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Labor

Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act of 2024

SB0104 (HB0205)
Sponsored by: Senator A. Washington

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Repealing and establishing the methodology used to calculate the weekly benefit amount; altering the taxable wage base used to determine employer contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, the dependent allowance, and the amount of earned wages subtracted from a weekly benefit amount; requiring the Secretary of Labor to set the taxable wage base and the maximum weekly benefit amount in a certain manner beginning in calendar year 2027 and each calendar year thereafter; etc.

Labor

Growing Apprenticeships and the Public Safety Workforce (GAPS) Act

SB0470 (HB0597)
Sponsored by: The Speaker (By Request – Administration) and Delegates AllenAlstonAmpreyAndertonBagnallBartlettBhandariBoafoBouchatBoyceConawayCrutchfieldDavisEdelsonFennell, FoleyForbesFraser-HidalgoGriffithGrossmanGuytonHarrisHensonHillHornbergerJacksonA. Johnson, S. JohnsonD. JonesKaiserKaufmanLopezLoveMcCaskillMillerMireku-NorthMunozPasteurPattersonPhillipsPruskiQiRobersonRoberts, RuffRuthSimmonsSimpsonSolomon, SpiegelTaverasTaylorTolesTomlinsonTurnerWatsonWilliamsWu, and Young

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Altering the Law Enforcement Cadet Apprenticeship Program in the Maryland Department of Labor to be the Public Safety Apprenticeship Program; expanding the purpose and scope of the Program to promote careers with certain public safety agencies; requiring the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to develop certain mental health wellness policies to be implemented in certain law enforcement agencies; establishing the Workgroup on Growing Engagement in the Law Enforcement Workforce; etc.

Labor

Maryland Predictable Scheduling Act

SB0994 (HB1226)
Sponsored by: Delegate Foley

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Establishing certain requirements on food service establishments, hospitality establishments, and retail establishments regarding work schedules for employees, including requirements related to the provision of work schedules to employees, notifications regarding changes to the schedules, and payment of wages to employees whose work schedules are changed by the employer; authorizing certain employees to request an adjustment in a work schedule before beginning a shift; etc.

Labor

Business Regulation – Automatic Tip Prompt Screen – Requirements

(HB0419)
Sponsored by: Delegates LehmanTerrasaAllenBagnallBoafoCharkoudianFoleyGuytonS. JohnsonD. JonesKaufmanR. LewisLopezMcCaskillPena-MelnykSchmidtSimpsonStewartTaverasTaylorVogelWilliams, and Wu

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Requiring certain businesses that use a point-of-sale system that automatically prompts a customer to leave a tip to disclose to whom the tip will be allocated.

Labor

Maryland Pathway to Nursing Program and Advisory Committee – Establishment

(HB0354)
Sponsored by: Delegate Cullison

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Establishing the Maryland Pathway to Nursing Program in the Maryland Department of Health; requiring the Secretary to establish a pilot program at community colleges in at least two geographically diverse areas in the State that offer licensed practical nursing programs before implementing the Program statewide; requiring an annual report by to the Governor and the General Assembly on implementation of the Program; and establishing the Maryland Pathway to Nursing Advisory Committee to assist in the development of the Program.

Labor

Workforce Development and Adult Learning – Leasing Training Program – Establishment

SB0091 (HB0011)
Sponsored by: Delegate J. Lewis

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Establishing the Leasing Training Program in the Maryland Department of Labor to train, prepare, and connect job seekers with careers in the residential rental housing industry; requiring the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning to administer the Program and award $250,000 annually in grants to eligible designated partnerships; requiring the Governor to include $250,000 in the annual budget bill for each of fiscal years 2026, 2027, and 2028 for the program; requiring a certain report by January 1 each year; etc.

Healthcare

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact

SB0359 (HB0425)
Sponsored by: Delegate Rosenberg

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Entering into the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact; establishing criteria for participating states; authorizing an advanced practice registered nurse to practice in a party state under certain scope of practice rules; establishing the Interstate Commission of APRN Compact Administrators and its duties and powers; providing for the amendment of and withdrawal from the Compact; providing that the Compact is contingent on the enacting of substantially similar legislation in six other states; etc.

Education

Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Implementation – Funding and Independent Evaluation – Alterations

SB0033 (HB0837)
Sponsored by: Delegates WuArentzBuckelCrutchfieldHartmanHillHutchinsonKaufman, and Pasteur

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Requiring certain county boards of education to consider the pursuit of certain certificates, certifications, or apprenticeships as the equivalent of pursuing postsecondary education and provide a method for a student or a student’s parent or guardian to authorize the release of the student’s personal information to certain apprenticeship sponsors and employers; requiring each public high school to inform students of certain employment and skills training opportunities in a certain manner; etc.

Education

More Opportunities for Career-Focused Students Act of 2024

SB0033 (HB0837)
Sponsored by: Delegates WuArentzBuckelCrutchfieldHartmanHillHutchinsonKaufman, and Pasteur

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Requiring certain county boards of education to consider the pursuit of certain certificates, certifications, or apprenticeships as the equivalent of pursuing postsecondary education and provide a method for a student or a student’s parent or guardian to authorize the release of the student’s personal information to certain apprenticeship sponsors and employers; requiring each public high school to inform students of certain employment and skills training opportunities in a certain manner; etc.

Economic Development

Eastern Shore Code Counties – Maximum Hotel Rental Tax Rate – Alteration

SB0095 (HB0186)
Sponsored by: Senator Carozza

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Increasing, from 5% to 6%, the maximum hotel rental tax rate that counties in the Eastern Shore class of code counties may impose.

Economic Development

Sales and Use Tax Exemption – Aircraft Parts and Equipment – Repeal of Reporting Requirement and Sunset

SB0574 (HB0557)
Sponsored by: Delegates AdamsAndertonArentzBouchatChisholmCilibertiGhristGriffithGrossmanGuytonHartmanHornbergerHutchinsonJacobsMangioneMcComasMetzgarMillerM. MorganT. MorganMunozNawrockiOttoReillyRoseSample-HughesSchmidtSzeligaTomlinson, and Wivell

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Repealing a certain reporting requirement relating to an exemption from the sales and use tax for certain materials, parts, and equipment used to repair, maintain, or upgrade aircraft or certain aircraft systems; and repealing the termination date of the exemption.

Economic Development

Economic Development – Tourism Zones – Designation and Benefits

SB0014 (HB1281)
Sponsored by: Delegates HartmanAmpreyAndertonArentzBarnesBoafoBuckelChisholmGhristGriffithHarrisHornbergerIveyMangioneMcComasT. MorganOttoPippyRose, and Spiegel

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Authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City or the governing body of a county or municipality to designate, by law, an area within that political subdivision as a tourism zone under certain circumstances; authorizing a county or municipality to exempt from the admissions and amusement tax gross receipts from certain admissions or amusement charges levied in a tourism zone; etc.

Agriculture

Oysters, Striped Bass, and Crabs – Commercial Authorizations – Suspensions and Revocations

SB0317 (HB0725)
Sponsored by: Senator Bailey

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Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from revoking a person’s authorization to catch oysters, striped bass, or crabs unless the person has been convicted of or entered an accepted plea of nolo contendere to a certain crime; altering and establishing certain procedures for the suspension or revocation of an authorization to catch oysters, striped bass, or crabs; and authorizing the Department to reinstate a certain authorization under certain circumstances.

Agriculture

Agriculture – Maryland Food and Agricultural Resiliency Mechanism Grant Program – Expansion

SB0311
Sponsored by: Senator West

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Expanding the Maryland Food and Agricultural Resiliency Mechanism Grant Program by making qualified nonprofit organizations that operate a farm or community garden that is on at least 250 acres, grows between 2,000,000 and 3,000,000 pounds of produce annually, supplies agricultural food products to the State’s food banks and emergency food providers at no cost, and is conserved in a land conservation program eligible for grant funding; and establishing the Maryland Food and Agricultural Resiliency Operating Fund.

Agriculture

Aquaculture – Placement of Shellfish, Bags, Nets, and Structures on Submerged Aquatic Vegetation – Extension

SB0301
Sponsored by: Chair, Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee (By Request – Departmental – Natural Resources)

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Extending to June 30, 2027, the authorization of a leaseholder of certain aquaculture leases to, with prior written approval from the Department of Natural Resources, place shellfish, bags, nets, and structures on submerged aquatic vegetation, subject to certain requirements; and requiring, on or before June 1, 2025, and each June 1 for the next 2 years thereafter, the Department to report certain information to the Aquaculture Coordinating Council, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and the General Assembly.

Agriculture

Shellfish Aquaculture – Harvest Hours

SB0879 (HB0857)
Sponsored by: Delegate D. Jones

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Repealing a restriction which prohibited the harvesting of shellfish between the hours of sunset and sunrise from certain areas leased for aquaculture; and requiring the Department of Natural Resources to establish by regulation the hours for harvesting shellfish within leased areas.

Agriculture

Natural Resources – Recreational Catching of Oysters or Clams – Requirements

(HB0613)
Sponsored by: Delegate Boyce

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Altering certain authorizations to recreationally catch clams in the State; establishing a recreational oyster license; requiring the Department of Natural Resources to develop and publish an application form for obtaining a recreational oyster license; requiring an applicant for a recreational oyster license to be at least 16 years of age; establishing requirements for the application for and issuance of a recreational oyster license; authorizing the Department to designate a certain agent to sell a recreational oyster license; etc.

Agriculture

Agriculture – Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens in Commercial Egg Production – Prohibitions

SB0193 (HB0357)
Sponsored by: Delegates TerrasaLehmanAllenBagnallCardinEmbryFairFeldmarkFoleyHolmesJ. LongMcCaskillPalakovich CarrPattersonPena-MelnykRosenbergRuthSolomonSteinStewartWellsWilkins, and Wu

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Prohibiting a certain farm owner or operator from knowingly confining egg-laying hens in an enclosure in a certain manner, subject to certain exceptions, on and after January 1, 2026; prohibiting a business owner or operator or a farm owner or operator from selling shell eggs or egg products under certain circumstances on and after January 1, 2026; and specifying that a certain certification be obtained in a certain manner to sell shell eggs and egg products.

Agriculture

Department of Agriculture – Licensing, Registration, Fees and Penalties, and Regulation

SB0278 (HB0234)
Sponsored by: Chair, Environment and Transportation Committee (By Request – Departmental – Agriculture)

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Altering and establishing renewal and reinstatement processes for horse establishment licenses; establishing certain duties and administrative penalties with respect to beekeeping activities; altering the administrative penalty structure for certain violations related to nutrient management plans; and altering the renewal process and fee structure for the registration of weights and measures.

Agriculture

Economic Development – Maryland Watermen’s Microloan Program – Eligibility

SB0032 (HB0120)
Sponsored by: Delegates T. MorganAddisonAllenBoyceJacobsLehmanJ. LongLove, and Ruth

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Expanding eligibility for the Maryland Watermen’s Microloan Program within the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation to include, starting July 1, 2025, individuals who are residents of the State and hold a commercial fishing license to catch finfish, crabs, clams, or oysters issued by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission; and repealing a requirement that a loan made under the Program be at least $7,000 and not more than $15,000.