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The 2020 Maryland Legislative is Underway!

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The 2020 Maryland Legislative Has Ended!

Please stay involved!  There is a special session planned in May. The effort to raise – or eliminate - the maximum amount of military retirement beyond the existing $15,000 maximum did not pass this session.  A special session of the legislature is planned for May: let us keep up our efforts to educate or legislators on the importance of eliminating military retirement income from state taxation.

The legislature did, however, did pass a number of bills that merit our attention regarding:

  • Property taxes and Retirement Income Tax (See State Tax Exemption Tab)
  • Tuition for Active Military, Retirees and Spouses
  • Special Commemorative Observances
  • Waivers on various fees for Active Military, Retirees and Dependents

This is the list of legislation referred to the Governor for signature.

Bill #

Summary/Title

HB12 /SB 341

Homes for Veterans - Veterans of Uniformed Service: Updates existing law to ensure that a member of any of the seven uniformed services is eligible for a Home for Veterans supervised by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This basically changes “armed forces” to “uniformed services".

HB133 

Exempting certain active duty members of the armed services of the United States who are subject to certain deployments from certain mandatory vehicle emissions inspections

HB 236

Repealing a requirement that the Department of Natural Resources submit a certain report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2019; and repealing the termination provision for certain provisions of law relating to the issuance of complimentary or discounted hunting and fishing licenses to certain military personnel, former prisoners of war, recipients of the Purple Heart Award, and disabled veterans.

SB 1010

Establishing a Maryland Code of Military Justice; providing for jurisdiction and applicability of the Act; providing for authority of certain judge advocates; establishing the rights of certain victims; providing for the apprehension and restraint of certain offenders; providing for certain non-judicial punishment; establishing the jurisdiction for certain courts-martial; providing for the appointment and composition of certain courts-martial; establishing certain pre-trial procedures; etc.

HB 349/ SB 280

 Altering the application requirements for a service member, veteran, or military spouse to apply for an occupational or professional license from a unit in the Maryland Department of Labor to require submission of proof that the applicant has held a license in good standing from another state

HB 646

Requiring the Motor Vehicle Administration to charge a certain additional fee on the issuance of special registration plates for recipients of an individually earned, combat-related armed forces medal that results in a surplus of at least $10 for each issuance of new registration plates; requiring that the additional fee be credited to the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund; etc.

SB142

Requiring the Department of Natural Resources to establish a process for an individual purchasing certain licenses and stamps in a certain manner to make a voluntary monetary donation to the Healing Hunting and Fishing Fund; requiring the Department to collect donations and deposit them into the Fund; authorizing the Chesapeake Bay Trust to make grants to eligible sponsor organizations that provide opportunities to benefit veterans or members of the Armed Forces of the United States

 

Students Requirements and / or Tuition

Bill #

Summary/Title

HB 362 / SB 282

Increasing, from 50% to 100%, the percentage of tuition that may be reimbursed of the cost of in-State tuition for certain courses for any active National Guard member attending certain institutions; and expanding the definition of "member" as it relates to who can receive tuition reimbursement to include any individual who holds a commission in the National Guard.

SB 391 / HB 503

Requiring a county superintendent of schools to allow a dependent child of a service member relocating to the State on military orders to enroll in a school in the county in accordance with certain provisions of law

HB 506 / SB 458

Exempting spouses and financially dependent children of active duty members of the United States armed forces from paying nonresident tuition at a public institution of higher education in the State if certain requirements are met at the time of acceptance to attend the institution; and requiring the exemption to continue if the qualifying individual enrolls and remains continuously enrolled at the institution, regardless of changes in the station, residency, or domicile of the active duty member.

HB 570 / SB 366

Altering the definition of "public school employee" for the purposes of provisions of law governing collective bargaining for certificated employees in Carroll County to include Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) instructors.

HB 596

Altering the eligibility criteria for the Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship; authorizing the scholarship to be awarded to certain graduate students; providing that graduate scholarship recipients may hold the award for 3 years of full-time study and 6 years of part-time study; altering the requirement of filing for federal and State financial aid; prohibiting certain scholarships from being awarded after a certain date; and authorizing certain scholarships to be renewed after a certain date.

SB 294

Veterans’ Education Protection Act - Prohibiting certain for-profit institutions of higher education and private career schools from enrolling new Maryland residents if federal funds or institutional debt exceed 10% of annual revenues; requiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to adopt certain regulations; etc.

SB 366

Altering the definition of "public school employee" for the purposes of provisions of law governing collective bargaining for certificated employees in Carroll County to include Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) instructors.

SB 446

Authorizing the Secretary of Higher Education to require certain institutions of postsecondary education to refund all tuition and fees to certain Maryland students if the institution does not file all essential records of the academic achievement of a former student with the Commission in a certain manner; establishing that an institution that closes programs in a manner that is a disorderly closure is in violation of the enrollment agreement or other contract with a student enrolled at the time of the closure; etc.- This applies to military personnel or to veterans.

SB 458

Exempting spouses and financially dependent children of active duty members of the United States armed forces from paying nonresident tuition at a public institution of higher education in the State if certain requirements are met at the time of acceptance to attend the institution; and requiring the exemption to continue if the qualifying individual enrolls and remains continuously enrolled at the institution, regardless of changes in the station, residency, or domicile of the active duty member.

 

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