MDGOP Update

The bill filing deadline has now passed, and we have less than two months left in the 2024 Legislative Session.   

On the Republican side of the aisle, bills will be considered in the coming weeks to establish Voter ID and make elections more secure, to address Maryland's crime crisis, to lower taxes, to strengthen the rights of parents, and to stop the gas tax from automatically increasing each year with inflation. 

On the Democratic side, they are looking at bills to allow assisted suicide and place punitive taxes and cost-mandates on constitutionally-protected gun-owners, are under-addressing crime, and are discussing tax and fee increases to pay for Governor Moore's reckless new spending plans. 

See more below: 
 
 
Upcoming Bills You Can Support
 
HB142 & HB192 - Election Laws - Voter ID laws that establish mandatory presentation of a verifiable form of identification, government-issued or otherwise, to vote. Hearing scheduled in the Ways & Means Committee on 2/13, contact Delegate Bob Long for information on how to deliver oral or written testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Delegates in support. 

HB202 - Election Law - A bill that requires signature verification on mail-in ballots.  Hearing scheduled in the Ways & Means Committee on 2/13, contact Delegate Bob Long for information on how to deliver oral or written testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Delegates in support. 

SB326 - Questioning of Juveniles for Crimes Involving Firearms - A bill that allows law enforcement to question children who are suspected of committing crimes with firearms, as long as they have probable cause and have made a reasonable effort to contact parents.  Hearing scheduled in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on 2/13, contact Senator Mary Beth Carozza for information on how to deliver oral or written testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Senators in support. 

HB319/SB52 - Juvenile Justice Restoration Act of 2024 - A bill overturning the misguided, overly lax juvenile crime laws passed by Maryland Democrats last year which are allowing juvenile crime to get out of control.  This bill is part of the Joint Republican Caucus Public Safety Agenda.  Hearing scheduled in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on 2/13, contact Senator Bill Folden for information on how to deliver oral or written testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Senators in support.  

SB73 - Department of Juvenile Services Firearm Offenses Reporting - A bill requiring Juvenile Services to report to the legislature about the number of youth firearm offenses annually, improving accountability and transparency on Maryland's juvenile crime crisis.  Hearing scheduled in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on 2/13, contact Senator Mary Beth Carozza for information on how to deliver oral or written testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Senators in support. 

HB553/SB438 - Family Law on Fundamental Parental Rights - A bill that establishes a parents fundamental right to direct the raising of their own child and prohibits government from infringing on that right. Hearing scheduled in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on 2/14, contact Senator Justin Ready for information on how to deliver oral or written testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Senators in support. 

HB803/SB748 - Economic Prosperity Act of 2024 - A bill to lower state income tax rates and tax brackets. Hearing scheduled in the House Ways and Means Committee on 2/15, contact Delegate Jason Buckel for information on how to deliver testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Delegates in support.  Hearing scheduled in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on 2/21, contact Senator Paul Corderman for information on how to deliver oral or written testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Senators in support. 

HB758/SB927 - School Assault and Prevention Act - A bill to establish the assault of school employee is a second degree assault, bringing accountability and prevention to assaults in schools. Hearing scheduled in the House Judiciary Committee on 2/20, contact Delegate Tom Hutchinson for information on how to deliver testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Delegates in support. 

SB782 - Motor Vehicle Tax Rates CPI Adjustment Board of Public Works Suspension - A bill that allows the Board of Public Works to suspend increases to the gas tax in emergency circumstances. Hearing scheduled in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on 2/21, contact Senator Steve Hershey for information on how to deliver testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Senators in support. 

HB722 - Minors Gender and Sex Transition Procedures - A bill that prohibits doctors from conducting gender transition operations on minors without the consent of parents. Hearing scheduled in the House Health and Government Operations Committee on 2/21, contact Delegate Lauren Arikan for information on how to deliver testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Delegates in support. 

HB1025/SB841 - Transportation Equity, Fairness, and Privacy Act of 2024 - A bill repealing the gas tax automatic inflation increases, and prohibiting laws that tax you by mile that you drive. Hearing scheduled in the House Ways & Means and Energy & Transportation Committees on 2/27, contact Delegate Matt Morgan for information on how to deliver testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Delegates in support. Hearing scheduled in the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee on 2/28, contact Senator Justin Ready for information on how to deliver testimony: [email protected], or contact other committee Senators in support. 
Upcoming Bills You Can Oppose
 
HB403/SB443 - End of Life Option Act - A law that allows assisted suicide. Hearing scheduled in the House Judiciary & Health and Government Operations Committees on 2/16.  Contact committee Senators in opposition.  

HB935/SB784 - Comprehensive Community Safety Funding Act - A bill imposing a huge, 11%, tax, on all gun and gun accessory sales in Maryland. Hearing scheduled in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on 2/14, and House Ways & Means Committee on 2/22.  Contact committee Delegates and Senators in opposition.  

HB615/SB512 - Prohibited Behavior on School Grounds and Property - A bill that prevents law enforcement from holding students who disrupt school, or commit crimes at school, from being held accountable. Hearing scheduled in the House Ways & Means Committee on 2/14, and the Senate Committee on Education, Energy, and the Environment on 2/28.  Contact committee Delegates and Senators in opposition.
 
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