Miscellaneous

  • Maryland Breweries: House Bill 1283 significantly increases the amount of beer that all of Maryland’s breweries can serve on-premises in their taprooms and allows Guinness to open their only brewery in the United States right here in Baltimore County. The bill also allows Maryland’s breweries to keep their existing operating hours, provides them with the flexibility to innovate and continue to grow.
  • Home Act: The Home Act, passed by the House of Delegates, makes it illegal for landlords to discriminate against renters based on the source of their income. This carefully crafted legislation would decentralize poverty and make sure Maryland veterans, disabled, and those of limited means can choose neighborhoods that fit their means and family. Unfortunately, this legislation was not passed by the Senate.
  • Trust Act: The House of Delegates passed legislation to: prohibit local law enforcement from stopping people on the street to ask for immigration status; create or contribute funding for the federal creation of any kind of registry based on immigration status or religion; and prohibit correctional facilities from detaining undocumented Marylanders without a judicial warrant, unless they are participating in an existing federal immigration program. Unfortunately, the Senate did not pass this bill.
  • Same Day Voter Registration: Senate Bill 423 would ask the voters to amend the Maryland Constitution to allow Election Day registration and voting. The legislation would allow Marylanders to register and vote at any precinct in their county using a similar process to registering and voting during early voting.
  • Medical Cannabis: Speaker Busch created a bipartisan workgroup on medical cannabis to award five grower and processor licenses according to the results of a disparity study on race and gender. The House legislation also changed the makeup of the Medical Cannabis Commission and created a compassionate use fund for low-income patients to access this alternative medicine. Unfortunately the Senate did not pass the House bill.
  • Transportation Transparency: The General Assembly passed legislation to preserve transparency in the State’s transportation scoring process, while allow MDOT increased flexibility to fund projects in the State’s Consolidated Transportation Program.
By Authority: Friends of Shane Robinson; Mary Robinson, Treasurer.