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Minority Business Enterprises – Program Participation – Requirements and Reauthorization
To re-authorize the State’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program for five years, and require MBE’s serving as subcontractors on state-funded contracts to submit documentation regarding their participation directly to the state procurement officer instead of to the prime contractor.
SENATE - Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
- State Finance and Procurement - Small and Minority Business Participation
: Clarifies "good cause" for the purpose of removing a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) after execution of a contract, and adoption of the federal 60% rule on counting awards to MBE brokers/dealers. Expands the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program from 23 agencies to 70 agencies/departments, increases the set aside for SBR vendors from 10% to 15%, and only counts procurements that are set aside for SBR vendors.
SENATE - Education, Health and Environmental Affairs; HOUSE - Health and Government Operations
Improving the State Procurement Oversight Structure
Renaming the Procurement Advisory Council and altering the membership and duties of the Council and altering the duties of the Procurement Advisor.
HOUSE - Health and Government Operations; SENATE - Education, Helath, and Environmental Affairs
- Promoting Efficiencies in State Procurement
Synopsis: Increasing the small procurement dollar threshold from $25,000 to $50,000 and expanding the types of procurement vehicles state buyers may use. Create a streamlined procurement process for information technology services.
Committee: SENATE - Education, Health and Environmental Affairs; HOUSE - Health and Government Operations
Office of Minority Affairs and Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs – Renaming
Remnaming the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs to the Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs for the purpose of clarifying to the public that this office works exclusively with small businesses.
SENATE - Finanace; HOUSE - Health and Government Operations
Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission Reform Act
: This bill repaeals and reestablisehes the Medical Cannabis Commission and designates the commission to report to the Sec. Of the Department of Health and Human Services.
SENATE - Judicial Proceedings; HOUSE - Health and Government Operations
Task Force to Study the Feasibility of and Impact on Small and Minority Businesses in Maryland Conducting Business Internationally
This bill is designed to investigate the feasibility of partnerships between small businesses and minority businesses in Maryland and businesses in other countries.
SENATE - Finance
Video Lottery Terminals – Small, Minority, and Women–Owned Businesses 3 Account – Transfer of Authority
: This departmental bill transfers the authority for administering the Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Businesses Account (SMWOBA) from the Board of Public Works (BPW) to the Department of Commerce (Commerce).
Committee: SENATE - Economic and Community Development; HOUSE - Ways and Means
Procurement - Prohibitions on Participation
: Establishes that existing provisions which prevent participation in State procurements under specified circumstances apply for at least two years from the date of the first relevant invitation for bids (IFB) or request for proposals (RFP) until the later of either: (1) two years from the date of issuance, or (2) the awarding of a contract or reissuance of the IFB or RFP.
: SENATE - Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; HOUSE - Health and Government Operations
Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises
Repeals a requirement that a veteran-owned small business enterprise be verified by the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Instead, it defines a “veteran-owned small business enterprise” to be any small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are veterans, as defined by the bill
HOUSE - Health and Government Operations
Nondiscrimination Clauses and State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination
: Prohibit discrimination in any manner by the contractor against an employee or applicant for employment because of sex, race, age, color, creed, or national origin on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or on the basis of disability or any otherwise unlawful use of characteristics regarding employment. Also if applicable, in the formation or composition of a board of directors on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or on the basis of disability.
HOUSE - Health and Government Operations; SENATE - Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Cannabis - Legalization
Repeals specific civil and criminal prohibitions against the use and possession of marijuana, and establishes exemptions from prosecution for specified people for using, obtaining, purchasing, transporting, or possessing cannabis under specific circumstances. It also establishes exemptions from prosecution for specified retailers, cannabis product manufacturers, cannabis cultivation facilities, craft cannabis cultivators, and safety compliance facilities under specific circumstances. This bill would also prohibit certain penalties for retail sales of cannibas.
SENATE - Judicial Proceedings; HOUSE - Judiciary
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