Week Ending March 26, 2021

Week Ending March 26, 2021 As the Session approaches Sine Die, the House and Senate have transitioned from hearings to voting. March 22nd was crossover, which is the date by which the House and Senate must pass bills originating in their Chamber to guarantee consideration by the other Chamber for passage. For crossfiled bills, it…

Week ending March 19, 2021

Week ending March 19, 2021 Hearings were held in the Senate on two bills that propose to create a Technology Infrastructure Pilot Program within TEDCO to expand opportunities for technology validation, entrepreneurial development, and industry engagement at State Universities.  Senate Bill 732:  Economic Development – Maryland Innovation Initiative University Partnership Pilot Program – Establishment, focused…

Week Ending February 19, 2021

Week Ending February 19, 2021 There were several of bills of interest to the Maryland Tech Council that were heard last week. Senate Bill 444/House Bill 658: Transforming Manufacturing in a Digital Economy Workgroup (Making it in Maryland) was heard by both the House and Senate. Similar legislation was considered in 2020 and the legislation…

Week Ending February 12, 2021

Week Ending February 12, 2021 There were three hearings of interest to the Maryland Tech Council this past week. Senate Bill 66: Department of Housing and Community Development – Office of Digital Inclusion – Established (Digital Connectivity Act of 2021), which establishes the Office of Digital Inclusion in the Department of Housing and Community Development. This newly created…

Week ending February 5, 2021

Maryland Tech Council General Assembly Weekly Report Week ending February 5, 2021 There were two bill hearings of interest to the Tech Council this week.  House Bill 654: Maryland Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Incentive Program, which establishes the Maryland Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Incentive Program administered by the Maryland…

Week ending January 29, 2021

Maryland Tech Council General Assembly Weekly Report Week ending January 29, 2021   This week, there were a number of bills of interest to the Tech Council that were heard in both Chambers.  The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee heard three important bills advanced by the Department of Commerce – Senate Bill 19:  Economic Development…

Maryland Tech Council General Assembly Weekly Report Week ending January 22, 2021

Maryland Tech Council General Assembly Weekly Report Week ending January 22, 2021   As members are aware, this week’s primary activity was the Tech Council’s Leadership Assembly which was highlighted by Governor’s Hogan’s address to attendees.  It provided an excellent opportunity for the Council to provide the Legislators and Executive Branch with an overview of…

Week ending January 8, 2021

Maryland Tech Council General Assembly Weekly Report Week ending January 8, 2020 The 442nd Session of the Maryland General Assembly will commence on January 13th.  It will be an unprecedented Session given the continuing public health emergency due to COVID-19.  Both the House and Senate have developed extensive plans for operation of the Session essentially on…