GBC的2021年会话结束快照

会话快照结束

The 2021 legislative session of the 马里兰大会 was a session like no other. Due to restrictions resulting from the 新型冠状病毒肺炎 pandemic, the normal daily interactions of state legislators, 州长, 说客, and the general public that are part and parcel of the annual session were severely limited. 立法会议被取消, in-person meetings with legislators were severely restricted, 委员会就Zoom举行了听证会. 众议院的代表们被分成了两个房间来开会:位于街对面的众议院办公大楼里的半数议员通过电子设备连接在一起.

这些以及为防止新型冠状病毒肺炎传播而实施的一系列其他限制措施意味着,大巴尔的摩委员会(GBC)需要制定新的战略,以确保大会188个成员国了解365娱乐电玩城本届会议的立法优先事项以及365娱乐电玩城对法案的立场. GBC的工作重点是促进和支持为商界带来经济救济的措施, 特别是小型和少数民族拥有的企业. The GBC also actively supported legislation related to education, 运输, 商业税收抵免, 公共安全, and issues related to racial equity and social justice.

新型冠状病毒肺炎新型冠状病毒肺炎恢复-立法

参议院第496号法案- Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act passed the legislature and was signed into law by 州长 on February 15. The emergency bill provided more than a billion dollars in tax relief and economic stimulus, 对小型企业和非营利组织的资助, 以及对许多马里兰人进行直接救济检查. 立法机构通过了其他一些法案来支持经济复苏,保护工人和雇主, including a package of bills to reform the state’s unemployment insurance program. These bills protect employers from massive increases in required contributions to the fund, as well as supporting unemployed individuals as they make unemployment insurance claims.

立法机构还通过了一项法案,为在紧急情况下必须工作的重要工人提供基本保护. 581年法案 劳动和就业-紧急情况下的就业标准(马里兰州基本工人保护法) 正如所提出的,它包含了一些会给企业造成不适当负担的繁重规定. With amendments pursued by the GBC and other business organizations, the bill no longer requires hazard pay for essential employees, no longer requires that employers cover healthcare costs, 缩小了紧急事件的触发范围, states that essential employers are set by the specific emergency declaration, 而不是一个预先存在的列表, 制定与特定的潜在紧急情况和现有工作场所安全要求更密切相关的要求, 各州还规定,任何额外的病假要求只适用于有联邦或州拨款支付病假费用的情况.

新型冠状病毒肺炎恢复-资金

As part of March’s federal American Rescue Plan Act, $6.355 billion was allocated to Maryland, with $4 billion sent directly to the State and $2.给县市政府30亿. Governor Hogan worked with legislative leaders on allocation priorities, with over $1 billion dedicated to the state’s unemployment trust fund, 8亿美元用于流行病救济, 6亿美元用于安全开学, and hundreds of millions more earmarked for transit improvements, 宽带扩张, 职业培训计划, 以及政府雇员的支持和其他方面. Local governments will have broad discretion in spending their $2.30亿年分配. 巴尔的摩城市 will receive the largest grant, at $670 million.

税收抵免和商业援助

The GBC supported a number of bills passed to strengthen and expand tax credits for small businesses, high growth industries like biotechnology and cybersecurity, 还有雇佣退伍军人的企业. 这些法案包括商务部提出的三项改善现有税收抵免计划的法案:参议院第19 - 经济发展 – Biotechnology Investment Incentive Tax Credit Program – Alterations 和研究参议院第160号法案 经济发展 – Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit Program – Expansion, 扩展, 和研究, 参议院第196号法案 经济发展 – Research and Development Tax Credit – Alterations. 此外,众议院第1086号法案 马里兰税收抵免评估法案-变更 passed, which updates the state’s procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of tax credits. GBC支持所有这些法案, 他认为,新的法律将阻碍每年出台法案来取消这些宝贵的税收抵免.

税法

SB 787 — 数字广告总收入, 收入, 销售和使用, and Tobacco Taxes – Alterations and Implementation exempts a broadcast entity and news media entity from the digital advertising gross revenues tax, 禁止从该州的数字广告服务获得总收入的人,通过单独的费用直接将征税成本转嫁给客户, 附加费, 或单项. 该法案还澄清了与马里兰州新征收的数字产品销售税和使用税有关的一些条款, 以确保非营利性组织和商业组织举办的在线大学课程和在线活动等项目不需缴纳该税. Multiple tax bills regarding combined reporting of corporate income tax, 个人所得税等级税率变动, 对通过实体增加税收, 没有通过委员会吗.

宽带

SB 66 — 住房和社区发展部-数字包容办公室-成立(2021年数字连接法案) 和某人824 -经济发展-宽带提供商-联合挖沟和收费(2021年建设宽带法案) 共同授权地方和州政府,确保在不久的将来所有马里兰州人都能使用高速互联网, with an emphasis on underserved areas and equitable broadband access.

巴尔的摩警方警察改革与公共安全

众议院议长阿德里安娜·琼斯(Adrienne Jones)在立法会议开始实施主要的警察改革之前表达了她的意图, 在hb670达到高潮 -《365娱乐电玩城》-警察纪律和执法程序该法案于4月7日通过. 这一历史性立法, 以及几项参议院法案, represents the most comprehensive police reform action in Maryland history. Provisions include repeal of the Police 办公室rs’ Bill of Rights, the requirement for universal use of body cameras, reform of discipline and training policies for police, and establishment of the Maryland Use of Force statue. Three of these bills, after passage by the General Assembly, were vetoed by Governor Hogan. 立法机关立即推翻了这些否决. 除了, 立法通过,将巴尔的摩警察局的控制权交还给巴尔的摩市,此前该警局已被州政府控制了158年. 霍根州长让这项法案和一项有关调查警察死亡的法案在没有他签字的情况下生效.

Finally, the legislature passed and Governor Larry Hogan subsequently vetoed SB 494 -未成年人作为成年人被定罪-量刑-限制和减少(青少年恢复法案), which would prohibit life sentences and reduce sentences for minors convicted as adults. 州长表示,该法案的部分内容是“不必要和重复的”,现有的马里兰州法律只允许犯下最“令人发指”罪行的未成年罪犯作为成年人被起诉. The General Assembly voted to override the veto on April 10.

教育和劳动力问题

马里兰州大会推翻了州长2020年对《365娱乐电玩城》的否决,并通过了一项补充法案,该法案将应对新冠肺炎带来的新挑战. HB 1372 -马里兰未来的蓝图-修订 为技术提供额外资金, 暑期学校项目, 辅导, 行为健康问题. 立法机构还通过了一项立法,支持该州供应不足地区的新托儿业务. HB 1 — Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Funding was signed by 州长 on March 24 and will allocate $577 Million to HBCUs from 2023 to 2032, 并可能结束一场针对该州的诉讼,该诉讼声称马里兰州公立HBCUs的资金不足. 此外,还通过了一项立法,为几个提供劳动力培训资金的项目提供更大的灵活性.

移动的公共汽车运输计划

第二年, GBC支持一项提案,保证马里兰州运输管理局的最低资本资金水平. 众议院第114号法案/参议院第199号法案 -《365娱乐电玩城》 该法案将确保大巴尔的摩地区的运输系统的安全和持续运营,从2023年到2029年财政年度,将至少投入20亿美元,以保持系统处于良好的维修状态.

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