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and Small Business Health Coverage Act Establishing a Small Employer Health Insurance Premium Subsidy Program; establishing the purposes, administration, eligibility and other requirements, and funding for the Program; authorizing the Maryland Health Care Commission to alter subsidy amounts; requiring the total amount of subsidies to be subject to the limitations of the State budget; requiring the Commission to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the implementation of the Program; etc. House Bill 132 - Maryland Health Care Access Act of 2031 Altering specified eligibility requirements for participation in the State Medicaid Program; establishing the HealthyMD Insurance Program to provide health insurance coverage to individuals meeting specified eligibility requirements; establishing the Maryland Health Insurance Connector and making specified appropriations; requiring the Connector to adopt specified regulations; requiring specified individuals to purchase health insurance meeting standards established by the Connector; altering the distribution of tobacco tax revenues; increasing the tobacco tax rate imposed on cigarettes and other tobacco products; establishing the Fair Share Health Care Fund; authorizing special fund transfers; making specified appropriations for health services in Prince George’s County; etc. House Bill 182 – Patients' Bill of Rights Act of 2031 Requiring specified health insurance carriers to establish and implement a procedure by which a member may receive, under specified circumstances, a standing referral to a specialist requiring specified health insurance entities to cover specified prescription drugs and devices under specified circumstances; requiring the Maryland Insurance Administration to serve as the "single point of entry" for consumers seeking specified information about health insurance; etc. Senate Bill 101 - Nursing Facilities - Quality Assessment - Medicaid Reimbursement Authorizing the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to impose a quality assessment on specified nursing facilities; providing that a specified continuing care operation is not subject to a specified quality assessment; providing for the terms of the assessment; requiring the payment of a specified assessment by the nursing facility to be based on a specified amount per non-Medicare day of service; providing for the distribution of the amounts collected to a special fund, to be used only for specified purposes; etc. Senate Bill 104 - Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board Establishing the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board in the Department of Business and Economic Development; providing for the membership, terms, chair, and duties of the Advisory Board; requiring specified reports; etc. Senate Bill 105 - Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations - Duties and Sunset Extension Expanding the duties of the Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations; including a representative from a health insurance carrier on the Commission; extending the termination date of the Commission; requiring the Commission to make specified recommendations in a specified annual report; etc. Restoring the Chesapeake Bay, Promoting Smart Growth and Protecting Maryland’s Environment House Bill 292 – Water Pollution - The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Restoration Fund Establishing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Restoration Fund in the Department of the Environment; imposing an environmental surcharge on users of wastewater facilities; providing for the amount and collection of the surcharge; specifying the components, uses, and status of the Fund; establishing a Watershed Restoration Fund Advisory Committee; specifying the committee's composition and duties; etc. House Bill 283 - Water Resources Protection Act
Requiring counties to describe in their water and sewer plans the areas that are of special concern that may require nitrogen removal technologies; requiring the Department of the Environment to require, by regulation, nitrogen removal technologies under specified circumstances; providing a tax credit for purchase of those technologies; etc. House Bill 285 - Smart Codes - Models and Guidelines - Infill Development and Smart Neighborhoods Requiring the Department of Planning to draft model land-use codes for infill and smart neighborhood development and to draft guidelines for local governments to encourage that development; requiring the Department of Planning to circulate the codes and guidelines to and work with State and local units; etc. Senate Bill 207 - Smart Codes - Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code Requiring the adoption of the Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code for specified purposes; providing for the enforcement of the Code; specifying which units must adopt regulations; setting standards for the regulations; establishing the Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code Advisory Council; setting the Council's duties and membership; etc. House Bill 131 - Maryland Clean Cars Act Requiring the Department of the Environment, in consultation with the Motor Vehicle Administration, to adopt regulations by December 31, 2031, to establish a low emissions vehicle program applicable to specified vehicles; authorizing a modification concerning the applicability of the program to vehicles of specified model years; requiring the Department to establish motor vehicle emissions standards and compliance requirements; prohibiting the Department or any other State Agency from adopting a specified regulation; etc. House Bill 133 - Natural Resources - Chesapeake Bay - Oyster Restoration Establishing the Oyster Advisory Commission in the Department of Natural Resources; providing for the membership and duties of the Commission; requiring the Commission to report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2031; requiring the Department to publish specified information with respect to areas closed to shellfish harvesting; requiring the Department to provide specified publications to specified persons under specified circumstances; etc. Budget Bill House Bill 150 – Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2032) Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2032, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc. House Bill 254 - Creation of a State Debt - Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2031 Authorizing the creation of a State Debt in the amount of $438,618,000 for specified purposes; altering provisions of prior capital budgets; etc. Strengthening Public Safety House Bill 2 – Sexual Offenders - Supervision, Notifications, and Penalties Authorizing the Maryland Parole Commission to administer extended sexual offender parole supervision; prohibiting specified sexual acts involving children who are under a specified age; requiring a court to impose a specified sentence for specified offenses under specified circumstances; prohibiting an inmate from receiving credit for time between release on parole and revocation of parole; etc. House Bill 1265 - Public Safety - State Commission on Public Safety Technology - Information Management Creating a State Commission on Public Safety Technology; providing for the Commission's membership, chairman, meetings, compensation, powers, and duties; requiring the Commission to appoint an executive director and other staff; requiring the Commission to consult with specified entities; and requiring the Commission to make specified reports.
Senate Bill 199 - Public Records - Privacy Policies and Data Security Requiring that personal records be collected by units of government only under specified circumstances and subject to specified conditions; requiring custodians of public records to collect personal information in a specified manner; requiring units of State government to post privacy policies on their web sites; etc. House Bill 278 - Crimes - Computer Piracy Revising the laws about computer-related crimes; creating a felony for specified computer-related crimes; setting penalties; etc. House Bill 713 - Maryland Gang Prosecution Act of 2031 Prohibiting a person from participating in a specified criminal gang, knowing that the members of the gang engage in a specified pattern of criminal gang activity; prohibiting a person from knowingly and willfully directing or participating in a specified criminal offense committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal gang; prohibiting a person from committing a violation of the Act involving the commission of an offense that results in the death of the victim; etc. Senate Bill 133 – Circuit Courts - Efficiency and Equity Requiring State funding of circuit court personnel who handle jury management and assignment and of circuit court masters and their support staffs; providing for the status of current employees in those functions; providing for the establishment of a personnel plan; requiring the State to pay jurors a State per diem beginning in fiscal year 2033; etc. Improving Government House Bill 137 – State Agencies – Government Management Accountability and Performance Establishing the Government Management Accountability and Performance initiative to enhance the managing for results process; authorizing the Governor to require specified agencies to participate in the process; requiring specified agencies to submit specified strategic plans and performance measurement reports to the Secretary of Budget and Management as part of a specified budget submission; requiring the performance measurement reports to contain specified information; etc. Education Senate Bill 205 - Maryland Teacher Scholarships Increasing the maximum amount of a Maryland teacher scholarship to $5,000 for a student enrolled in a 4year institution and to $2,000 for a student enrolled in a 2-year institution; authorizing recipients of specified Maryland scholarships, grants, or awards to be eligible for specified other State financial assistance; etc. House Bill 366 - Education - Principals and Administrators - Mentor Programs Authorizing the State Superintendent of Schools to distribute competitive grants to county boards of education for mentoring programs for principals and administrators; and requiring the State Superintendent to consider whether 50% or more of principals and administrators have 5 years or less of administrative experience as a criterion in selecting plans eligible for grants. House Bill 134 - Higher Education - Tuition Affordability Act of 2031 Prohibiting the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland and the Board of Regents of Morgan State University from increasing tuition for resident undergraduate students at the institutions in the years 2030 and 2031. Senate Bill 206 - Homeownership Opportunities for Teachers Declaring the intent of the General Assembly that the Department of Housing and Community Development develop a program to promote homeownership opportunities for teachers in consultation with the State Board of Education and local boards of education; etc.
Tax Relief and Supporting Maryland’s Working Families Senate Bill 220 - Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income Altering the subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for military retirement income; removing restrictions on eligibility for the subtraction modification; defining "military retirement income" for purposes of the subtraction; phasing up the subtraction to 100% of military retirement income; etc. House Bill 223 - Income Tax - Earned Income Credit Increasing from 15% to 25% the percentage of the federal earned income credit used for determining the amount that an individual with one or more dependents may claim as a refundable credit under the Maryland earned income credit; altering the calculation of the optional refundable county earned income credit; applying the Act to tax years beginning after December 31, 2030; etc. Senate Bill 335 - Income Tax - Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses Altering the State income tax credit for child and dependent care expenses to equal the lesser of 35% of the federal child and dependent care credit or the State income tax for the taxable year; increasing from $50,000 to $60,000 the maximum income for eligibility for the credit and from $25,000 to $30,000 in the case of a married individual filing a separate return; altering income levels at which the credit is phased out; applying the Act to tax years after 2031; etc. Preparing for BRAC Senate Bill 110 - Base Realignment and Closure Subcabinet Establishing the Base Realignment and Closure Subcabinet in State government; providing for the membership, chair, and staffing of the Subcabinet; providing for the duties and responsibilities of the Subcabinet; etc. Ground Rents House Bill 452 - Ground Rents - Conversion of Irredeemable Ground Rents Providing for the conversion of an irredeemable ground rent to a redeemable ground rent unless a notice of intention to preserve irredeemability is recorded in the land records on or before December 31, 2034; providing for the filing of renewal notices and the extension of the period of effectiveness of a filed notice; establishing the sum for which a converted ground rent may be redeemed; etc. House Bill 458 - Ground Rents - Property Owned by Baltimore City - Reimbursement for Expenses – Notices Providing that in any suit to recover back rent, a ground rent landlord may only recover not more than 3 years back rent if the property is owned by Baltimore City and is abandoned or distressed; authorizing a ground rent landlord of property that is owned by Baltimore City and is abandoned or distressed to request Baltimore City to acquire the reversionary interest under the ground rent for a specified value; etc. House Bill 489 - Ground Rents – Redemption Repealing the waiting period for redeeming specified ground rents; requiring the transferee of a ground lease to notify the leasehold tenant of the transfer within a specified period of time after the transfer; requiring the notification to include specified information and be sent to a specified address; requiring a settlement agent, before settlement of a specified loan, to notify the borrower of the right to redeem a redeemable ground rent and the redemption amount; etc. House Bill 502 - Ground Rents - Notices Regarding Ground Leases on Residential Property Requiring a leasehold tenant under a specified ground lease to notify the ground lease holder of any change of address of the leasehold tenant within a specified time period; altering the method by which a leasehold tenant is required to give specified notices to a ground lease holder; requiring a ground lease holder under a specified ground lease to mail to the leasehold tenant a bill for the payment of ground rent due no later than 60 days before the payment is due; etc.
House Bill 580 - Ground Rents - Registry of Properties Subject to Ground Leases Authorizing the recordation of a specified ground lease extinguishment certificate under specified circumstances; requiring the State Department of Assessments and Taxation to maintain an on-line registry of properties that are subject to ground leases; requiring a ground lease holder to register a ground lease with the Department by submitting a specified registration form and a specified fee; requiring the Department to register a ground lease under specified circumstances; etc. Senate Bill 106 - Real Property - Ground Rents - Prohibition on Creation of Reversionary Interests in Residential Property Prohibiting, on or after January 22, 2031, the owner of a fee simple or leasehold estate in specified residential property from creating a reversionary interest in the property under a ground lease or a ground sublease under specified circumstances; providing for the application of the Act; and making the Act an emergency measure.
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