House Action: Passed Senate Action: Passed Bill going to Conference Committee. MACO testimony
House Action: Passed in amended form Senate Action: No hearing date has been scheduled
House Action: Bill heard in Economic Matters Committee on March 23 MACo testimony
As the bills sit now, MACo supports the House versions — where the bills explicitly allow counties to enact tougher regulations locally to suit local needs.
House Action: Passed (113-24) Senate Action: No hearing date has been scheduled. Senate Cross File: SB 646-heard in Senate Finance Committee, no committee vote has been taken
HB 1280 would have drastically expanded the cancer presumption for firefighters and rescue workers and created a new presumption for infectious diseases. MACo opposed the bill and was successful in having amendments added that removed the infectious diseases, limited the additional cancers to esophageal and brain, although the House also added lung cancer, and made all of the public safety presumptions rebuttable. MACo has dropped its opposition to the bill and now Supports with Amendments (still seeking to remove lung cancer from these broad presumptions)
House Action: Passed Senate Action: No hearing date has been scheduled. Senate Cross File: SB 953-heard in Senate Finance, no committee vote has been taken
MACo was the sole opponent of the bill at the hearing in the House Economic Matters Committee based on concerns about how the revised death benefits interacted with death benefits under the public safety presumptions. The House Economic Matters Committee amended the bill to address MACo’s concerns but the amendments were rejected on the House floor after a short and confusing debate. The “clean” bill passed out of the House.
House Action: Heard in House Economic Matters Committee, no committee vote has been taken
Senate Action: Favorable with Amendments from Senate Finance Committee-on Senate floor for final vote
MACo opposed the bill because it removed local marking fee authority, imposed new mandates by requiring the marking of storm drains, and empowered a new unaccountable entity, the Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority (Authority) with broad powers. The amended bill maintains local marking fee authority, removes all references to the marking of storm drains, and ensures that local governments will not be charged or assessed a fee either directly or indirectly, for the operations of the newly established Authority. MACo officially changed its position to Support because the amended version addressed MACo’s major concerns.
Senate Action: Passed Senate House Action: no hearing date has been set MACo position: Oppose
House Action: Passed House in amended form Senate Action: Hearing in Education, Health and Environmental Affairs 4/8 @ 1:00 p.m. MACo Supported the bill AELR will take up the Stormwater Management regulations on April 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the Joint Hearing Room. Pending a decision of the committee, MACo will determine if a panel is needed to testify on April 8.