2017 Legislative Session

AIA Maryland – Legislative Bills in Review

The 437th Session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on January 11, 2017 and will continue to April 10, 2017. The AIA Maryland Board of Directors reviews and monitors bills introduced in each year’s legislative session that could have an impact on the architectural profession and Maryland architects, working closely with our esteemed and long-standing lobbyist, Joe Miedusiewski, of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes.

If you have any questions regarding a current bill or issue, please feel free to contact AIA Maryland. Should you have an interest in testifying on any bill, please contact AIA Maryland prior to the hearing so we can work together and present a united organization representing architects in the State of Maryland.

Check back here weekly for updates and AIA Maryland’s position on various bills during this year’s Session. Also keep an eye on our calendar for dates when AIA Maryland will testify before the House or Senate committees on these issues.

AIA Maryland is currently supporting:
HB0138 / SB0006  – Occupational and Professional Licensing Boards, Commissions, and Regulatory Entities – Notifications of Applicants, Licensees, Registrants and Permit Holders. Read letter of support with amendment
HB0144 – Procurement – Department of General Services – Exemption for Historic Structures. Read letter of support
HB0203 / SB0852 – Public Safety – Maryland Accessibility Code – Applicability. Read letter of support
HB0426 / SB0311 – Promoting Efficiencies in State Procurement. Read letter of support w/amendment
HB0433 / SB0309 – State Finance and Procurement – Small and Minority Business Participation. Read letter of support

AIA Maryland is currently opposing:
SB0722 / HB1311 – Public Safety – Light Frame Combustible Construction – Requirements – Hearing 3/14.  Read letter of opposition
SB0994 – School Overcrowding Reduction Act of 2017 – Hearing 3/8. Read letter of opposition

AIA Maryland is following:
HB0131 – State Planning – Central Depository
HB0215 – County Revenues – Business Fees and Personal Property Tax Exemption
SB0109 / HB0283
 – Procurement – Prohibitions on Participation
HB0390 / SB0310 – Improving the State Procurement Oversight Structure
HB0398 / SB0404 – Labor and Employment – Equal Pay – Job Announcement and Salary History Information Disclosures
SB0320 / HB0399 – Student Debt Relief Act of 2017
HB0470 / SB0235 – Sales and Use Tax – Exemption – Service Performed by Person Practicing Engineering
HB0583 / SB0421 – Counties – Historic Preservation – Development Limitation – Hearing 3/14
HB587 / SB1084 – State Finance and Procurement – Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises – Definitions – Hearing 3/14
HB1021 – Reorganization of State Procurement
HB1209 – State Government – Management of Public Buildings – Indoor Air Quality

Note: Where two Bill numbers are listed, this means the bill was cross-filed.

Complete information on the above bill(s) can be found on the General Assembly of Maryland website.