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Legislative Advocacy

Each year, the City Council develops legislative priorities ahead of the Maryland General Assembly’s session in Annapolis to advance the City’s interests at the state level. The City contracts with a legislative advocate who assists with these efforts. The legislative advocate identifies legislation of interest to the City to monitor, provides information on the status and likelihood of passage of bills, supports the City’s efforts in having legislation adopted or amended, provides guidance to Council and staff in delivering timely and effective testimony, and has a good knowledge of the General Assembly’s leadership, legislators, committees, staff, and how they function and work together.

The City provides testimony on numerous bills each year in writing and in person. While there are many – possibly hundreds – of bills each year that are of interest to the City, we typically only take an official position and submit testimony on bills that directly align with the legislative priorities established in advance of the legislative session by Council each year, including priorities established by resolutions passed by Council in previous years. This is a function of political strategy, staff time, and the often unpredictable timing of hearings, among other factors.

Legislative Priorities for the 2019 Session of the General Assembly include:

  • Support for Redevelopment of New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650)
  • Bond bill funding for the expansion and renovation of the Takoma Park Maryland Library
  • Legislation prohibiting the Maryland Department of Transportation from spending any funds for the construction of Maryland Route 410 through the City of Takoma Park that would involve the addition of a new through lane for motor vehicles
  • Protection of small businesses and housing affordability during and after Purple Line construction
  • Legislation mandating coordination and cooperation between utilities, the State Highway Administration, and municipalities in order to minimize impacts on residents and businesses resulting from infrastructure construction and repairs
  • Support for expanded opportunities for municipalities to raise revenues without increasing dependence on property taxes
  • Support for building community resiliency and mitigating the impacts of climate change
  • Montgomery County Public School construction funding

Legislative Advocate’s 2019 End of Session Report

2019 Legislative Highlights

The table below includes testimony submitted to date, going back to the 2016 General Assembly session.

Bill Number and TitleCity's PositionLink to Testimony
2019 Testimonials (Bills, Titles and PDF Links)
SB 516: Clean Energy JobsSupportSB 516: Clean Energy Jobs
HB 1091 - Public-Private Partnerships - ReformsSupportHB1091 - Public-Private Partnerships - Reforms_Xover.pdf
SB 460 - HB 517 Pedestrian Safety Fund Act of 2019SupportSB 460 - HB 517 - Pedestrian Safety Fund Act of 2019
SB 249 / HB 277 - Regional Initiative to Limit or Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in
Transportation Sector
Support HB 277-SB249 - Initiative to Limit or Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
SB 754 - HB 1266 SB 754: National Capital Strategic Economic Development Program - Established
Support with Amenedment
Support with AmendmentSB 754 -HB 1266 - National Capital Strategic Economic Development Program
HB 150: More Opportunities for Marylanders Act of 2019Support with Amendment HB 150: More Opportunities for Marylanders Act of 2019
HB628 – Montgomery County – Residential Leases – Just Cause EvictionSupportHB628 – Montgomery County – Residential Leases – Just Cause Eviction
SB 442 - Toll Roads, Highways, and Bridges - County Government Consent Requirement - ExpansionSupportSB 442 - Toll Roads, Highways, and Bridges - County Government Consent Requirement - Expansion
HB 654 – Wireless Facilities - Installation and RegulationOpposeHB 654 – Wireless Facilities - Installation and Regulation
HB 1016 - General Assembly - Analysis of Proposed Legislation - Racial ImpactSupportHB 1016 - General Assembly - Analysis of Proposed Legislation - Racial Impact
SB 713SB / HB 1020 – Wireless Facilities – Permitting and SitingSupportSB 713 / HB 1020 – Wireless Facilities – Permitting and Siting
HB 730, SB 660 - Electric Industry - Community Choice AggregationSupportHB 730, SB 660 - Electric Industry—Community Choice Aggregation
SB 285 and HB 109 - Polystyrene BanSupportSB 285 and HB 109 - Polystyrene Ban
HB 600 - Renewable Energy - NuclearOpposeHB 600 - Renewable Energy - Nuclear
HB 313 - Purple Line Business Tax CreditSupportHB 313 - Purple Line Business Tax Credit
HB 285 - Repeal of Limitation on Taxing Small HotelsSupportHB 285 - Repeal of Limitation on Taxing Small Hotels
MC 29-19 Testimony Ranked Choice VotingSupportMC 29-19 Testimony Ranked Choice Voting
MC 22-19 Just Cause Evictions-FinalSupportMC 22-19 Just Cause Evictions-Final
MC 15-19 – Montgomery County – Highway ConstructionSupportMC 15-19 – Montgomery County – Highway Construction
2018 Testimonials (Bills and Titles)
HB 285 - Department of Transportation – Pedestrian and Bicycle Access to Public Schools – Study - Support with RecommendationSupport with RecommendationDepartment of Transportation – Pedestrian and Bicycle Access to Public Schools – Study
Gun Legislation
HB888/SB707 -- Criminal Law – Firearm Crimes – Rapid Fire Trigger Activator - Support
HB819/SB741 -- Public Safety - Handgun Permit Review Board - Repeal
HB432/SB54 -- Public Safety – Grant Programs and Funding (Public Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2018)
HB1302 -- Public Safety - Extreme Risk Prevention Orders
HB1646/SB1036 -- Criminal Procedure - Firearms - Transfer
SupportHB Gun Legislation
HB 400 – Agriculture – Mosquito Control – Notification to MunicipalitiesSupportAgriculture – Mosquito Control – Notification to Municipalities
HB 547/SB373 - Education - Head Start Program - Annual AppropriationSupportEducation - Summer Meals Expansion Grant Pilot Program
HB 806 – Education - Summer Meals Expansion Grant Pilot ProgramSupportEducation - Summer Meals Expansion Grant Pilot Program
HB 977 – State Highway Administration Neighbor Notification ActSupportState Highway Administration Neighbor Notification Act
HB 988 – 2020 Census Grant ProgramSupport2020 Census Grant Program
HB 995 – Montgomery County - Residential Leases - Just Cause Eviction MC 15-18SupportMontgomery County - Residential Leases - Just Cause Eviction
MC 19-18 Montgomery County – Ranked Choice VotingSupportMontgomery County – Ranked Choice Voting
SB 154 – Transportation - Highway User Revenues - Phased RestorationSupportTransportation - Highway User Revenues
SB 285 - Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland - EstablishmentSupportCommission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland
SB 390 – Changes in Status – Hospital Employee Retraining and Placement w/Amendment Support with AmendmentChanges in Status – Hospital Employee Retraining and Placement
SB 477 – Public Information Act - Required Denials - Physical Addresses, E-Mail Addresses, and Telephone NumbersSupportPublic Information Act - Required Denials
SB 1188/HB 1767– Wireless Facilities – Permitting and SitingOpposeWireless Facilities – Permitting and Siting
2017 Testimonials (Bills and Titles)
HB 0171 Task Force on Yard Waste Support with AmendmentHB 0171 Task Force on Yard Waste
Testimony HB 317 Labor and Employment – Wages and Benefits – Preemption of Local AuthorityOpposeHB 317 Labor and Employment – Wages and Benefits – Preemption of Local Authority
HB 460 - Montgomery County - Law Enforcement Vehicles - Automated External Defibrillator MC 26-17Support with AmendmentHB 460 - Montgomery County - Law Enforcement Vehicles - Automated External Defibrillator MC 26-17
HB 1374 - State Highway Administration Neighbor Notification ActSupport with AmendmentHB 1374 - State Highway Administration Neighbor Notification Act
HB 598-Prohibition-of-Sanctuary-LawsOpposeHB 0598 Counties and Municipal Corporations – “Sanctuary Laws” for Illegal Aliens – Prohibition
SB 431 Transportation - State Highway Administration - Sale or Lease of Highway Naming RightsOpposeSB 431 Transportation - State Highway Administration - Sale or Lease of Highway Naming Rights
SB 706 - Landlord Tenant – Expedited Eviction Proceedings – Notice and AppealsOpposeSB 706 - Landlord Tenant – Expedited Eviction Proceedings – Notice and Appeals

 

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