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Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates

Below are the lists of House and State Bills that are being tracked.  House Bills are listed first and are in order by number, followed by State Bills.

HOUSE BILLS:

HB-11 – Maryland Correctional Enterprises Goods & Services-Sales to Individuals Employed by the State Government.  Authorizing the sale of goods and services of Maryland Correctional Enterprises on the open market to an individual employed by the State government.  (Delegate Folden) First Reading Health & Government Operations 1/10.

HB-15 – Harford County Sheriff-Deputy Sheriffs and Correctional Officers-Organization and Negotitian. Providing that full-time deputy sheriffs at the rank of captain and below and full-time correctional officers at the rank of captain and below in the Office of the Sheriff of Harford County have the right to organize and negotiate with the Harford County Executive and Harford County Sheriff with regard to certain wages and employee health care premium share; requiring the right to organize and negotiate to be conducted in accordance with certain provisions of Harford County Code unless otherwise provided in the Act; etc.   (Delegates Lisanti, Cassilly, and Reilly)   First Reading Appropriations 1/10.

HB-36 – Correctional Officers’ Retirement System-Membership.  Altering the membership of the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System to include certain individuals serving in certain positions in the Department of Juvenile Services; providing that certain members of the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System who meet certain criteria may receive a normal Service retirement allowance that is based on certain creditable service; etc.   (Delegate Jackson)  First Reading Appropriations 1/10.

 HB-58 – Income Tax-Subtraction Modification-Retirement Income.  (Delegate Brooks)   Hearing Cancelled 1/11.

HB-65 – Criminal Procedure-Domestic Violence-Active Electronic Monitoring-Pretrial Release and Probation.  Requiring a certain judicial officer to consider including, if requested by a victim, electronic monitoring that provides a certain victim notification as a condition of pretrial release; authorizing a judge to order that a defendant be subject to electronic monitoring that provides a certain victim notification as a condition of pretrial release; specifying that the court may include electronic monitoring that provides a certain victim notification as a condition of probation; etc.   (Delegate Angel)   Hearing 1/18 @ 1:00 P.M.

HB-83 – Harford County Sheriff-Deputy Sheriffs and Correctional Officers-Collective Bargaining.  (Wording similar to that in HB-15)  (Delegate Reilly)   First Reading Appropriations 1/12.

HB-110 – St. Mary’s County-Inmate Release Programs.   Authorizing the St. Mary’s County Sheriff to establish a pretrial release program and a prerelease program; authorizing a certain inmate to leave a certain detention center for certain purposes; repealing a provision authorizing the Sheriff and the Board of County Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to charge a certain inmate a certain amount or fee to pay for certain costs; requiring the Sheriff or the Sheriff’s  designee to collect the earnings of a certain inmate, less any payroll deduction required by law; etc.   (St. Mary’s County Delegation)  Hearing 1/23 @ 1:00 P.M.

HB-111 – Maryland Department of Health-Defendants Found Incompetent to Stand Trial or Not Criminally Responsible-Commitment.  Requiring a court to enter a certain commitment order if the court makes a certain finding; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to facilitate the immediate placement of certain defendants in a certain facility on or before a certain date specified in a commitment order and to provide certain notification to the court; establishing a rebuttable presumption of contempt under certain circumstances; providing that a lack of available beds in a certain facility is not sufficient reason for not making a certain placement; etc.  (Delegates Barron, Lierman, Dumais and Angel)   Hearing 1/23 @ 1:00 P.M.

HB-129 – Income Tax-Subtraction Modification-Retirement Income of Correctional Officers.   Expanding a certain subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax to the first $15,000 of retirement income attributable to a resident’s employment as a correctional officer under certain circumstances; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.  (Delegates Knotts and Jackson)   First Reading Ways and Means 1/15.

HB-202 – Criminal Procedure-Incompetency and Criminal Responsibility-Court Ordered Medication. Authorizing a court to order administration of psychiatric medication to a defendant for a period of no longer than 30 days after a finding of incompetency or not criminally responsible under certain circumstances; providing that certain medication may be administered to a certain individual before the decision of a certain panel for no longer than 30 days under certain circumstances; requiring a certain panel to issue a certain decision within 30 days after a court orders treatment under certain circumstances; etc. (Delegates Morhaim, Atterbeary, Dumais Krebs, Rose, Shoemaker, & P. Young)  Judiciary Hearing 1/30 @ 1:00 P.M.

HB-205 – Workers’ Compensation-Permanent Partial Disability-State Correctional Officers.  Providing for enhanced workers’ compensation benefits for a State correctional officer for a compensable permanent partial disability of less than 75 weeks; and applying the Act prospectively.   (Delegates Clippinger & Buckel)   First Reading Economic Matters 1/18.

HB-291 – Correctional Services-Inmate Case Record-Educational, Vocational, and Job History.  No Synopsis.   (Delegate Queen)   Hearing Judiciary 1/30 @ 1:00 P.M.

HB-295 – Correctional Services-Diminution Credits-Education.  No synopsis.   (Delegate Queen et al.) Hearing Judiciary 1/30 @ 1:00 P.M.

HB-296 – Income Tax-Subtraction Modification-Retirement Income of Correctional Officers.   No synopsis.   (Delegate Hixson et al.)   First Reading Ways and Means 1/22.

HB-373 – Cecil County-Home Detention and Release Programs.   Repealing provisions relating to a home detention program in Cecil County; authorizing the Sheriff of Cecil County to establish home detention, pretrial release, work release, and prerelease programs; requiring the Sheriff to adopt regulations necessary to implement the programs; providing that a certain condition imposed by a court supersedes a certain regulation under certain circumstances; authorizing a court to allow a certain individual to participate in a program established under the Act at a certain time; etc.  (Cecil County Delegation)   First Reading Judiciary 1/24.

HB-579 –  Correctional Service-Murder-Diminution Credits.   Cross-filed with SB-210.   Introduced in the 2017 Session as HB-520.   (Delegates McComas, Afzali, Buckel, Carozza, Cassilly, Ciliberti, Clark, Cluster, Corderman, Fisher, Folden, Glass, Grammer, S  Howard, Impallaria, Kipke, Krebs, Long, Malone, McDonough, McKay, Metzgar, W. Miller, Morgan, Parrott, Reilly, Rey, Rose, Szeliga, Vogt, West, and Wivell.)   First Reading Judiciary 1/29.

HB-628 – Correctional Services-Inmates-Labor.  Requiring the Commissioner of Correction to include in an annual report certain statistics related to inmate employment and wages at certain facilities; and requiring the Division of Correction to include in a report regarding Maryland Correctional Enterprises certain statistics regarding inmate employment and wages.   (Delegate Wilkins, et al.)  First Reading Judiciary 1/29.

HB-678 –  Criminal Law-Sentencing-Subsequent Offenders (career Criminal Truth in Sentencing Act.   Requiring that certain subsequent criminal offenders be sentenced to imprisonment for the maximum term allowed by law; prohibiting the court from suspending all or part of a mandatory sentence for certain subsequent criminal offenders; providing that certain subsequent criminal offenders are not eligible for parole or diminution credits; and requiring that the State follow certain procedural rules when prosecuting certain subsequent criminal offenders.   Introduced in the 2016 Regular Session as HB-1173.   (Delegates Buckel, Cluster, Corderman, Glass, Hornberger, Kittleman, Malone, McComas, Parrott, and Rey.)   Hearing 2/20 1:00 P.M Judiciary.

HB-685 – Criminal Procedure-Pretrial Release-Grace Period for Failure to Appear.   Prohibiting a defendant who fails to appear for a scheduled court hearing from being penalized if he or she turns himself or herself in to the court within 7 days of the missed hearing and if he or she was not arrested or charged with another crime after failure to appear; authorizing a court to order a certain defendant to pay certain fees and costs; and applying the Act.   (Delegate Conway)   Judiciary Hearing 2/20 @ 1:00 P.M.

HB-786 – Correctional Services-Restrictive Housing-Limitations.  Cross-filed with SB-539.   (Delegates J. Lewis, Angel, Alterbeary, Barron, Dumais, Hayes, Kelly, Knotts, Moon, Morales, Mosby, Proctor, Queen, Rosenberg, Sanchez, Sydnor, and Tarlau.)   First Reading Judiciary 2/1.

HB-787 – Correctional Facilities-Pregnant Inmates-Medical Care.   Requiring each local correctional facility and each correctional facility in the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to have a policy in place regarding the medical care of pregnant inmates that addresses certain matters; requiring the managing official of each correctional facility to provide the written policy to an inmate at a certain time; requiring the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards to review each correctional facility’s policy during regular inspections; etc.   (Delegates Dumais, Queen, Anderson, Angel, Atterbeary, Barkley, Barron, Clippinger, Cullison, Davis, Fraser-Hidalgo, Frick, Gibson, Hayes, Hettleman, Hill, Jalisi, Kaiser, Kelly, Korman, Kramer, Lam, J. Lewis, R. Lewis, Lierman, Luedtke, McIntosh, A. Miller, Moon, Morales, Morhaim, Mosby, Patterson, Pena-Melnyk, Platt, Reznick, Robinson, Rosenberg, Sample-Hughes, Sanchez, Valderrama, Waldstreicher, A. Washington, M. Washington, Wilkins, & K. Young.)   First Reading Judiciary 2/1.

HB-793 – Correctional Services-Diminution Credits-Good Conduct.   Altering a certain provision to require a certain deduction from the term of confinement of a certain inmate for good conduct to be calculated at a certain time under certain circumstances.   (Delegates Malone, Arentz, McConkey, W. Miller, and Wivell.)   First Reading Judiciary 2/1.

HB-797 – Correctional Services-Inmates-Menstrual Hygiene Products.   Cross-filed with SB-598.(Delegates Queen, Dumas, Ali, Anderson, Angel, Atterbeary, Barkley, Barron, Carozza, Carr, Clippinger, Cullison, Davis, Fennell, Fraser-Hidalgo, Frick, Gibson, Gilchrist, Gutierrez, Hayes, Hettleman…Kelly…Tarlau…Pena-Melnyk…Sample-Hughes…Valentino-Smith…Vallario, et al.) First Reading Judiciary 2/1.

HB-846 – Inmates-Life Imprisonment-Parole Reform.   Cross-filed with SB-249.   (Delegates Queen, Anderson, Conaway, Dumais, Gibson, Gutierrez, Hayes, Hill, Kelly, J. Lewis, Moon, Morales, Proctor, Sanchez, Sydnor, Tarlau, and Vallario.)   First Reading Judiciary 2/2.

HB-890 –   Correctional Services-Violent Crime Involving a Firearm.   Altering the parole eligibility of a  certain inmate who has been sentenced to the Division of Correction after being convicted of a violent crime involving a firearm committed on or after October 1, 2018.

HB-963 –   Correctional Services-Eligibility for Parole-Violent Crime.   Prohibiting a certain inmate who   has been convicted of a certain violent crime committed on or before October 1, 2018, from being eligible for parole until the inmate has served a certain portion of a certain  sentence under certain circumstances; requiring a certain inmate who has been convicted  of a certain violent crime committed on or after October 1, 2018, to receive an  administrative review of the inmate’s progress in the correctional facility after the inmate has served a certain part of a certain sentence; etc.   (Delegates Malone, Afzali, Buckel, Cassilly, Corderman, Folden, Glass, Grammer, Kipke, Krebs, McComas, McConkey, Miele,  W. Miller, Parrott, Rose, Shoemaker, Szeliga,  and Vogt.)   First Reading Judiciary 2/5.

HB-1030 –  Criminal Procedure-Incompetency and Criminal Responsibility-Dismissal of Charges.  Cross-  filed with SB-579.   (Delegate Dumais)  Hearing Judiciary 2/20 @ 1:00 P.M.

HB-1082 –   Justice Reinvestment Act-Modifications.   Providing that a certain presumption may be rebutted if a certain commissioner or court commissioner or court finds and states on the record at a certain time that adhering to certain limits would  create a risk to a certain parolee, inmate, probationer, or defendant; authorizing a certain commissioner or court to take certain actions on finding that adhering to certain limits would create a risk to a certain parolee, inmate, probationer, or defendant; requiring a court to hold a hearing on a certain application; etc.   (Delegate Dumais)   Introduced in the 2017 Session as HB-1418.   Cross-filed with SB-593.   First Reading Judiciary and Health and Government Operations 2/7.

HB-1092 –  Behavioral Health Crisis Response Grant Program-Establishment.  Cross-filed with SB-703.   (Delegates Rosenberg, Bromwell, Angel, Barron, Cullison, Hayes, Hill, Kelly, Kipke, Miele, Morales, Pena-Melnyk, Platt, Sample-Hughes, and K. Young.)   Hearing Health @ Government Operations 2/27 @ 1:00 P.M.

HB-1128 –  Criminal Procedure-Pretrial Release-Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (Police Protection  Act).   Cross-filed with SB-736.  (Delegates Shoemaker, Afzali, Arentz, Carozza, Cassilly, Ciliberti, Cluster, Hornberger, Kittleman, Krebs, Long, Malone, McComas, Metzger, W. Miller, Rose, Saab, and Vogt.)   First Reading Judiciary 2/8.

HB-1160 –  Correctional Services-Prerelease Unit for Women.   Requiring the Commissioner of Corrections to operate a prerelease unit for women; requiring the prerelease unit for women to have certain programming; and requiring that the eligibility criteria for services and programming of the prerelease unit for women be no more restrictive than the eligibility criteria for men’s prerelease services and programs.  (Delegates M. Washington, Anderson, Barron, Conaway, Fennell, Hill, Jackson, Kelly, Kittleman, J. Lewis, Moon, Patterson, Queen, Sanchez, Simonaire, Szeliga, and Wilkins.)  First Reading Judiciary 2/8.

 

STATE BILLS:

SB-11 – Income Tax-Subtraction Modification-Retirement Income.   Including income from certain Retirement plans within certain subtraction modification allowed under the Maryland income tax for certain individuals; altering the calculation of the subtraction modification; increasing the maximum amount of the subtraction modification allowed for certain taxable years; and prohibiting an individual from qualifying for the subtraction if the total income from all qualified plans for the taxable year exceeds $100,000.   (Senator Young)  First Reading Budget & Taxation 1/10.

SB-48 – Workers’ Compensation-Permanent Partial Disability-State Correctional Officers.  Providing for enhanced benefits for a State correctional officer for a compensable permanent partial disability of less than 75 weeks; and providing that the Act applies only prospectively and may not be applied or interpreted to have any effect on or application to any claims arising from events occurring before October 1, 2018.   (Senator Mathias)  Introduced in the 2017 Session as SB-576.   First Reading Finance 1/10.

SB-63 – Correctional Officers’ Retirement System-Membership.  Altering the membership of the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System to include certain individuals serving in certain positions in the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; providing that certain members of the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System who meet certain criteria may receive a normal service retirement allowance that is based on certain creditable service; etc. (Chair, Budget & Taxation Committee By Request-Departmental-Public Safety and Correctional Services)   Hearing Budget & Taxation 1/25.

SB-73 – Harford County Sheriff-Deputy Sheriffs & Correctional Officers-Collective Bargaining.  (Wording Similar to that of HB-83)  (Senator Norman)  Hearing Finance 2/01 @ 1:00 P.M.

SB-104 – Privileged Communications-Critical Incident Stress Management Services.   Prohibiting a critical incident stress management team member from disclosing certain communications or information acquired from a law enforcement officer, a correctional officer, or an emergency responder in the course of providing critical incident stress management services; prohibiting a critical incident stress management team member from being compelled to testify in any judicial or administrative proceeding or any investigation by a government unit; establishing certain exceptions; etc.   (Senator Norman)   Introduced in the 2016 Regular Session as SB-822.   Judiciary Hearing 1/17 @ 1:00 P.M.

SB-170 – Criminal Procedure-Violation of Conditions of Release.   Expanding the list of charges to which a certain prohibition against violating a certain condition of pretrial or post trial release is applicable.   (Senators Lee, Brochin, Feldman, Kagan, Kelley, Madaleno, Muse, Ramirez, Ready, Smith and Zirkin)   First Reading Judicial Proceedings 1/15.

SB-210 – Correctional Services-Murder-Diminution Credits.   Prohibiting the earning of diminution Credits to reduce the term of confinement of an inmate who is serving a sentence for murder in the first degree or murder in the second degree in a State or local correctional facility; and providing for prospective application of the Act.   (Senator Waugh)  Judiciary Proceedings Hearing 2/01 @ 2:00 P.M.

SB-211 – Behavioral Health Programs-Medical Directors-Telehealth.   Requiring that regulations adopted under certain provisions of law regulating behavioral health programs include provisions authorizing a medical director of a behavioral health program located in a federally designated health professional shortage area to provide services through telehealth and prohibiting a behavioral health program located in a federally designated health professional shortage area from requiring a medical director to provide services onsite.   (Senator Waugh)   First Reading   Finance 1/18.

SB-225 – Correctional Services-Eligibility for Parole-Life Imprisonment.  Increasing from 15 to 20 years, the amount of time that a certain inmate who has been sentenced to life imprisonment must serve before becoming eligible for parole consideration.  (Senator Hough)  Judicial Proceedings 2/01 @ 2:00 P.M.

SB-237 – Adult Correctional Institutions-Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship Curriculum- Development and Implementation.  Requiring the Correctional Education Council, in collaboration with the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning in the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, to develop and implement, on or before July 1, 2019, a financial literacy and entrepreneurship curriculum to be offered as part of certain  transition training to certain inmates in the Division of Correction; and requiring the curriculum content to include certain instruction.   (Senator Robinson)  First Reading Finance 1/19.

SB-249 – Inmates-Life Imprisonment-Parole Reform.   Repealing certain provisions that provide that inmates serving a term of life imprisonment may be paroled only with the Governor’s approval, subject to certain provisions; requiring certain parole decisions to be transmitted to the Governor under certain circumstances; authorizing the Governor to disapprove certain parole decisions in a certain manner; providing that if the Governor does not disapprove a  certain parole decision in a certain manner within a certain time period; the decision becomes  effective; etc.   Introduced in the 2017 Regular Session as HB-723.   (Senator Kelley et al.) Judicial Proceedings 2/01 @ 2:00 P.M.

SB-484 – Criminal Procedure-Pretrial Release-Fees. Repealing a certain requirement that a certain defendant pay a certain fee to a certain private home detention monitoring agency; and providing that a defendant who is subject to pretrial release may not be required to pay for certain services provided or security measures taken by the State, a county, or another entity acting on behalf of the State or a county   Cross-filed with HB-480.   (Senator Conway)   First Reading Judicial Proceedings 1/29.

SB-510 – Correctional Officers’ Retirement System-Membership.  Altering the membership of the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System to include certain individuals serving in certain positions in the Department of Juvenile Services; providing that certain members of the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System who meet certain criteria may receive a normal service retirement allowance that is based on certain creditable service; etc. (Senators Guzzone, Currie, Edwards, Madaleno, McFadden, Peters and Serafini.)   First Reading Budget and Taxation 1/29.

SB-629 – Correctional Services-Pregnant Inmates-Medical Care.   Cross-filed with HB-787.  (Senators Kelly, Benson, Brochin, Conway, Feldman, Ferguson, Guzzone, Kagan, King, Lee, Madaleno, Manno, Muse, Nathan-pulliam, Oaks, Ramirez, Robinson, Rosapepe, Smith, Young, and Zucker.)   First Reading Judicial Proceedings 2/1.

SB-539 – Correctional Services-Restrictive Housing-Limitations.   Authorizing a certain sanction for a certain inmate who has been found guilty of a certain administrative infraction; authorizing a certain sanction for a certain inmate who has been found guilty of a certain substantive infraction; restricting to 15 consecutive days or a total of 90 days that an inmate may be placed in restrictive housing in a 1-year period; prohibiting a certain vulnerable inmate from placement in restrictive housing under certain circumstances. (Senators Lee, Benson, Currie, Kelley, Muse, Ramirez, and Smith.)   First Reading Judicial Proceedings 1/31.

SB-579 – Criminal Procedure-Incompetency and Criminal Responsibility-Dismissal of Charges. Authorizing the State to petition to delay the dismissal of charges against a defendant found incompetent to stand trial in order to protect a victim or potential victim who is a minor.   (Senators Lee and Feldman.) First Reading Judicial Proceedings 1/31.

SB-598 – Correctional Services-Inmates-Menstrual Hygiene Products.   Requiring each local correctional facility and each correctional facility in the Division of Correction to have a written policy and procedure in place requiring that menstrual hygiene products be provided at no cost to a certain inmate at certain times; requiring the managing official of a correctional facility to ensure that the correctional facility has a sufficient supply of menstrual hygiene products to meet the needs of the inmate population at all times; etc.   (Senators Lee, Kelley, Astle, Benson, Brochin, Conway, Currie, Feldman, Ferguson, Guzzone, Hershey, Hough, Jennings, Kagan, King, Klausmeier, Madaleno, Manno, McFadden, Middleton, Muse, Nathan-Pulliam, Norman, Peters, Pinsky, Ramirez, Ready, Robinson, Rosapepe, Salling, Smith, Young and Zucker.)   First Reading Judicial Proceedings 1/31.

SB-593 – Justice Reinvestment Act-Modifications.   Requiring a certain designee who may conduct a certain assessment to be certified or licensed, rather than certified and licensed; authorizing a person serving a certain term of confinement for an offense relating to volume dealing in cocaine base imposed on or before September 30, 2017, to file a motion to modify or reduce the sentence under certain circumstances; altering the membership of the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board; etc. Introduced in the 2017 Regular Session as HB-1418.   (Senator Kelley)   First Reading Judicial Proceedings 1/31.

SB-637 – Correctional Services-Cecil County-Release and Home Detention.  Repealing certain provisions of law relating to the establishment and administration of a home detention program by the Sheriff of Cecil County; authorizing the Sheriff to establish and administer programs for home detention, prerelease, pretrial release, and work release; requiring the Sheriff to adopt regulations to implement each program; authorizing a court to allow an individual to participate in a certain program under certain circumstances; etc.   (Cecil County Senators)   First Reading Judicial Proceedings 2/1.

SB-736 –   Criminal Procedure-Pretrial Release-Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (Police Protection Act)   Prohibiting a District Court commissioner from authorizing the pretrial release of a defendant who is charged with assault in the first degree or assault in the second degree against the victim who is a law enforcement officer; providing that a judge  may authorize the pretrial release of a certain defendant on suitable bail or certain other conditions or both; requiring a judge to order the continued detention of a defendant who is considered a flight risk or one who poses a danger to another person or community; etc.

SB-766 –   Criminal Procedure-Pretrial Release Services Program-Victim Notification.   Requiring a judicial officer to consider the recommendation of a certain pretrial release services program in making a certain determination; requiring a court or  District Court commissioner to  consider including certain no contact provisions as a condition of pretrial release if a certain  pretrial release services program has made a certain request; requiring a certain pretrial  release services program to notify the court on receipt of certain information, etc.

SB-816 –    Criminal Law-Death Penalty-Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders.   (No synopsis.   Introduced in the 2017 Session as SB-958.   Reviewed that bill and there was wording which proposed how those sentenced individuals were to be handled while locally incarcerated.   (Senators Sailing, Bates, and Waugh.)   First Reading Judicial Proceedings 2/5.

SB-947 –   Mental Health Law-Involuntary Admissions-Requirements and Procedures.   Requiring the   Maryland Department of Health to provide for admission of a certain emergency evaluee to a certain State facility or other certain facility within 6 hours after notification; and prohibiting a certain hearing officer from ordering the release of an individual who meets the requirements for involuntary admission under a certain provision of law on certain grounds.    (Senator Rosapepe)    First Reading Finance 2/5.