Each year, G.S. Proctor & Associates compiles for our clients a detailed report analyzing key developments in the legislative process affecting the issues and industries that matter most in the state of Maryland.
Here is a breakdown of this year’s key developments related to the state’s response to COVID-19. Select a link below to see additional areas of interest or download a PDF of the full report here.
This time last year, the novel coronavirus upended the U.S. economy and our way of life causing historic levels of unemployment and challenging many public officials on what kind of economic and social activity was reasonable considering the circumstances.
The pandemic has shifted political and business priorities globally and in Maryland. The Maryland State Senate and the House of Delegates considered legislative proposals to stimulate a resurgence in struggling industries and to reinforce support systems for vulnerable communities.
A number of aspects surrounding the pandemic were introduced this Legislative Session such as unemployment, funding for small businesses, and protections for essential workers. Senate Bill 496 – Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act passed the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan on February 15th.
The $1.5 billion package included economic stimulus, grants for small businesses and non-profits, and direct relief checks for many Marylanders. Then on March 11th, less than a month later, the Federal American Rescue Plan Act was passed and $6.355 billion was allocated to Maryland, with $4 billion sent directly to the state and $2.3 billion to county and municipal governments.