Maryland Senator Katie Hester [D]

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MDSB101PassEstablishing the Court Dog and Child Witness Program to provide a facility dog or therapy dog to a child witness in any circuit court proceeding or other related court process, meeting, or interview; providing participation in the Program by a circui...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 162
MDSB145PassRequiring the State Board of Elections and each local board of elections to refer to absentee ballots as "mail-in ballots" and absentee voting as "mail-in voting" in all communications; requiring the State Board and each local board to include in pub...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 37
MDSB206PassAltering the eligibility for the filing of a certain motion to vacate judgment if the person's participation in the offense was a direct result of being a victim of human trafficking; requiring that a certain motion be served on a certain State's Att...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 127
MDSB225PassRequiring all units in the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches of State government, including all units with independent personnel systems, to provide certain reasonable accommodations for an employee with certain limitations caused or cont...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 234
MDSB363PassRequiring certain State agencies to make available on their websites open meeting agendas 48 hours in advance of each meeting; requiring certain State agencies to post on their websites meeting minutes not more than 2 business days after the minutes ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 203
MDSB531PassDefining "race", for the purposes of certain laws prohibiting discrimination, to include certain traits associated with race, including hair texture and certain hairstyles; and defining "protective hairstyle" as a hairstyle including braids, twists, ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 474
MDSB530PassExpanding the housing policy of the State to include providing for fair housing to all citizens regardless of source of income; stating the Act seeks to deconcentrate poverty by providing additional opportunities for tenants utilizing public subsidie...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 117
MDSB470PassProhibiting an insurer, with respect to private passenger motor vehicle insurance, from increasing the premium for an insured based on a homeowner's insurance claim under certain circumstances; prohibiting an insurer, with respect to homeowner's insu...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 558
MDSB457PassAuthorizing a local government to create a Resilience Authority by local law; specifying certain requirements for the adoption of a local law establishing an Authority; specifying the powers that a local government may grant an Authority; authorizing...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 236
MDSB564PassRequiring a county board of education to waive certain high school graduation requirements that are in addition to high school graduation requirements established by the State Board of Education for a student in foster care or who is a homeless youth...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 565
MDSB442PassProviding, under certain circumstances, that the provisions of the Minority Business Enterprise Program apply to public-private partnerships; altering, from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2023, the date by which certain provisions of law relating to minori...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 553
MDSB417PassAuthorizing the governing body of a county or municipal corporation to grant a property tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on the dwelling house of disabled veterans with a service-connected disability rating ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 630
MDSB334PassRequiring certain carriers, on or before March 1, 2022 and March 1, 2024 to submit a report to the Maryland Insurance Commissioner to demonstrate the carrier's compliance with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act; requiring certa...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 212
MDSB523PassAltering the tax imposed on certain pass-through entities; requiring each pass-through entity to pay the tax imposed with respect to certain shares of certain nonresident and nonresident entity members of the pass-through entity; authorizing a pass-t...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 641
MDSB341PassAltering the eligibility for a certain veteran to reside at a home for veterans that is supervised by the Department of Veterans Affairs to include a veteran who has an honorable discharge from active service with a uniformed service of the United St...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 24
MDSB458PassExempting spouses and financially dependent children of active duty members of the United States armed forces from paying nonresident tuition at a public institution of higher education in the State if certain requirements are met at the time of acce...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 227
MDSB597PassProhibiting the use of certain cost-sharing funds to fund a conservation practice that does not meet certain requirements; authorizing certain cost-sharing funds to be made available for certain fixed natural filter practices; prohibiting basing a re...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 305
MDSB630PassEstablishing the Maryland Efficient Grant Application Council to study and make recommendations to the Governor's Grants Office and the Department of Budget and Management regarding the grants life cycle, including the creation of certain materials f...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 485
MDSB632PassRequiring certain hospitals to provide each patient with a certain written notice related to outpatient facility fees that are charged for services provided at the hospital that is in a certain form; requiring that certain notices be provided to cert...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 366
MDSB872PassAuthorizing the Maryland Insurance Commissioner to enforce certain provisions of law under certain applicable powers; requiring the Commissioner to adopt certain regulations under certain circumstances that are consistent with certain federal regulat...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 621
MDSB307PassAltering the eligibility requirements for a Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship to repeal a provision of law requiring a certain applicant to apply within 2 years after graduating from high school; establishing certain eligibility requirem...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 201
MDSB280PassAltering the application requirements for a service member, veteran, or military spouse to apply for an occupational or professional license from a unit in the Maryland Department of Labor to require submission of proof that the applicant has held a ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 177
MDSB282PassIncreasing, from 50% to 100%, the percentage of tuition that may be reimbursed of the cost of in-State tuition for certain courses for any active National Guard member attending certain institutions; and expanding the definition of "member" as it rel...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 181
MDSB207PassAuthorizing a certain unaccompanied minor in need of shelter to consent to shelter and supportive services under certain circumstances; authorizing an unaccompanied minor who is a parent to consent to shelter and supportive services for the minor's c...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 109
MDSB184VetoRequiring the University of Maryland, Baltimore to study the health effects of air traffic noise on communities near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport since the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation Syste...
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2020-05-07
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB493VetoIncreasing the required minimum appropriation for the Small Business Development Center Network Fund from $950,000 to $1,150,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021.
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2020-05-07
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB398VetoEstablishing the Maryland Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Incentive Program to foster job creation and economic development in the State by promoting the commercialization of research, facilitating the transfer of certain t...
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2020-05-07
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB524VetoProhibiting a public library from charging a fine for overdue library materials on a minor's library materials; prohibiting a public library from charging a fee for a minor's overdue library materials until 21 days after the date the materials were d...
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2020-05-07
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB985VetoEstablishing the Office for the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program in the Department of Agriculture; establishing the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program in the Office to encourage certain units to try to achieve an overall percentage goal o...
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2020-05-07
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB1036EngrossEstablishing the Cybersecurity Coordination and Operations Office within the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to help improve statewide cybersecurity readiness and response; requiring the Director of MEMA to appoint an Executive Director a...
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2020-03-17
To House Health and Government Operations Committee
MDSB173EngrossAuthorizing certain individuals to satisfy the requirement to possess and display a driver's license while driving a motor vehicle by carrying and displaying a certain recall notice issued under the Act within the previous 10 days; requiring a law en...
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2020-03-16
To House Environment and Transportation Committee
MDSB325EngrossProposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution to repeal a certain prohibition on the authority of the General Assembly to authorize additional forms or the expansion of commercial gaming; repealing the authority of the General Assembly to autho...
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2020-03-16
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDSB10EngrossProposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution to require an individual appointed by the Governor to fill a vacancy in the office of Delegate or Senator in the General Assembly to serve for the remainder of the term if the vacancy occurs after a...
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2020-03-16
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDSB721EngrossRequiring the Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to appoint a Chief Resilience Officer to be responsible for coordinating State and local efforts to build resilience to risks identified in the Maryland Hazard Mitigation Plan; provid...
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2020-03-16
To House Health and Government Operations Committee
MDSB25EngrossRepealing a requirement that the Department of Natural Resources submit a certain report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2019; and repealing the termination provision for certain provisions of law relating to the is...
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2020-03-16
To House Environment and Transportation Committee
MDSB779EngrossEstablishing the Commission on Minority- and Women-Owned Small Business Participation in State Procurement; providing for the duties, membership, cochairs, and staffing of the Commission; requiring the Commission to study, determine, review, and mak...
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2020-03-16
To House Health and Government Operations Committee
MDSB460EngrossEstablishing the Environmental and Natural Resources Ombudsman; requiring the Ombudsman to have the ability to analyze environmental and natural resource-related data and communicate effectively with State agencies and the public; providing for the a...
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2020-03-15
To House Environment and Transportation Committee
MDSB893EngrossRequiring the State Department of Education, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Behavioral Health Administration jointly to develop and publish a certain handbook regarding safe Internet, social media, and technology usage for certain student...
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2020-03-15
To House Health and Government Operations Committee
MDSJ3EngrossOpposing certain inspection rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that have drastically impeded the harvest and sale of blue catfish and thus rendered the State unable to adequately use the commercial harvest as a form of control ov...
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2020-03-12
To House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee
MDSB722EngrossExpanding the purpose of a certain clean energy loan program to include loans for environmental remediation projects intended to remove environmental or health hazards and for resiliency projects to increase the capacity of a structure or infrastruct...
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2020-03-12
To House Economic Matters Committee
MDSB505EngrossAltering a certain prohibition against interfering with, injuring, tampering with, or destroying a horse used for a certain purpose to prohibit a person from interfering with, injuring, tampering with, or destroying an equine used for a certain purpo...
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2020-03-11
To House Environment and Transportation Committee
MDSB703IntroProposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution relating to the selection and tenure of circuit court judges; requiring Senate confirmation of individuals appointed by the Governor to the office of judge of a circuit court; providing for conteste...
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2020-03-11
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
MDSB403EngrossEstablishing an exemption from the Maryland Wage and Hour Law for an individual employed at an agricultural stand, a retail farm, or a farmers' market that primarily sells agricultural products that the employer has produced.
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2020-03-10
To House Economic Matters Committee
MDSB5IntroEstablishing the Maryland Cyber Reserve within the Military Department; providing that the organized militia of the State includes the Reserve; providing the Governor is the commander-in-chief of the Reserve; establishing the mission of the Reserve t...
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2020-03-09
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDSB1035IntroExpanding the scope and purpose of the Hemp Farming Program to include monitoring and regulating the processing of hemp; requiring the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Governor and the Attorney General, to establish a certain plan ...
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2020-03-04
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDSB351IntroProhibiting a person from using the term "farmers market" to describe certain venues; prohibiting a person from selling farm and food products at a farmers market unless 75% of the products offered were grown or processed by the person or under the s...
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2020-03-03
Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
MDSB1020IntroAltering the definition of "public safety officer" to include certain volunteer auxiliary or volunteer reserve police officers for purposes of a certain property tax credit; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after June 30, 2020; etc.
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2020-03-02
To Senate Budget and Taxation Committee
MDSB1070IntroAllowing a credit against the State income tax for certain rehabilitation expenses for certain catalytic projects; requiring the Secretary of Housing and Community Development to issue tax credit certificates in an amount equal to 20% of certain reha...
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2020-02-28
To Senate Rules Committee
MDSB984IntroEstablishing the State Innovation Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; specifying the purpose, use, and contents of the Fund; requiring the Secretary of General Services to administer the Fund; requiring the Secretary to establish the State Innovation...
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2020-02-24
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDSB980IntroRequiring the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program to enter into a certain memorandum of understanding with certain agencies to establish a Sustainable Materials Management Program; requiring the Governor to appropriate a certain amount in certai...
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2020-02-24
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
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