Weekly Legislative Report

The Maryland Tourism Coalition Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following legislation being considered by the General Assembly. The committee convenes every Monday at 12:00 pm to discuss legislation, tourism positions, and courses of action. All MTC members are encouraged to join these calls and share their thoughts on the issues at hand. The call-in number is 641-715-3580 and the access code is 861-843.

If you have questions or comments about any of the bills below, or if you think there is another issue or piece of legislation MTC should be monitoring, please email our Legislative Committee Chair, Chris Riehl at chris@rentatour.com.

2017 Maryland Tourism Council Bill Tracking

Bill Number Title Sponsor Description Legislative Status Tourism Position
HB0001 Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Clippinger CF: SB472 & SB230 – Requires employers of 15 or more employees to provide at least 56 hours of paid and earned sick and safe leave per year. If less than 15, leave is unpaid. Leave is earned at 1 hour for every 30 worked. HB580/16 – Tourism: Oppose – even with amendments submitted; Hotels & Lodging: Oppose HECMAT: H-2/10@12:30pm; 2nd R PWA; SFIN: H-3/14@1pm; FWA; Passed Enrolled Oppose
HB0004 Hunting and Fishing Licenses – Active Military, Former Prisoners of War, Recipients of the Purple Heart Award, and Disabled Veterans Simonaire CF: SB46 – Requires Department to issue complimentary out of state or discounted licenses to former POWs, disabled veterans or recipients of the Purple Heart. HENVTRN: H-1/25@1pm; SEHEA: NHS; Passed Enrolled Monitor
HB0061 State Designations – State Waterfowl – Canvasback Duck Lisanti CF: HB 0061: Designating the canvasback as the state waterfowl HHGO: H-3/15@1pm; Failed Support
HB0068 Hunting and Fishing – Complimentary Licenses – Purple Heart Recipients Carey Authorizes DNR to offer complimentary angler, coastal sport fishing and hunting licenses to Purple Heart recipients. HENVTRN: H-1/25@1pm; SB&T: H-3/28@1pm; Passed Enrolled
HB0130 Maryland Wine and Grape Promotion Fund Req. Dept. Agriculture Eliminates the Council portion of the MD Wine and Grape Promotion Fund and Council. Funding approvals would now come through the Secretary. HENVTRN: H-2/8@1pm; 3rd R Passed; SEHEA: H=3/23@1pm; Returned Passed Support
HB0150 Budget Bill Req. Admin CF: SB170 – Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending 6/30/18. HAPP: 3rd R Passed; Passed Enrolled Support
HB0267 Program Open Space – Authorized Transfer to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund – Increase Wilson CF: SB257 – Increasing from $3,000,000 to $6,000,000 the maximum amount that may be transferred, in the State budget or through a specified budget amendment process, to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund from funds that are distributed to Program Open Space. HAPP: H-2/7@1pm; FWA; 2nd R PWA; SB&T: H-3/23@1pm; Returned Passed Support
HB0368 Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Stamps – Seniors, Veterans, and Military Personnel (Howard’s Law) Metzgar Removes fees for licenses for seniors and veterans; removes license requirement for military personnel on leave in the state if they show their leave papers. HENVTRN: H-2/15@1pm; Unfavorable Monitor/Support
HB0382 Commonsense Paid Leave Act Req. Admin CF: SB305 – Requires employers of at least 50 people to provide paid leave for any reason at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked up to 40 hours. Requires employers to allow for carryover of up to 40 hours. Employers of less than 50 may offer paid leave and take advantage of a subtraction modification. HECMAT: H-2/10@1pm; Failed Monitor
HB0398 Labor and Employment – Equal Pay – Job Announcement and Salary History Information Disclosures K. Young CF: SB404 – Requires the following disclosures in job announcements: minimum rate of pay, how pay is calculated, overtime and allowance availability. Prohibits asking about salary history unless to confirm after offering a position. Prohibits salary disclosures by employees to other employees. HECMAT: H-2/14@1pm; FWA; SFIN: NHS; Failed Oppose
HB0505 Maryland Tourism Development Board – Destination Marketing Organization Officials – Voting Rights McMillan CF: SB87 -Changes the three members appointed by the Governor who are directors or CEOs from destination marketing organizations from nonvoting to voting members. HECMAT: H-2/8@1pm; 3rd R Passed; SFIN: H-3/23@1pm; Returned Passed Support
HB0506 Labor and Employment – Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clauses Carr CF: SB468 – Makes null and void noncompete agreements where the employee earns less than $15/hr or earns less than $31,200 annually. HECMAT: H-2/14@1pm; 2nd R Passed; SFIN: NHS; Failed Oppose
HB0597 Public Health – Clean Indoor Air Act – Repeal of Exception Regarding Hotel and Motel Rooms Platt Eliminates smoking rooms in hotels. HECMAT: H-2/15@1pm; Unfavorable Monitor
HB0665 Labor and Employment – Exemptions From Overtime Pay – Administrative, Executive, or Professional Capacity Tarlau CF: SB607 – Defines employed in an administrative, executive or professional capacity for purposes of being exempt from overtime as those earning, on a salary basis, a rate per wee4k of the 40th percentile or more of weekly earnings in the lowest-wage census region and is $913 or more. Requires Commissioner to make adjustments every 3 years. HECMAT: H-2/21@1pm; Failed Oppose
HB0673 Business Regulation – Innkeepers – Records, Human Trafficking Awareness Training, and Hourly Accommodations Chang Requires that transactions be kept electronically for at least 6 months, requires annual training of staff regarding human trafficking and prohibits letting rooms at an hourly rate. HECMAT: H-2/21@1pm; Unfavorable Support
HB0691 Corporations and Associations – Annual Reports – Filing Fees (Filing Fee Fairness Act of 2017) Atterbeary CF: YES – Changes filing rates from being based on type of entity to fees based on taxable assets ranging from $150-$4,000. HECMAT: H-2/22@1pm; Withdrawn Oppose
HB0907 Chesapeake Bay Water Transportation Network Lisanti CF: SB850 – Requires Department to study feasability and cost of developing a transportation system throughout Bay. HENVTRN: H-3/2@1pm; Failed Support
HB0929 Garrett County – Alcoholic Beverages – Licenses and Sunday Sales Beitzel Creates new licenses and authorizes sales through 2am on Sunday. HECMAT: H-2/20@1pm; 3rd R Passed; SEHEA: H-3/21@1pm; 3rd R Passed; Returned Passed Support
HB1030 Baltimore City – Hotel Room Tax – Convention Center Promotion Req. City CF: SB846 – Requires City to appropriate at least 40% of hotel tax to promoting Baltimore through July 1, 2022. HW&M: H-3/9@1pm; FWA; SB&T: H-3/30@1pm; Returned Passed Support
HB1143 Maryland Pay Stub Transparency Act of 2017 Lierman Requires specified information to appear on pay stubs with liquidated damages up to $2,500, HECMAT: H-3/7@1pm; SFIN: H-4/5@1pm; Unfavorable Oppose
HB1283 Alcoholic Beverages – Class 5 Brewery License Branch Authorizes holders of Class 5 Brewery licenses to open for on-premises consumption 7-days a week, makes other changes to permissable activities. HECMAT: H-2/20@1pm; SEHEA: H-3/29@1pm; Passed Enrolled Oppose
HB1286 Harford County – Admissions and Amusement Tax – Limitations in Municipal Corporations Lisanti Prohibits imposition of admissions and amusement tax in municipal corporations in Harford County. HW&M: H-3/9@1pm; SB&T: H-3/30@1pm; Failed Monitor
HB1366 Labor and Employment – Number of Employees Granted H-1B or L-1 Visa – Disclosure Fisher Requires annual reporting of the number of employees granted an H-1B or L-1 visa to DLLR which shall make same available to the public. HECMAT: H-3/6@1pm; Failed Monitor
HB1391 Baltimore County – Class 5 Brewery Brooks Cf: SB801 – Allows Class 5 license holders in Baltimore County to serve up to 5,000 barrels a year for on-site consumption. HECMAT: H-2/20@1pm; Failed Support with Amendments
HB1420 Alcoholic Beverages – Modern Brewery License Barkley Creates a new Class 10 Modern Brewery license and sets forth limitations and requirements under the license. HECMAT: H-2/20@1pm; Failed Support
HB1614 Maryland Fair Scheduling, Wages, and Benefits Act Morales CF: SB1116 – Requires employers to provide employees with 21 days of scheduling at a time, etc. HRULES: NHS; Failed Oppose
HB1615 Maryland Fair Scheduling Act Morales CF: SB1145 – Requires at least 4 hours of payment; if on call pay at least 2 hours; allows employees to decline shift work occurring during the 11 hours following the end of a shift; requires additional information on pay stubs and record keeping of at least 3 years; prohibits retaliation for employees refusing to work in violation of the law, etc. HRULES: NHS; Failed Oppose
HB1619 Maryland Stadium Authority – Maryland Sports and Affiliated Foundations – Establishment Clippinger CF: SB1148 – Creates an agency whose purpose is to bring national and international sporting events to the state. HAPP: H-3/28@1pm; Passed Enrolled Support
HB1641 Corporations and Associations – Nonprofit Corporations – Legislative Advocacy Lam Requires 501(C)(3)s to record the organiztions position in the minutes of the meeting at which a position was taken if the organization publicly advocates for or against legislation pending before the General Assembly. HRULES: NHS; Failed Monitor
HB1650 Harford County – Hotel Rental Tax Lisanti Authorizes Harford County to impose a hotel rental tax not to exceed 7%. HRULES: NHS; Failed Hold
HB1659 Employment Discrimination – Sexual Harassment – Definition of Employer Simonaire CF: YES – Adds to definition of “employer” those who have one or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceeding calendar year. HRULES: NHS; Failed Monitor
SB0046 Hunting and Fishing Licenses – Active Military, Former Prisoners of War, Recipients of the Purple Heart Award, and Disabled Veterans Simonaire CF: HB4 – Requires Department to issue complimentary out of state or discounted licenses to former POWs, disabled veterans or recipients of the Purple Heart. SEHEA: H-1/24@1pm; Favorable; HENVTRN: H-3/22@1pm; Passed Enrolled Monitor
SB0066 Hunter Safety Courses – Incentives Program – Establishment Simonaire Authorizes DNR to offer discounts or other incentives for out of state hunters to complete a safety course prior to hunting in MD. SEHEA: H-1/24@1pm; FWA; HENVTRN: H-3/22@1pm; Returned Passed Hold
SB0087 Maryland Tourism Development Board – Destination Marketing Organization Officials – Voting Rights Astle CF: HB505 -Changes the three members appointed by the Governor who are directors or CEOs from destination marketing organizations from nonvoting to voting members. SFIN: H-1/17@1pm, Favorable, HECMAT: Returned Passed Support
SB0093 Hotel Rental Tax – Accommodations Intermediary – Collection Requirement Astle CF: HB935 – Requires accommodations intermediaries to collect and remit state sale and use tax for hotel and motel accommodations without regard to any limitations or exemptions based on the location, number of rooms, or size of the hotel. SB&T: H-2/1@2pm; Failed Support
SB0170 Budget Bill Req. Admin CF: HB0150 – Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending 6/30/18. SB&T: NHS; Failed Support
SB0230 Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Middleton CF:HB1 – Requires employers of 15 or more employees to provide at least 56 hours of paid and earned sick and safe leave per year. If less than 15, leave is unpaid. Leave is earned at 1 hour for every 30 worked. HB580/16 – Tourism: Oppose – even with amendments submitted; Hotels & Lodging: Oppose SFIN: H-2/9@1pm; Special Order; HECMAT: NHS; Failed

Oppose
SB0257 Program Open Space – Authorized Transfer to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund – Increase Kasemeyer CF: HB267 – Increasing from $3,000,000 to $6,000,000 the maximum amount that may be transferred, in the State budget or through a specified budget amendment process, to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund from funds that are distributed to Program Open Space. SB&T: H-2/8@1pm; FWA; 3rd R Passed; HAPP: H-3/21@1pm; Favorable; Returned Passed Support
SB0305 Commonsense Paid Leave Act Req. Admin CF: HB382 – Requires employers of at least 50 people to provide paid leave for any reason at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked up to 40 hours. Requires employers to allow for carryover of up to 40 hours. Employers of less than 50 may offer paid leave and take advantage of a subtraction modification. SFIN: H-2/9@1pm; SB&T: NHS; Failed Monitor
SB0404 Labor and Employment – Equal Pay – Job Announcement and Salary History Information Disclosures Lee CF: HB398 – Requires the following disclosures in job announcements: minimum rate of pay, how pay is calculated, overtime and allowance availability. Prohibits asking about salary history unless to confirm after offering a position. Prohibits salary disclosures by employees to other employees. SFIN: H-2/16@1pm; Unfavorable Oppose
SB0430 State Highway Administration – Sale or Lease of Naming Rights for Rest Areas and Welcome Centers Klausmeier Authorizing the State Highway Administration to sell or lease to a private entity the naming rights for rest areas and welcome centers, as specified; prohibiting the sale or lease of rest area and welcome center naming rights unless the Administration makes specified determinations; requiring the term of a contract for the sale or lease of naming rights to be at least 1 year; requiring the proceeds from the sale or lease of naming rights for rest areas and welcome centers be credited to the Transportation Trust Fund; etc. SB&T: H-2/8@1pm; Failed Supoort with Amendment to designate portion of revenue to tourism promotion
SB0463 Business Regulation – Limited Residential Lodging Conway CF: YES – Regulates Airbnb type transactions and requires licensure and tax collection for participating home owners. SFIN: H-2/22@1pm; SB&T: NHS; Failed Support
SB0468 Labor and Employment – Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clauses Astle CF: HB506 – Makes null and void noncompete agreements where the employee earns less than $15/hr or earns less than $31,200 annually. SFIN: H-2/22@1pm; Unfavorable Oppose
SB0607 Labor and Employment – Exemptions From Overtime Pay – Administrative, Executive, or Professional Capacity Pinsky CF: HB665 – Defines employed in an administrative, executive or professional capacity for purposes of being exempt from overtime as those earning, on a salary basis, a rate per wee4k of the 40th percentile or more of weekly earnings in the lowest-wage census region and is $913 or more. Requires Commissioner to make adjustments every 3 years. SFIN: Withdrawn Oppose
SB0716 Admissions and Amusement Tax – Exemption – Agricultural Tourism and Promotion of Agricultural Products Eckardt Exempts ag tourism and promotion of ag products from admission and amusement tax. SB&T: H-3/2@1pm; Failed Monitor
SB0801 Baltimore County – Class 5 Brewery Zirkin Cf: HB1391 – Allows Class 5 license holders in Baltimore County to serve up to 5,000 barrels a year for on-site consumption. SEHEA: H-2/24@1pm; Failed Support with Amendments
SB0846 Baltimore City – Hotel Room Tax – Convention Center Promotion Req. City CF: HB1030 – Requires City to appropriate at least 40% of hotel tax to promoting Baltimore through July 1, 2022. SB&T: H-3/8@1pm; HW&M: H-3/30@1pm; Favorable; Returned Passed Support
SB0850 Chesapeake Bay Water Transportation Network Mathias CF: HB907 – Requires Department to study feasability and cost of developing a transportation system throughout Bay. SFIN: H-3/8@1pm; Failed Support
SB0962 Labor and Employment – Payment of Minimum Wage Required (Fight for Fifteen) Cf: HB1416 – Raises minimum wage to $15 by July 1, 2023 and then increases by CPI thereafter. SFIN: H-3/15@1pm; Failed Oppose
SB1052 State Designations – State Waterfowl – Canvasback Duck Mathais CF: HB 0061: Designating the canvasback as the state waterfowl SEHEA: H-3/7@1pm; Failed Support
SB1116 Maryland Fair Scheduling, Wages, and Benefits Act Benson CF: HB1614 – Requires employers to provide employees with 21 days of scheduling at a time, etc. SRULES: NHS; Failed Oppose
SB1145 Maryland Fair Scheduling Act Benson CF: HB1615 – Requires at least 4 hours of payment; if on call pay at least 2 hours; allows employees to decline shift work occurring during the 11 hours following the end of a shift; requires additional information on pay stubs and record keeping of at least 3 years; prohibits retaliation for employees refusing to work in violation of the law, etc. SRULES: NHS; Failed Oppose
SB1148 Maryland Stadium Authority – Maryland Sports and Affiliated Foundations – Establishment Ferguson CF: HB1619 – Creates an agency whose purpose is to bring national and international sporting events to the state. SFIN: H-3/21@1pm; 2nd R PWA; HRULES: NHS; Passed Enrolled Support
SB1192 Labor and Employment – Unemployment Insurance – Independent Contractors and Severance Pay Manno Clarifies what it means to be free from control and direction for independent contractors and establishes 13 criteria that must be met by the contractor, including a requirement that the work is performed off the employing unit’s premises. SFIN: NHS; Failed