April 17, 2019

2019 Senate Session Highlights – Senator Pamela Beidle

The 2019 General Assembly Session ended at midnight on April 9th, capping an eventful first session in the Senate for Senator Pamela Beidle (District 32 – Anne Arundel). In her first legislative session as Senator after three successful terms in the House of Delegates, Beidle would be involved with some seventy-four pieces of legislation and serve as the lead sponsor of seventeen meaningful bills (you can find a link to each of these bills by clicking here). Of the seventeen bills that she carried, eight passed both Chambers of the General Assembly and are now poised to become Maryland law.

Senate Bill 305 – Real Property – Homeowners Associations – Number of Declarant Votes

This bill specifies that before the date on which all lots that may be part of the development have been subdivided and recorded in the land records of the county in which the homeowners association (HOA) is located, the declarant, when voting on an HOA matter, is entitled to the number of votes set forth in the governing documents of the HOA.

Senate Bill 309 – Anne Arundel County – Alcoholic Beverages – Racetrack and Racetrack Concessionaire Licenses

This bill expands the hours of operation and privileges of racetrack alcoholic beverages licenses in Anne Arundel County to include racing establishments offering pari-mutuel betting. The bill increases the fee for a racetrack license from $60 dollars per day of live or simulcast racing to an annual fee of $25,000. The bill also establishes the racetrack concessionaire license in Anne Arundel County.

Senate Bill 523 – Insurance – Investments of Insurers Other Than Life Insurers – Real Estate

This bill expressly authorizes the reserve investments of an insurer (other than a life insurer) to include fee simple or improved leasehold real estate (or interests in limited partnerships formed for the development or ownership of fee simple or improved leasehold real estate), under specified circumstances.

Senate Bill 711 – University System of Maryland – Regular Employees – Grievance Procedures and Disciplinary Actions

This bill establishes that a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland (USM) may remove, suspend, or demote a regular full-time or part-time employee represented by an exclusive representative under Title 3 of the State Personnel and Pensions Article who is not on probation only (1) for cause; (2) on written charges; and (3) in accordance with University of Maryland Regular Employee Grievance Procedures (Title 13, Subtitle 2 of the Education Article, as renamed by the bill). The bill also clarifies that USM may not remove, suspend, or demote a regular full-time or part-time employee for any reason prohibited by State anti-discrimination law, as specified. 

Senate Bill 712 – Household Goods Movers Registration

This bill prohibits a person from providing household goods moving services with a commercial vehicle, as defined in current law, in the State unless the person is registered with the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR).

Senate Bill 911 – Gender Diversity in the Boardroom – Annual Report

This bill requires tax-exempt, domestic non-stock corporations with an operating budget exceeding $5 million or domestic stock corporations with total sales exceeding $5 million to report the number of female board members and the total number of members on the board of directors when filing a specified personal property report with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). The Comptroller must report this information to the General Assembly by January 1 of each year, and make the report publicly available on the Comptroller’s website. The bill does not apply to privately held companies if at least 75% of a company’s shareholders are family members.

Senate Bill 913 – State Retirement and Pension System – Administration – Retiree Information for Direct Mailings

This bill allows specified retiree organizations to request mailing addresses of State retirees from the State Retirement Agency (SRA) to assist in making direct mailings to retirees of the State Retirement and Pension Systems (SRPS) two times per year at any time, instead of only in April and October of each year.

Senate Bill 1000 – Public Safety – Handgun Permit Review Board – Repeal

This emergency bill repeals the Handgun Permit Review Board in the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS). A person who is denied a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, or a renewal of such a permit, or whose permit is revoked or issued with restrictions by the Secretary of State Police, may request to appeal the decision to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), instead of requesting that the board review the decision and then appealing the board’s decision to OAH.

After a successful 2019 legislative session, Senator Beidle now looks ahead to the 2020 session when she’ll bring with her the experience of a productive and effective first year in the Maryland Senate.