2021 Legislative Priorities
1) Prevailing Wage – Applicability (Valderrama – HB 37/Feldman – SB 35)
Would change the threshold for the State Prevailing Wage. The general construction threshold would be reduced to a total cost of $250,000 or more and 0% state money. The school construction threshold would be reduced to a total cost of $250,000 or more and 25% state money.
- Favorable Report in House Economic Matters Committee & Favorable Report in Senate Finance Committee.
- It was amended in committee to be 25% state money and over $250,000 across the board.
- Sent to the floor in both House and Senate.
- Approved by both House and Senate. Sent to Governors Desk.
- Governor Vetoed legislation
- House and Senate Overrode Governors Veto. Becomes law October 1, 2021.
2) Maryland Stadium Authority – Applicability of Prevailing Wage (Wells – HB 20)
Would require the Maryland Stadium Authority to use the state prevailing wage.
3) Occupational Safety and Health – Handwashing Facilities on Construction Sites (Henson – HB 64)
Mandates all construction site, have handwashing stations for workers.
- Unfavorable Report in Committee.
4) Maryland Energy Administration Study on Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems and Geothermal Energy Workgroup (Charkoudian – HB 40)
Study on Geothermal Heating and Cooling systems.
5) Investor-Owned Utilities – Prevail Wage (Brooks – HB 174/Kramer – SB 95)
Would require investor-owned utilities to pay prevailing wage on their construction projects.
- Passed Housed and Senate. Sent to Governors Desk.
6) Gas Service Regulator Safety (Charkoudian – HB 345/Smith – SB 503)
It would require that all new construction has gas meters outside of the structure and that all existing structures have the gas meter moved outside.
- Passed House and Senate. Sent to Governors Desk.
7) Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems (Charkoudian - HB 1007)
- Passed both House and Senate. Sent to Governors Desk.