2015 Legislative Session

Annual Priorities: MCCC Testimony was delivered by President and CEO Gigi Godwin to the Montgomery County General Assembly Delegation at the Annual Priorities Hearing, November 19, 2014. Click here to view the video from the priorities hearing.

See the MCCC 2015 Legislative Agenda here.

Sine Die – MCCC Wins!

MCCC supported the following bills that passed:

  • Augustine Commission bills (restructure DBED, Apprenticeship Program, Impact on Small Business, Tech Transfer, Customer Service Training)
  • Increasing Veteran Owned Business participation in State procurement
  • Ensuring taxes paid by online consumers were remitted to the State
  • Preserving numerous business and R&D tax credits for strategic enterprises
  • Studying the use of WMATA by Maryland riders

MCCC opposed the following bills that were defeated:

  • Combined Reporting
  • Repeal of the Motor Fuel Tax
  • A roll back of the recoupled estate tax
  • Earned Sick and Safe leave

Business Cllimate: The MCCC Business Climate and Tax Structure Working Group submitted a letter to the Maryland Business Climate and Economic Development Commission chaired by Norm Augustine with suggested actionable solutions to business climate issues of concern.

Purple Line:

  • MCCC and Prince George's Chamber of Commerce sent a letter on December 23, 2014 to Governor-Elect Larry Hogan articulating broad business and economic development imperatives of the regional transportation network in general and calling for support of the Purple Line in particular. Click here to read the letter.
  • Read the Purple Line Preliminary Economic Impact Results here and the Preliminary Economic Impact Study Update here.
  • Read Transportation for America's report assessing the benefits from the Red and Purple Lines here.

MCCC Testimony on 2015 Bills

Below is a list of individual bills for which MCCC submitted written or oral testimony, including bill number (linked to bill), title, MCCC position (linked to testimony), and date of testimony.

Bill

Title

MCCC Position

Date

House Bill 300

Department of Transportation - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Services - Utilization Study

Support

April 7, 2015

Senate Bill 544

Statewide Information Technology Master Plan - Inclusion of Cybersecurity Framework - Requirement

Support

March 17, 2015

Senate Bill 542

Maryland Cybersecurity Council - Establishment

Support

March 17, 2015

Senate Bill 670

Corporations and Business Entities - Filing Fees and Combined Reporting

Oppose

March 12, 2015

Senate Bill 661

Maryland Estate Tax - Unified Credit

Oppose

March 11, 2015

House Bill 986

State Government - Maryland Commission on Efficiency in Government

Support

March 11, 2015

House Bill 997

Blue Ribbon Commission on Voting Openness, Transparency, and Equality (VOTE) in Elections

Support

March 11, 2015

House Bill 550

State Aid - Business Transparency and Financial Disclosure Act

Oppose

March 11, 2015

Senate Bill 389

State Individual Income Tax - Rate Changes

Oppose

March 11, 2015

House Bill 1065

Sales and Use Tax - Taxable Price - Accommodations

Support

March 11, 2015

Senate Bill 589

Motorist Tax Relief - Motor Fuel Tax - Consumer Price Index and Sales and Use Tax Equivalent Rate Adjustments - Repeal

Oppose

March 10, 2015

Senate Bill 282

Income Tax Credit – Pass-Through Entities

Support

March 10, 2015

House Bill 854

Income tax Credit – Donations to Community Colleges

Support

March 10, 2015

Senate Bill 590

Small Business Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 2015

Support

March 10, 2015

House Bill 789

Income Tax – Angel Investor Tax Credit Program

Support

March 10, 2015

House Bill 991

Interest Rate on Tax Deficiencies and Refunds

Support

March 10, 2015

Senate Bill 656

State Highway Administration - Entrance to State Highway - Permit Process

Support

March 10, 2015

Senate Bill 577

Public Utilities - Telecommunications Law - Modernization

Support

March 10, 2015

House Bill 240

State Individual Income Tax - Rate Changes

Oppose

March 10, 2015

House Bill 753

Income Tax - Film Production Activity Tax Credit

Support

March 10, 2015

House Bill 942

Apprenticeship Pilot Program - Apprenticeship Maryland

Support

March 9, 2015

Senate Bill 772

Apprenticeship Pilot Program - Apprenticeship Maryland

Support

March 9, 2015

House Bill 941

Task Force to Study Exemptions from Higher Education Ethics Requirements and Procurement Rules to Facilitate Technology Transfer

Support

March 9, 2015

Senate Bill 773

Task Force to Study Exemptions from Higher Education Ethics Requirements and Procurement Rules to Facilitate Technology Transfer

Support

March 9, 2015

House Bill 940

Office of the Business Ombudsman - State Customer Service and Business Development Efforts Training Program

Support

March 9, 2015

Senate Bill 774

Office of the Business Ombudsman - State Customer Service and Business Development Efforts Training Program

Support

March 9, 2015

House Bill 939

Proposed Regulations - Determination of Impact on Small Businesses

Support

March 9, 2015

Senate Bill 775

Proposed Regulations - Determination of Impact on Small Businesses

Support

March 9, 2015

House Bill 943

Economic Competitiveness and Commerce - Restructuring

Support

March 9, 2015

Senate Bill 776

Economic Competitiveness and Commerce - Restructuring

Support

March 9, 2015

House Bill 663

Business Relief and Tax Fairness Act of 2015

Oppose

March 6, 2015

House Bill 174

Motor Fuel Tax Rates - Consumer Price Index Adjustment - Repeal

Oppose

March 6, 2015

House Bill 483

Motorist Tax Relief - Motor Fuel Tax - Consumer Price Index and Sales and Use Tax Equivalent Rate Adjustments - Repeal

Oppose

March 6, 2015

House Bill 621

State Highway Administration - Entrance to State Highway - Permit Process

Support

March 5, 2015

House Bill 814

Vehicle Laws - Intercounty Connector - Maximum Speed Limit

Support

March 5, 2015

Senate Bill 680

Blue Ribbon Commission on Voting, Openness, Transparency, and Equality (VOTE) in Elections

Support

March 5, 2015

Senate Bill 57

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015

Support

March 4, 2015

House Bill 923

Capital Grant Program for Local School Systems With Significant Enrollment Growth or Relocatable Classrooms

Support

March 3, 2015

House Bill 730

Maryland Estate Tax - Unified Credit

Oppose

March 3, 2015

House Bill 72

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015

Support

March 3, 2015

House Bill 480

Small Business Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 2015

Support

February 27, 2015

Senate Bill 350

Procurement - Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises - Participation Goal

Support

February 26, 2015

Senate Bill 488

Income Tax Credit - Qualified Research and Development Expenses - Credit Amounts

Support

February 25, 2015

Senate Bill 584

Income Tax – Angel Investor Tax Credit Program

Support

February 25, 2015

Senate Bill 301

Judgments - Appeals - Supersedeas Bond

Support

February 25, 2015

House Bill 251

Corporate Income Tax – Rate Reduction

Support

February 24, 2015

House Bill 221

Commission on Tax Policy, Reform, and Fairness

Support

February 24, 2015

Senate Bill 312/
House Bill 421

Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program and Trust

Oppose

February 23, 2015

House Bill 453

Public Utilities - Telephone Service - Battery for Backup Power

Oppose

February 19, 2015

House Bill 243

Procurement - Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises - Participation Goal

Support

February 18, 2015

House Bill 129

Procurement – Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise Participation – Award of Contracts

Support

February 18, 2015

House Bill 243

Procurement - Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises – Participation Goal

Support

February 18, 2015

Senate Bill 228

Supplemental Public School Construction Matching Fund Program

Support

February 18, 2015

House Bill 385

Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Oppose

February 13, 2015

Senate Bill 183

Education – Geographic Cost of Education -- Requirement

Support

February 11, 2015

Senate Bill 190

Sales and Use Tax – Taxable Price – Accommodations

Support

February 11, 2015

Senate Bill 179

Business Relief and Tax Fairness Act Of 2015 (“Combined Reporting”)

Oppose

February 11, 2015

Senate Bill 30

Procurement – Veteran –Owned Small Business Enterprise Participation – Award of Contracts

Support

February 5, 2015

Senate Bill 73 /House Bill 221

Commission on Tax Policy, Reform and Fairness

Support

February 4, 2015

Senate Bill 40

Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Oppose

February 3, 2015

 

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