Maryland Senator Joanne Benson [D]

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MDSB161PassProhibiting a person from placing or inscribing an item or a symbol, including an actual or depicted noose or swastika, whether temporary or permanent, on any real or personal property, public or private, without the express permission of the owner, ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 22
MDSB231PassProhibiting a person from knowingly and with a certain intent soliciting the consent of a parent, guardian, or custodian of a minor, or a law enforcement officer posing as a parent, guardian, or custodian of a minor, to engage in certain prohibited s...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 129
MDSB326PassRenaming the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to be the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled; and altering the appointed membership of the Maryland State Library Board to include a blind patron of the Maryland Li...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 273
MDSB363PassRequiring certain State agencies to make available on their websites open meeting agendas 48 hours in advance of each meeting; requiring certain State agencies to post on their websites meeting minutes not more than 2 business days after the minutes ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 203
MDSB607PassRequiring that motor scooter and electric low speed scooter sharing companies include on each motor scooter or electric low speed scooter made available to the public an embossed tactile display with contact information through which an individual wh...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 253
MDSB531PassDefining "race", for the purposes of certain laws prohibiting discrimination, to include certain traits associated with race, including hair texture and certain hairstyles; and defining "protective hairstyle" as a hairstyle including braids, twists, ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 474
MDSB425PassAltering the amount of wages of a judgment debtor that are exempt from attachment to be the greater of 75% of the disposable wages due or 30 times the State minimum hourly wage in effect at the time the wages are due, multiplied by the number of week...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 184
MDSB604PassAuthorizing a parent or legal guardian of a medical cannabis patient under the age of 18 years to designate not more than two additional adults to be a caregiver, in addition to the parent or legal guardian; specifying that the definition of "caregiv...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 625
MDSB530PassExpanding the housing policy of the State to include providing for fair housing to all citizens regardless of source of income; stating the Act seeks to deconcentrate poverty by providing additional opportunities for tenants utilizing public subsidie...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 117
MDSB564PassRequiring a county board of education to waive certain high school graduation requirements that are in addition to high school graduation requirements established by the State Board of Education for a student in foster care or who is a homeless youth...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 565
MDSB442PassProviding, under certain circumstances, that the provisions of the Minority Business Enterprise Program apply to public-private partnerships; altering, from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2023, the date by which certain provisions of law relating to minori...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 553
MDSB606PassAltering the basis on which a person is prohibited from taking certain actions against a certain person or group, to include certain actions motivated either in whole or in substantial part by another person's or group's race, color, religious belief...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 368
MDSB341PassAltering the eligibility for a certain veteran to reside at a home for veterans that is supervised by the Department of Veterans Affairs to include a veteran who has an honorable discharge from active service with a uniformed service of the United St...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 24
MDSB630PassEstablishing the Maryland Efficient Grant Application Council to study and make recommendations to the Governor's Grants Office and the Department of Budget and Management regarding the grants life cycle, including the creation of certain materials f...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 485
MDSB661PassProhibiting certain insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations from applying a deductible, a copayment, or coinsurance to coverage for certain preventive care screening services for prostate cancer; applying the Ac...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 344
MDSB632PassRequiring certain hospitals to provide each patient with a certain written notice related to outpatient facility fees that are charged for services provided at the hospital that is in a certain form; requiring that certain notices be provided to cert...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 366
MDSB693PassRequiring that the pay rate for employees who are not receiving a forensic pay premium at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital be at least a two grades higher than the employee's pay rate effective June 30, 2020; requiring that the pay rate for certain employ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 576
MDSB131PassIncreasing the maximum civil penalty applicable to a violation for affixing a commercial sign to a State highway sign, signal, or marker in the State highway right-of-way to $100 per commercial sign affixed; and clarifying certain language establishi...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 534
MDSB155PassRequiring, except under certain circumstances, certain lenders to serve on the borrower at least 30 day before a lender repossesses a mobile home a written notice of the lender's intention to repossess a certain mobile home; providing that a mobile h...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 49
MDSB280PassAltering the application requirements for a service member, veteran, or military spouse to apply for an occupational or professional license from a unit in the Maryland Department of Labor to require submission of proof that the applicant has held a ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 177
MDSB441PassAltering the definition of "health care provider" for the purposes of provisions of law governing the confidentiality of medical records to include comprehensive crisis response centers, crisis stabilization centers, and crisis treatment centers; pro...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 173
MDSB124PassClarifying the applicability of a certain assessment by the State to certain entities for certain products that were subject to § 9010 of the Affordable Care Act, as in effect on December 1,2019; and requiring the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 104
MDSB207PassAuthorizing a certain unaccompanied minor in need of shelter to consent to shelter and supportive services under certain circumstances; authorizing an unaccompanied minor who is a parent to consent to shelter and supportive services for the minor's c...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 109
MDSB938PassProviding that the assessment of a fee by the State Health Services Cost Review Commission for funding the Hospital Employees Retraining Fund is to be in the case of a hospital closure, merger, or full delicensure; altering the circumstances under wh...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 489
MDSB872PassAuthorizing the Maryland Insurance Commissioner to enforce certain provisions of law under certain applicable powers; requiring the Commissioner to adopt certain regulations under certain circumstances that are consistent with certain federal regulat...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 621
MDSB475PassRequiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, beginning January 1, 2021, to provide services for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute onset neuropsychiatric syndrome under c...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 560
MDSB208VetoProviding that a person who is not a certain licensee may not complete a sale, rental, or transfer of a certain rifle or shotgun as a purchaser, lessee, or transferee or seller, lessor, or transferor, except under certain circumstances; requiring, be...
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2020-05-07
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB524VetoProhibiting a public library from charging a fine for overdue library materials on a minor's library materials; prohibiting a public library from charging a fee for a minor's overdue library materials until 21 days after the date the materials were d...
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2020-05-07
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB684VetoRequiring the Commissioner of the Division of Correction to operate a comprehensive rehabilitative prerelease facility for female inmates; requiring that a certain prerelease facility be located in an area, defined by the zip codes where the largest ...
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2020-05-07
Vetoed by the Governor (Policy)
MDSB217EngrossRequiring an employer, on request, to provide to an applicant for employment the wage range for the position for which the applicant applied; prohibiting an employer from taking negative actions against an applicant for employment because the applica...
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2020-03-18
Favorable with Amendments Report by Economic Matters
MDSB313IntroProhibiting 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 al...
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2020-03-18
Motion Special Order until Later Today (Senator Ready) Adopted
MDSB625EngrossAltering the definition of "retail pet store" to include a broker that transfers dogs for resale by another person for purposes of certain provisions of law regulating retail pet stores; clarifying a certain prohibition on the sale of cats or dogs by...
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2020-03-18
Favorable Adopted Second Reading Passed
MDSB1024IntroRequiring 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, 2021, to expand access to the Critical Medica...
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2020-03-18
Second Reading Passed with Amendments
MDSB349EngrossExpanding 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, 2020.
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2020-03-17
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDSB649IntroRequiring a custodian of records for the Motor Vehicle Administration to deny inspection by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the part of a public record that contains personal information unless the custodian is provided with a va...
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2020-03-17
Motion Special Order until Later Today (Senator Smith) Adopted
MDSB646EngrossAltering a certain prohibition to prohibit a person from storing or leaving a firearm in a location where a minor could gain access to the firearm; altering a certain exception to the prohibition; establishing certain exceptions to the prohibition; p...
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2020-03-17
To House Judiciary Committee
MDSB440EngrossAuthorizing a pharmacist who meets the requirements of certain regulations to prescribe and dispense aids for the cessation of the use of tobacco products; requiring the State Board of Pharmacy, by September 1, 2021, to adopt regulations establishing...
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2020-03-17
To House Health and Government Operations Committee
MDSB685EngrossProhibiting, with a certain exception, a retail electricity or natural gas supplier from knowingly enrolling a certain residential customer with or submitting an enrollment to change the customer's electricity supplier to a competitive supplier if th...
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2020-03-16
To House Economic Matters Committee
MDSB324EngrossRequiring that the behavioral health services for which the Maryland Department of Health provides service coordination for veterans under certain provisions of law include mental health first aid; requiring that mental health first aid consist of tr...
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2020-03-16
To House Health and Government Operations Committee
MDSB624EngrossRequiring the Maryland Department of Health and the Governor's Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland jointly to take certain actions in order to develop and implement a comprehensive mobile response and stabilization system for...
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2020-03-15
To House Health and Government Operations Committee
MDSB511EngrossEstablishing 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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2020-03-14
To House Health and Government Operations Committee
MDSB686IntroRequiring certain persons to submit to the Public Service Commission beginning July 1, 2021, monthly reports containing detailed billing information on the supply of electricity and gas to certain residential customers; requiring certain initial repo...
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2020-03-13
Unfavorable Report by Finance
MDSB703IntroProposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution relating to the selection and tenure of circuit court judges; requiring Senate confirmation of individuals appointed by the Governor to the office of judge of a circuit court; providing for conteste...
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2020-03-11
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
MDSB834IntroRequiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to provide services provided by a residential service agency that has a certain license and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Home Care.
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2020-03-06
Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
MDSB1033IntroEstablishing the Task Force to Study the Feasibility of a Bowie State University Law School; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; prohibiting a member of the Task Force from receiving certain compensation, but authori...
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2020-03-04
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDSJ6IntroUrging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reverse its Order in the PJM Reliability Pricing Model Capacity dockets.
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2020-03-03
To Senate Finance Committee
MDSB1043IntroRequiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to establish certain new units to assist in evaluating and reviewing certain proposals for new programs and substantial modifications of existing programs; requiring the Governor, in each of fiscal y...
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2020-02-27
To Senate Budget and Taxation Committee
MDSB658IntroGranting collective bargaining rights to graduate students within the University System of Maryland, Morgan State University, and St. Mary's College of Maryland.
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2020-02-17
To Senate Finance Committee
MDSB719IntroAltering the calculation of the Maryland earned income tax credit to allow certain individuals without qualifying children to claim an increased credit; allowing certain individuals to claim a refund of the credit; applying the Act to taxable years b...
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2020-02-10
To Senate Budget and Taxation Committee
MDSB483IntroRequiring a distribution from a perpetual care trust fund made under certain circumstances to be used only for the perpetual care of the cemetery, including the maintenance of the grounds, roads, and paths and the repair and renewal of buildings; per...
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2020-02-07
To Senate Finance Committee
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