reserve AccountsFYI to Property Managers
HB328Hospitals – Financial Assistance Policies – RevisionsOppose
HB342State Procurement – Prompt Payment of SuppliersSupport
HB385Wage Payment and Collection – Pay Stubs and Pay Statements – Required InformationOppose
HB419Business Regulation – Automatic Tip Prompt Screen – RequirementsOppose
HB425Advanced Practice Registered Nurse CompactFYI to Hospitals
HB427Higher Education – Community College Facilities Renewal Grant Program – AlterationsSupport
HB430Firearms – Liability Insurance – Public Wearing and Carrying Oppose
HB434Maryland Condominium Act – Amendments to the Declaration FYI to Condominium Owners and Managing Bodies
HB452Individual Tax Preparers – Code of Ethics, Notification of Actions, Enforcement, and Penalties (Stop Scam Tax Preparers Act)FYI to Tax Preparers, Accountants, etc
HB462Funding for Wages and Benefits for Nursing Home Workers (Nursing Home Staffing Crisis Funding Act of 2024)FYI to Nursing Facilities
HB465Workplace Fraud and Prevailing Wage – Violations – Penalties and ReferralsOppose
HB467Food Service Facilities and Tipped Workers – Service Fees and Tip Credits (One Fair Wage Act of 2024)Oppose
HB470County Income Tax – Rate and Income Brackets – AlterationsOppose
HB472Education – School Mapping Data Program – EstablishedSupport
HB477Landlord and Tenant – Residential Leases and Holdover Tenancies – Local Just Cause Termination ProvisionsOppose
HB484Constitutional Amendment – Fee or Tax Rate Increases – Yea and Nay Vote of General Assembly Required (Taxpayer Disclosure and Protection Act)Oppose
HB520State Real Estate Commission – Complaints – Advertising ViolationsOppose
HB525Employment Discrimination – Use of Cannabis ProductsOppose
HB529Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program – Veterans – Number of Eligible RecipientsSupport
HB538Land Use – Affordable Housing – Zoning Density and Permitting (Housing Expansion and Affordability Act of 2024)Oppose
HB564Real Property – Residential Leases – Renter’s Insurance RequirementOppose
HB574Commercial Financing – Small Business Truth in Lending ActOppose
HB597Growing Apprenticeships and the Public Safety Workforce (GAPS) ActSupport
HB598Discrimination – Military Status – Prohibition Support
HB599Maryland Community Investment Corporation – Establishment (Housing and Community Development Financing Act of 2024)Support
HB607Community Colleges – Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship – RequirementsSupport
HB638State Transfer Tax – Rates and Distribution of Revenue – AlterationsOppose
HB640Property Tax – Improvements on Agricultural Land – Assessment Oppose
HB649Labor and Employment – Equal Pay for Equal Work – Wage Range Transparency Oppose
HB650Labor and Employment – Apprenticeship Standards – Ratio of Apprentices to Journeypersons Support
HB692Economic Development – County or Municipality Economic Development Authority – Powers and Use of ProceedsSupport
HB693Renters’ Rights and Stabilization Act of 2024Oppose

HB695
Consumer Protection – Notice to Consumers by Manufacturers and Dealers of Motor VehiclesFYI to Dealerships
HB697Real Estate Brokers – Commercial Transactions – Buyer’s RightsOppose
HB710Business Regulation – Household Goods Movers – Special Fund and FeesOppose
HB713Income Tax – Subtraction Modification for Military Retirement Income – Individuals Under the Age of 55Support
HB714Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Public Safety Employee Retirement IncomeSupport
HB734Municipalities – Vagrancy – Repeal of Authority to Prohibit Oppose
HB735Maryland Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Litter Reduction ProgramOppose
HB738Business Regulation – Licensed Home Improvement Contractors – Liability InsuranceOppose
HB751Sale of Residential Real Property – Offers to Purchase and Transfer Tax Oppose
HB765Property Tax – Credit for Hotel or Residential Development ProjectsSupport
HB783Homeowners Associations – Restriction on Long-Term Rentals – Prohibition FYI to HOA Management Companies
HB803Income Tax – Alteration of Brackets and Rates (Economic Prosperity Act of 2024)Support
HB805Cannabis – Licensee Locations – Restrictions Support
HB808Alcoholic Beverages – Retail Delivery – Local Delivery Service PermitSupport
HB812Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland – Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission – FundingSupport
HB853Residential Leases – Late Payment Penalties – CalculationFYI to Residential Landlords
HB859Real Estate Brokers – Licensing – License Renewals and Continuing EducationFYI to Real Estate Brokers
HB861Procurement – Preferences – Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise ProgramSupport
HB862Property Tax Exemption – Disabled Veterans – Service Connected Disability Support
HB882Business Regulation – Sale of Motor Fuel – Pricing Signage (Gas Price Gouging Act) FYI to Service Station Operators
HB889Building Code – Construction and Significant Renovation of Housing Units – Electric Vehicle Parking SpacesOppose
HB913Motor Vehicles – Registration – Annual SurchargeOppose
HB914Winery and Vineyard Economic Development Grant Program – ModificationsSupport
HB919Property Tax – County Authority to Set Special RatesOppose
HB924Transportation – Regional Transportation AuthoritiesFYI Transportation Authorities
HB925Vehicle Excise Tax – Rate IncreaseOppose
HB932Health Insurance – Utilization Review – RevisionsFYI to Health Care and Health Insurance Providers
HB940Local Government – Authorized Uses of Revenues From Development Impact FeesOppose
HB952Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Military Retirement (Keep Our Heroes Home Act)Support
HB955Motor Fuel Tax Rates – Consumer Price Index Adjustment – RepealSupport
HB962State Procurement – Small and Minority Business Reserve Program (Parren J. Mitchell MBE Prime Contracting Act)Support
HB964Landlords and Prospective Tenants – Residential Leases – Criminal History Review (Maryland Fair Chance in Housing Act) Oppose
HB955Motor Fuel Tax Rates – Consumer Price Index Adjustment – RepealSupport
HB1000Real Property – Residential Contracts of Sale – Buyer Privacy RightsOppose
HB1005Correctional Officers’ Retirement System – MembershipFYI to Law Enforcement Agencies
HB1006Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Facilities – Surgical TechnologistsFYI to Hospitals and Surgical Facilities
HB1007Fair Share for Maryland Act of 2024Oppose
HB1008Fossil Fuel Transportation Fee and Mitigation Fund (Climate Pollution Reduction Fund Act)Oppose
HB1014Maryland Estate Tax – Unified CreditSupport
HB1018Manufacturing Business Personal Property Tax – ExemptionSupport
HB1025Transportation – Motor Fuel Tax Rates, Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Tax, and Farebox Recovery Requirement (Transportation Equity, Fairness, and Privacy Act of 2024)Support
HB1028Business Regulation – Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment – Regulations for Retail UseFYI to Service Station Operators
HB1114Real Property – Landlord and Tenant – Procedures for Failure to Pay Rent, Breach of Lease, and Tenant Holding OverOppose
HB1117Landlord and Tenant – Failure to Repair Serious and Dangerous Defects – Tenant Remedies (Tenant Safety Act of 2024)Oppose
HB1157Grow Your Own Educators Grant Program – EstablishedSupport with Clarifications
HB1175Education – Public School Employers and Employees – Subcontracting for ServicesOppose
HB1194Hospitals – Clinical Staffing Committees and Plans – Establishment (Safe Staffing Act of 2024)Oppose
HB1196Real Property – Contracts of Sale – Title Report RequirementOppose
HB1260State Government – Permits, Licenses, and Certificates – ReimbursementOppose
HB1279Maryland Building Performance Standards – Fossil Fuel Use, Energy Conservation, and Electric- and Solar-Ready Standards (Better Buildings Act of 2024)Oppose
HB1365State and Private Construction Contracts and State Procurement Contracts – Prompt Payment and Interest RequirementsOppose

Maryland Senate Bills (SB)

BillBill DescriptionPosition
SB1Electricity and Gas – Retail Supply – Regulation and Consumer ProtectionSupport
SB3Health Occupations – Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses – Temporary Licensure, Certification, Registration and PermittingSupport
SB6Property Tax – Credit for Dwelling House of Disabled Veterans – AlterationsSupport
SB12College of Southern Maryland – Board of Trustees Membership – AlterationsOppose
SB14Economic Development – Tourism Zones – Designation and BenefitsSupport
SB18Health Occupations – Pharmacists – Administration of VaccinesFYI to Pharmacies
SB19Failure to Pay Rent Proceedings – Prohibition on Rent Increases and Shielding of Court Records Oppose
SB24Consumer Protection – Retail Sales – Return and Exchange Policy Oppose
SB37Public Utilities – Street Lighting Equipment – Acquisitions and Reporting (County and Municipal Street Lighting Investment Act) Support
SB38Wage Payment and Collection – Pay Stubs and Pay Statements – Required InformationOppose
SB53Real Property – Transfer to Heir – Exemption From PrepaymentFYI to Real Estate Companies
SB58Income Tax – Senior Credit – AlterationsSupport
SB64Income Tax – Credit for Employers Providing Parental Engagement Leave Support
SB67Property Tax Credit – Retail Service Station ConversionsSupport
SB81Higher Education – College of Southern Maryland – BudgetOppose
SB88Maryland Commission on Veterans and Military FamiliesSupport
SB90Community Development Administration – Live Near Your School Program – Funding and ExtensionSupport with Amendments
SB96Environment – Impact of Environmental Permits and State Agency Actions Oppose
SB160Labor and Employment – Payment of Minimum Wage – Tipped Employees FYI to Restaurants
SB131Transportation – Consolidated Transportation Program – Categorization and Equitable Distribution of Projects Support
SB160Labor and Employment – Payment of Minimum Wage – Tipped EmployeesFYI to Restaurants
SB162Landlord and Tenant – Termination of Residential Lease – Limitation of Liability for RentOppose
SB173Consolidated Transportation Program – Indian Head Highway – Conversion into Limited Access HighwaySupport
SB176Sales and Use Tax – Tax-Free Day – Veterans’ DaySupport
SB183State Procurement – Prompt Payment of SuppliersSupport
SB206Condominiums – Common Elements – Clean Energy EquipmentFYI to Landlords, Condo Management Companies, etc
SB214Maryland Military Installation Council – Membership Support
SB215Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Businesses Account – Alterations Support
SB216Workers’ Compensation – Failure to Insure – Penalties Oppose
SB221Health Occupations Boards – Reciprocal Licensure and CertificationSupport
SB233Employment Standards, Prevailing Wage and Living Wage – Employer Adverse Actions – ProhibitionOppose
SB321Property Tax – Credit for Hotel or Residential Development Projects Support
SB323Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Public Safety VolunteersSupport
SB328Funding for Wages and Benefits for Nursing Home Workers (Nursing Home Staffing Crisis Funding Act of 2024)FYI to Nursing Facilities
SB346Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Military Retirement Income (Keep Our Heroes Home Act)Support
SB359Advanced Practice Registered Nurse CompactFYI to Hospitals
SB377Higher Education – Teacher Development and Retention Program – Definition Support
SB393Higher Education – Community College Facilities Renewal Grant Program – AlterationsSupport
SB403Hospitals and Related Institutions – Residential Treatment Centers – AccreditationFYI to Treatment Facilities
SB413Discrimination – Military Status – ProhibitionSupport
SB436Workplace Fraud and Prevailing Wage – Violations – Penalties and ReferralsOppose
SB452Courts – Prohibited Liability Agreements – Recreational Facilities Oppose
SB456Alcoholic Beverages – Retail Delivery – Local Delivery Service PermitSupport
SB461State Real Estate Commission – Complaints – Advertising ViolationsOppose
SB465Common Ownership Communities – Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment (Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment Act of 2024)FYI to Property Development Companies
SB470Growing Apprenticeships and the Public Safety Workforce (GAPS) ActSupport
SB481Renters’ Rights and Stabilization Act of 2024Oppose
SB483Maryland Community Investment Corporation – Establishment (Housing and Community Development Financing Act of 2024)Support
SB484Land Use – Affordable Housing – Zoning Density and Permitting (Housing Expansion and Affordability Act of 2024)Oppose
SB498Income Tax – Senior Tax Credit – AlterationsSupport
SB505Public Utilities – Transportation Network Service – Assessment Cap IncreaseSupport
SB509Commercial Financing – Small Business Truth in Lending ActFYI to Real Estate Companies
SB511Labor and Employment – Apprenticeship Standards – Ratio of Apprentices to JourneypersonsSupport
SB513Employment Discrimination – Use of Cannabis ProductsOppose
SB525Labor and Employment – Equal Pay for Equal Work – Wage Range TransparencyOppose
SB537Cannabis – Licensee Locations – RestrictionsSupport
SB540Education – School Mapping Data Program – EstablishedSupport
SB542Real Estate Brokers – Brokerage Agreements – RequirementsSupport
SB558Garrett County – Procurement – Bids and ContractsSupport
SB559Business Regulation – Household Goods Movers – Special Fund and FeesOppose
SB564Real Estate Brokers – Licensing – License Renewals and Continuing EducationFYI to Real Estate Brokers
SB588Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Public Safety Employment Retirement IncomeSupport
SB589Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland – Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission – FundingSupport
SB622Community Reinvestment and Repair Fund – Funding (Maryland Reparations Act of 2024)Oppose
SB635Landlords and Prospective Tenants – Residential Leases – Criminal History Review (Maryland Fair Chance in Housing Act)Oppose
SB639Property Tax Exemption – Disabled Veterans – Service Connected Disability Support
SB642Maryland Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Litter Reduction ProgramOppose
SB651Business Regulation – Sale of Motor Fuel – Pricing Signage (Gas Price Gouging Act)FYI to Service Station Operators
HB665Maryland Condominium Act – Amendments to the DeclarationFYI to Condo HOAs and Management Companies
HB673State Procurement – Small and Minority Business Reserve Program (Parran J. Mitchell MBE Prime Contracting Act Support
SB675Individual Tax Preparers – Code of Ethics, Notification of Actions, Enforcement, and Penalties (Stop Scam Tax Preparers Act)FYI to Accountants & Tax Preparers
SB695Building Code – Construction and Significant Renovation of Housing Units – Electric Vehicle Parking SpacesOppose
SB715State and Private Construction Contracts and State Procurement Contracts – Prompt Payment and Interest RequirementsOppose
SB725Real Property – Residential Leases – Renter’s Insurance RequirementOppose
SB733Task Force to Study Transparency in Tax IncentivesSupport
SB746Winery and Vineyard Economic Development Grant Program – ModificationsSupport
SB748Income Tax – Alteration of Brackets and Rates (Economic Prosperity Act of 2024)Support
SB766Fair Share for Maryland Act of 2024Oppose
SB773Homeowners Associations – Restriction on Long–Term Rentals – ProhibitionSupport
SB791Health Insurance – Utilization Review – RevisionsFYI to Healthcare and Health Insurance Providers
SB806Business Regulation – Licensed Home Improvement Contractors – Liability InsuranceOppose
SB841Transportation – Motor Fuel Tax Rates, Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Tax, and Farebox Recovery Requirements (Transportation Equity, Fairness, and Privacy Act of 2024)Support
SB869Property Tax – Improvements on Agricultural Land – AssessmentOppose
SB874Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Facilities – Surgical TechnologistsFYI to Hospitals and Surgical Facilities
SB906Housing and Community Development – Conversion of Commercial Buildings for Residential Use – ReportSupport
SB926State Government – Permits, Licenses, and Certificates – ReimbursementOppose
SB928Maryland Estate Tax – Unified CreditSupport
SB937Grow Your Own Educators Grant Program – EstablishedSupport with Clarification
SB946
Landlord and Tenant – Failure to Repair Serious and Dangerous Defects – Tenant Remedies (Tenant Safety Act of 2024)Oppose
SB972Correctional Officers’ Retirement System – MembershipFYI to Law Enforcement Agencies
SB980Education – Computer Science – Content Standards and RequirementsOppose
SB985Economic Development – County or Municipality Economic Development Authority – Powers and Use of ProceedsSupport
SB992Real Property – Landlord and Tenant – Procedures for Failure to Pay Rent, Breach of Lease, and Tenant Holding OverOppose
SB1006Hospitals – Medical Debt Collection – Sale of Patient DebtSupport
SB1020Hospitals – Clinical Staffing Committees and Plans – Establishment (Safe Staffing Act of 2024)Oppose
SB1023Maryland Building Performance Standards – Fossil Fuel Use, Energy Conservation, and Electric– and Solar–Ready Standards (Better Buildings Act of 2024)Oppose
SB1043
Education – Public School Employers and Employees – Subcontracting for ServicesOppose
SB1126Transportation – Regional Transportation AuthoritiesOppose