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Veto Overrides 2021

February 07, 2021

This week the House will come together to vote on Governor Hogan's vetoes from last year's legislative session.

Democrats are looking to create several new taxes, all of which would be bad for Marylanders.

HB 932- Digital downloads and streaming services sales tax.

HB 932 will require a sales tax on digital content and streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. I remain against this bill, because now more than ever, Maryland citizens can't afford additional tax burdens. The Covid emergency has hit us hard and continue to do so- this additional fleecing must not be allowed.  This new tax takes an estimated $120 million out of private citizens' hands and moves it into government coffers.  I will vote NO to this bill again by voting to sustain the Governor's veto.

HB 732-Tobacco/ e cigarette and Digital advertising tax

HB 732 adds taxes on e-cigarettes and vaping products, as well as a tax on digital advertising – to the tune of $250 million.

With businesses still struggling to remain open while being severely restricted by the pandemic shutdowns, it's hard to imagine why adding an additional financial burden at this time is a good idea.  Now is not the time to make Maryland more expensive for citizens and businesses.  I will vote NO to this bill again by voting to sustain the Governor's veto.

HB 1300-Kirwan spending bill (the Blueprint for Education)

HB 1300- otherwise known as the Kirwan Education Spending Bill is the single most costly legislation ever considered by the Maryland General Assembly.   

Maryland counties have said that they cannot afford the billions of dollars in spending mandated by the Kirwan Commission's recommendations. It was passed the last session under secrecy, while most of the State was focused on the pandemic threat.

I voted no to this bill last year because while I want the best public education system possible, this entire bill does little to address the real problems with public education.  There is very little oversight or mechanism to prevent failing schools, despite the money spent.  There is nothing substantial to address disruptive students in the classroom. The bill does not empower the parents to make choices for their children's education.  Basically, the bill is a giant payoff to the Teacher's Union who has spent millions of dollars lobbying legislators to advance the bill. 

I will vote NO to this bill again by voting to sustain the Governor's veto.

 

During the election, many Democrats promised to work with Governor Hogan in bipartisanship, yet now are poised to overturn 30 of the Governor's vetoes!

Below is the entire list. If you have any questions about any of these, please feel free to contact my office.

HB 732

Luedtke

 

Tobacco/E-cigarette and Digital Advertising Taxes (W&M)

HB 4

Atterbeary

 

Long Guns – Restrictions on Sales, Rentals and Transfers (JUD)

HB 932

Korman

 

Digital Downloads and Streaming Services – Sales Tax (W&M)

 

HB 86 Korman

 

Metro/Transit Funding Act (APP)

HB 1300

Speaker

 

Blueprint for Maryland's Future (APP & WM)

 

SB 300

Lam

 

Chlorpyrifos Prohibition and Pesticide Transition Fund (ENT)

HB 1095

Speaker

 

Prescription Drug Affordability Board and Fund (HGO)

 

HB 1336

Barron

 

4th-Degree Burglary – Expungement Eligibility and Case Search Changes (JUD)

 

SB 314

Sydnor

Records Confidentiality – Juveniles Charged as Adults (JUD)

 

HB 310

Hill

 

UMB Study – Health Effects of Air Traffic Noise (APP)

SB 708

Carter

Violence Intervention and Prevention Program – Changes and Funding (APP & JUD)

 

HB 1658

McIntosh

 

BSO Funding and Reporting (APP)

 

SB 452                            

McCray

Temporary Cash Assistance -Funding Minimums (APP)

 

HB 1236

Solomon

 

MARC Train – Expanded Service Pilot Program (ENT)

 

SB 845

Ferguson

Maryland Corps Program Funding (APP)

 

HB 737

Anderton

 

Income Tax Disparity Grants – Enhanced Funding (APP)

 

HB 1659

McIntosh

 

MSA Youth Sports Program and Mike Busch Sports Fund (APP)

 

SB 493

Elfreth

Small Business Development Center Network Funding (APP)

 

SB 877

Feldman

Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority –Revisions (ECM)

 

HB 125

Healey

 

BPW Land Acquisition Requirements (HGO)

HB 1121

Peña-Melnyk

 

MD Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Registry and Referral System (HGO)

 

HB 1488

Charkoudian

 

Local Farm Enterprise and Food Aggregation Program (HGO)

 

SB 796

Guzzone

DDA – Program Changes and Reporting (HGO)

 

HB 83

Moon

 

Marijuana Possession Charges – Removal from Online Case Search (JUD)

 

SB 407

Kramer

OAG – Senior and Vulnerable Adult Asset Recovery Unit (JUD & APP)

 

SB 907

Smith

 

Maryland State Crime Plan and Law Enforcement Councils (JUD)

 

SB 929

Hayes

 

Baltimore City P.R.O.T.E.C.T. Act

HB 514

Qi

 

Small Business Innovation Research and Tech Transfer Program (W&M)

 

HB 1000

Ebersole

 

Library Lifelong Learners / Overdue Fines and Fees Prohibition for Minors (W&M)

 

SB 465

Guzzone

E-nnovation Program Extension and Changes (W&M)