End of Session Update: Business Affairs

A previous post provided the status of various business affairs bills that MACo took a position on. Now that the dust has settled, this post provides the final status of these bills.

Junk Dealers and Scrap Metal ProcessorsHB 203 would clarify that Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Washington, and Worcester counties fall under the statewide scrap metal legislation that passed last year.  MACo supported the bill to ensure that the new law is uniformly implemented and enforced across the State, and that prohibitions on the purchase of items, such as the purchase of catalytic converters, cemetery urns, or grave markers, apply to junk dealers and scrap metal processors in these jurisdictions.   Status:  HB 203 passed the General Assembly and has been signed by the Governor(Chapter 110). MACo Testimony

Master Electricians:   HB 361/SB 235 would continue the State Board of Master Electricians and require the Board to adopt continuing education requirements for licensure.  As introduced, SB 235 also contained study language that seemed very prescriptive and directed toward eliminating local licensure for electricians.  In testimony, MACo offered amendments to strip out that study.  These amendments have been accepted and both bills are now moving in the same form.  Status:  Both bills have passed the General Assembly and are awaiting the Governor’s signature. MACo Testimony

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