Del. Long awaits fate of bills in committee
As the 437th 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly reaches its midpoint, the deadline for the introduction of bills has ar
rived. During the first 55 days of the session, Del. Bob Long (R-6) has introduced seven bills.
Although six of his proposed bills are still waiting for various votes and hearings, Del. Long has successfully worked out an agreement that led to the withdrawal of his final proposed bill, HB193. HB193 was Long’s attempt to address safety issues in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). He first became concerned about the transparency of the issue when a school board member was not able to provide information about school safety.
After the introduction of the bill, Del. Long consulted with BCPS and Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance to reach an agreement. BCPS agreed to adopt a more transparent safety policy as well as institute regulations that call for an annual update of BCPS’s policies and procedures.
“I am glad that BCPS and Dr. Dance were able to meet our requests without going through legislation. It’s always better to come together instead of forcing a mandate. We all have the same interests and that is keeping our children safe,” Del. Long said. “We don’t want our safety procedures to become public, but it’s important that school board members are up-to-date on children safety.”
Of the remaining six bills, three have already been heard by the Ways and Means Committee, which Del. Long is a member of, but are still awaiting a vote. The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for legislation relating to children, youth and families, education financing, primary and secondary education, elections, lot
tery and horse racing and taxation. Long has been a member of the committee since his first session the House of Delegates in 2015.
The three bills that are waiting for committee votes are HB750, which deals with expanding eligibility for tax credits for fallen or disabled law enforcement officers and rescue workers; HB751, requiring the governing body of Baltimore County to grant a specified property tax credit to supplement the state homeowners’ property tax credit; and HB1235, which would make specified tolls exceeding $300 annually tax deductible. Long expects that these will be voted on in the coming week or two.
Another bill, HB114, was heard by the Ways and Means Committee in early February but has still been not been voted on. HB114 proposes “authorizing the governing body of Baltimore County to grant, by law, a property tax credit against the county property tax imposed on a dwelling that is located in a revitalization district and is owned by a homeowner who made substantial improvements to the dwelling on or after June 1, 2017, that cause the dwelling to be reassessed at a higher value.”
Long introduced a separate piece of legislation, HB1323, looking to achieve a similar effect. This piece of legislation would “[authorize] the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City or the governing body of a county or municipal corporation to grant, by law, a property tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on a dwelling that is located in a revitalization district and is owned by a homeowner who, on or after June 1, 2017, made specified substantial improvements to the dwelling that cause the dwelling to be reassessed at a higher value.” This bill will be heard in the Ways and Means committee in the coming week.
Del. Long’s final bill for the session, HB1253, will also be heard by the Ways and Means Committee in the coming week. HB1253, if enacted, would enact stricter mandates and expand liability protections in regards to the removal of abandoned or sunken vessels.
Del.Bob Long can be reached by phone at (410) 841-3458 or (301) 858-3458 and by e-mail at email@example.com.
DEL. BOB LONG (R-6)