Maryland General Assembly votes by local legislators
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:58

General Assembly Votes

•    How the 6th District legislators voted on select bills during the session. Bills are not law until they are signed by the governor.

SB 170: The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Bill, which provides $38.9 billion in appropriations for 2015 — an increase of $1.6 billion (4.3 percent) above fiscal 2014. General fund spending accounts for 41.3 percent of the total budget. Federal funds support 27.1 percent of all spending.  Special funds constitute 21 percent of the budget, and higher education revenue provides the remaining 10.6 percent.  State agency operations constitute the largest area of spending, representing 44.4 percent of the total budget. Entitlements account for 25.1 percent of the budget, and 20.2 percent is provided as aid to local governments. Passed Senate 40-7; passed House 98-37.
Yes: Sen. Norman Stone, delegates Joseph “Sonny” Minnick, John Olszewski Jr. and Michael Weir Jr.


HB 172: The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2014. Authorizing specified funds to be used or specified purposes; establishing the date on which specified license fees are effective; creating a Maryland Amusement Game Advisory Committee; authorizing charter counties to impose a hotel rental tax under specified circumstances; repealing the authorization for the state Lottery Commission to pay specified bonuses and incentives; providing a specified calculation of local wealth for education aid purposes for specified fiscal years; is estimated to increase community college State aid by $12 million in fiscal 2016. Passed Senate 41-6; passed House 97-38
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 739: conforms the Maryland estate tax to the value of the unified credit under the federal estate tax.  The bill is phased in from calendar  year 2016 to 2019.  The practical effect is to increase the amount that can be excluded from taxation from $1.5 million in calendar 2015 to an estimated $5.9 million in 2019.  The legislation is expected to reduce general fund revenues by $21.0 million in fiscal 2016.  This increases to $105.0 million in fiscal 2019.  When fully phased in, reduced revenues total $154.0 million in fiscal 2021. Passed Senate 36-10; passed House 119-14.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.


HB 198: expands the refund for low- and moderate–income individuals from 25 percent of the federal earned income credit to 28 percent.  Low- and moderate-income workers may be eligible for a federal credit.  If the credit exceeds taxes due, the worker can receive a direct payment.  Maryland has a similar provision that is linked to the federal credit.  The increased credit is phased in over four years.  Revenues decrease from $4.0 million in fiscal 2016 to $27.0 million in fiscal 2019. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 134-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski and Weir.


HB 295: The minimum wage increase bill, which increases the state’s minimum wage for most workers from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.  The increase is to be phased in over four years beginning in January 2015.  The law also requires that community providers for the developmentally disabled receive a 3.5 percent pay increase annually through fiscal 2019. Passed Senate 34-13; passed House 87-47.
Yes: Stone, Olszewski, Weir.
No: Minnick


SB 419: Increases the per capita funding amount that must be provided to regional resource centers and county public libraries.  This increases fiscal 2016 costs
by $3.0 million.  Costs are expected to grow over the forecast period to $6.0 million in fiscal 2019. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 134-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.


SB 171: Part of the fiscal 2015 capital budget, this includes $275 million in general obligation bonds for public school construction.  An additional $23.7 million in unexpended funds from prior years is available from the Statewide Contingency Fund, of which $12.8 million is reserved for specific local school systems. Passed Senate 44-3; passed House 99-35.
Yes: Stone, Minnick Olszewski, Weir.

SB 332: the Prekindergarten Expansion Act of 2014, expands prekindergarten services to four-year-old children from families whose income is no more than 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines by establishing a competitive grant program to provide funding to qualified public and private prekindergarten providers.  The state budget includes $4.3 million for the grant program in fiscal 2015.  At least the same amount must be provided in subsequent years. Passed Senate 46-1; passed House 103-35.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 863: authorizes a county or municipality to provide an exemption from local property taxes for property owned by a community open space management entity. Passed Senate 46-0; passed House 138-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.


HB 486: creates a tax credit against the state income
tax for donations made to a qualified permanent endowment fund at an eligible community foundation.  The value of the credit is equal to the lesser of 25 percent of the eligible donation or $50,000.  Passed Senate 46-0, 46-0; passed House 135-0, 120-13.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 786: adds light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs to the items that are exempt during the annual sales tax-free period for certain Energy Star products and solar water heaters.  The inclusion of LED light bulbs in the list of Energy Star products that are exempt terminates June 30, 2017. Passed Senate 46-0; Passed House 136-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

SB 644: establishes the Council on Open Data.  The council is charged with promoting the policy of the state that open data be machine readable and released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable.  “Open data” is data that a state entity has collected and is permitted, required, or able to make available to the public. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 132-0.
Yes: Stone, Olszewski, Weir.
Excused: Minnick.


HB 53: requires a custodian of a public record to provide to an authorized applicant, on request, a copy, printout, or photograph of a public record or access to the public record to make a copy.  This requirement does not apply if the public record is otherwise protected by law.  A person or governmental unit that is not provided with a copy, printout, or photograph of a public record as required by law may file a complaint in a circuit court. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 131-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.


SB 610: if a member of the military receives tuition assistance and is a member of a unit that has been disbanded on or after September 1, 2013, the member may satisfy the active membership requirement by transferring to another active duty, reserve, or National Guard Unit in Maryland or in another state.  If the member is offered early separation by the military following the disbanding of the member’s unit, the member is excused from the active membership requirement. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 138-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.
HB 40: requires the governor annually to proclaim November as American Indian Heritage Month in recognition of the contributions that American Indians have made to the state. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 130-1.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.


HB 549: requires the governor annually to proclaim June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Juneteenth is the oldest holiday in the United States commemorating the end of slavery. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 136-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

SB 15: establishes procedures for local boards of elections to remove from the statewide voter registration list voters identified as deceased, based on information received from the Social Security Administration Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 133-0.
Yes: Stone, Olszewski, Weir
Excused absence: Minnick.

HB 1406: Voting authority cards must be signed by each voter voting in person at a polling place or early voting center; this bill requires those cards to be maintained by local boards of elections for three years, either by physically storing the cards or electronically scanning and storing the cards. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 136-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 1332: Establishes the Task Force to Study Sports Injuries in High School Female Athletes. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 135-1.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.


HB 422/SB 991: would have established that a dog may not be determined to be potentially dangerous based solely on the breed, type, or heritage of the dog; prohibited a county or municipality from enacting a local law or adopting an ordinance that prohibits a person from adopting, owning, keeping, or harboring a dog of a specific breed, type, or heritage or taking specified other actions based on the breed, type, or heritage of a dog; and prohibited a homeowner or tenant from being prohibited from owning, keeping, or harboring a dog or a specific breed, type, or heritage or being evicted from residential property solely because the person owns, keeps, or harbors a dog of a specific breed, type, or heritage. Passed House 131-2; neither the House nor the Senate version came to a floor vote in the Senate.
Yes: Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

   
SB 364: reclassifies the use or possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil offense, subject to a fine of up to $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense, and $500 for a third or subsequent offense.  On a third or subsequent offense a court must order the offender to attend a drug education program approved by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), refer the person to an assessment for substance abuse disorder, and refer the person to substance abuse treatment, if necessary. Passed Senate 34-8; Passed House 78-55.
Yes: Olszewski.
No: Minnick, Weir.
Abstained: Stone.

SB 923/HB 881: Expand the purpose and responsibilities of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission to include the registration of certifying physicians as well as conducting research on issues and disseminating information related to the medical use of marijuana, limit the number of licensed growers, and specify the process by which a qualifying patient may obtain medical marijuana. Passed Senate 44-2; passed House 127-9. Passed Senate 44-2; passed Hose 125-11.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.

HB 43: Outlaws “revenge porn;” prohibits a person from intentionally causing serious emotional distress to another by intentionally placing on the Internet a photograph, film, videotape, recording, or any other reproduction of the image of the other person that reveals the identity of the other person with his or her intimate parts exposed or while engaged in an act of sexual contact, knowing that the other person did not consent to the placement of the image on the Internet, and under circumstances in which the other person had a reasonable expectation that the image would be kept private. Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 136-0.
Yes: Stone, Minnick, Olszewski, Weir.


Compiled by Bill Gates
source: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov