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POLICY POSITIONS

2016 POLICY POSITIONS

Questions? Contact Henry Bogdan, Public Policy & Advocacy Director


COUNTY


BALTIMORE CITY

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16-0655Labor and Employment - Minimum WageCONCERNS >>

BALTIMORE COUNTY

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46 - 16Source of Income DiscriminationSUPPORT >>

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

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12 - 16Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum WageCONCERNS >>

STATE

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 SB 840 Income Tax Reductions
As amended this would have enacted broad tax cut over five years, with largest benefit accruing to wealthy taxpayers.
OPPOSE >>
     
SB 1035
(HB 891)
Repeal MTA Fare Box Policy
The Requirement that MTA operations recover 35% of costs from fare box collections has harmed both the maintenance and development of transit, as well as rider service and affordability.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 1182 Clarify Definition of "Fund-Raising Counsel"
Clarification prevents interpretations that would require registration of non-fundraising professionals incidentally involved with fundraising activity.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 1252 Corporate Tax "Single Sales Factor"
As passed by the House this bill was revenue neutral, but amendments threatened to create a large revenue loss for the state.
OPPOSE >>
     
HB 1254 Overseas Corporate Profits - Repatriation
Could result in a potential large revenue loss without any practical benefit or impact.
OPPOSE >>
     
HB 1318
(SB 929)
Standards for Health Insurance Provider Networks and Directories
Access to “affordable health care” requires that insurers have and maintain adequate numbers of health care providers in their networks and that accurate network “directories" are available to health insurance customers.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 1013 Open Transportation Policy Criteria and Decisions
Creates a set of transportation goals and a process that establishes a project score for objectively ranking proposed major transportation projects requesting funding.
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HB 1010 Repeal of MTA Fare Box Policy
Create a new planning and oversight board with representatives of the jurisdictions served by the MTA system and the legislature.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 1488 Establishing the Maryland Corps Program
Creates the Maryland Corps program, provides for its oversight by a Board of Directors, and administration by an operator selected by the Board, and will enable selected high school graduates (or GED recipients) to receive stipends for service with nonprofit or government agencies addressing social needs in communities.
SUPPORT >>
     
SB 841 (HB 1250), SB 845 (HB 1254), SB 846, SB 847 Augustine Commission Tax Reductions
The reductions in revenue these bills would cause come at a time when the state still has a prospective structural budget deficit after the coming fiscal year, and when we still have deficiencies in funding important human services. 
OPPOSE >>
     
SB 10    



Business Regulations - Charitable Organizations - Audit and Review
Increasing the threshold for charities that must submit an audit with 
their annual registration statement files with the Secretary of State, from $500,000 in
gross income from charitable contributions to $750,000.                                                       
SUPPORT >>



     
SB 294
(HB 1047)
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Expansion
Altering the percentage of the federal earned income credit used for determining the amount that specified individuals may claim as a refund under the Maryland earned income credit under specified circumstances; altering the calculation of the Maryland earned income tax credit to allow specified individuals without qualifying children to claim an increased credit; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015; etc.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 1007
(SB 350)
Universal Voter Registration Act
Would adopt for Maryland a system of automatic registration from which individuals can exercise an “opt-out” decision.  The proposed system is essentially the same as that already in place in Oregon, with a variant in California, and under consideration in many other states
SUPPORT >>
     
SB 428 Public Funding and Small Donor Act for General Assembly Elections
Establishes a system of public financing of General Assembly elections that (1) accommodates qualifying candidates on a first-come, first-served basis; (2) establishes an initial limit on the number of participating candidates during an election cycle; and (3) allows for an increase or decrease in the number of participating candidates during the election cycle in correlation to the amount of available funding
SUPPORT >>
     
SB 497
(HB 595)
Keep the Door Open Act
Mandates annual rates increases for behavioral health community providers tied to rate of medical costs inflation.
SUPPORT >>
     
SB 601
(HB 1189)
Hospitals – Community Benefit Report
Disclosure of Tax Exemptions –would require nonprofit hospitals to list the full value of all tax exemptions in juxtaposition to the amount of “community benefits” reported.
OPPOSE >>
     
HB 71
(SB 514)
Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative 
Requiring the Governor to include for fiscal year 2018 and each fiscal year thereafter an additional $11,000,000 in annual appropriations for tobacco use prevention and cessation programs; altering the tobacco tax rates on cigarettes and other tobacco products ($1 increase); establishing the tobacco tax rates on cigarillos; clarifying that all cigarettes and other tobacco products used, possessed, or held in the State on or after July 1, 2016, are subject to the full tax enacted under the Act; etc.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 275 Department of Housing and Community Development - Neighborhood and Community Assistance Program - Community Investment Tax Credit
Requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide specified notice and opportunity to comment to specified local governing bodies before the Department may approve projects under the Neighborhood and Community Assistance Program; repealing the requirement that specified local governing bodies or their authorized designees must approve specified proposals; increasing to $7 million the maximum sum of contributions for projects under the Program; etc.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 353 Reorganization of State Procurement
Reorganizing State procurement by establishing a Chief Procurement Officer to control and oversee all State procurement activity for which specified provisions of law apply; repealing the definition and role of primary procurement units; authorizing the Board of Public Works to require Board approval for procurement actions of $500,000 or more; requiring the Chief Procurement Officer to retain oversight of specified procurements that are conducted under specified authority or do not require specified Board approval; etc.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 368 Board of Public Works Transparency Act of 2016
Requiring the Secretary of Budget and Management to provide specified notice at least 10 consecutive days before the Board of Public Works may approve a reduction of appropriations; and requiring the Secretary to provide written notice of the proposed reduction to include specified items to the Legislative Policy Committee, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, and the House Appropriations Committee.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 423 Maryland Commission on Health in All Policies 
Proposes creation of a Maryland Commission on Health in All Policies, and the use of a “health in all policies framework” to promote the consideration of health outcomes, and of factors that affect the health of Maryland residents, in policy decision-making processes of both government and the private sector.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 452
(SB 384)
Acceleration of EITC Increase
Hogan Administration proposal to accelerate the increase of the refundable earned income credit to 28% of the federal EITC.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 753 The State Budget – Constitutional Amendment
Would propose to the voters a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to transfer or increase funds for particular items in the executive branch budget, but not to exceed the total budget allowance proposed by the Governor.
SUPPORT >>
     
HB 759 House Bill 759 – The HOME Act of 2016
Would prohibit discrimination against prospective tenants seeking to use government vouchers or similar assistance toward payment of rent.
SUPPORT >>
Budget of the Secretary of State's Office  OPPOSE BUDGET CUT
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SB 37 (same as HB 108)   Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative  SUPPORT
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HB 41 Immunities - Associations, Organizations, and Charities    
-Liability of Agents and Volunteers
SUPPORT
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SB 179*** (same as HB 663) Business Relief and Tax Fairness Act of 2015 SUPPORT
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SJR2 (same as HJR 2) Senate Joint Resolution 2 - United States Constitution - Amendments Convention - Democracy Amendment  SUPPORT
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SB 22*** Senate Bill 22 Income Tax - Earned Income Tax Credit - Tax Year 2014 - Technical Correction SUPPORT
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HB 72 (same as SB 57) House Bill 72 – Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015
CONCERN/OPPOSE
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HB 74  House Bill 74 - Walter Sondheim Jr. Public Service Internship Scholarship Program - Expansion of Scope
SUPPORT
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Budget of the Secretary of State's Office  OPPOSE BUDGET CUT
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SB 37 (same as HB 108)   Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative  SUPPORT
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HB 41 Immunities - Associations, Organizations, and Charities    
-Liability of Agents and Volunteers
SUPPORT
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SB 179*** (same as HB 663) Business Relief and Tax Fairness Act of 2015 SUPPORT
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SJR2 (same as HJR 2) Senate Joint Resolution 2 - United States Constitution - Amendments Convention - Democracy Amendment  SUPPORT
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SB 22*** Senate Bill 22 Income Tax - Earned Income Tax Credit - Tax Year 2014 - Technical Correction SUPPORT
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HB 72 (same as SB 57) House Bill 72 – Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015
CONCERN/OPPOSE
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HB 74  House Bill 74 - Walter Sondheim Jr. Public Service Internship Scholarship Program - Expansion of Scope
SUPPORT
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Budget of the Secretary of State's Office  OPPOSE BUDGET CUT
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SB 37 (same as HB 108)   Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative  SUPPORT
More>>
HB 41 Immunities - Associations, Organizations, and Charities    
-Liability of Agents and Volunteers
SUPPORT
More>>
SB 179*** (same as HB 663) Business Relief and Tax Fairness Act of 2015 SUPPORT
More>>
SJR2 (same as HJR 2) Senate Joint Resolution 2 - United States Constitution - Amendments Convention - Democracy Amendment  SUPPORT
More>>
SB 22*** Senate Bill 22 Income Tax - Earned Income Tax Credit - Tax Year 2014 - Technical Correction SUPPORT
More>>
HB 72 (same as SB 57) House Bill 72 – Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015
CONCERN/OPPOSE
More>>
HB 74  House Bill 74 - Walter Sondheim Jr. Public Service Internship Scholarship Program - Expansion of Scope
SUPPORT
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