MCFC Policy Tracking 2020
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YearBill #Issue/Bill NameDescriptionProposed/Sponsored ByNotesMCFC ActionStatus
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HOUSE BILLS
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2020HB 0179Maryland Recycling Act
Altering the definition of "recyclable materials" under the Maryland Recycling Act to exclude incinerator ash; and repealing the authority of a county to utilize a resource recovery facility to meet 5% of the waste reduction required to be achieved through recycling in the county's recycling plan.
Delegate CharkoudianLetter of Support
In the House - Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m. (Environment and Transportation)
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2020HB0209Plastics and Packaging Reduction ActProhibiting a store from distributing plastic carryout bags to a customer at the point of sale; requiring a store to charge and collect at least 10 cents for each durable carryout bag the store provides to a customer; authorizing a store to retain all money collected under certain circumstances; providing certain penalties for certain violations of the Act under certain circumstances; establishing the Single-Use Products Workgroup; requiring the Workgroup to study and make recommendations regarding single-use products; etc.Delegate LiermanSign on to Maryland Hunger Solutions Letter
In the House - Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m. (Environment and Transportation)
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2020HB 0296Single Use Plastic Straws ProhibitionProhibiting, beginning January 1, 2021, a food service business from providing a single-use plastic straw to a customer dining in the food service business unless the customer requests a straw; and applying the Act.Delegate LoveLetter of Support
In the House - Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. (Economic Matters)
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2020HB0305Maryland Made Promotion FundEstablishing the Maryland Made Promotion Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; specifying the purpose of the Fund is to develop and promote the use of a "Maryland Made" logo to promote alcoholic beverages that are produced using ingredients grown in the State; specifying the contents of the Fund; requiring interest earnings of the Fund to be credited to the Fund; authorizing the Department to establish an application process and charge a fee for the use of a certain logo; requiring a certain fee to be paid into the Fund; etc.Delegate Lisanti and KerrSupported by Brewers Associaiton of MD
In the House- Hearing 2/17 at 1:00pm.
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2020HB0589Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion - Food ResidualsRequiring a certain person that generates food residuals to separate the food residuals from other solid waste and ensure that the food residuals are diverted from final disposal in a refuse disposal system in a certain manner; applying the requirements of the Act, beginning in certain years, to certain persons that generate certain amounts of food residuals; requiring the Department of the Environment to report to the General Assembly by December 1, 2021, and annually thereafter on the impact of waste diversion in the State; etc.Delegate CharkoudianLetter of Support
In the House - First Reading Environment and Transportation
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2020HB0687Agriculture - Cost-Sharing Program - Fixed Natural Filter Practices
Prohibiting the use of certain cost-sharing funds to fund a conservation practice that does not meet certain requirements; authorizing certain cost-sharing funds to be made available for certain fixed natural filter practices; prohibiting basing a reduction in certain cost-sharing rates on tons of soil saved or an amortization formula; requiring that certain cost-sharing funds be based on a certain rate; etc.
Delegates Stein, Barve, Fraser-Hidalgo, Gilchrist, Healey, Holmes, and LiermanSupported by Fair Farms
In the House-- First Reading Environment & Transportation
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2020HB0698
Food Supplement Employment and Training Program - Benefits and Funding
Requiring a certain food supplement program to include the Food Supplement Employment and Training Program; requiring the food supplement program to provide Food Supplement Employment and Training Program benefits to eligible individuals for whom federal funding is not available; requiring the Governor to include $1,000,000 in the annual budget for fiscal year 2022 and each fiscal year thereafter for the Food Supplement Employment and Training Program; etc.Delegate RosenbergIn the House, Hearing 2/27 at 1pm
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2020HB0896Green Business Certification ProgramRequiring the Department of the Environment to establish and administer a statewide green business certification program on or before July 1, 2022; requiring the green business certification program to recognize businesses operating in a way that reduces their environmental footprint and to provide consumers with information how to identify those businesses; requiring the Department to establish the green business certification program to conform with the Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program; etc.Delegates Shetty, Acevero, Carr, Charkoudian, Crutchfield, Dumais, Gilchrist, Hill, Kaiser, Kelly, Korman, J. Lewis, Lierman, Lopez, Love, Luedtke, Mautz, Moon, Mosby, Palakovich Carr, Qi, Queen, Reznik, Smith, Solomon, Stewart, Washington, and WilkinsLetter of Support
In the House-- Hearing 2/26
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2020HB1105Tax Credit- CompostingAllowing an individual to claim a credit against the State income tax for certain qualified expenses paid or incurred by the individual in a taxable year for certain composting equipment or certain compost pickup services; providing that the tax credit may be claimed only once per residence in any taxable year and may not exceed the lesser of the cost of the qualified expenses or $200; providing that any unused credit may not be carried forward; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2019; etc.Delegates Shetty, Charkoudian, W. Fisher, R. Lewis, Mosby, and SmithLetter of Support
In the House, Hearing 3/05
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2020HB1135State Department of Education – Summer Food Service Program – Regulatory Waivers (Summer Meals Waiver Act)FOR the purpose of requiring the State Department of Education, on behalf of certain sponsors, to submit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture certain waivers relating to the federal Summer Food Service Program; requiring the Department to prepare and submit certain waiver requests in accordance with certain guidelines; requiring the Department to apply to renew certain waivers under certain circumstances; making this Act an emergency measure; and generally relating to regulatory waivers and the federal Summer Food Service Program.
In the House-- Hearing 2/28
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2020HB1145Maryland Meals for Achievement Fund-- EstablishmentRequiring the Comptroller to distribute certain sales and use tax revenues from snack foods to the Maryland Meals for Achievement Fund; establishing the Maryland Meals for Achievement Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; specifying the purpose of the Fund; requiring the Department of Education to administer the Fund; requiring the State Treasurer to hold the Fund and the Comptroller to account for the Fund; specifying the contents of the Fund; specifying the purpose for which the Fund may be used; etc.Delegates M. Jackson, B. Barnes, Chang, and WashingtonIn the House, Hearing 2/28 at 1pm
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2020HB1173Public Schools-- School Meal Programs and Meal Charge PolicesRequiring each county board of education to establish a meal charge policy that addresses payment for meals, unpaid meal debt, prohibition of stigmatizing action, and other issues related to the administration of school meal programs and management of payments for school meals; requiring the State Department of Education to create and maintain a database of the county board meal charge policies, publish the policies on its website, and report to the General Assembly on certain matters by December 1, 2020 and 2021; etc.Delegates Valentino-Smith, Atterbeary, Cain, Chang, Corderman, D.M. Davis, Ivey, Korman, Lehman, Lierman, Lopez, Patterson, Shetty, and SolomonLetter of SupportIn the House, Hearing 2/26 at 1pm
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2020HB1175Higher Ed Hunger Free Campus ProgramEstablishing the Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program to address student hunger and basic food needs on campus; requiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to administer the Program and to designate certain campuses as hunger-free campuses that satisfy certain criteria and assist students in enrolling in the Maryland Food Supplement Program; authorizing certain institutions of higher education to develop certain procedures; etc.Delegates D.M. Davis, Acevero, Bridges, W. Fisher, Forbes, Ivey, Kerr, Korman, R. Lewis, Lopez, McIntosh, Stewart, and Valentino-SmithLetter of SupportIn the House, Hearing 3/05 at 1pm
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2020HB1176Healthy Soils Grant ProgramEstablishing the Maryland Healthy Soils Grant Program to provide funds to eligible grantees to administer projects to improve the health, yield, and profitability of soils of the State; requiring the Department of Agriculture to implement and administer the Grant Program and to calculate an eligible grantee's greenhouse gas reduction per acre by using the COMET-Planner developed by certain agencies; authorizing the Governor to include $300,000 in the budget bill for the Grant Program beginning in fiscal year 2022; etc.Delegate SteinIn the House-- First Reading Environment & Transportation, 2/21
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2020HB1450Education- Food Waste Grant Program- EstablishedEstablishing the Food Waste Grant Program to provide grants to county boards or public schools to reduce food waste during afterschool activities; authorizing a county board of education or a public school to apply for a grant under the Program; requiring the Governor to provide $250,000 in the budget for the Program beginning fiscal year 2022; authorizing the State Department of Education and Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education to retain a portion of the funds for administrative costs of the Program; etc.Delegates Cain, Charkoudian, Feldmark, Hill, Ivey, Lierman, Moon, Ruth, Smith, and StewartLetter of SupportIn the House, Hearing 3/06 at 1pm
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2020HB1487Public Schools Agricultural Education ProgramRequiring each county board of education, beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, to implement a certain agriculture science curriculum; requiring each county board to implement an agricultural education program that prepares students for certain careers and informed choices in a certain manner; establishing the Maryland Agricultural Education Grant Program; requiring the State Department of Education to implement the Program; requiring the Governor to include an appropriation of $785,000 to the Program each fiscal year; etc.Delegates Shoemaker, Guyton, Anderton, Arikan, Buckel, Cain, Corderman, Cox, Forbes, Fraser-Hidalgo, Griffith, Hornberger, Jacobs, Kerr, Kipke, Krebs, Long, Mangione, Mautz, McComas, Morgan, Reilly, Rose, Smith, and SzeligaIn the House, Hearing 3/4 at 1pm
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2020HB1488Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program and Certified Local Farm Enterprise Food Aggregation Grant Fund - EstablishmentEstablishing the Office for the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program in the Department of Agriculture; establishing the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program in the Office to encourage certain units to try to achieve an overall percentage goal of 20% of the unit's total dollar value of procurement contracts for food from certain certified local farm enterprises; establishing a Certified Local Farm Enterprise Food Aggregation Grant Fund; etc.Delegate CharkoudianLetter of SupportIn the House, Hearing 3/10 at 1pm
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2020HB1532Food Supplement Program EligibilityFOR the purpose of establishing that the criteria for determining eligibility for the food supplement program in the Department of Human Services are the criteria in effect on a certain date, notwithstanding certain changes in federal law; requiring the State to provide certain food supplement program benefits for which federal funding is not available; and generally relating to the food supplement program.Delegate SolomonLetter of Support and Oral TestimonyIn the House, Hearing 3/10 at 1:00pm
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SENATE BILLS
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2020SB0118Land Use-- Alcohol Production and Agricultural Alcohol ProductionDefining the terms "alcohol production" and "agricultural alcohol production"; authorizing a local jurisdiction to adopt the definitions of "alcohol production" and "agricultural alcohol production" by local ordinance, resolution, law, or rule; and providing for the application of the Act to charter counties.Chair, Education, Health, and Enviornmental Affairs CommitteeSupported by Brewers Association of MD
In the House - First Reading Economic Matters
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2020SB0130
Alcoholic Beverages--License Requirements-- Registered Voter and Citizenship
Repealing requirements that an applicant for an alcoholic beverages license be a registered voter; and altering certain citizenship requirements for alcoholic beverages licenses.
Senator SimonaireSupported by Brewers Association of MD
In the Senate - Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m.
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2020SB0351
Agriculture - Farmers Markets - Advertising, Labeling, and Enforcement (Farmers Market Integrity Act)
Prohibiting a person from using the term "farmers market" to describe certain venues; prohibiting a person from selling farm and food products at a farmers market unless 75% of the products offered were grown or processed by the person or under the supervision of the person; authorizing a person operating or coordinating a farmers market to impose more stringent requirements than the provisions of the Act; establishing the Farmers Market Review Panel; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Panel; etc.
Senators Gallion, Bailey, Carozza, Cassilly, Hester, and Jennings
MD Farmers Market Association Draft Testimony
In the Senate-- Hearing on 2/11 at 1:00pm
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