Legislation Tracking Report

2016 Legislation Tracking Report

Overview

Things were a bit in overdrive in Annapolis this week.  Committees doubled up on hearings and briefings, with many beginning at 8am and going into the later evening hours.  Among the bills heard this week were energy bills, gun bills and drunk driving bills.  There are 27 more days remaining in the 2016 Session and still a lot of work to do.  The Legislature has begun cutting the Governor’s proposed budget (because they cannot add to it…) and fencing off funding for certain projects.  Once the Senate passes a budget, the House will take it up and most certainly amend.  This will lead to a lot of last minute compromises and conference committees to hash everything out.

Clean Energy Jobs Act

Senator Pugh

The Clean Energy Jobs Act aims to combat climate change by expanding the State’s renewable energy industry with a $40 million investment in training for clean energy jobs, which includes providing pre-apprenticeship job training for careers in the clean energy industry and grants to help provide loans to women and minority-owned small businesses.  The bill also mandates that Maryland fuel 25% of its electricity with clean energy sources like wind and solar power by the year 2020.

HB0278/SB0415 Economic Development – Municipal Corporations – Community Revitalization and Improvement Zones

Delegate Wilson, B., Ways and Means

Authorizing specified municipal corporations to establish, by local law, a specified contracting authority for the purpose of designating a community revitalization and improvement zone for construction of specified facilities; establishing an application process within the Department of Economic Competitiveness and Commerce for designating a zone; authorizing a municipal corporation to issue specified bonds for the benefit of specified zones; requiring the transfer, from the General Fund, of specified increased tax revenue; etc.

Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m.

HB0326/ Housing and Community Development – Business Lending and Neighborhood Revitalization

Chair, Environment and Transportation Committee, Environment and Transportation

Expanding the areas in which the Neighborhood Business Development Program in the Department of Housing and Community Development is authorized to provide financial assistance; authorizing the Maryland Housing Fund and the Community Development Administration in the Department to provide financial assistance to specified business projects; etc.

Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m.

 

HB0584/ Economic Development – One Maryland Tax Credit – Expansion

Delegate Lafferty, Ways and Means

Expanding the eligibility requirements for the One Maryland Economic Development Tax Credit to include specified qualified businesses that establish or expand a specified business facility that is located in a qualified distressed political subdivision; expanding eligibility for the credit by altering, under specified circumstances, the number of qualified positions that must be created and the eligible activities in which a person may engage at a new or expanded business facility; etc.

Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.

HB0686/SB0559 Department of Housing and Community Development – Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund – Establishment

Delegate Hammen, Appropriations

Establishing the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; specifying the purpose of the Fund is to provide grants and loans to assist in predevelopment activities, including demolition, land assembly, architecture and engineering, and site development for revitalization projects in an area designated as a sustainable community; requiring the Governor to include an appropriation to the Fund in fiscal year 2018 of $25,625,000 to be allocated to projects in Baltimore City and throughout the State; etc.

Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m.

HB0723/SB0585 Transportation – Highway User Revenues – Distribution to Municipalities

Delegate Beidle, Environment and Transportation

Altering the authorized uses of highway user revenues; repealing obsolete distributions of highway user revenues to Baltimore City, counties, and municipalities for specified fiscal years; requiring that specified additional distributions of highway user revenues be made under specified circumstances to municipalities in specified fiscal years for specified purposes; requiring that specified additional distributions of highway user revenues be allocated among municipalities in a specified manner; etc.

Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.

HB1287/SB0867 Public Utilities – Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Eligible Sources

Delegate Waldstreicher, Economic Matters

Prohibiting specified Tier 1 renewable sources from being eligible for inclusion in meeting the renewable energy portfolio standard on and after January 1, 2018; authorizing renewable energy credits generated from specified Tier 1 renewable sources before January 1, 2017, to be eligible for inclusion in meeting the renewable energy portfolio standard in accordance with a specified provision of law; etc.

Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn

SB0415/HB0278 Economic Development – Municipal Corporations – Community Revitalization and Improvement Zones

Senator Serafini, Budget and Taxation

Authorizing specified municipal corporations to establish, by local law, a specified contracting authority for the purpose of designating a community revitalization and improvement zone for construction of specified facilities; establishing an application process within the Department of Economic Competitiveness and Commerce for designating a zone; authorizing a municipal corporation to issue specified bonds for the benefit of specified zones; requiring the transfer, from the General Fund, of specified increased tax revenue; etc.

Hearing 3/02 at 3:00 p.m.

SB0559/HB0686 Department of Housing and Community Development – Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund – Establishment

Senator Ferguson, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Establishing the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; specifying the purpose of the Fund is to provide grants and loans to assist in predevelopment activities, including demolition, land assembly, architecture and engineering, and site development for revitalization projects in the State;  requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to administer the Fund; requiring the Governor to include, beginning in fiscal year 2018 and yearly thereafter, a $20,000,000 appropriation to the Fund: etc.

Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.

SB0585/HB0723 Transportation – Highway User Revenues – Distribution to Municipalities

Senator King, Budget and Taxation

Altering the authorized uses of highway user revenues; repealing obsolete distributions of highway user revenues to Baltimore City, counties, and municipalities for specified fiscal years; requiring that specified additional distributions of highway user revenues be made under specified circumstances to municipalities in specified fiscal years for specified purposes; requiring that specified additional distributions of highway user revenues be allocated among municipalities in a specified manner; etc.

Hearing 3/02 at 3:00 p.m.

SB0867/HB1287 Public Utilities – Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Eligible Sources

Senator Nathan-Pulliam, Finance

Repealing the limit on the percentage of offshore wind energy that may be used to meet the renewable energy portfolio standard; prohibiting specified Tier 1 renewable sources from being eligible for inclusion in meeting the renewable energy portfolio standard on and after January 1, 2018; authorizing renewable energy credits generated from specified Tier 1 renewable sources before January 1, 2017, to be eligible for inclusion in meeting the renewable energy portfolio standard in accordance with a specified provision of law; etc.

Unfavorable Report by Finance

Associate Katherine Parris, Greenwill Consulting Group