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MDHB37PassRequiring the State Board of Elections and each local board of elections to refer to absentee ballots as "mail-in" ballots and absentee voting as "mail-in voting" in all communications; requiring the State Board and each local board to include in pub...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 36
MDSB145PassRequiring the State Board of Elections and each local board of elections to refer to absentee ballots as "mail-in ballots" and absentee voting as "mail-in voting" in all communications; requiring the State Board and each local board to include in pub...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 37
MDHB216PassAltering the definition of "campaign material" to include certain material that is an automated or prerecorded oral communication.
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 110
MDHB421PassRequiring certain State agencies to make publicly available on their websites open meeting agendas 48 hours in advance of each meeting or, under certain circumstances, as far in advance of the meeting as practicable; requiring certain State agencies ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 202
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
MDHB465PassRequiring certain persons that use a bot to publish, distribute, or disseminate campaign material online to another person in the State for the purpose of influencing an election to disclose in a clear and conspicuous manner on the campaign material ...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 216
MDSB390PassProhibiting a candidate who is defeated for the nomination for a public office from filing a certificate of candidacy as a write-in candidate at the next succeeding general election as a candidate for any office.
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 552
MDSB537PassProviding that publication expenses related to unofficial legislative newsletters may be paid by an authorized candidate campaign committee, rather than a campaign account of a campaign finance entity, of an incumbent under certain circumstances; pro...
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2020-05-08
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 563
MDHB555EngrossAltering the time that a local board of elections may begin opening absentee ballot envelopes to canvass the absentee ballots cast in an election to before 9 a.m. on the Friday following election day instead of prior to 8 a.m. on the Wednesday follow...
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2020-03-18
Third Reading Passed (45-0)
MDSB759EngrossAltering the manner in which the State Board of Elections is authorized to impose fees for the late filing of certain statements of contributions by persons doing public business; requiring certain persons who violate certain provisions of law requir...
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2020-03-17
Senate Requests House Recede
MDSB56EngrossRequiring that the signature page of a petition seeking to place a question on the ballot provide, under certain circumstances, certain information in plain language reasonably calculated to be understood by an individual who has attained no higher t...
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2020-03-16
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDSB38EngrossAuthorizing a candidate to seek an immediate injunction against any violation of § 13-309(a)(3) or (6) of the Election Law Article by the campaign finance entity supporting the candidacy of any candidate for the same office.
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2020-03-16
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDSB33EngrossRequiring that certain required envelopes used by certain voters voting by absentee ballot to return their ballots include prepaid postage; requiring the State Board of Elections to reimburse each local board of elections for 50% of the costs of prep...
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2020-03-16
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDSB129EngrossProhibiting a person from using contributor information from any report or statement required under provisions of law governing campaign finance for commercial solicitation purposes; and prohibiting a person from publishing contributor information fr...
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2020-03-16
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDSB298EngrossAuthorizing the governing body of a county to establish a system of public campaign financing for an elected member of the county board of education; prohibiting a certain system of public campaign financing from financing the election of a student m...
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2020-03-16
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDSB362EngrossAltering the time that a local board of elections may begin opening absentee ballot envelopes to canvass the absentee ballots cast in an election to before 9 a.m. on the Friday following election day instead of prior to 8 a.m. on the Wednesday follow...
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2020-03-16
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDHB568EngrossRequiring each correctional facility to disseminate certain written information directly to each eligible voter regarding voter registration, absentee voting, and certain applications and provide an absentee ballot to an eligible voter on request; re...
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2020-03-16
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDSB613IntroAltering the candidates authorized to receive public contributions from the Fair Campaign Financing Fund to include candidates for Attorney General of the State and State Comptroller; requiring the Comptroller to distribute public contributions to a ...
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2020-03-16
Favorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
MDSB91EngrossRequiring a correctional facility to provide an inmate who has completed a sentence of imprisonment for a felony conviction with a voter registration form before releasing the inmate; requiring a correctional facility to inform the inmate that the in...
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2020-03-15
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDHB142EngrossRequiring a chief election judge to give voting order priority to individuals with certain mobility problems, individuals assisting others who have mobility problems, or an individual accompanied by a child with a disability; authorizing certain indi...
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2020-03-15
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB199EngrossAltering the circumstances under which a certain provision of law requiring a campaign finance entity to terminate and file a final campaign finance report applies; altering the time period within which a certain campaign finance entity is required t...
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2020-03-15
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB245EngrossRequiring the State Board of Elections to maintain a page on its website that includes clear information about voter registration and voting by students enrolled in institutions of higher education, including links to information on voting by absente...
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2020-03-15
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDSB310EngrossRequiring Baltimore City, for the 2020 general election, to have eight early voting centers; and requiring one of the early voting centers in Baltimore City to be at Frederick Douglass High School, to the extent practicable, or within a one-quarter m...
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2020-03-15
To House Ways and Means Committee
MDHB392EngrossProhibiting the State Board of Elections from approving a contract with an election service provider unless the contract requires the provider to report to the State Administrator of Elections if any stage in the manufacturing of a component of the p...
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2020-03-15
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB873EngrossProviding that certain provisions of law do not apply to certain individuals; prohibiting individuals from simultaneously being a candidate for a party office and an elected public office; and prohibiting individuals from simultaneously holding a par...
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2020-03-15
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB1589EngrossRequiring every employer in the State to allow any employee, rather than any employee who claims to be a registered voter, in the State a certain period of absence from work to vote in an election, rather than only on election day; requiring the empl...
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2020-03-15
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB487IntroRequiring that, in a county that has fixed-route public transportation service, each early voting center must be located not more than one-quarter mile from a public transportation station or stop.
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2020-03-13
Referred to interim study by Ways and Means
MDHB437EngrossRequiring the State Department of Assessments and Taxation to electronically transmit certain lists of registered and forfeited businesses to the State Board of Elections by January 15 each year; requiring the Department to electronically transmit th...
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2020-03-12
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB534EngrossAltering the definition of "responsible officers" for purposes of certain provisions of law governing elections to include, for an authorized candidate campaign committee, the candidate; requiring a candidate to appoint a chairman and treasurer on a ...
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2020-03-12
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB538EngrossRequiring a treasurer of a campaign finance entity to approve, rather than make, all disbursements for the entity; prohibiting the treasurer of a party central committee from approving, rather than making, a disbursement except under certain circumst...
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2020-03-12
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB627EngrossExtending the period of time after an offense was committed, from 3 to 4 years, during which a prosecution is required to be instituted for certain violations of State election law.
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2020-03-12
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB951EngrossAltering the manner in which the State Board of Elections is authorized to impose fees for the late filing of certain statements of contributions by persons doing public business; requiring certain persons who violate certain provisions of law requir...
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2020-03-12
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB1380EngrossRequiring a campaign finance entity to initiate the transfer of a contribution made through a third-party payment processor from the account of the third-party payment processor to the designated campaign account of the campaign finance entity within...
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2020-03-12
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDSB648IntroRepealing certain provisions of law concerning the composition of Democratic Party Central Committees in certain counties; requiring the members of each county Democratic Party Central Committee to be elected in accordance with certain rules and byla...
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2020-03-10
Motion Recommit to Committee (Senator Lam) Adopted
MDHB1094EngrossRequiring early voting centers to be open in elections during the hours between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. each early voting day.
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2020-03-10
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB1158EngrossProhibiting a candidate who is defeated for the nomination for a public office from filing a certificate of candidacy as a write-in candidate at the next succeeding general election as a candidate for any office.
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2020-03-10
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDSB647IntroRequiring the State Board of Elections to maintain a page on its website that includes clear information about voter registration and voting by students enrolled in institutions of higher education, including links to information on voting by absente...
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2020-03-02
Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
MDSB666IntroRequiring every employer in the State to allow any employee, rather than any employee who claims to be a registered voter, in the State a certain period of absence from work to vote in an election, rather than only on election day; repealing a requir...
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2020-03-02
Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
MDSB1003IntroRequiring the State Board of Elections to adopt regulations establishing a program to inform certain eligible detainees in correctional facilities of upcoming elections and how the eligible detainees may exercise the right to vote; requiring that the...
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2020-03-02
Unfavorable Report by Senate Rules; Withdrawn
MDHB1244IntroRequiring each local board of elections to report certain information to the State Board of Elections on or before January 15 each year regarding certain voters who are placed into inactive status and certain voters who are removed from the statewide...
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2020-02-28
Unfavorable Report by Ways and Means; Withdrawn
MDHB22IntroClarifying the definition of "campaign material" by providing that, to meet the definition of "campaign material", the text, graphics, or other images contained in the material must primarily relate to campaign activity for an election; and altering ...
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2020-02-21
Unfavorable Report by Ways and Means
MDSB936IntroRequiring the State Administrator of Elections to exercise disciplinary authority over the local election directors for non-compliance with State rules, regulations, and policies; requiring a local board of elections to notify the State Administrator...
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2020-02-18
To Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
MDHB41IntroAuthorizing the chairman or vice chairman of the State Board of Elections to seek injunctive relief against a violation of the campaign finance laws; repealing the authority of the Secretary of State to seek an immediate injunction against a violatio...
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2020-02-14
Unfavorable Report by Ways and Means
MDHB197IntroRequiring an election judge to establish a voter's identity and verify the voter's address if the voter seeks to vote a regular ballot; requiring an election judge to qualify a voter by requesting the voter to present a current government-issued phot...
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2020-02-14
Unfavorable Report by Ways and Means
MDSB89IntroAltering the standards for certification of a voting system by the State Board of Elections to include a requirement that the voting system accommodate multiple methods of voting, including ranked choice voting.
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2020-02-11
To Senate Budget and Taxation Committee
MDSB22IntroRequiring local boards of elections to establish separate precincts in continuing care retirement communities of 200 or more individuals who are at least 60 years old specifically to serve at least the residents of those retirement communities if a c...
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2020-02-10
Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
MDHB182IntroEstablishing the Potomac Compact for Fair Representation between the State of Maryland the Commonwealth of Virginia; establishing the Congressional Districting Commission to develop a congressional districting plan; requiring the Executive Director o...
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2020-02-10
To House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee
MDHB346IntroEstablishing the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting and Apportionment Commission as an independent unit of State government; providing for the intent of the General Assembly regarding legislative and congressional redistricting; requiring a ...
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2020-02-10
To House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee
MDHB701IntroProviding that publication expenses related to unofficial legislative newsletters may be paid by an authorized candidate campaign committee, rather than a campaign account of a campaign finance entity, of an incumbent under certain circumstances; pro...
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2020-02-10
To House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee
MDHB818IntroProhibiting the exclusion of individuals based on citizenship status from certain population counts used for redistricting congressional districts and certain legislative districts.
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2020-02-10
To House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee
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