Maryland Senator Joanne Benson [D]

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MDSB48PassIncreasing, from $7,500 to $10,000, the amount of a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for certain expenses paid or incurred by an individual that are attributable to the individual's donation of an organ; altering the definition ...
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2021-05-30
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 499
MDSB5PassAltering the information to be included in the Health Care Disparities Policy Report Card to include disparities in morbidity and mortality rates for dementia; requiring the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to publish health data that...
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2021-05-30
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 745
MDSB172PassEstablishing a Pathways to Health Equity Program in the Community Health Resources Commission to provide the foundation and guidance for a permanent Health Equity Resource Community program; requiring the Program to provide grant funding to reduce he...
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2021-05-30
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 741
MDSB846PassRequiring the Office of Home Energy Programs, in coordination with the United Way of Central Maryland and the Fuel Fund of Maryland, to establish the Power to the People Pilot Program on or before July 1, 2022, to expand access to the Critical Medica...
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2021-05-30
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 454
MDSB907PassRequiring the Office of Home Energy Programs to allow 90 days after applying for assistance for an individual to provide certain medical certification when a critical medically vulnerable individual applies for assistance from the Critical Medical Ne...
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2021-05-30
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 381
MDSB100PassEstablishing the Task Force on Oral Health in Maryland to study access to dental services for all State residents, identify areas lacking in dental services for a significant number of people, identify barriers to receiving services, analyze the impa...
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2021-05-30
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 600
MDSB299PassEstablishing the Commission on Trauma-Informed Care to coordinate a statewide initiative to prioritize the trauma-responsive and trauma-informed delivery of State services that impact children, youth, families, and older adults; requiring the Commiss...
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2021-05-30
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 723
MDSB514PassSpecifying the method for calculating family income to be used to consider free or reduced-cost medical care under a certain hospital financial assistance policy; requiring that the description of a hospital's financial assistance policy include a se...
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2021-05-30
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 769
MDSB746VetoEstablishing collective bargaining rights for certain community college employees; establishing procedures for the selection and certification of an exclusive bargaining representative; establishing a cap of four on the number of bargaining units in ...
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2021-05-28
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB741VetoRequiring, on or before June 1, 2021, the Maryland Department of Health, in collaboration with local health departments of the State and the Maryland State Department of Education, to adopt and implement a 2-year plan to respond to the outbreak of CO...
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2021-05-28
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB933PassRequiring the Commissioner of Financial Regulation to submit a certain report that analyzes the banking environment in the State to the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2021; and requiring the report to include the number and types of finan...
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2021-05-18
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 193
MDSB638PassRequiring the Maryland Insurance Commissioner to enforce a certain provision of law providing that the provisions of ยง 15-1005 of the Insurance Article apply to a certain delivery system for specialty mental health services and administered by an ad...
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2021-05-18
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 152
MDSB639PassEstablishing the Inclusion Fund in the Maryland Technology Development Corporation as a special, nonlapsing fund to provide capital investment in certain technology-based businesses; requiring the Corporation to administer the Fund; requiring the Sta...
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2021-05-18
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 180
MDSB2PassAltering from voting to nonvoting the type of membership position the Executive Director of the Maryland Environmental Service holds on the Board of Directors of the Service; removing the Deputy Director of the Service from the Board of Directors; re...
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2021-04-13
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 72
MDSB845PassAltering the definition of "eligible student" to include students enrolled directly in registered apprenticeship programs that partner with a public community college in the State to be eligible for Workforce Development Sequence Scholarships.
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2021-04-13
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 97
MDSB719PassRequiring the Maryland Department of Health, in consultation with 2-1-1 Maryland, to make certain recommendations relating to the establishment of an opt-in mental health services phone call program that would require a center to call individuals who...
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2021-04-13
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 67
MDSB811PassRequiring the Governor, based on the availability of certain federal funds, to include in the annual budget bill for fiscal year 2022 a certain appropriation to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund; authorizing the appropriation to be used for certa...
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2021-04-13
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 73
MDSB322Intro

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Requiring the Secretary of Health to adopt certain health and wellness standards for certain health care facilities; providing that certain standards may exceed the standards set by federal law; establishing the Correctional Facilities Health and Wel...
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2021-03-31
Withdrawn by Sponsor
MDSB194Intro

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Requiring the compensation rate for inmate labor in Maryland Correctional Enterprises to be not less than the State minimum wage; repealing a requirement that the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services reimburse a certain county or the...
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2021-03-31
Withdrawn by Sponsor
MDSB121Engross

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Authorizing a local governing body, on receipt of an application for a special exception to construct or operate a permitted facility in an area zoned for residential use, to require the preparation, at the applicant's expense, of a detailed analysis...
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2021-03-24
To House Environment and Transportation Committee
MDSB1PassRequiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to establish a new unit to assist in evaluating and reviewing certain proposals for new programs and substantial modifications of existing programs; requiring the Governor, for fiscal years 2023 thro...
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2021-03-24
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 42
MDSB63Intro

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Establishing the Marlow Heights Police Department; specifying the purpose, powers, and duties of the Police Department; specifying that the Police Department is not an agency of Prince George's County; specifying that certain persons associated with ...
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2021-03-09
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
MDSB297Intro

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Requiring that the maximum speed limit for all expressways and interstate highways that connect with Interstate 495 in the State be the same as for Interstate 495 at the point of connection for 5 miles from the point of entrance to or exit from Inter...
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2021-03-09
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
MDSB932Intro

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Requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, subject to the limitations of the State budget, to provide coverage for acupuncture services administered by health care practitioners who are licensed under Title 1A of the Health Occupations Articl...
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2021-03-05
To Senate Finance Committee
MDSB843Intro

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Prohibiting the Board of Public Works from approving a public-private partnership agreement for the I-495 and I-270 Public-Private Partnership Program unless the agreement includes that at least 10% of the toll revenue remaining after construction co...
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2021-02-19
To Senate Budget and Taxation Committee
MDSB848Intro

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Requiring that a certain summary that certain employers are required to keep conspicuously posted in certain places of employment include certain antiretaliation provisions; prohibiting certain employers from taking certain actions under the Maryland...
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2021-02-16
To Senate Finance Committee
MDSB908Intro

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Proposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution to require the Governor to include with the budget bill a statement showing the appropriations necessary to implement and fund each memorandum of understanding that incorporates wages and terms and ...
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2021-02-16
To Senate Finance Committee
MDSB496PassProviding certain financing during fiscal years 2021 and 2022 for the purpose of relieving the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic; allowing, for certain taxable years, a subtraction under the Maryland income tax for certain unemployment insu...
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2021-02-15
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 39
MDSB844Intro

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Authorizing the Social Services Administration to establish and maintain a centralized confidential database for abused and neglected vulnerable adults; authorizing the Department of Human Services or a local department of social services to identify...
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2021-02-09
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB847Intro

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Establishing the Vehicle Litter Reporting Program in the Department of Transportation with the intent of deterring littering from motor vehicles; requiring the Program to operate a hotline to receive certain complaints of littering and to send a cert...
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2021-02-09
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB842Intro

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Establishing the Workgroup to Study the Assessment, Treatment, and Available Resources for Female Youth in Contact with the Justice System to review how well programs in the Department of Juvenile Services meet the needs of female youth and to make r...
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2021-02-09
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB28Intro

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Prohibiting a person from intentionally causing physical injury to another if the person knows or has reason to know that the other is an official, an umpire, a referee, or a judge officiating at a sporting event; authorizing a police officer to arre...
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2021-01-26
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
MDSB486Intro

Sine Die
Requiring an essential employer to give a written statement regarding certain hazard pay paid to certain essential workers at certain intervals; requiring an essential employer to take certain actions related to occupational safety and health during ...
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2021-01-26
To Senate Finance Committee
MDSB521Intro

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Granting collective bargaining rights to certain graduate students at an institution within the University System of Maryland, Morgan State University, or St. Mary's College of Maryland.
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2021-01-26
To Senate Finance Committee
MDSB290Intro

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Requiring, to the extent authorized under federal law, certain entities to include payments made by certain persons when calculating the overall contribution to an out-of-pocket maximum or a cost-sharing requirement for an insured, a subscriber, or a...
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2021-01-18
To Senate Finance Committee
MDSB266Intro

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Requiring the State Department of Education to establish the Voluntary Ethical Special Education Advocate Certificate Program on or before July 1, 2022, for administration of a voluntary certificate program for ethical special education advocates; sp...
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2021-01-06
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDSB166Intro

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Requiring a police officer to report specified criminal conduct of another police officer to a supervisor or police chief when the reporting officer has actual knowledge of the criminal conduct; prohibiting a police officer from knowingly and willful...
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2020-12-28
To Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
MDSB329Intro

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Allowing individuals to claim a credit against the State income tax for 50% of the costs incurred during the taxable year to purchase and install certain indoor air quality equipment in a home or commercial building; requiring an individual to obtain...
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2020-12-22
To Senate Budget and Taxation Committee
MDSB258Intro

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Expanding eligibility for a property tax exemption for the dwelling house of a disabled veteran to include veterans with a service connected disability of at least 80%; and applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after June 30, 2021.
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2020-12-22
To Senate Budget and Taxation Committee
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