Frederick County delegation bills get in before deadline
Feb. 11--ANNAPOLIS -- The Maryland General Assembly has seen a flurry of activity this past week as the chambers hit their bill introduction deadlines. The Frederick County delegation has dropped a slew of bills into the hopper including one designed to protect the social security numbers of students.
In 2016, Frederick County Public Schools learned of a data breach that exposed the personal information, including Social Security numbers of almost 1,000 students. The system stopped collecting the numbers the following year.
Any bills introduced after this week will be referred to either the Senate Rules Committee or the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee before being considered. To avoid that possible committee hangup, Frederick legislators have dropped a slew of bills.
Here's a look at the legislation primarily sponsored by state representatives representing Frederick County so far in the 2018 General Assembly. Bills that have already been withdrawn are not included.
Delegate Kathy Afzali (R-District 4)
* House Bill 697 would allow Maryland taxpayers to use itemized deductions to calculate their taxable income. Current law requires that taxpayers file their federal and state taxes the same way, using either itemized or standard deductions in both. The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced or eliminated many itemized deductions and nearly doubled the standard deduction to $18,000 for a head of household. Taxpayers will likely choose the federal standard deduction, but, according to the comptroller, that could increase state and local liability for Marylanders by a total of $483 million. Afzali and other lawmakers have introduced proposals that would "decouple" state filings with the goal of lowering Marylanders' local tax bills.
* House Bill 1002 originated from the Frederick County Montessori Public Charter Schools, Afzali said. It would allow the state to recognize Montessori training as a requirement for teaching in a public Montessori school.
* House Bill 1090 would ban "spoof" calls, calls that are falsely made to look like they came from the same area code as the person being called.
* House Bill 1419 would extend income tax benefits to Maryland Transportation Authority Police who live in an area where the crime rate is higher than the state average.
Delegate Barrie Ciliberti (R-District 4)
* House Bill 711 would increase the penalty for driving while impaired from six months to a year for the first offense and from one year to two years on the second offense.
* House Bill 1391 would require someone who had three or more driving under the influence convictions to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicle as part of their sentence.
* House Bill 1424 would prohibit abortion if it has likely been more than 20 weeks since the fetus was conceived, except in specified circumstances. This legislation has been introduced unsuccessfully since 2013, according to the Department of Legislative Services.
* House Bill 1425 would reduce the window in which a person can revoke consent to an adoption and increase the age at which a minor can consent to the adoption from 10 to 14 years old.
Delegate William Folden (R-District 3B)
* House Bill 9 would add restrictions to who can be memorialized on transportation structures through the Hero's Highway Act of 2015. The process would no longer be used to dedicate a structure to a firefighter, law enforcement officer, or another emergency responder who died in the line of duty. Secondly, a deceased member of the U.S. armed forces would be eligible only if he or she had been a state resident.
* House Bill 46 would require farm equipment or a vehicle transporting farm equipment longer than 15 feet to display wide-load signs or a flashing light.
* House Bill 924 would grant civil liability immunity to someone who administers an opioid antidote to someone who has overdosed.
* House Bill 964 would exempt counties and municipalities from amusement taxes related to school field trips.
* House Bill 965 would make the left lane "passing only" on three-lane roads with a posted speed limit of 55 mph or more. The bill was considered last year but didn't make it out of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
* House Bill 1091 would set aside a fund for the Department of Natural Resources to buy and maintain off-road vehicles.
* House Bill 1214 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of State Police, and the State Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board to establish a Trauma-Affected Veterans Training Program. The program would teach emergency responders and law enforcement officers the effects of certain injuries and how to interact with injured veterans.
Delegate Carol Krimm (D-District 3A)
* House Bill 243 would extend the time frame for the Task Force on Rural, Internet, Broadband, Wireless, and Cellular Service to study and report its findings until Nov. 30.
* House Bill 257 would have the secretary of aging review certain contracts.
* House Bill 306 would require state agencies to allow new nursing mothers break time to pump breast milk. It also requires that a private location, not the restroom, be set aside for the purpose. This bill essentially mirrors federal law.
* House Bill 629 would allow a retiree on a Medicare prescription drug coverage plan to cover an ineligible dependent under that plan. It would specify Jan. 1, 2020, as the date by which Maryland would be required to discontinue prescription drug benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees.
* House Bill 738 would grant the city of Frederick up to $150,000 for renovation projects at Culler Lake.
* House Bill 746 would grant the board of directors of the Boys Girls Club of Frederick County up to $305,000 to design and renovate their new facility in Frederick County.
* House Bill 822 would develop a phased retirement plan for state employees. The goal, Krimm said, would be to allow retirees to ease into retirement, cutting back on hours while passing on their institutional knowledge to younger hires.
* House Bill 1222 would make it easier for a small brewer making 300,000 or fewer barrels of beer a year to self-distribute by allowing it more flexibility to break or change its relationship with a distributor.
* House Bill 1232 would require that 1 percent of horse racing revenues in the Purse Dedication Account go to care for retired racehorses.
* House Bill 1537 would create a commission to study medical transportation funding for dialysis patients and other non-emergency users.
Delegate David Vogt (R-District 4)
* House Bill 366 "Ben's Rule" would allow non-communicative children with disabilities to opt out of state standardized testing. The bill has been held up in committee in previous years out of concern that it may jeopardize federal funding.
* House Bill 378 would prohibit the state Department of Education from collecting Social Security numbers of students.
* House Bill 414 would add some Department of Juvenile Services employees to the Correctional Officers' Retirement System.
* House Bill 426 would exempt the owner of a mobile home or "manufactured home" from having to file an affidavit of severance after moving during an emergency evacuation. They also would not have to register with the Department of Transportation before driving on a highway.
* House Bill 636 expands to the entire state a rule allowing hunters licensed to carry a handgun to carry the weapon while bowhunting.
Delegate Karen Lewis Young (D-District 3A)
* House Bill 127 would set aside $25,000 for the Heritage Frederick library and museum.
* House Bill 427 would allow students to apply sunscreen without a doctor's note and would allow school employees to assist if need be with parental permission.
* House Bill 512 would keep an employer from asking the wage history of an applicant and require the employer to provide a pay scale for the position on request.
* House Bill 562 would require hospitals to provide patients with a bill of rights.
* House Bill 653 would require doctors to discuss the dangers of opioids with their patients before prescribing them.
* House Bill 655 would require the Maryland Department of Health to collect and report on the location of labs that house dangerous microbes.
* House Bill 854 would increase highway user revenue going to counties and municipalities.
* House Bill 880 would require insurers to cover long-term antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease.
* House Bill 1201 would prohibit insurers from limiting or selecting a certain laboratory for its enrollees.
* House Bill 1296 would increase the required continuing education training for optometrists from 30 to 40 hours.
Sen. Michael Hough (R-District 4)
* Senate Bill 27 would allow a handgun permit applicant to get pre-approved before meeting the training requirements.
* Senate Bill 196 would require, rather than allow, the secretary of state police to issue a handgun qualification license without an additional application or fee to a person who has been issued a permit to carry a handgun.
* Senate Bill 225 would increase the amount of time an inmate has to serve on a life sentence before getting a parole board hearing from 15 years to 20 years.
* Senate Bill 289 would expand Frederick County's ethics rules to agents of parties with applications before the planning commission.
* Senate Bill 472 would increase the length of time before a handgun permit expires from two to five years.
* Senate Bill 503 would set aside $25,000 for the Luce Fund for Children to move and make improvements to the Helen Smith Studio.
* Senate Bill 504 would set aside $50,000 for the Global Wildlife Trust for improvements at the Catoctin Zoo's Northwest Trek Conservation and Education Center.
* Senate Bill 505 would set aside $116,000 for CrossRoads Freedom Center Recovery Housing improvements.
* Senate Bill 506 would set aside $100,000 for a new YMCA center.
* Senate Bill 507 would set aside $85,000 for the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society to improve its visitors center.
* Senate Bill 555 would allow a landlord to give a tenant seven instead of 14 days' notice of eviction in cases of breach of lease due to dangerous behavior.
* Senate Bill 601 would require that two residents with land adjacent to a scenic river sit on a scenic river advisory board in Carroll County.
* Senate Bill 602 would establish that a person cannot be denied a firearm solely on the basis that they have a medical marijuana card.
* Senate Bill 675 would require research facilities using dogs or cats to provide for the adoption of those animals if they are no longer needed.
* Senate Bill 962 would, in court, require certificates of a qualified experts to include a statement from the expert that the licensed professional involved in the suit failed to meet an applicable standard of professional care and supervision.
* Senate Bill 963 would establish a Victim Services Unit in the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.
* Senate Bill 1030 would set aside a fund for the Department of Natural Resources to buy and maintain off-road vehicles.
* Senate Bill 1031 would prohibit carmakers and distributors from coercing a dealer into sharing consumer data.
* Senate Bill 1032 would require that two residents with land adjacent to a scenic river sit on a scenic river advisory board in Frederick County.
* Senate Bill 1033 would grant the right to an attorney or advocate to a student or student organization in disciplinary hearings at higher education institutions.
* Senate Bill 1034 would cut off public assistance for the month to someone with an open arrest warrant.
Senator Ron Young (D-District 3)
* Senate Bill 11 would increase the maximum pension tax exclusion from $33,000 to $75,000 over five years and prohibit an individual from qualifying for the subtraction if their income for the year exceeded $100,000.
* Senate Bill 20 would set aside funding for Maryland filmmakers and establish tax credit for productions.
* Senate Bill 37 would extend deductions for business expenses to the medical marijuana industry.
* Senate Bill 72 would prohibit an insurer from considering credit history for car insurance applicants.
* Senate Bill 217 would allow students to apply sunscreen without a doctor's note and would allow school employees to assist if need be with parental permission.
* Senate Bill 218 would allow stores with a wine license to sell shochu and soju.
* Senate Bill 219 would reduce the seating capacity requirement for restaurant liquor license holders from 50 to 28.
* Senate Bill 220 would create and arena liquor license.
* Senate Bill 227 would require certain retail and food service corporations to compute their Maryland taxes using combined income tax reporting.
* Senate Bill 260 would create up to five licenses for instant lottery machines at fraternal organizations like the Elks Lodge.
* Senate Bill 261 would create a community college tuition assistant program.
* Senate Bill 262 would set aside $25,000 for the Heritage Frederick library and museum.
* Senate Bill 263 would allow Smoketown Brewing to get a banquet facility license by repealing a capital investment requirement of at least $250,000.
* Senate Bill 369 would allow a student to opt out of dissection or vivisection.
* Senate Bill 370 would grant the city of Frederick up to $150,000 for renovation projects at Culler Lake.
* Senate Bill 371 would grant the board of directors of the Boys Girls Club of Frederick County up to $305,000 to design and renovate their new facility in Frederick County.
* Senate Bill 392 would require the Maryland Department of Health to collect and report on the location of labs that house dangerous microbes.
* Senate Bill 447 would allow a cheese shop to sell wine.
* Senate Bill 530 would require hospitals to provide patients with a bill or rights.
* Senate Bill 610 would change the required reforestation ratio in a priority forest conservation area. It also requires permit applicant to provide written justification for any development in a priority retention area.
* Senate Bill 944 would ban the state and local government from requiring or coercing people to implant identification device under the skin.
* Senate Bill 945 would ban a motor vehicle insurer from making decisions based on an applicant's educational level.
* Senate Bill 946 would prohibit insurers from limiting or selecting a certain laboratory for its enrollees.
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