Session Update - Feb 14, 2019February 14, 2019
Happy Valentine’s Day! I wanted to take a moment to update you on the upcoming hearings for a couple of my bills. If you would like to provide testimony in favor of any of these bills, please get in touch with my office.
HB 1261- Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squads - Member Disability and Death Benefits - Appeals Process
Authorizing certain members of a volunteer fire company or rescue squad and certain individuals who are denied payment of a certain disability or death benefit by the Board of Trustees of the Maryland State Firemen's Association to appeal the decision to a certain appeals panel and establishing an appeals panel.
Hearing 2/19 at 1pm - Appropriations
HB 670- Public Safety - Special Police Officers - Employing Entity
This bill allows the Sheriff’s department and a school to enter into a written agreement to employ a special police officer, with limited police powers to provide security at a school.
HB 1018 -St. Mary's County - Public Safety - Special Police Officers Pilot Program
The bill is the same as above but only effects St. Mary's county.
Hearings for HB670 & HB1018 2/26 at 1pm- Judiciary
HB 609- Income Tax - Credit for Long-Term Care Premiums
This bill would allow a taxpayer to claim a credit against State Income tax in an amount equal to 100% of their eligible long-term care premiums covering the individual, their spouse or parents in the same taxable year.
The bill encourages long term advance planning and will help defray the cost of long term care.
Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m. -Ways and Means
In addition to my bills listed above, I want to highlight one piece of legislation that I oppose:
$15 Minimum Wage
Thank you for submitting your testimony and/ or showing up in person to testify on HB 166- Minimum Wage (fight for 15) last Friday. There were large numbers of people on both sides of the issue.
The Senate version of the Minimum Wage bill- SB280, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on 2/21 at 1pm.
Small businesses are the backbone of Maryland’s economy. They are the job creators that offer many of the opportunities for people to get ahead both socially and economically in our state. The fact is that mandating an arbitrary higher minimum wage makes Maryland less competitive and will result in losing jobs. If this bill is successful, Maryland’s minimum wage would be double that of Virginia and Pennsylvania and nearly double West Virginia and Delaware. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) projects that change will result in a loss of nearly -100,000 jobs over the next ten years. This change in policy will undoubtedly result in hurting those exact same people it intends to help.