Maryland Legislative Tracker update – 20 Jan 2020

 

Greetings,

 

Headlines:

 

Our thanks to Governor Hogan for inviting a handful of MMC folks to his 15 January announcement of several key initiatives for military retirees, Maryland National Guard members, and military spouses. Please read the Governor’s press release for more info. We expect to see the enabling legislation soon!

 

In case you missed Sunday’s Capital Gazette, please read Tom Jurkowsky’s excellent article on Maryland & military retirees!

 

Hope you are checking out the Free State Veterans blog. In the latest edition: info two great bills waiving pet adoption fees for Veterans and others; a different look the military retirement taxation issue, or how MD misses out on over $100 million in additional tax revenue; and another plug for equine therapy programs! A couple great videos and photos! Read it, subscribe, it’s free...and worth every penny!

 

I mentioned military retirees in each of the above items. Holding to that trend, on Wednesday, MMC and the American Legion, Maryland Dept. (ALMD) will testify before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of Sen. Salling’s SB 211, which provides a three year, phased-in total income tax subtraction on military retirement income.

 

Key Dates:

20 Jan – Administration Bills introduced after this date are referred to Senate Rules Comm.

3 Feb – Senate Bills introduced after this date are referred to Senate Rules Comm.

7 Feb – House Bills introduced after this date are referred to House Rules Comm.

 

Bill Count (since last update):

# Senate Bills submitted:  260 (+26)

# House Bills submitted:  332 (+80)

 

New Bills (Check Tracker for Additional Info):

 

HB 114 (Long) – authorizes animal shelters to waive the adoption fee for a dog or cat if the adopter presents a valid driver’s license or identification card indicating veteran status, serves as a first responder, or represents an organization that trains and provides service animals for persons with disabilities | Note: similar to Sen. Simonaire’s SB 128, perhaps they will merge.

 

HB 131 (Krimm) (x/f SB 59) authorizes instant ticket lottery machines for fraternal and sororal organizations with a portion of the proceeds supporting programs for homeless Veterans

 

HB 133 (Dept. of Trans) – exempts deployed service members from mandatory vehicle emissions inspections

 

HB 236 (Carey) (x/f SB 25) – reauthorizes the issuance of complimentary or discounted hunting and fishing licenses to military personnel, former prisoners of war, recipients of the Purple Heart Award, and disabled veterans

 

HB 257 (Crosby) – provides for a property tax - credit for disabled Veterans | bill language not available, I’ll provide more info next report.

 

SB 203 (Elfreth) – establishes an income tax checkoff for voluntary contributions to the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund

 

SB 211 (Salling) – phases in, over a three-year period, a full income tax subtraction for uniformed services retirement income

 

This week in Annapolis:

 

Tuesday, 21 January

SB 84 (Simonaire) | EHEA | MMC, ALMD support

 

Wednesday, 22 January

SB 109 (Ellis) | B&T | MMC, ALMD support

SB 203 (Elfreth) | B&T | MMC, ALMD support

SB 211 (Salling) | B&T | MMC, ALMD support

 

Thursday, 23 January

SB 25 (Simonaire) | EHEA | MMC, ALMD support

SB 86 (Simonaire) | EHEA | MMC, ALMD support

SB 90 (Simonaire) | EHEA | MMC, ALMD support

 

Next Week in Annapolis:

 

Tuesday, 28 January

NTR

 

Wednesday, 29 January

HB 12 (Rogers) | HGO | MMC, ALMD support

SB 128 (Simonaire) | EHEA | MMC, ALMD support

SB 142 (Simonaire) | EHEA | MMC, ALMD support

 

 

Thursday, 30 January

HB 131 (Krimm) | W&M | MMC, ALMD support

 

Other Events:

 

25 Jan, 1000-12000 | Veterans Leadership Meeting | American Legion Post 141| Flyer attached

28 Jan, 1130-1300 | 5th Annual Maryland Military Alliances Open House | Flyer attached

 

Thanks for taking the time to read and for your support of Free State Veterans!


Take care,

 

Brian T. Smith

Vice President

Maryland Military Coalition

 

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Current Status 2020 Regular Session - For Tracking list: MDGA2020 (All Bills) - Created on: 01/20/2020 02:00 a.m.

Number/
Chapter
(Cross File)
Total: 22

Title

Primary Sponsor

Status

Original House Committee(s) and
Hearing Dates

Opposite House Committee(s) and
Hearing Dates

HB0012

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

Delegate Rogers

Hearing 1/29 at 2:00 p.m.

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 2/05 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation
2/5/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

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

HB0236
    (
SB0025)

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

Delegate Carey

Hearing 2/05 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation
2/5/2020 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0020

General Provisions - Commemorative Days - Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day

Senator Patterson

First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

SB0025
    (
HB0236)

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

Senator Simonaire

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

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

Hearing 1/21 at 1:30 p.m.

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

SB0086

Natural Resources - Fishing and Hunting Rights

Senator Simonaire

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

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

SB0090

Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program - Definitions

Senator Simonaire

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

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

SB0109

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

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

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

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

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

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.