On April 18, 2019 Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law three Howard County Delegation bills passed by the General Assembly in 2019. These bills include:

  • HB0590 – Howard County Board of Education – Election of Members Ho. Co. 01–19
  • HB1306 – Howard County – Howard County Housing Commission – Subsidiary Entities Ho. Co. 26-19
  • HB1406 – Howard County – Department of Correction – Authority to Establish Programs Ho. Co. 29-19

You can view all of the Howard County Delegation legislation in 2019 here:

Four additional bills passed by the General Assembly still need action to be taken…they include:

  • HB0869 – Howard County – Alcoholic Beverages – Marketplace License Ho. Co. 06–19
  • HB1166 – Howard County – Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags Ho. Co. 04-19
  • HB1409 – Howard County – School Facilities Surcharge – Rates Ho. Co. 03-19
  • HB1405 – Howard County – Transfer Tax – Collection by Director of Finance Ho. Co. 30-19

I have not heard anything that would make me think that those four bills may not all be signed in the future. I am still holding out hope that Governor Hogan will veto HB1166 (The Howard County Bag Tax – a bill that would allow our County Council to bring forward a punitive tax on shoppers here in Howard County).


There are three additional dates scheduled for bill signings by the Governor:

  • April 30, 2019 – 11:00 AM
  • May 13, 2019 – 11:00 AM
  • May 23, 2019 – 10:00 AM

Stay tuned…as additional bills are signed or vetoed…I will update in future posts.

Scott E