Legislative News

View from Annapolis - Week 13

Add two to the win column!

In a week dominated by partisan wrangling over redistricting, two pieces of REALTOR® Priority Legislation passed the General Assembly and are on their way to the Governor’s desk.

First up was HB 807, which allows real estate licensees to provide a signed affidavits as proof of identification for online CE Classes. A Senate floor amendment clarified that the company or real estate association which is providing the CE is the party that verifies this information, rather than the class instructor. These provisions will go into effect on October 1, 2022.

That was followed just a few days ago by HB 568 (cross file: SB 425). This bill clarifies that brokers may continue the decades-long practice of paying agent commissions at the settlement table. The bill keeps this as an option for those brokers and title companies who wish to do so. The House version of this bill passed both chambers unanimously and will also go into effect on October 1.

Other industry legislation which appears well on its way to passage includes:

  • HB 203 – Allows homeowner to retroactively qualify for the Homestead Tax Credit Program. Position: Support
  • HB 204 – Extends filing deadlines for the Homeowner’s Property Tax Credit. Position: Support
  • HB 268 – Doubles the current personal property tax exemption to assets under $20,000. Position: Support
  • HB 483 – Requires SDAT to identify taxpayers eligible for the Homeowner’s Property Tax Credit. Position: Support
  • HB 571 – Devotes settlements paid for consumer protection violations to the Access to Counsel in Evictions Special Fund. No position taken.
  • HB 809 – Amends the application process for disabled veterans and surviving spouses. Position: Support.
  • HB 1186 – Grants local governments to offer 10 years of property tax exemptions to the elderly, disabled veterans and surviving spouses. Position: Support.
  • SB 317 – Expands remote notarization services in Maryland and adjusts maximum fees to reflect the costs of remote notarization platforms. Position: Support.
  • SB 662 – Devotes $14M in abandoned property awards to the Access to Counsel in Evictions Special Fund. Position: Support with Amendment.

With only 6 days left until adjournment, bill statuses may change quickly. The 2022 Legislative Status Report is your source for the most up-to-date information on the bills we are tracking. Check back with us next week for the final rundown from the 2022 General Assembly session.


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