Many of my bills are being well-received and voted favorably through the legislative process! Here’s an update on where things stand:
Supporting Affordable Housing & Building Diverse, Inclusive Communities
HB 90 requires the Department of Housing and Community Development and Political Subdivisions to demonstrate that they are Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.
HB1239 establishes a Financial Assistance Program to cover Appraisal Gaps in Historically Redlined Areas.
Both of these bills were voted favorably out of the Environment & Transportation Committee today and will be brought up for a vote on the House Floor next week.
Protecting our Environment
HB 204 – The Environmental Accountability and Transparency Act requires the Department of the Environment and Department of Natural Resources to maintain a public website with de-identified information about environmental violations and that status of subsequent enforcement actions. HB204 passed the House yesterday and is on it’s way to the Senate!
HB 314 – The Plastics and Packaging Reduction Act, which bans plastic bags at point of sale in stores statewide. HB314 passed out of the House of Delegates last week and has been assigned to the Finance Committee in the Senate.
Connecting our State: Supporting Public Transit
HB 114 – The Transit Safety & Investment Act will close the funding gap required for MTA to pay for desperately needed capital improvements and safety enhancements and prevent crashes, delays, and breakdowns. Under this bill, MTA will be allocated the money it needs to maintain a state of good repair for the commuter buses, light rail, metro, and trains that it operates. HB114 passed the House yesterday, 101-25!
Supporting Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
HB 829 – The Maryland Capital Access Program (MD CAP) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. HB829 passed the House yesterday, 111-27!
Increasing Government Transparency & Accountability
HB 183 – The Equitable Access to Records Act makes revisions to our Public Information Act laws with the intent of making the PIA process more friendly, affordable, and accessible to residents. HB183 passed the House unanimously yesterday!
HB 113 increases transparency and reporting from the Bureau of Revenue Estimates to ensure that it is providing the best possible assistance to the Legislative and Executive branches as they craft the state budget each year, and to aid local governments in their revenue estimates. HB113 passed the House earlier this month, 105-21.
Supporting our State Workers
HB922 clarifies that a State retirement and pensions system member’s death that was caused or contributed to by COVID-19 can be eligible for line-of-duty death benefit under certain circumstances. HB922 passed the House unanimously today!
Protecting Taxpayer Dollars & Keeping Energy Affordable
HB 397 protects low-income customers from predatory high-priced energy companies: This bill passed the House last month and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee.
Protecting Student Athletes
HB 125 – The Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act – ensures that intercollegiate student athletes at public universities are not prohibited from using their name, image, or likeness to earn income and provides important health and safety protections for our public university athletes. HB125 passed the House earlier this month (123-11) and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.