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The 2014 Maryland General Assembly Session will convene from Wednesday, Jan. 8 through Monday, April 7.
Bill Overview - General Session 2014
HB 161 / SB 171 - Creation of State Debt - Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2014, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 - Authorizing the creation of a State Debt in the amount of $1,166,065,000, the proceeds to be used for specified necessary building, construction, demolition, planning, renovation, conversion, replacement, and capital equipment purchases of the State, for acquiring specified real estate in connection therewith, and for grants to specified subdivisions and other organizations for specified development and improvement purposes, subject to specified requirements; etc.
HB 160 / SB 170 - Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2015) - Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc.
HB 19 - Higher Education-Sexual Assault Surveys and Sexual Assault Victim Advocates - Requiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to establish procedures for the administration of sexual assault surveys by institutions of higher education; requiring each institution of higher education to administer a sexual assault survey every 3 years to students, faculty members, and employees in accordance with specified procedures; requiring each institution of higher education to report school specific sexual assault survey results to the Commission; requiring the appointment of sexual assault victim advocates; etc.
HB 56 - Sales and Use Tax - Tax-Free Periods - School Supplies and Textbooks - Expanding the annual sales and use tax-free period to include specified school supplies and textbooks if the taxable price of the school supply or textbook is $500 or less; defining "school supply" and "textbook"; etc.
HB 63 - Sales and Use Tax - Exemption - University and College Textbooks - Exempting from the sales and use tax a sale of a textbook that is bought by a full-time or part-time student enrolled at an institution of higher education.
HB 103 - Capital Projects - Submission of Information to the General Assembly- Requiring the Department of Budget and Management, rather than a specified unit of State government or a specified State officer, to submit specified information regarding specified capital projects to the General Assembly under specified circumstances.
HB 294 - Entrance-Level and Annual Training Requirements- Altering entrance-level and annual training conducted by the State and each county and municipal police training school and required by the Police Training Commission to include specified training consistent with specified provisions, including training in lifesaving techniques, the proper level of the use of force, sensitivity to cultural and gender diversity, and interaction with individuals with physical and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
HB 358 - Law Enforcement Personnel - Training - Human Trafficking Offenses- Requiring the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to develop a training program for law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, public defenders, juvenile detention center staff, and others involved in the criminal justice system and juvenile justice system in addressing human trafficking; requiring the training program to focus on specified issues; and requiring the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to seek the input and participation of specified organizations in the development of the training program.
SB 18 - Higher Education- Military dependents- In-State Tuition- Exempting spouses and financially dependent children of active duty and retired members of the United States armed forces from paying nonresident tuition at a public institution of higher education in the State under specified circumstances.
SB 24 - Higher Education - Military Dependents - Nonresident Tuition Exemption- Exempting spouses and financially dependent children of active duty and retired members of the United States armed forces from paying nonresident tuition at a public institution of higher education in the State.
SB 169 - Maryland Higher Education Commission - Review of Duplicative Academic Program Proposals Revisions - Requiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to make a determination regarding unnecessary duplication of programs after receipt of a request for such a determination from Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, or the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; requiring the Commission to make a determination regarding sound educational justification under specified circumstances; providing that specified determinations of the Commission are subject to judicial review; etc.
SB 251 - Public Schools and Institutions of Higher Education - Artificial Trans Fat – Prohibition- Prohibiting a public school or public institution of higher education from storing, distributing, holding for service, using in the preparation of any menu item, or serving food containing artificial trans fat; and defining "artificial trans fat".
SB 367- Drug Abuse Treatment Programs - Locations and Economic Impact Study- Requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the University of Baltimore jointly to identify the location of each drug abuse treatment program in the State and study and evaluate the economic impact of each program on surrounding businesses and residential neighborhoods; requiring the Department and the University jointly to report their findings under the Act to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2014; and terminating the Act after May 31, 2015.
SB 542 -Law Enforcement Officers - Entrance-Level and Annual Training Requirements (Christopher's Law)- Altering entrance-level and annual training conducted by the State and each county and municipal police training school and required by the Police Training Commission to include specified training consistent with specified provisions, including training in lifesaving techniques, the proper level of the use of force, sensitivity to cultural and gender diversity, and interaction with individuals with physical and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
SB 600 - Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise Zone Program- Establishing the Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise Zone Program; authorizing specified institutions to apply to the Secretary of Business and Economic Development to have a specified area of the State designated as a Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise zone; requiring county and municipal corporations to provide specified property tax credits for entities locating in a zone; allowing entities locating in a zone to claim specified income tax credits and make specified income tax modifications; etc.
SB 601- Business and Economic Development - Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Program- Establishing a Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Program; establishing a Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund and a Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund Authority in the Department of Business and Economic Development; providing for the membership and duties of the Authority; allowing specified companies to purchase credits against the insurance premium tax or Maryland corporate income tax in order to fund specified research at specified institutions of higher education; etc.
SB 626- University System of Maryland - Pay It Forward Pilot Program and Tuition Freeze – Studies-Requiring the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland to study the creation of a potential Pay It Forward Pilot Program; requiring the study to consider specified items; requiring the Board of Regents to study whether public institutions of higher education could successfully implement specified tuition freeze programs; and requiring the Board of Regents to report its findings and recommendations on the potential programs on or before December 31, 2014.
SB 632 - Income Tax Credit - Student Loan Payments- Allowing a qualified taxpayer a credit against the State income tax for up to 50% of the qualified student loan payments made by the taxpayer during the taxable year; providing that the credit may not exceed the lesser of 20% of the average annual tuition during the taxable year at all institutions of higher education or $2,500; requiring the Comptroller to adopt specified regulations; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013; etc.
SB 647- Public Higher Education - Use of Funds – Prohibition- Stating specified findings of the General Assembly; declaring a specified policy of the State; prohibiting specified institutions of higher education from using funds for specified purposes; and requiring a specified reduction to State funds under specified circumstances.