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Governor Hogan’s 2018 Session Priorities

Jobs – Creating Opportunity for Our State

More Jobs for Marylanders Act 2.0 (SB 305)

CyberMaryland Act of 2018 (SB 310)

PRIME Act of 2018

Workforce Development – Preparing Our Workforce

Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018 (HB 98, SB 135)

Small Business Relief Tax Credit (HB 99, SB 134)

ACCESS Act of 2018 (HB 350,  SB 300)

Fostering Employment Act of 2018 (SB 308)

Teacher Training and Professional Development for Computer Science (Budgetary Action)

IN-MD Social Network Technology Platform (Budgetary Action)

Partnership with the University System Of Maryland to Increase Degrees Awarded in STEM-Related Fields (Budgetary Action)

Maryland Technology Internship Program (Budgetary Action)

Maryland Center for Cell Therapy Manufacturing (Budgetary Action)

Tax & Fee Relief – Protecting Our Taxpayers

Hometown Heroes Act of 2018 (HB 354, SB 299)

Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Military Retirement Income (SB 312)

Protecting Maryland Taxpayers Act

Common Sense Spending Act of 2018 (HB 348, SB 293)

Alcoholic Beverages – Manufacturer’s License Fees – Alteration (SB 311)   

Education – Strengthening Our Education System

Accountability in Education Act of 2018 (HB 355, SB 302)

Protect Our Students Act of 2018 (HB 351, SB 301)   

Commitment To Education Act Of 2018 (HB 1815SB 1258)

Safe Schools Act Of 2018 (HB 1816SB 1257)

Victims – Safeguarding Our Citizens

Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Act of 2018 (HB 349, SB 296)

Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (HB 353, SB 298)

Felony Human Trafficking Act of 2018 (HB 346, SB 297)

Address Confidentiality Program – Shielding Real Property Records of Program Participants (HB 255)

Criminal Procedure – Victim Services Unit – Victims’ Compensation (HB 247)

Public Safety/Crime – Securing Our Streets

Accountability For Violent Criminals Act of 2018 (HB 100, SB 199)

Crimes – Firearms – Penalties (HB 101, SB 197)

Criminal Gang Offenses – Penalties, Procedures, and Elements (HB 102, SB 198)    

Ethics – Holding Our Government Accountable

Government Accountability Act of 2018 (HB 347, SB 294)

Transparency Act of 2018 (HB 352, SB 295)

General Assembly and Congressional Legislative Redistricting and Apportionment Commission (SB 307)

Heroin and Opioid Crisis – Treatment, Prevention, And Enforcement

Substance Use Facilities and Programs – Certificate of Need – Repeal of Requirement (HB 384)

Health Occupations – Certified Supervised Counselors – Alcohol and Drug – Qualifications (HB 248)

The Overdose Data Reporting Act (SB 309)

Crimes – Controlled Dangerous Substances – Volume Dealers (SB 313)

Environment – Preserving Our Environment

Septic Stewardship Act of 2018 (SB 314)

MORE JOBS FOR MARYLANDERS ACT 2.0 (SB 305)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will build on the success of the More Jobs for Marylanders Act by expanding the reach of the program to additional jurisdictions and allowing all eligible jurisdictions to select up to three industries or sectors in addition to manufacturing where tax credits would be applicable for each job created.

CYBERMARYLAND ACT OF 2018 (SB 310)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will encourage Maryland small businesses to improve their cybersecurity by providing for a tax credit of up to $50,000 for the cost of cybersecurity technology purchased from Maryland cybersecurity firms.

PRIME ACT OF 2018

Proposed Legislation: Legislation provides a package of state income, property, and sales tax credits and exemptions to enable Maryland to put forward the most competitive bid possible for Amazon’s second headquarters, HQ2.

ACCESS ACT OF 2018 (HB 350,  SB 300)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will implement computer science standards statewide for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

FOSTERING EMPLOYMENT ACT OF 2018 (SB 308)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation will establish the Fostering Employment Program, allowing foster care youth or unaccompanied homeless youth access to Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, or access training through programs such as the EARN Maryland program.

TEACHER TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE

Proposed Budgetary Action: Budgetary action that will provide $5 million to fund teacher training and professional development for computer science and provide grants to Local Education Agencies and individual schools for professional learning models and equipment.

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND TO INCREASE DEGREES AWARDED IN STEM-RELATED FIELDS

Proposed Budgetary Action: Budgetary action that will launch a $33 million partnership with the University System of Maryland to increase degrees awarded in STEM-related fields.

IN-MD SOCIAL NETWORK TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

Proposed Budgetary Action: Budgetary action that will create a one-stop shop for internships in STEM-related fields.

MARYLAND TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Proposed Budgetary Action: Budgetary action that will fund the program for the first time in history, the program will provide matching funds to companies for internship stipends.

MARYLAND CENTER FOR CELL THERAPY MANUFACTURING

Proposed Budgetary Action: Budgetary action that will invest $17 million, including $5 million in state funds to give academic researchers, start-up small bio-tech, and pharma companies the infrastructure they need to support the translation and production of cell therapies, which are at the cutting edge of battling cancer and other diseases.

PAID LEAVE COMPROMISE ACT OF 2018 (HB 98, SB 135)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that is a compromise proposal to provide paid leave benefits to Marylanders while fixing the most problematic elements of the deeply flawed bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly and subsequently vetoed by the governor.

SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF TAX CREDIT (HB 99, SB 134)   

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will provide $100 million over five years in tax credits to businesses with fewer than 50 employees that provide paid leave benefits to their employees.

HOMETOWN HEROES ACT OF 2018  (HB 354, SB 299)  

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that exempts retired law enforcement, fire, rescue, emergency response personnel, or correctional officers from state tax on the retirement income specific to their service in the public safety sector.

INCOME TAX – SUBTRACTION MODIFICATION – MILITARY RETIREMENT INCOME (SB 312)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that exempts military retirees from state tax on their military retirement income.

PROTECTING MARYLAND TAXPAYERS ACT

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will protect Maryland taxpayers who could be negatively impacted by federal tax reform.

COMMON SENSE SPENDING ACT OF 2018 (HB 348, SB 293)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that addresses mandated spending, which accounts for 84% of Maryland’s own source revenues, and ensures that future budgets prioritize key expenditures while giving leaders the flexibility to trim excessive cost increases that exceed revenues.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES – MANUFACTURER’S LICENSE FEES – ALTERATION (SB 311)   

Proposed Legislation: Legislation will reduce Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturer license fees.

ACCOUNTABILITY IN EDUCATION ACT OF 2018 (HB 355, SB 302)   

Proposed Legislation: Legislation which will create an Office of the State Education Investigator General, which will be an independent unit within the Maryland State Department of Education.

PROTECT OUR STUDENTS ACT OF 2018 (HB 351, SB 301)   

Proposed Legislation: Legislation which will require academic performance to be counted as 80% of a school’s composite score, aligning Maryland with the national average.

COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION ACT OF 2018 (HB 1815SB 1258)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation will create a “lockbox” for education funding to ensure that all revenues from Maryland casinos go directly to funding K-12 education and improvements to the state’s public school facilities; legislation will increase education spending by more than an additional $4.4 billion over the next decade.

SAFE SCHOOLS ACT OF 2018 (HB 1816SB 1257)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation will create Maryland’s first statewide school safety standards, including required training and certification for all school resource officers and security staff. The legislation will also require all school systems to conduct an annual school safety assessment and develop plans to address behavioral threats and emergency situations.

REPEAT DRUNK DRIVING OFFENDERS ACT OF 2018 (HB 349, SB 296)  

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that makes drunk driving a felony offense for those with three or more prior convictions.

REPEAT SEXUAL PREDATOR PREVENTION ACT (HB 353, SB 298)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that allows courts to admit evidence of a defendant’s prior history of sexual assault during prosecution for subsequent sexual offenses.

FELONY HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2018 (HB 346, SB 297)   

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that classifies felony human trafficking as a violent crime.

ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY PROGRAM – SHIELDING REAL PROPERTY RECORDS OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS (HB 255)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that enables victims of domestic violence to safely purchase a home without fear of their abuser finding their address.

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – VICTIM SERVICES UNIT – VICTIMS’ COMPENSATION (HB 247)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that creates a new victim services unit focused on restitution by centralizing data collection across state agencies.

THE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR VIOLENT CRIMINALS ACT OF 2018 (HB 100, SB 199)   

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that requires second-time violent criminals to serve their full sentence, and make them ineligible for parole.  

CRIMES – FIREARMS – PENALTIES (HB 101, SB 197)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will address the problem of repeat violent gun offenders failing to serve adequate time for their crimes by doubling the minimum sentence from five to ten years for repeat offenders who use firearms to commit felonies and violent crimes.

CRIMINAL GANG OFFENSES – PENALTIES, PROCEDURE, AND ELEMENTS (HB 102, SB 198)    

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will assist prosecutors to more effectively target criminal gang enterprises. 

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2018 (HB 347, SB 294)  

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will establish term limits for members of the General Assembly equal to those imposed on the governor.

TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2018 (HB 352, SB 295)  

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that calls for all General Assembly meetings to be livestreamed.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING AND APPORTIONMENT COMMISSION (SB 307)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that institutes a nonpartisan redistricting process to ensure free and fair elections.

SUBSTANCE USE FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS – CERTIFICATE OF NEED – REPEAL OF REQUIREMENT (HB 384)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will eliminate the Certificate of Need (CON) requirement for capital projects that offer certain levels of inpatient treatment.

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS – CERTIFIED SUPERVISED COUNSELORS – ALCOHOL AND DRUG – QUALIFICATIONS (HB 248)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will strengthen the behavioral health workforce by allowing applicants for certification as a certified supervised counselor for alcohol and drug treatment to use supervised work experience in lieu of an internship in order to satisfy certification requirements.

THE OVERDOSE DATA REPORTING ACT (SB 309)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will allow Emergency Medical Service providers and law enforcement officers to input and share data about opioid overdoses.

CRIMES – CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES – VOLUME DEALERS (SB 313)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will allow for the prosecution of high-level drug traffickers who deal in large quantities of controlled substances.

SEPTIC STEWARDSHIP ACT OF 2018 (SB 314)

Proposed Legislation: Legislation that will allow Bay Restoration Funds to be used to reimburse homeowners for the cost of on-site sewage systems pumping if their County creates a Septic Stewardship Program.

 


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