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2017 Maryland General Assembly


Now that the 2017 legislative session is under way, it is important that we are aware of important issues of the Maryland General Assembly.

To that end, GBBCC’s Legislative/Public Policy Committee is reviewing bills that we believe have an impact on black business and community.  We will be on the look-out for legislation in which action is needed.

Please note the following legislative updates:

Baltimore City Delegation Legislative Agenda -

     April 7, 2017 - 04-7-17 BCDM Agenda.docx
 March 31, 2017 - 03-31-17 BCDM Agenda.docx
 March 24, 2017 - 03-24-17 BCDM Agenda.docx
 March 17, 2017 - 03-17-17 BCDM Agenda.docx
 March 10, 2017 - 03-10-17 BCDM Agenda.docx
   March 3, 2017 - 03-03-17 BCDM Agenda.docx

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Greetings to all,

We are making progress with momentum and support from our Maryland State legislators however we still have more to do. There are plenty of your local district representatives who are sitting on the sidelines because they think you do not care about this issue.


I have created live link of which state officials have express their support for the HBCU SB 712 below:

HBCU's Matter Senate Bill 712 Support List Link- 

DeJuan Patterson, MPA

Proud BSU Alumnus 

HBCUs Matter Organizer

Legislative Updates

SB 4

Department of Legislative Services

Maryland General Assembly

2017 Session


First Reader Senate Bill 4

(Chair, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee)(By Request - Departmental - Office of Minority Affairs)

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

 Minority Business Enterprises - Program Participation - Requirements and Reauthorization


This departmental bill extends the termination date of the State’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) preference program by one year, to July 1, 2018, and also extends the deadline for the completion of the mandated disparity study by one year, to September 30, 2017. In addition, the bill clarifies the conditions under which a certified MBE may be removed from an executed contract for good cause by a prime contractor. Finally, the bill requires each MBE serving as a subcontractor on an awarded contract to submit a document to both the prime contractor and the procurement officer – within 10 days of notification of the contract award – specifying the percentage and type of work to be completed by the MBE.

The bill takes effect July 1, 2017.

HB 1

Department of Legislative Services

Maryland General Assembly

2017 Session


First Reader House Bill 1

(Delegates Clippinger and Davis)

Economic Matters

 Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

 This bill requires an employer with more than 14 employees to have a sick and safe leave policy under which an employee earns at least 1 hour of paid sick and safe leave, at the same rate as the employee normally earns, for every 30 hours an employee works. An employer with 14 or fewer employees, based on the average monthly number of employees during the preceding year, must have a sick and safe leave policy that provides an employee with at least 1 hour of unpaid sick and safe leave for every 30 hours an employee works. An employer is not required to allow an employee to earn or carry over more than 56 hours of earned sick and safe leave in a year, use more than 80 hours of earned leave in a year, accrue more than 80 hours at any time, or use earned sick and safe leave during the first 90 calendar days worked or first 480 hours worked, whichever is shorter.

The bill takes effect January 1, 2018.



(First Reader)

Introduced by: Councilmember Clarke, President Young, Councilmembers Dorsey, Scott,

Burnett, Middleton, Cohen, Sneed, Reisinger, Henry

Introduced and read first time: February 6, 2017

Assigned to: Labor Committee

REFERRED TO THE FOLLOWING AGENCIES: City Solicitor, Department of Human Resources, Wage Commission, Baltimore Development Corporation, Mayor’s Office of Employment

Development, Department of Finance


1 AN ORDINANCE concerning

2 Labor and Employment – City Minimum Wage

3   FOR the purpose of setting Baltimore City’s minimum wage rate for the years 2019 through   


4   setting the formula to determine Baltimore City’s minimum wage rate from 2023 onward;

5   repealing certain exceptions; creating certain exceptions; defining certain terms; setting the

6   terms and qualifications for Wage Commission members; requiring the production and

7   posting of multilingual posters summarizing Baltimore City’s minimum wage laws; setting

8   Baltimore City’s tipped minimum wage rate; setting Baltimore City’s small employer

9   minimum wage through 2026; limiting the withholdings employers may make from


10 wages; allowing any person to make a complaint to the Wage Commission; changing the

11 Wage Commission’s procedures for responding to complaints; repealing the prohibition of

12 bad faith employee complaints to the Wage Commission; establishing certain penalties;

13 clarifying and conforming related provisions; and generally relating to the minimum wage to

14 be paid to employees in Baltimore City.


State Government – Office of Minority Affairs and Interdepartmental Advisory 2 Committee on Minority Affairs – Renaming


 FOR the purpose of renaming the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs to be the Governor’s 4 Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs; renaming the Special 5 Secretary for the Office of Minority Affairs to be the Special Secretary for the Office 6 of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs; renaming the Interdepartmental 7 Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs to be the Interdepartmental Advisory 8 Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs; making conforming 9 changes; requiring the publisher of the Annotated Code of Maryland, in consultation 10 with and subject to the approval of the Department of Legislative Services, to correct 11 any cross–references or terminology rendered incorrect by this Act and to describe 12 any corrections made in an editor’s note following the section affected; and generally 13 relating to the renaming of the Office of Minority Affairs and the Interdepartmental 14 Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs.



Video Lottery Terminals – Small, Minority, and Women–Owned Businesses 2 Account – Transfer of Authority

FOR the purpose of transferring the authority for the administration of the Small, Minority, and Women–Owned Businesses Account from the Board of Public Works to the Department of Commerce; making conforming changes; and generally relating to the authority for the Small, Minority, and Women–Owned Businesses Account.

See Related Bill: SB 999

SB 999, Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission Reform Act, establishes a Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Medical Cannabis Business Account (the “Account”) to provide equity investments and lending capital to Maryland based small, minority and women-owned businesses including such businesses operating or seeking to operate in the medical cannabis industry.

Amendment offered by Meridian Management Group Inc. (MMG) to model (the “Account”) after the Video Lottery Terminal Fund (the “VLT) requiring a percentage of all revenues from Medical Cannabis sales go into an account to provide financing to Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. 

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