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Delegate Hartman Wraps Up 2021 Legislative Session

2021 END OF SESSION WRAP-UP
 
At midnight on April 12th, the gavel was heard for the final time of the 2021 session. My third session in the House of Delegates came to a close. This was much different than last year because the 2020 session ended abruptly, 3 weeks early, when the State of Maryland shut down due to COVID. Many of our bills died without ever receiving a vote due to the closure. It’s no surprise that the majority of the bills were resubmitted in the 2021 session. Sadly, the Government complex is still closed; all of our meetings and hearings were held virtually. The Delegates were assembled for sessions with some Delegates in the House Chambers and the rest in the House Annex. There were almost 2,400 pieces of legislation introduced. Below are the highlights of issues that my constituents contacted me about the most.
 
LEGISLATION THAT I SPONSORED
HB 1177 - Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - COVID-19-Related Distribution of Retirement Income. Would have exempted under the Maryland income tax for taxable years 2020, 2021, and 2022, income that is the result of certain COVID-19-related early distributions of retirement income, prohibiting the subtraction from exceeding $100,000 in the taxable year; etc. This would have allowed people to access their own money to help them through the pandemic. HB 1177 died in Ways & Means Committee without a vote.
 
HB 391 - Solid Waste Management – Prohibition on Releasing a Balloon into the Atmosphere. The cross filed version of HB 391, SB 716, was amended in the Senate, changing the definition from “a” balloon released to 10 balloons released and reducing the penalties involved. This changed the fine from $250 to $100 per offence, or watching an hour educational video on environmental damage caused by human pollution, or both. A helium balloon, when released, can travel hundreds of miles over the course of a couple of weeks. The hope is to raise awareness of the problems that helium balloons cause when they eventually land. Often, sea life ingest the balloons as they mistake them for food or get entangled in the ribbons. HB 391 was passed in both bodies of the legislature and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
 
HB 538 - Handgun Permits – Qualifications – High–Risk Occupations. This bill would have changed reasons for the issuance of a handgun permit to include employment as a correctional officer, a parole and probation officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, a rescue squad member, a security guard for a church or religious organization, a physician, a physician’s assistant, a nurse, or a nurse practitioner. I introduced HB 538 after hearing about the dangers people in these occupations face on a daily basis while performing their jobs. HB 538 failed to receive a vote from the Judiciary Committee. The inaction of the committee killed HB 538 for this legislative session. Sadly, this is the same result as last session.
 
HB 286 - Hate Crimes – Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders. This bill would have added Law Enforcement and first responders to the current Hate Crime law. I introduced this bill after witnessing the attacks on our law enforcement and first responders at the 2020 H2OI event in Ocean City. The inaction of the committee killed HB 286 without a vote. It shows that the majority party’s idea of police reform was solely aimed at hindering the police with little support for those who protect us.
 
 
HB 856 - Worcester County - Sunday Hunting - Game Bird and Game Mammal Seasons and Public Land. I withdrew HB 856 because it failed to get the support from the Worcester County Commissioners. Without their support, HB 856 would not have moved forward through the legislative process. If you would like to see a Sunday hunting bill for private property next session, please voice your support to the County Commissioners.
 
HB 1176 - Income Tax - Credit for Travel, Hospitality, and Entertainment Expenses. This bill would have provided much needed assistance to the Hospitality industry by providing a tax credit against your State income tax for certain travel related expenses within the state. I introduced HB 1176 after being contacted by our hospitality industries that have been struggling due to the forced closures during the 2020 COVID shut downs. The idea was to create a tax incentive for Marylanders to stay in Maryland for their vacations, keeping tourism dollars here instead of going to other states. The 5 million dollar fiscal note on this bill resulted in its inability to get out of committee. This was a great team effort with the local Chambers across the state.
 
HB 855/SB 17 - Criminal Law - Life-Threatening Injury Involving a Motor Vehicle or Vessel - Criminal Negligence (Wade's Law). HB 855 establishes the offense of life-threatening injury by motor vehicle or vessel – criminal negligence. A person is prohibited from causing a life-threatening injury to another as a result of driving, operating, or controlling a motor vehicle or vessel in a criminally negligent manner. A violator is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction is subject to maximum penalty of imprisonment for one year and/or a fine of $5,000. HB 855 would require the offender to appear in court. Current law allows the offender to pay a fine up to $500 without ever having to face the individual who sustained life changing injuries due to the negligence of the offender. The bill finally passed this year after much effort by many that have fought for the passage of Wade’s law over the last several years.
 
LOCAL
HB 795/SB 715 – Wicomico County – Alcoholic Beverages – License Alterations. This bill repeals the requirement in Wicomico County that states the holder of a Class B beer, wine, and liquor (golf course) license must have average daily receipts from the sale of food for each month that exceed the average daily receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages. The bill also expands the authorized days in which a holder of a Class A beer, wine, and liquor (BWL) license in the county may sell beer, wine, and liquor to Monday through Sunday, from 6 a.m. to midnight instead of Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to midnight. HB 795 and SB715 have passed in both bodies, and are now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
 
HB 1179 - Wicomico County - Property Tax Credit - Hotel or Residential Development (HORIZON).  This bill enables Wicomico County or a municipality in the county to grant a property tax credit for real property that is used for a hotel or residential development project. In order to qualify for the property tax credit, the project must (1) be newly constructed or involve substantial rehabilitation or revitalization of existing structures; and (2) substantially increase the assessed value of the property. The county or a municipality may provide for (1) the amount and duration of the tax credit; (2) eligibility requirements for the tax credit; (3) application procedures for the tax credit; and (4) any other provision necessary to carry out the tax credit. HB 1179 was passed unanimously in both bodies. It allows for local government to offer an incentive for new development or revitalization of an existing location. This is enabling legislation that requires further action by the county or municipalities before a tax credit can be issued.
 
POLICE REFORM BILLS
SB 71 - Body-Worn Cameras, Employee Programs, and Use of Force – This changes the standard for evaluating the reasonableness of police use of force.  The current standard is whether, from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight, the officer’s use of force was reasonable considering all of the circumstances apparent to the officer. The final bill subjects the officer to criticism to the likeness of Monday morning quarterbacks. In addition, the bill forces officers to endure considerable danger by requiring that they reduce the level of force to that proportional to the force used by an assailant and requires officers to cease using force before the threat is removed. The bill requires use of body cameras by all county police departments by 2025 (task force to study timeline of use in municipalities). It changes the standard for “Use of Force” by police officers, which changes the perspective from that of the reasonable police officer to one of the “totality of the circumstances.” The use of force is required to be ‘proportional’ – and to adjust to the force being used against the officer. The officer may only mirror (and slightly exceed) the force being used by the suspect, with the suspect given the first swing/shot. The penalty for misjudgment of what is later determined to be reasonable under the “totality of the circumstances” is criminal for the officer (punishable by up to 10 years in prison), together with the possibility of civil liability. One positive thing the bill does is provide for counselling and mental health services and support for police officers. But unfortunately, the bad outweighed the good. The Governor vetoed this legislation, and the General Assembly overrode his veto. I fought adamantly against this bill and strongly support our law enforcement. I am very concerned that this will make it much harder for agencies to hire new members into law enforcement and I fear that we will lose many seasoned and experienced members.
 
SB 178 - Search Warrants and Inspection of Records Relating to Police Misconduct (Anton's Law). This is another police reform bill where I fought hard in support of law enforcement. The bill requires the judge to balance the risk to the officers executing the knock and announce warrants with the risk to innocent people on the property as well as pets that might be injured during execution of no-knock warrants.  The bill also requires officers executing a knock and announce warrant to wait for 20 seconds before forcing entry. It limits the hours in which officers can serve a warrant to the hours between 8am and 7pm except in exigent situations. In addition, the bill makes police officers’ personnel files available for public inspection with respect to administrative discipline and even anonymous complaints (whether or not sustained). The bill also allows for the publicizing of unsubstantiated – unsworn – accusations against police officers. This is an unwarranted attack on their privacy and is not done in the case of any other public official, including state legislators. The Governor vetoed this legislation; unfortunately, the General Assembly overrode his veto. 
 
Senate Bill 600 – Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Surplus Military Equipment and Investigation of Deaths Caused by Police Officers - The bill prohibits police departments from acquiring weaponized surplus military equipment. It also sets up a special investigative unit of State Police to conduct the investigations of all incidents involving a death of a person caused by a police officer and needlessly removes the authority of the county police force to conduct those investigations.  This will likely create problems with loss of evidence and witnesses as local authorities wait at the crime scene for the arrival of the new investigative unit. The Governor vetoed this legislation, and the General Assembly overrode his veto. 
 
HB 670 - Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Police Discipline and Law Enforcement Programs and Procedures. This bill strikes the current so-called Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (LEOBR) and replaces it with a complicated, multi-step system that will involve a number of different boards, and appellate processes. It involves civilians (meant to increase community confidence in the policing process) and undermines protection of police officers from retaliatory activism.  The bill also extends the State civil liability cap to claims of violation of Constitutional rights, more than doubling the cap (from $400K to $890K). The Governor vetoed this legislation, and the General Assembly overrode his veto.
 
PRO-CRIMINAL BILLS
SB 494 - Juvenile Restoration Act – Will prohibit a judge from sentencing a juvenile to life without parole (JLWOP), authorizes a judge to sentence below a mandatory minimum, and allows for an individual who was a juvenile at the time of the crime to petition a judge for sentence modification after they have served 20 years. Reasonable amendments were offered to this bill that would exempt those convicted of violent crimes including juveniles who murdered police officers such as the offender convicted of murdering Officer Amy Caprio. These were rejected. The Governor vetoed this legislation, and the General Assembly overrode his veto.
 
HB 222 - Value My Vote Act – This requires the State Board of Elections to establish a program to inform incarcerated individuals who have the right to vote in upcoming elections (those who are incarcerated in a pretrial capacity and those incarcerated for misdemeanor convictions) how they may exercise the right to vote. As it was passed by the House, the bill was very prescriptive and required ballot drop boxes at each prison, as well as the creation of an ombudsman; the Senate struck these provisions. This bill passed both chambers and now heads to the Governor.
 
HB 260 - Courts – Jury Service – Disqualification. This will allow convicted felons, after they have served their sentence, to serve on juries. This bill passed the Senate in a different posture than in the House and the two chambers did not reconcile their differences; so the bill fortunately failed.  
HB 445/SB 671 - Criminal Procedure - Charging Procedures – Citations. This allows police officers to issue citations (tickets) for the possession of controlled dangerous substances including cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and other dangerous drugs. The current law would require an arrest for possession of a controlled dangerous substance. This bill passed both chambers and now heads to the Governor’s desk.
 
SB 420 - Criminal Law – Drug Paraphernalia for Administration – Decriminalization. This bill decriminalizes hypodermic syringe, needle, or any other object or combination of objects used to inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce controlled dangerous substances into the human body. This bill passed the House and Senate and is headed to the Governor’s desk.
 
HB 89 - Correctional Services - Diminution Credits – Education. This bill authorizes diminution credits to reduce the term of confinement of an inmate who completes education programs while incarcerated (ie GED, technical or vocational program, high school diploma, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree). A deduction of 60 days of jail time per program is allowed, and this is in addition to any other diminution credits awarded. For inmates serving life sentences for crimes of violence, the deduction may not exceed 40 days per program completed. Those serving a sentence for murder in the first degree or a sexual offence require registration on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry may not receive diminution credits under this program. This bill passed the House and the Senate and now heads to the Governor’s desk.
 
Crime Package – Common sense legislation that died in the House Judiciary Committee
Making Gun Theft A Felony – In Maryland, handguns are treated like regular property when it comes to theft, the level of offense is determined by the value of the item. So in many cases, stealing a handgun in the State of Maryland only results in a misdemeanor charge. Federal studies show that almost half of the guns used in crimes are acquired in underground markets; we also know that 30% of guns that wind up at crime scenes are stolen. Maryland has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States, but still has some of the highest rates of gun crime, and is home to the 4th most-violent city in the nation. If we really want to address violent crime in this state, we need to leave hunters and sportsmen alone and do more to go after illegal guns. House Bill 633 - Gun Theft is a Felony Act of 2021. This does exactly what the title says, it makes the crime of stealing any gun a felony.   The Judiciary Committee failed to vote on this bill. 
Stopping Dangerous and Violent Criminals Act of 2021 – Under current law, those convicted of a violent crime are eligible for parole after they serve 50% of their sentence. In Maryland, violent crimes include acts like murder, kidnapping, manslaughter, and rape. It includes carjacking and armed robbery. House Bill 678 - Stopping Dangerous and Violent Criminals Act of 2021. This bill would require those convicted of violent crimes to serve at least 90% of their sentence before being eligible for parole.  The Judiciary Committee did not act on this bill. 
Fighting Violent Crime in One of the Most Dangerous Cities in America – HB 1236 – Office of the Attorney General - Violent Crimes Special Prosecution Unit for Baltimore City. This would establish a special prosecution unit for Baltimore City within the office of the Attorney General.  Based on data from the FBI, Baltimore’s violent crime rate is 1,858.7 incidents per 100,000 inhabitants. This is five times higher than the national rate. Data from the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office shows that they are only prosecuting about a third of the City's homicide cases each year. Of the more than 300 homicide cases per year, only 100-120 are being prosecuted. This new prosecutor’s office would focus only on violent crime, cases such as gang prosecutions, homicides and shootings, carjacking, burglary, and firearm prosecutions. This elite group of prosecutors would target the worst crimes and the worst offenders in the city. The Judiciary Committee failed to act on this bill. 
 
HB 175 - Public Safety - Ammunition - Sales and Transfers. This bill generally requires an ammunition vendor, before the sale or transfer of ammunition, to confirm the identification of and conduct a NICS Index background check on the purchaser or transferee, as specified. This would create a “registry” of ammunition sales, and result in additional fees and unnecessary regulations. HB 175 is just another attempt to infringe on our 2nd amendment rights. I was relieved that the sponsor of HB 175 withdrew the bill before a committee vote. None of the bills that would infringe on our 2nd amendment rights were passed this session.
COVID RELIEF BILLS
SB 496 - Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act.
This emergency Administration bill provides income tax relief to certain taxpayers, economic impact payments to certain taxpayers, and other forms of more immediate assistance to businesses and employers. The bill also authorizes the Governor to transfer, in fiscal 2021, and spend a total of 520 million dollars from specified sources. A portion of that funding is to assist schools in reopening to in-person classroom instruction and for summer school instruction; the balance is to provide financial assistance to individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations and funding for specified State agencies. While the RELIEF Act does reduce each individual employer’s unemployment tax burden for calendar year 2021 by using the experience rating from 2019 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers will still see an increase in their 2021 tax rate as the state moves from tax Table A to tax Table F due to the decreased balance of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. SB 496 went in effect when it was signed by Governor Hogan on February 15, 2021.
 
HB 1014/SB 772 - Small Business COVID-19 Relief Act of 2021. This emergency bill creates a subtraction modification of up to $100,000 for tax year 2020 for specified small businesses affected by COVID-19. Contingent on eligible financial assistance being provided by the federal government in response to COVID-19 and being received in calendar 2021, the bill also establishes the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Loan and Grant programs in the Department of Commerce and the Maryland COVID-19 Business Recovery Assistance program in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network. A related special fund is established for each program, which may only be used for each program’s purpose. The bill expresses legislative intent that $20.0 million of the financial assistance provided by the federal government be distributed to each fund, if the purposes of the related program are a permissible use of the financial assistance. HB 1014 and SB 772 failed to receive a vote in the committees in which they were assigned.
 
BUDGET & TAXES
House Bill 588 – Fiscal 2022 Budget Bill & HB 589 Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act.
The only action the General Assembly is required to take during the legislative session is to pass a balanced budget. The budget passed by the General Assembly this year is balanced. It enhances the state’s savings accounts including $1.4 billion in the Rainy Day Fund and nearly $700 million fund balance in the General Fund. The bills eliminate the structural deficit in the coming years, with ongoing general fund revenues exceeding ongoing expenditures by $79 million in fiscal 2022.  The money in the state's reserves in FY 2022 is more than sufficient to erase the projected fiscal 2023 budget shortfall. In addition, at the present time, a general fund surplus is forecasted through fiscal 2024 and a structural surplus of $121 million is forecast by fiscal 2026.

Maryland’s Pension System is chronically underfunded, and the 2022 budget allocates extra funds to the Pension System. This contribution to the pension system exceeds the actuarially required contribution by $75 million in fiscal 2021 and $100 million in fiscal 2022, helping to accelerate progress toward adequate funding.
The budget also maintains Governor Hogan’s ongoing commitment to education.  State support for public schools will exceed $7.5 billion. Direct aid to local school systems will increase an estimated $229.4 million, or 3.5%. The budget supplements the general obligation bond programs with $512 million for pay-as-you-go projects including $80 million of federal stimulus funds for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning improvements at public schools over the next two years. The budget plan provides $371.5 million for community colleges, a 9% increase over fiscal 2021. Unfortunately, the House and Senate have chosen to steadily chip away at the BOOST program, a scholarship that allows low-income children in failing schools to attend a private school of their choice. The program is now limited only to current recipients and their siblings, and will gradually phase out over the next several years.
The budget invests in Maryland’s future, allocating $300 million of federal stimulus funding to expanding access to broadband by building out the infrastructure and subsidizing service and devices for low-income households. It invests $75 million in workforce training and apprenticeships to enable the unemployed and underemployed to obtain jobs in the evolving economy.
The budget continues to provide vital health care services. Medicaid funding totals $13.5 billion, allowing the State to provide coverage to over 1.5 million of our residents. Expenditures increase by about $673 million to support unprecedented enrollment growth of over 151,000 since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as provider rate increases.
The 2022 budget also enhances services for vulnerable populations. It includes a 4.0% rate increase effective January 2021, for most health care providers, including those serving the developmentally disabled and people with behavioral health needs. Rate increases of up to 4.0% are authorized for group homes serving youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system.
 
LOCALLY the BUDGET PROVIDES the FOLLOWING:
Worcester County - Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure $1,000,000    
The Ocean City Lifesaving Museum will receive a grant through the Mayor and City Council of the Town of Ocean City for the Ocean City Museum Society, Inc. This funding will be used for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of ADA improvements at the Ocean City Lifesaving Museum, including the installation of an elevator system. The grant will total $300,000 from the house and senate.
Worcester County State Police - New Berlin Barrack, Forensic Lab, and Garage. Provides funds to complete construction of a new barrack, East Regional Forensic Lab and garage, and site improvements to replace the Barrack V – Berlin $9,763,000
Wicomico Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure $1,500,000
Wicomico County - Vehicles for Change – Capital Equipment for Eastern Shore Expansion. Provides a grant to the Board of Directors of Vehicle’s for Change, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of an Eastern Shore expansion in Salisbury $200,000
Wicomico County - Fruitland Volunteer Fire Company. Provides a grant to the Board of Directors of the Fruitland Volunteer Fire Co., Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Fruitland Volunteer Fire Company facility, including repairs to the building’s roof. $50,000.
Wicomico County - Christian Shelter Thrift Store. Provides a grant to the Board of Directors of the Christian Shelter Incorporated for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Christian Shelter Thrift Store. $200,000
Wicomico County - Johnson Wildlife Management Area and Hillsboro Natural Resources Police Shooting Range Improvements. $4,515,000.
 
TAXES and TAX RELIEF
Veto Overrides on Bills Passed in 2020
After the 2020 Legislative Session, Governor Hogan vetoed two bills that increased taxes; a bill expanding the sales tax to digital streaming services like Netflix and Peloton (HB 932 of 2020), and a bill increasing tobacco taxes and taxing digital advertising (HB 732 of 2020). He also vetoed the massive Kirwan spending bill that could cost each Maryland household $6,200. Unfortunately, early in session these vetoes were overridden.
 
SB 218 – Income Tax – Child Tax Credit and Expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit. This bill creates a refundable State income tax credit for low-income families equal to $500 for each dependent child who is a qualified dependent under Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code and is under the age of 17 years and has a disability. Unfortunately, this bill also extends Maryland’s Earned Income Tax Credit to immigrants who are in this country illegally. The Republican caucus members offered a number of amendments to make the bill better by further expanding tax credits for families with developmentally disabled children, provide tax relief to retirees, and to provide assistance to those immigrants who are lawfully present in this state, such as refugees and those with green cards. All of these reasonable amendments were rejected. The bill passed and became law without the Governor’s signature.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL HB 583/SB 414 - Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021. This bill was changed to three separate bills. HB 991 - Tree Solutions Now Act of 2021. This bill has the lofty goal of planting upwards of 5 million trees. Unfortunately, a portion of the funding comes from the Bay Restoration Fund, which has typically been used to upgrade sewage treatment facilities. The bill applies retroactively. HB 991 was passed in both bodies and is waiting for the Governor’s signature. SB 137 - Maryland Transit Administration – Conversion to Zero–Emission Buses (Zero–Emission Bus Transition Act). This bill prohibits the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), beginning in fiscal 2023, from entering into a contract to purchase buses for its transit bus fleet that are not zero-emission buses, however, MTA may purchase an alternative-fuel bus instead if it determines that no available zero-emission bus meets the performance requirements for a particular use. The bill does not apply to any bus that is part of a locally operated transit system. SB 137 was passed out of both bodies and is waiting for the Governor’s signature. HB 592 - State Vehicle Fleet - Conversion to Zero-Emission Passenger Cars and Other Light-Duty Vehicles. This bill would prohibit the State, beginning in fiscal 2023, from entering into a contract to purchase or lease vehicles for the State vehicle fleet that are not zero-emission electric vehicles. HB592 was passed out of the House on the last day of session and failed to receive a hearing or vote in the Senate.
 
IMMIGRATION and CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT
HB 16 / SB 478 - Correctional Services – Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act). This bill prohibits the State or any local jurisdiction from entering into an agreement relating to the establishment of an immigration detention facility owned or operated by government or a private entity. The bill prohibits the State or any local jurisdiction from approving a zoning variance or permit for the construction or reuse of buildings that will be used by private entities as an immigration detention facility without first notifying the public and holding public meetings for comment. The bill also prohibits the State or any local jurisdiction from entering into or renewing an immigration detention agreement. HB 16 was passed by both bodies and is waiting for the Governor’s signature or veto. Currently Worcester County houses detainees for the Federal Government. This provides about 5 million in funding to the county and provides many full time jobs for our residents. I pushed hard against this legislation. HB 16 passed on a party line vote.
 
ONLINE SPORTS BETTING
HB 940 - Gaming - Regulation of Fantasy Gaming Competitions and Implementation of Sports Wagering.
This bill establishes and implements sports wagering in the State, and provides for regulation of sports wagering and fantasy gaming competitions. The State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (SLGCC) must generally regulate sports wagering and the conduct of sports wagering to the same extent that it regulates the operation of video lottery terminals (VLTs) and table games in the State. HB 940 was passed by both bodies and is now waiting for the Governor’s signature. Ocean Downs Casino is one of the 10 named Class A license recipients if they chose to pursue the licensing with the state. There is a radius of 15 miles around Ocean Downs that prohibits any additional sports betting license. In total, there could be over 100 sports betting Licenses issued across the state. The State will receive funding through the licensing fees and by collecting a percentage of the sports betting wagers. This money will be used to fund education in Maryland.
 
This session was by far the most challenging in terms of fighting for our shore way of life. I hope you find this end of session wrap up helpful. Feel free to share it with your friends or groups that you are associated with. Remember that our office is available to help you when you need assistance interacting with any state agencies. I am truly honored to represent District 38 C in Annapolis. With the increased availability of the vaccine against COVID, I am looking forward to returning to our pre-COVID way of life. The session was particularly challenging for the members of law enforcement. Please thank them for the job that they do whenever you see them. Let them know they are appreciated here on the shore.
 

Sincerely:
 
Delegate Wayne Hartman
Proudly representing District 38 C
Worcester and Wicomico Counties

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