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2023 Maryland Legislation Of Interest To The Carroll County Observer

From time to time the Carroll County Observer will write about or comment on legislation in Annapolis. I thought I would use this page to track the status of legislation in the 2023 Maryland General Assembly session for readers.

Here are some of the proposed bills of interest for readers:

House Bill 119 and cross filed with Senate Bill 199: Primary and Secondary Education – Comprehensive Health Education Framework – Established

Requiring the State Department of Education, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health, to develop a comprehensive health education framework; requiring each county board of education to create an age-appropriate curriculum that is consistent with the comprehensive health education framework; requiring each county board to establish a method by which a parent or guardian may opt out of certain topics, subject to certain requirements; etc.

View proposed legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0119

View comments by the CCO: https://www.facebook.com/CarrollObserver/videos/493047726305087

Current status: Hearing 2/01 at 2:00 p.m.

Watch the hearing on this legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Media/false?cmte=w%26m&ys=2023RS&clip=WAM_2_1_2023_meeting_1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmgahouse.maryland.gov%2Fmga%2Fplay%2F3344385959724934bb4882ca91b91b391d%3Fcatalog%2F03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c%26playfrom%3D179239

House Bill 1279 and cross filed with Senate Bill 955 – Election Law – 2024 Primary Date – Alteration

Altering, in 2024, the date of the statewide primary election and the primary election for municipal offices in Baltimore City to the third Tuesday in April.

View proposed legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/HB1279?ys=2023RS

Info from WBAL: https://www.wbal.com/article/607541/3/maryland-house-of-delegates-approve-amended-election-reform-bill

Of note: This legislation as written does not change the 2024 candidate filing deadline of January 22, 2024.

House Bill 879 and cross filed Senate Bill 733: Carroll County – County Commissioner Districts – Alterations

Altering the boundaries for the county commissioner districts in Carroll County.

View proposed legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0879

View comments by the CCO:

Current Status: 2/09/2023 – First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations

Senate Bill 845 (cross filed with HB 933): End–of–Life Option Act (The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings and the Honorable Shane E. Pendergrass Act)

Authorizing an individual to request aid in dying by making certain requests; establishing requirements and prohibitions governing aid in dying, including requirements related to requests for aid in dying, consulting physicians, mental health assessments, the disposal of drugs prescribed for aid in dying, health care facility policies, and the effect of aid in dying on insurance policies; authorizing a pharmacist to dispense medication for aid in dying only to certain individuals under certain circumstances; etc.

View proposed legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0845

Comment from the CCO coming soon

Current Status: Hearing (Senate) 3/07 at 1:00 p.m.

  • State Senator Chris West (District 42) is on the Judicial Proceedings Committee.
  • Delegates Eric Bouchat and Chris Tomlinson (District 5) are on the Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 261: Motor Fuel Tax Rates – Consumer Price Index Adjustment – Repeal

Repealing a requirement that certain motor fuel tax rates be adjusted in future years based on growth in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.

View proposed legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0261

Status: Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Watch the hearing on this legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Media/false?cmte=b%26t&ys=2023RS&clip=BAT_2_8_2023_meeting_1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmgahouse.maryland.gov%2Fmga%2Fplay%2Fc510f2b2472a47c390ceedc8231989ee1d%3Fcatalog%2F03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c%26playfrom%3D6085071

House Bill 540 – Income Tax – Local Advertisement Tax Credit

Allowing small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 50 employees to claim a credit against the State income tax for certain costs incurred during the taxable year for advertising through a news media entity based within the State, subject to certain limitations.

View proposed legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/HB0540?ys=2023rs

Status: Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m.

Watch the hearing on this legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Media/false?cmte=w%26m&ys=2023RS&clip=WAM_2_16_2023_meeting_1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmgahouse.maryland.gov%2Fmga%2Fplay%2F43ad970fdba74047995732b7894193461d%3Fcatalog%2F03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c%26playfrom%3D11445966

Other legislation of interest in the State Senate or State House: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/SponsorIndex?id=carrolcosen&ys=2023rs



House Bill 359: Education – Interscholastic and Intramural Junior Varsity and Varsity Teams and Sports – Designation Based on Sex (Save Women’s Sports Act)

Requiring certain interscholastic and intramural junior varsity and varsity athletic teams or sports sponsored by certain schools to be expressly designated based on biological sex; prohibiting certain entities from taking certain adverse actions against a school or county board of education for maintaining separate interscholastic and intramural junior varsity and varsity athletic teams and sports for students of the female sex; and providing that certain individuals have the right to bring a civil action under certain circumstances.

View proposed legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0359

View comments by the CCO: https://carrollcountyobserver.com/2023/02/14/district-5-delegates-from-carroll-county-are-among-the-many-sponsors-to-the-save-womens-sports-act/

Current status: Unfavorable Report by Ways and Means (see Votes)

Watch the hearing on this item: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Media/false?cmte=w%26m&ys=2023RS&clip=WAM_2_15_2023_meeting_1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmgahouse.maryland.gov%2Fmga%2Fplay%2F75d18ccafcdc4897883752d7b6efce281d%3Fcatalog%2F03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c%26playfrom%3D14901938

Senate Bill 378: Public Health – Vaccinations – Minor Consent

Providing that minors who are at least 14 years old have the same capacity as an adult to consent to vaccination; authorizing minors under the age of 14 years to consent to vaccination under certain circumstances; and providing that the capacity to consent does not include the capacity to refuse vaccination for which a parent or guardian has given consent.

View proposed legislation: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0378

View comments by the CCO: https://www.facebook.com/CarrollObserver/videos/861855988368944

Current Status: Requested to be removed from the Hearing on 2/22 at 1:00 p.m.

If you have other legislation the Observer should be following in 2023 be sure to reach out on social media (@carrollobserver on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube) or via email at news@carrollcountyobserver.com