Veterans Legislative Update | 10 Feb '20


Greetings,

 

Headlines:

 

  • It was great to see Sen. Simonaire’s SB 324 pass second reading. The MMC and the American Legion Department of Maryland both testified in support. This important bill implements mental health first aid training for veterans and the immediate family members of veterans on how to identify and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. If you aren’t familiar with the program, check out Mental Health First Aid!

 

  • While the hearings have been held for the Veterans Education Protection Act, “it ain’t over until it’s over!” We still need to see favorable committee reports to move forward Senator Ellis’ SB 294 and Delegate Pat Young’s HB 593. Wonder why this is important? Check out these articles on Lincoln Tech, Education Affiliates, and the Dream Center. I’m expecting to see more “call to action” messages from our friends at the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition and I will be sure to pass those along to you. We greatly appreciate their support of Maryland’s Veterans, Service members, and their Families!

 

  • Be sure to scan the tracker at the bottom of this email. We are starting to see favorable committee reports on many of our bills.

 

  • Check out the latest Free State Veterans blog on Dogs, Skool, Biz, Etc. Really great service dog photos! Don’t miss it!

 

  • FYI, I will be departing the MMC on Monday, 24 Feb. to focus on nonprofit consulting through Catchafire. Thanks to all for supporting our Veterans!

 

 

Key Dates:

 

2 March - Final date for introduction of bills without suspension of Rules

10 March - Each Chamber’s committees to report their own bills by this date

16 March - Opposite Chamber Bill Crossover Date

26 March - Washington Nationals Season Opener vs. Mets

30 March - Budget Bill to be passed by both Chambers

2 April - Washington Nationals Home Opener vs. Mets

6 April - Adjournment

 

New Bills:

 

HB 1073 (Johnson) – Law Enforcement Officers’ Pension System – Military Service Credit

 

HB 1109 (Mangione) (x/f SB  109) – Disabled Active Duty Service Members, Disabled   Veterans, and    Surviving Spouses - Exemption From Property Tax and Other Charges and Refunds

 

HB 1110 (Charles) – Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Military Retirement Income

 

HB 1427 (Cain) – Higher Education - Tuition Exemption - Spouses and Dependents of Disabled Veterans

 

HB 1482 (Solomon) – Military Department – Study on Assisting Active Duty Service Members With State Law and Regulatory Compliance

 

HB 1515 (P. Young) (x/f SB 904) – Sheila E. Hixson Behavioral Health Services Matching Grant Program for Service Members and Veterans - Establishment

 

This week in Annapolis:

 

Tuesday, 11 February

HB 349 (Admin.) | Economic Matters

HB 398 (Rogers) | E&T

HB 506 (Valentino-Smith) | Appropriations

 

Wednesday, 12 February

HB 114 (Long) | E&T

HB 236 (Carey) | E&T

SB 282 (Admin.) |EHEA

SB 349 (Patterson) | B&T

SB 417 (Salling) | B&T

SB 458 (Elfreth) | EHEA

SB 488 (Peters) | B&T

 

Thursday, 13 February

SB 366 (Ready) | Finance

HB 570 (Carroll County Delegation) | W&M

 

Friday, 14 February

HB 361 (Admin.) | W&M

HB 503 (Valentino-Smith) | W&M

 

Next Week in Annapolis:

 

Tuesday, 18 February

HB 596 (P. Young) | Approps

HB 633 (Cox) | Approps

HB 708 (Watson) | W&M

HB 766 (Kaiser) | W&M

SB 904 (Smith) | Finance

 

Wednesday, 19 February

HB 204 (Qi)

SB 700 (Waldstreicher)

 

Thursday, 20 February

HB 646 (P. Young) | E&T

SB 487 (Serafini) | B&T

 

Friday, 21 February

HB 371 (Lisanti) | W&M

SB 532 (Smith) | Finance

 
Take care,

 

Brian T. Smith

Veterans Advocate

 

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Current Status 2020 Regular Session - For Tracking list: MDGA2020 (All Bills) - Created on: 02/08/2020 02:01 a.m.

Number/
Chapter
(Cross File)
Total: 72

Title

Primary Sponsor

Status

Original House Committee(s) and
Hearing Dates

Opposite House Committee(s) and
Hearing Dates

HB0012
    (SB0341)

Department of Veterans Affairs - Homes for Veterans - Veterans of Uniformed Service

Delegate Rogers

Favorable with Amendments Report by Health and Government Operations

Health and Government Operations
1/29/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

HB0032

General Provisions - Commemorative Days - Welcome Home Korean War Veterans Day

Delegate Chang

First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations

Rules and Executive Nominations

HB0114

Agriculture - Animal Shelters - Waiver of Adoption Fee

Delegate Long

Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation
2/12/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0119

Commission on African American Patriots in the American Revolutionary War

Delegate Rosenberg

First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations

Rules and Executive Nominations

HB0131
    (SB0059)

State Lottery - Instant Ticket Lottery Machines - Fraternal Organizations ("ITLM" for Homeless Veterans Act)

Delegate Krimm

Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
1/30/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0133

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program - Deployed Military Personnel - Exemption

Chair, Environment and Transportation Committee

Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation
2/6/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0151
    (SB0191)

Creation of a State Debt - Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2020, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019

Speaker

First Reading Appropriations

Appropriations

HB0152
    (SB0192)

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020

Speaker

First Reading Appropriations

Appropriations

HB0204
    (SB0359)

Corporations and Associations - Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises - Filing Fee Exemption and Study

Delegate Qi

Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m.

Economic Matters
2/19/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0236
    (SB0025)

Hunting and Fishing Licenses - Active Military, Former Prisoners of War, Recipients of the Purple Heart Award, and Disabled Veterans

Delegate Carey

Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation
2/12/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0257
    (SB0417)

Property Tax - Credit for Disabled Veterans

Delegate Crosby

Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
2/6/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0349
    (SB0280)

Occupational and Professional Licensing - Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses - Revisions to Reciprocity Requirements

Speaker

Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.

Economic Matters
2/11/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0350
    (SB0269)

Income Tax Subtraction Modification - Correctional Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, and Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Personnel (Hometown Heroes Act)

Speaker

Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
2/14/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0361
    (SB0279)

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income

Speaker

Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
2/14/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0362
    (SB0282)

Maryland National Guard - Tuition Assistance Program - Modifications

Speaker

Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

Appropriations
3/3/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0371

Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Military Retirement Income (Defense Workforce Opportunity Act)

Delegate Lisanti

Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
2/21/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0389
    (SB0203)

Income Tax Checkoff - Maryland Veterans Trust Fund

Delegate Rogers

Hearing 2/07 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
2/7/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0398

Energy Efficiency - Net-Zero Homes - Contract Preferences

Delegate Rogers

Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation
2/11/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0496

Motor Vehicle Insurance - Lapse - Active Duty Military Personnel

Delegate Crosby

Hearing 2/05 at 2:00 p.m.

Economic Matters
2/5/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

HB0503
    (SB0391)

Primary and Secondary Schools - Dependent Children of Service Members - Enrollment and Documentation Requirements

Delegate Valentino-Smith

Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
2/14/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0506
    (SB0458)

Higher Education - Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Military Personnel, Spouses, and Dependents - Alterations

Delegate Valentino-Smith

Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.

Appropriations
2/11/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0570
    (SB0366)

Carroll County - Education - Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructors

Carroll County Delegation

Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
2/13/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0593
    (SB0294)

Higher Education - Annual Revenues of For-Profit Institutions - Limitation on Enrollment (Veterans' Education Protection Act)

Delegate Young, P.

Hearing 2/04 at 1:00 p.m.

Appropriations
2/4/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0596

Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship - Graduate Students and Other Alterations

Delegate Young, P.

Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.

Appropriations
2/18/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0597
    (SB0318)

Higher Education - Nonresident Tuition - Exemption for Spouses and Dependents of Honorably Discharged Veterans

Delegate Young, P.

Favorable with Amendments Report by Appropriations

Appropriations
2/4/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0633

State Retirement and Pension System - Military Service - Purchase of Credit

Delegate Cox

Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.

Appropriations
2/18/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0646

Vehicle Registration - Special Plates for Veterans - Fees

Delegate Young, P.

Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation
2/20/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0708
    (SB0349)

Property Tax Exemption - Disabled Veterans

Delegate Watson, R.

Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
2/18/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0766
    (SB0700)

Property Tax Credit - Disabled Military Personnel and Surviving Spouses

Delegate Kaiser

Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means
2/18/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0997

Task Force to Study Veterans' Suicide Causes and Prevention

Delegate Brooks

First Reading Health and Government Operations

Health and Government Operations

HB1007
    (SB0532)

Task Force to Study the Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise Program

Delegate Young, P.

Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

Health and Government Operations
3/3/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB1027
    (SB0487)

Military Service Credit - Eligibility

Delegate Young, P.

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

Appropriations
2/25/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB1031
    (SB0973)

Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness - Reports on Housing Status

Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness

First Reading Appropriations

Appropriations

HB1073

Law Enforcement Officers' Pension System - Military Service Credit

Delegate Johnson

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

Appropriations
2/25/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

HB1109
    (SB0109)

Disabled Active Duty Service Members, Disabled Veterans, and Surviving Spouses - Exemption From Property Tax and Other Charges and Refunds

Delegate Mangione

First Reading Ways and Means

Ways and Means

HB1110

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income

Delegate Charles

First Reading Ways and Means

Ways and Means

HJ0004

Commission to Establish a Maryland Women Veterans Memorial

Delegate Bagnall

First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations

Rules and Executive Nominations

SB0020
    (HB0716)

General Provisions - Commemorative Days - Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day

Senator Patterson

Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/27/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0025
    (HB0236)

Hunting and Fishing Licenses - Active Military, Former Prisoners of War, Recipients of the Purple Heart Award, and Disabled Veterans

Senator Simonaire

Third Reading Passed (46-0)

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
1/23/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0059
    (HB0131)

State Lottery - Instant Ticket Lottery Machines - Fraternal Organizations ("Slots" for Homeless Veterans Act)

Senator Young

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

Budget and Taxation
1/9/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0084

Funeral Establishments and Crematories - Unclaimed Cremains of Veterans - Notification, Disposition, and Reporting

Senator Simonaire

Favorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
1/21/2020 - 1:30 p.m.

SB0086

Natural Resources - Fishing and Hunting Rights

Senator Simonaire

First Reading Environment and Transportation

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
1/23/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation

SB0090

Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program - Definitions

Senator Simonaire

Favorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
1/23/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0109
    (HB1109)

Disabled Active Duty Service Members, Disabled Veterans, and Surviving Spouses - Exemption From Property Tax and Other Charges and Refunds

Senator Ellis

Hearing 1/22 at 1:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
1/22/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0128

Local Government – Animal Control Facilities – Adoption Fee Waiver for Veterans (Pets for Vets Act of 2020)

Senator Simonaire

Favorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
1/29/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0142

Natural Resources - Recreational License Donation Program and Healing Hunting and Fishing Fund - Revisions

Senator Simonaire

Favorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
1/29/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0190

Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2021)

President

First Reading Budget and Taxation

Budget and Taxation

SB0191
    (HB0151)

Creation of a State Debt - Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2020, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019

President

First Reading Budget and Taxation

Budget and Taxation

SB0192
    (HB0152)

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020

President

First Reading Budget and Taxation

Budget and Taxation

SB0203
    (HB0389)

Income Tax Checkoff - Maryland Veterans Trust Fund

Senator Elfreth

Hearing 1/22 at 1:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
1/22/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0211

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income

Senator Salling

Hearing 1/22 at 1:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
1/22/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0269
    (HB0350)

Income Tax Subtraction Modification – Correctional Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, and Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Personnel (Hometown Heroes Act)

President

Hearing 2/05 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
2/5/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0279
    (HB0361)

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income

President

Hearing 1/29 at 1:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
1/29/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0280
    (HB0349)

Occupational and Professional Licensing - Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses - Revisions to Reciprocity Requirements

President

Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m.

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/6/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0282
    (HB0362)

Maryland National Guard - Tuition Assistance Program - Modifications

President

Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/12/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0294
    (HB0593)

Higher Education - Annual Revenues of For-Profit Institutions - Limitation on Enrollment (Veterans' Education Protection Act)

Senator Ellis

Hearing 2/04 at 1:00 p.m.

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/4/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0318
    (HB0597)

Higher Education - Nonresident Tuition - Exemption for Spouses and Dependents of Honorably Discharged Veterans

Senator Elfreth

Hearing 2/04 at 1:00 p.m.

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/4/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0324

Veterans - Behavioral Health Services - Mental Health First Aid

Senator Simonaire

Second Reading Passed with Amendments

Finance
2/4/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0341
    (HB0012)

Department of Veterans Affairs - Homes for Veterans - Veterans of Uniformed Service

Senator Griffith

Hearing 2/05 at 2:00 p.m.

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/5/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0349
    (HB0708)

Property Tax Exemption - Disabled Veterans

Senator Patterson

Hearing 2/12 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
2/12/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0359
    (HB0204)

Corporations and Associations - Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises - Filing Fee Exemption and Study

Senator Serafini

Hearing 2/05 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
2/5/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0366
    (HB0570)

Carroll County - Education - Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructors

Senator Ready

Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.

Finance
2/13/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0417
    (HB0257)

Property Tax - Credit for Disabled Veterans

Senator Salling

Hearing 2/12 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
2/12/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0458
    (HB0506)

Higher Education - Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Military Personnel, Spouses, and Dependents - Alterations

Senator Elfreth

Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/12/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0487
    (HB1027)

Military Service Credit - Eligibility

Senator Serafini

Hearing 2/20 at 8:30 a.m.

Budget and Taxation
2/20/2020 - 8:30 a.m.

SB0488

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military and Public Safety Retirement Income

Senator Peters

Hearing 2/12 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
2/12/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0532
    (HB1007)

Task Force to Study the Veteran–Owned Small Business Enterprise Program

Senator Smith

Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m.

Finance
2/21/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0700
    (HB0766)

Property Tax Credit - Disabled Military Personnel and Surviving Spouses

Senator Waldstreicher

Hearing 2/19 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation
2/19/2020 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0789

Public Health - Maryland Suicide Fatality Review Committee (Suicide Mortality Review and Prevention Act of 2020)

Senator Eckardt

Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.

Finance
3/4/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0866

Resident Hunting Licenses and Stamps - Members of the Armed Forces

Senator Edwards

Hearing canceled

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

SB0904
    (HB1515)

Sheila E. Hixson Behavioral Health Services Matching Grant Program for Service Members and Veterans - Establishment

Senator Smith

Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance)

Finance
2/18/2020 - 1:00 p.m.
Budget and Taxation

SB0973
    (HB1031)

Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness - Reports on Housing Status

Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness

Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m.

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
3/5/2020 - 1:00 p.m.