Maryland General Assembly votes by local legislators
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:23
•    How the 6th District legislators voted on select bills during the session. Bills are not law until they are signed by the governor.

SB 281: The Firearm Safety Act of 2013, which banned the sale of certain assault guns in Maryland, put a limit on the ammunition capacity of gun magazines and introduced stricter requirements for those seeking to purchase and register guns and obtain licenses. Passed Senate 28-19; passed House 78-61.
No: Sen. Norman Stone, delegates Joseph “Sonny” Minnick, John Olszewski Jr. and Michael Weir Jr.

HB 100: The State Operating Budget of $36.9 billion, which increases state spending by 2.3 percent and leaves an estimated fiscal 2014 general fund balance of $291.1 million while reducing the structural deficit by $209 million. Passed Senate 37-8; passed House 103-36.
YES: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 102: The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA), which clarifies the authority of the State Lottery and Gaming Commission is to license and regulate locally-authorized electronic gaming; authorizes a grant to a county board of education during fiscal 2014 equal to 25 percent of a decrease in direct state aid if the decrease from fiscal 2013 to 2014 is more than one percent; establishes a $400 income tax credit for the expense of registering certain tractor-trailers titled and registered in the state, contingent on the taking effect of toll increases; clarifies the calculation of the Medicaid hospital assessment is to require assessments remittances or general fund savings up to $389.8 million effective in 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter; reduces the required reinvestment of savings due to pension reform to $200 million rather than $300 million in fiscal 2014 and each subsequent year. Passed Senate 39-6; passed House 103-6.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

SB 715: The Maryland Highway Safety Act of 2013, which authorizes the Motor Vehicle Adminstration to issue or renew a driver’s license, identification card or moped operator’s permit to an individual who cannot show they are a legal resident of this country or do not possess a Social Security number. The bill also repeals the July 1, 2015 termination date of MVA’s authority to issue or renew one of these documents and the requirement the documents must expire by July 1 2015. Anyone who cannot show legal residency status and is not a current holder of one of these documents may receive one only if they provide documentary evidence that they have filed a Maryland income tax return the previous two years or lived in Maryland and had been claimed as a dependent on someone’s else’s Maryland tax return the previous two years. In other words, illegal immigrants can receive a Maryland driver’s license or ID card as long as they’ve been filing state tax returns for the previous two years. Passed Senate 29-18; passed House 82-55.
No: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski and Weir.

HB 420: Clarifies and alters procedures of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) concerning the collection of unpaid electronic tolls through the issuance of a notice and, subsequently, a citation for unpaid toll violations. Removed from the bill was a provision that would have authorized the MdTA to publish a list of people with unpaid toll violations. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 133-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

SB 207: The speed camera bill, which required that specified time-stamped images of a motor vehicle taken by speed cameras provide sufficient information to show the progress of the vehicle; limited the placement of speed cameras in school zones; strengthened a prohibition on camera vendors being paid on a per-ticket basis and created an ombudsman with the power to void tickets. Passed Senate 46-1; passed House 106-29. Bill failed to pass when Senate did not agree with House amendments and House refused to recede.
Yes: Stone, Olszewski.
No: Minnick, Weir

SB 160: The “pit bull” bill, regarding liability for damages due to a dog bite. Both Senate and House bills created a rebuttable presumption of liability for the owner of a dog which caused personal injury or death. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 133-0. Bill failed after the Senate refused to concur with a House amendment removing Senate requirement requiring a higher level of proof — “clear and convincing evidence — that a dog did not have vicious or dangerous propensities, and House — which only required a “preponderance of evidence” — refused to recede.
Yes: Stone, Minnick and Weir.
Excused absence: Olszewski.

HB 1515: The “Gas Tax” bill, which will increase the state gasoline tax by nearly 16 cents a gallon by 2015. It also increases the vehicle registration fee surcharge and requires the Maryland Transit Administration to increase base fare prices beginning in fiscal 2015, and places restrictions on transfers from the state Transportation Trust Fund and the use of money from the fund. Passed Senate 27-20; passed House 76-63.
No: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

SB 829: Proposes an amendment to the Maryland constitution placing constitutional restrictions on transfers from the Transportation Trust Fund and the use of money from the fund. Essentially, it requires a three-fifths vote from the General Assembly to remove money from the Transportation Trust Fund for non-transportation purposes. The proposed amendment will be added to the November 2014 ballot. Passed Senate 40-7; passed House 108-30.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

SB 579/HB 1126: Creates a farm brewery manufacturers license for selling and delivering beer manufactured from a Maryland agriculture product and produced on the farm. Passed Senate 46-0, 46-0; passed House 135-0, 133-0..
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

SB 103: Expands the existing miltary retirement income tax subtraction modification for individuals over the age of 65 by increasing the maximum amount of retirement income that can be excluded from Maryland adjusted gross income from $5,000 to$10,000. Passed Senate 46-0; Never made it to the House floor.
Yes: Stone.

SB 47: Requires a public body in the state to require a contractor or subcontractor to use or supply American-manufactured goods in public works contracts for constructing or maintaining a public work or buying or manufacturing specified machinery or equipment to be installed at a public work site. In other words, if you’re doing contract work for the government, buy American. Does not apply to emergency life safety and property safety goods. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 132-2.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 860: Specifies $20 million in state funding and $40 million in local funding annually to support up to $1.1 billion for public school construction and revitalization in Baltimore City. Passed Senate 40-7; passed House 102-30.
Yes: Stone, Olszewski, Weir.
Excused Absence: Minnick.

SB 580: Legalizes the use of marijuana, a controlled dangerous substance, for medicinal purposes; i.e., the person using it must have a specified debilitating medical condition and received the drug from a specified caregiver. It does not make it legal to use marijuana in public or be in possession of more than one ounce. Passed Senate 46-0; passed House 95-37.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Weir.
No: Olszewski.

HB 361: Alters state insurance law to conform to the Federal Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) by establishing SHOP exchange navigator fees, specifying open enrollment period requirements and repealing the termination date on a provision of law relating to health insurance for self-employed individuals. Passed Senate 37-10; passed House 86-37.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 228: Further modify state law to conform with the Federal Affordable Care Act by expanding Medicaid eligibility, establishing a dedicated funding stream for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange from the insurance premium tax on health insurers, provide for the transition for Maryland Health Insurance Plan enrollees into the Exchange, establish a State re-insurance program, establish continuity of care requirements and make clarifying and administrative changes. Passed Senate 36-11; passed House 93-43.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 211: Allows citizens to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment requiring the permanent removal from office of an elected state or local official who, while in office, enters a guilty plea or a plea of nolo contendere to a felony or specified misdemeanors related to the official’s public duties and responsibilities. Passed Senate 46-0; passed House 137-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir

HB 1308: Prohibits a party claiming the right to possession from taking possession or threatening to take possession of residential property from a protected resident by locating the resident out of the residential property. Additionally, they may not engage in willfull diminution of services to the resident or take any other action that deprives the resident of actual possession. A resident may only be deprived of possession in accordance with a writ issued by a court and executed by a sheriff or constable. Essentially, it protects residents from being evicted without a court order. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 136-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

SB 339: Use of a cell phone while driving is moved from being a secondary offense to a primary offense, meaning violators can be stopped by law enforcement officers without the need for any other reason. If convicted, points will not be assessed to a driving record unless the offense contributed to an accident. Passed Senate 41-6; passed House 108-29.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 1346: Would have raised the maximum speed limit on state highways fromm 65 MPH to 70 MPH. Passed House 137-0; did not come to a floor vote in the Senate.
Yes: Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.
SB 297: Would have changed the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil offense; and established the penalty of a fine up to $100. Passed Senate 30-16; did not reach the House floor for a vote.
No: Stone.

HB 226: Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013, which would require electricity sales in Maryland to include approximately 2.5 percent derived from wind energy by 2017. The projected rate impact cannot exceed $1.50 a month for the average residential customer in 2013 dollars or 1.5 percent of a non-residential customers’ total annual electric bill. Passed Senate 30-15; passed House 88-48.
Yes: Stone, Olszewski, Weir.
No: Minnick.

SB683/HB1204: Both bills would have raised the Maryland minimum wage to $10 an hour by July 1, 2015. Neither bill made it out of its respective committee.

SB 30: Would have prohibited the driver or passengers of a motor vehicle from smoking in the vehicle if a child under the age of eight was also a passenger. It would not be a moving violation and would carry a maximum penalty of a $50 fine. Passed Senate 27-20; did not reach the House floor for a vote.
No: Stone.

SB 276: The Death Penalty repeal bill. Passed Senate 27-20; passed House 82-56.
No: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 1462: Establishes a task force to study a later starting time for Maryland public schools. Passed House 135-0; received an unfavorable report in a Senate committee.
Yes: Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 396: The Cyberbullying bill, which makes it illegal to use a computer or a computer network to harass a minor. This includes causing a minor to fear for their safety by building a fake profile or website; posing as a minor in a chat room, email or an instant message; stalking the minor online; sexually harassing by posting or encouraging others to post private or sexual information about a minor on the Internet; posting a real or doctored photo of a minor on the Internet; signing up a minor for a pornographic website; spreading unauthorized information about a minor with the malicious intent to harass or pyschologically torment the minor; or making statements intended to encourage others to stalk a minor. Passed House 134-0; passed Senate 47-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 446: This bill would have authorized — upon voter approval — a video lottery operation license to be awarded for a maximum of 2,500 slot machines in the terminal building of Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The proceeds from those machines would have been placed in the state Transportation Trust Fund. The bill was intended as an alternative to raising the gas tax, and never made it out of committee to the House floor for a vote.

SB 230: Expands the definition of “public body” subject to the state open meetings law to include the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), which is the governing body for state public secondary school interscholastic athletics. Passed Senate 46-0; passed House 140-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

Compiled by Bill Gates