Legislative Wrap Up

Bill Number: HB0054
Title: Income Tax Credit – Student Employees
Sponsor: Haynes
Description: Gives business a tax credit for employing full time students between the ages of 14-19 who attend schools where at least 80% of the students receive free or reduced meals.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-1/27 at 2:00 p.m.
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: HB0150
Title: Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2017)
Sponsor: Req. Admin
Description: CF: SB190 – Monies appropriated from general fund: MD Zoo $4.8m; Western MD Scenic RR $250k; Historic St. Mary’s $3.458m; MD Stadium Authority w/o city school construction $32.530m; see pp 96-97 for appropriations to various museums and other tourist attractions; Division of Tourism, Film & the Arts $44.821m.
Legislative Status: HAPP: NHS
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: HB0165
Title: Sales and Use Tax – Short-Term Vehicle Rentals – Rates
Sponsor: Carr
Description: Imposes a flat 11% tax on the rental rate for vehicles.
Legislative Status: HW&M: 2/10@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB0197
Title: Maryland Pay Stub Transparency Act of 2016
Sponsor: Lierman
Description: CF: SB623 – Requires additional information be provided to employees as part of their paycheck to include how they are paid and deductions for allowances. Upon requires employers shall provide employees with written explanation of how pay was calculated in the primary language spoken by the employee. AG is to develop model explanation forms.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-2/2@1pm; Withdrawn
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: HB0240
Title: Maryland Transportation Authority – Toll Rates
Sponsor: Impallaria
Description: Eliminates E-Z Pass discount when paying tolls.
Legislative Status: HENVTRN: H-2/11@1:30pm; Unfavorable
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: HB0297
Title:
Sponsor: Moon
Description: Prohibits business entities from making direct or indirect contributions to a campaign finance committee.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-2/17@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB0305
Title: Discriminatory
Sponsor: Smith
Description: Prohibits merchants from using a wireless internet signal or cellular phone to monitor shopping behavior while on premises unless notice posted. (HB1094/15 Tourism – Monitor).
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-2/10@1pm; 2nd R Passed; SFIN: H-3/20@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB0306
Title:
Sponsor: Smith
Description: Permits businesses to engage in hiring preferences for veterans and their spouses without violating state or local fair employment laws. Similar bill is SB 245
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-2/2@1pm; 2nd R PWA; SFIN: H-3/24@1pm
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: HB0401
Title: Labor and Employment – Equal Pay for Equal Work – Revisions
Sponsor: K. Young
Description: CF: SB994 – Creates an Equal Pay Commission; allows commissioner to enter workplace to examine payroll records based on job category; requires employers to list minimum earnings in all employment advertisements, stating whether this is hourly or salary and if overtime is permissible; prohibits prospective employers from obtaining earnings history from previous employers without written consent; establishes civil penalties.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-3/1@1pm; Unfavorable
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: HB0420
Title: Labor and Employment – Minimum Wage – Individuals With Disabilities (Ken Capone Equal Employment Act)
Sponsor: Waldstreicher
Description: CF: SB417 – Phases out permits to pay disabled employees less than minimum wage by 2019; prevents issuance of new permits.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-2/10@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB0423
Title: Maryland Commission on Health in All Policies
Sponsor: Morhaim
Description: CF: SB304 – Creates a new Commission charged with looking at policies and proposals that have a high impact on health across policy areas, including, access to affordable housing, educational attainment, opportunities for employment, economic stability, inclusion & diversity in the workplace, barriers to career success & promotion, access to transportation, social justice, citizen unrest & criminal justice and environmental factors. Law enforcement is not represented; only 1 business representative; one member is an employee or former employee who has suffered a health impact from a lack of inclusion, diversity or equity in the workplace.
Legislative Status: HHGO: H-2/9@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB0451
Title: Admissions and Amusement Tax – Revenue Distribution – Maryland State Arts Council
Sponsor: Admin.
Description: CF: SB377 – Distributes revenue collected under the admissions and amusement tax to the Maryland State Arts Council rather than a special fund for the preservation of culture and arts in Maryland.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-2/23@1pm; Favorable
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: HB0501
Title: Motor Vehicle Insurance – Volunteer Drivers
Sponsor: Chang
Description: Prohibits insurers from canceling, refusing to issue or imposing a surcharge on volunteer drivers defined as individuals who provide driving services, including transportation of individuals or goods, to a charitable organization or a not-for-profit organization in Maryland.
HECMAT: H-2/11@1pm; 2nd R PWA; SFIN: H-3/24@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB0562
Title: Speed Monitoring Systems – Exclusion of Vehicle Rental Companies – Repea
Sponsor: Carr
Description: Removes motoring vehicle rental companies from the exclusion related to speed monitoring systems.
Legislative Status: HENVTRN: H-2/18@1pm; Interim Study
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB0578
Title: Real-Time Transparency Act of 2016
Sponsor: Carr
Description: CF: SB2 – Requires political committees to report contributions or transfers of $1,000 or more within 48 hours of receipt.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-2/24@1pml; Unfavorable
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: HB0580
Title: Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
Sponsor: Clippinger
Description: CF: SB472 – Requires employers of 9 or more employees to provide at least 56 hours of paid and earned sick and safe leave per year.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-3/1@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose – even with amendments
Bill Number: HB0601
Title: Frederick County – Hotel Rental Tax – Rate
Sponsor: Frederick County Delegation
Description: CF: SB466 – Lowers hotel rental tax rate from 5% to 3% in Frederick County.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-2/24@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB0620
Elementary and Secondary Education – Required Number of School Days – Repeal
Sponsor: Adams
Description: Eliminates the requirement that schools be open for at least 180 actual days and requires schools to be open for a minimum of 1080 hours only,
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-2/25@1pm
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: HB0862
Title: Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Litter Reduction Act
Sponsor: Frush
Description: CF: SB367 – 5 cent bottle/can tax & redemption law; applies to internet retailers; requires retailers with market space of 5,000 sqft or larger to have on-site a redemption mechanism that pays 5 cents for each redeemable container (applies to all retailers who sell beverages for off-premises consumption but term :market space” is not defined); cannot include 5 cents in price of beverage; applicable as of July 1, 2017 but not before.
Legislative Status: HENVTRN: H-3/4@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: HB0922
Title: Vehicle Laws – Application – Park Model Recreational Vehicles – Definition
Sponsor: Beidle
Description: CF: SB579 – Creates a definition for a park model recreational vehicle and adds same to definition of travel trailer.
HENVTRN: H-3/3@1pm; 3rd R Passed
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: HB1003
Title: Labor and Employment – Equal Pay for Equal Work
Sponsor: Valderrama
Description: CF: SB481 – Prohibits discrimination on basis of gender or gender identity; adds providing less favorable employment opportunities as a basis for discrimination complaint; defines same as failing to provide information about promotions and advancement in the full range of career tracks or assigning work less likely to lead to promotion or future opportunities. When comparing wages/opportunities deems employees to work at the same establishment if the employer has workplaces in the same county of the state. Allows for a wage differential provided it is based on a bona fide factor such as education, training, experience, is job related and consistent with business necessity ad accounts for the entire differential. Creates a disparate impact cause of treatment which can include evidence that there were alternative practices out there but the employer didn’t use them. Prohibits policies that prevent employees from discussing wages and other compensation. Allows for injunctions and actual damages plus liquidated damages of 3 times amount due.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-3/1@1pm; FWA
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: HB1161
Title: Municipalities – Boat Docking and Storage – User Fees – Authorized Uses
Sponsor: Lisanti
Description: Expands use of docking fees to include land acquisitions and related construction and maintenance to enhance public use and water access.
Legislative Status: HENVTRN: H-3/1@1pm; 2nd R Passed; SEHEA: H-3/22@1pm
Tourism Position: Hold-Debbie Gosslein
Bill Number: HB1175
Title: Fair Scheduling, Wages, and Benefits Act
Sponsor: Waldstreicher
Description: CF: SB664 – Generally requires 21 days notice to employees of scheduled shifts and hours to be worked; requires employers to offer additional hours to existing employees before hiring additional personnel; gives employees whose shifts are cancelled 1 hour of pay; gives those doing substantially similar jobs equal pay but allows for a merit or seniority system.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-3/9@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: HB1177
Title: Corporate Income Tax – Rate Reduction
Sponsor: Buckel
Description: Reduces corporate income tax from 8.25% in 2015 to 7.75% 2017; 7.25% 2018 & 2019; and 6.25% thereafter.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-3/1@1pm
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: HB1194
Title: Food Service Facilities – Automated External Defibrillator Program
Sponsor: Cullison
Description: CF: SB434 – Requires food service facilities with annual gross income above $400,000 or seating capacity of 50 or more to have an on-site AED.
Legislative Status: HHGO: H-3/8@1pm
Tourism Position: Hold-Melvin/Marshall-RAM- look into
Bill Number: HB1227
Title: Admissions and Amusement Tax – Baltimore City – Amateur Sports League Fees
Sponsor: Clippinger
Description: CF: SB499 – Authorizes City to exempt from tax monies collected to participate in an amateur recreational sports event or league.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-3/9@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB1246
Title: Income Tax Withholding – Employer Liability – Safe Harbor
Sponsor: Adams
Description: CF: YES – Creates a safe harbor provision for employers to should have paid taxes for employees but consistently treated them as independent contractors.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-3/11@1pm; Withdrawn
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB1252
Title: Corporate Income Tax – Single Sales Factor Apportionment
Sponsor: Req, MD Economic Development an Business Climate Commission
Description: CF: SB842 – Changes how income attributed to doing business in Maryland to 100% of the sales factor.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-3/2@1pm; FWA
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB1293
Title: Labor and Employment – Break Time for Expression of Breast Milk by Employees – Requirement
Sponsor: Miele
Description: Requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide a paid break and private place (other than the bathroom) for employees to express breast milk.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-3/8@1pm; Unfavorable
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB1349
Title: Education – Beginning of School Year – After Labor Day
Sponsor: Bromwell
Description: CF: SB767 – Prohibits start of school before Labor Day.
Legislative Status: HW&M: NHS
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: HB1361
Title: Hotel Rental Tax and Sales and Use Tax – Limited Residential Lodging
Sponsor: M. Washington
Description: CF: SB776 – Makes limited residential lodging, defined as the accessory or secondary use of a residential dwelling unit, subject to the sales and use tax and requires hosting platforms to collect and remit same.
Legislative Status: HW&M: H-3/9@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: HB1372
Title: Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage and Repeal of Tip Credit
Sponsor: Waldstreicher
Description: CF: SB940 – Raises minimum wage starting July 1, 17 to $11.90 and then increases up to $15 by 2020 with increases based on increases in consumer price index in subsequent years. Eliminates tip credit.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-3/7@1pm; Unfavorable
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: HB1439
Title: Chesapeake Bay Water Transportation Network
Sponsor: Lisanti
Description: Requires Department of Transportation to create a feasibility study for using the Bay as a transportation network.
Legislative Status: HENVTRN: H-3/10@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB1454
Title: Labor and Employment – Organ Donation Leave
Sponsor: Lam
Description: Requires employers to grant up to 30 days of leave for organ donation.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-3/7@1pm; Unfavorable
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: HB1478
Title: Employment Discrimination – Sexual Harassment – Definition of Employer
Sponsor: Simonaire
Description: CF: YES – Subjects employers with less than 15 employees to sexual harrassment claims.
Legislative Status: HECMAT: H-3/7@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0002
Title: Real-Time Transparency Act of 2016
Sponsor: Young
Description: CF: HB578 – Requires political committees to report contributions or transfers of $1,000 or more within 48 hours of receipt.
Legislative Status: SEHEA: 2/4/2016 – 3:00 p.m.
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: SB0029
Title: Protection of Information by Businesses – Definition of Personal Information
Sponsor: Simonaire
Description: Adds state identification number or other id number issued by a unit of state or local government and passport numbers or other id numbers issued by the US. Does not include passports from foreign visitors.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-1/20 at 1:00 p.m.
Tourism Position: Hold
Bill Number: SB0093
Title: Maryland Workforce Corporation and Health Care Personnel Training Fund – Repeal
Sponsor: Req. DLLR
Description: Repeals this workforce training corporation, which provides training and grants to enhance opportunities for workforce development.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-1/21 at 1:00 p.m.; Favorable; 2nd R Passed; HECMAT: H-3/22@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0119
Title: Business Regulation – Business Discounts and Preferences for Veterans – Identification
Sponsor: Simonaire
Description: Requires businesses that offer veteran discounts to accept a driver’s license with a notation of veteran status as proof thereof. $100 civil penalty.
Legislative Status: SFIN: 2/4/2016 – 1:00 p.m.; 3rd R Passed; HECMAT: H-3/16@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0190
Title: Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2017)
Sponsor: Req. Admin
Description: CF: HB150 – Monies appropriated from general fund: MD Zoo $4.8m; Western MD Scenic RR $250k; Historic St. Mary’s $3.458m; MD Stadium Authority w/o city school construction $32.530m; see pp 96-97 for appropriations to various museums and other tourist attractions; Division of Tourism, Film & the Arts $44.821m.
Legislative Status: SB&T: NHS; 2nd R PWA
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: SB0245
Title: Labor and Employment – Hiring and Promotion Preferences – Veterans and Spouses
Sponsor: Manno
Description: Permits businesses to engage in hiring preferences for veterans and their spouses without violating state or local fair employment laws. Similar bill is HB306
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-2/4@1pm; 3rd R Passed; HECMAT: NHS
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: SB0304
Title: Maryland Commission on Health in All Policies
Sponsor: Nathan-Pulliam
Description: CF: HB423 – Creates a new Commission charged with looking at policies and proposals that have a high impact on health across policy areas, including, access to affordable housing, educational attainment, opportunities for employment, economic stability, inclusion & diversity in the workplace, barriers to career success & promotion, access to transportation, social justice, citizen unrest & criminal justice and environmental factors. Law enforcement is not represented; only 1 business representative; one member is an employee or former employee who has suffered a health impact from a lack of inclusion, diversity or equity in the workplace.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-2/17@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0367
Title: Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Litter Reduction Act
Sponsor: Ferguson
Description: CF: HB862 – 5 cent bottle/can tax & redemption law; applies to internet retailers; requires retailers with market space of 5,000 sqft or larger to have on-site a redemption mechanism that pays 5 cents for each redeemable container (applies to all retailers who sell beverages for off-premises consumption but term :market space” is not defined); cannot include 5 cents in price of beverage; applicable as of July 1, 2017 but not before.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-2/18@1pm / SEHEA: NHS
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: SB0377
Title: Admissions and Amusement Tax – Revenue Distribution – Maryland State Arts Council
Sponsor: Admin.
Description: CF: HB451 – Distributes revenue collected under the admissions and amusement tax to the Maryland State Arts Council rather than a special fund for the preservation of culture and arts in Maryland.
Legislative Status: SB&T: H-2/4@1pm
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: SB0416
Title: Transportation – Toll Transportation Facilities Project – Annual Pass
Sponsor: Salling
Description: Requires Authority to issue an annual pass for use at toll facilities at a price to be determined by the Authority.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-2/17@1pm; HENVTRN: H-3/24@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor/Task Force Summer Study
Bill Number: SB0417
Title: Labor and Employment – Minimum Wage – Individuals With Disabilities (Ken Capone Equal Employment Act)
Sponsor: Kelley
Description: CF: HB420 – Phases out permits to pay disabled employees less than minimum wage by 2019; prevents issuance of new permits.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-2/11@1pm; 2nd R PWA
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0434
Title: Food Service Facilities – Automated External Defibrillator Program
Sponsor: Raskin
Description: CF: HB1194 – Requires food service facilities with annual gross income above $400,000 or seating capacity of 50 or more to have an on-site AED.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-2/18@1pm; HHGO: H-3/22@1pm
Tourism Position: Hold/Melvin Ram
Bill Number: SB0472
Title: Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
Sponsor: Pugh
Description: CF: HB580 – Requires employers of 9 or more employees to provide at least 56 hours of paid and earned sick and safe leave per year.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-3/3@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: SB0481
Title: Labor and Employment – Equal Pay for Equal Work
Sponsor: Lee
Description: CF: HB1003 – Prohibits discrimination on basis of gender or gender identity; adds providing less favorable employment opportunities as a basis for discrimination complaint; defines same as failing to provide information about promotions and advancement in the full range of career tracks or assigning work less likely to lead to promotion or future opportunities. When comparing wages/opportunities deems employees to work at the same establishment if the employer has workplaces in the same county of the state. Allows for a wage differential provided it is based on a bona fide factor such as education, training, experience, is job related and consistent with business necessity ad accounts for the entire differential. Creates a disparate impact cause of treatment which can include evidence that there were alternative practices out there but the employer didn’t use them. Prohibits policies that prevent employees from discussing wages and other compensation. Allows for injunctions and actual damages plus liquidated damages of 3 times amount due.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-3/3@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: SB0499
Title: Admissions and Amusement Tax – Baltimore City – Amateur Sports League Fees
Sponsor: Ferguson
Description: CF: HB1227 – Authorizes City to exempt from tax monies collected to participate in an amateur recreational sports event or league.
Legislative Status: SB&T: H-2/24@1pm; Favorable
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0500
Title: Transportation – Francis Scott Key Bridge Authority
Sponsor: Salling
Description: Creates a separate authority for the bridge and authorizes it to issue bonds to pay for repairs/replacement without General Assembly authorization.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-3/16@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0511
Title: Taxes – Sales and Use Tax – Repeal
Sponsor: Waugh
Description: Exempts from sales and use tax the sale of electricity, fuel and other utilities used to operate a restaurant.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-3/11@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0579
Title: Vehicle Laws – Application – Park Model Recreational Vehicles – Definition
Sponsor: Ramirez
Description: CF: HB922 – Creates a definition for a park model recreational vehicle and adds same to definition of travel trailer.
Legislative Status: SJPR: H-2/23@1pm
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: SB0587
Title: Alcoholic Beverages – Sale of Powdered Alcohol – Prohibition
Sponsor: Madaleno
Description: Prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages in powdered or crystalline form for direct use or in combination with water or other substance.
Legislative Status: SEHEA: H-2/26@1pm; FWA; HECMAT: NHS
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: SB0623
Title: Maryland Pay Stub Transparency Act of 2016
Sponsor: Pugh
CF: HB197 – Requires additional information be provided to employees as part of their paycheck to include how they are paid and deductions for allowances. Upon requires employers shall provide employees with written explanation of how pay was calculated in the primary language spoken by the employee. AG is to develop model explanation forms.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-3/3@1pm; Withdrawn
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: SB0659
Title: Sales and Use Tax – Rate Reduction
Sponsor: Salling
Description: Generally reduces sales and use tax to 5% (including tips for parties of 10 or more) but increases taxes on sale of dyed marine diesel fuel or vending/self-service machines from 94.5% to 95.25% of gross receipts. Reduces amusement tax from 11% to 10%.
Legislative Status: SB&T: H-3/16@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0664
Title: Fair Scheduling, Wages, and Benefits Act
Sponsor: Benson
Description: CF: HB1175 – Generally requires 21 days’ notice to employees of scheduled shifts and hours to be worked; requires employers to offer additional hours to existing employees before hiring additional personnel; gives employees whose shifts are cancelled 1 hour of pay; gives those doing substantially similar jobs equal pay but allows for a merit or seniority system.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-3/17@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: SB0732
Title: Civil Penalties for Shoplifting and Employee Theft
Sponsor: Norman
Description: Adds that alleged date, time, basis and ability to dispute allegation be included in demand letters for restitution for employee thefts or shoplifting. Grants defendants costs and attorney fees if not convicted. Requires merchants to submit proof of compliance with notice provisions as a condition of bringing the action.
Legislative Status: SJPR: H-2/23@1pm; Unfavorable
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0757
Title: Alcoholic Beverage Taxes – Electronic Filing of Returns
Sponsor: Madaleno
Description: CF: HB648 – Requires Comptroller to develop and implement procedures for the electronic filing of alcoholic beverage tax returns on or before 1/1/17.
Legislative Status: SB&T: H-3/2@3pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0767
Title: Education – Beginning of School Year – After Labor Day
Sponsor: Mathias
Description: CF: HB1349 – Prohibits start of school before Labor Day.
Legislative Status: SEHEA: H-3/2@1pm; Unfavorable
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: SB0776
Title: Hotel Rental Tax and Sales and Use Tax – Limited Residential Lodging
Sponsor: Astle
Description: CF: HB1361 – Makes limited residential lodging, defined as the accessory or secondary use of a residential dwelling unit, subject to the sales and use tax and requires hosting platforms to collect and remit same.
Legislative Status: SB&T: H-3/14@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose
Bill Number: SB0842
Title: Corporate Income Tax – Single Sales Factor Apportionment
Sponsor: Req, MD Economic Development an Business Climate Commission
Description: CF: HB1252 – Changes how income attributed to doing business in Maryland to 100% of the sales factor.
Legislative Status: SB&T: H-3/2@1pm
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0846
Title: Corporate Income Tax – Rate Reduction
Sponsor: Req, MD Economic Development an Business Climate Commission
Description: Lowers state income tax for corporation from 8.25% to 8% for 2016; 7.5% for 2017; 7% 2018 and beyond.
Legislative Status: SB&T: H-3/2@1pm
Tourism Position: Support
Bill Number: SB0940
Title: Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage and Repeal of Tip Credit
Sponsor: Madaleno
Description: CF: HB1372 – Raises minimum wage starting July 1, 17 to $11.90 and then increases up to $15 by 2020 with increases based on increases in consumer price index in subsequent years. Eliminates tip credit.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-3/17@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose/Dead
Bill Number: SB0953
Title: Consumer Protection – Unauthorized Billing – Prohibition
Sponsor: Ready
Description: Prohibits charges or fees for merchandise, services or processing of documents or permits for which the consumer did not specifically contract or otherwise request.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-3/16@1pm; FWA
Tourism Position: Monitor
Bill Number: SB0955
Title: Federal-Aid Primary Highways – Signs
Sponsor: Hershey
Description: CF: HB961 – Authorizes the issuance of permits for outdoor signs along or near a highway for historic, cultural or educational sits that are naturally suited for outdoor recreation.
Legislative Status: SJPR: H-3/9@1pm; Withdrawn
Tourism Position: Monitor/withdrawn
Bill Number: SB0994
Title: Labor and Employment – Equal Pay for Equal Work – Revisions
Sponsor: Young
Description: CF: HB401 – Creates an Equal Pay Commission; allows commissioner to enter workplace to examine payroll records based on job category; requires employers to list minimum earnings in all employment advertisements, stating whether this is hourly or salary and if overtime is permissible; prohibits prospective employers from obtaining earnings history from previous employers without written consent; establishes civil penalties.
Legislative Status: SFIN: H-3/23@1pm
Tourism Position: Oppose