Lodging Industry Bills in the Maryland General Assembly
MHLA’s Legislative Committee is in full swing, with committee members, listed here, meeting weekly to review bills introduced during the 90 day Maryland General Assembly Session that could impact Maryland’s lodging industry. Go to www.MDLodging.org > Members > Legislative Reports to view our most recent tracking sheet and the Association’s position on each bill. A member log-in is required.
Among our highest priorities this session is SB463, titled Business Regulation – Limited Residential Lodging. Introduced at MHLA’s request, this bill addresses registration of short term residential lodging hosts and platforms (such as Airbnb, HomeAway, etc) doing business in Maryland. The legislation emphasizes the need for compliance with state/local licensing, zoning and other requirements. It also empowers county and municipal governments to notify hosting platforms of the need to cease renting individual units until a specified violation is rectified. SB463 is set for a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on February 22 at 1:00.
Some of MHLA’s other high priority bills include:
- SB93/HB935 – Hotel Rental Tax – Accommodations Intermediary – Collection Requirement
- HB673 – Business Regulation – Innkeepers – Records, Human Trafficking Awareness Training, and Hourly Accommodations
- HB597 – Public Health – Clean Indoor Air Act – Repeal of Exception Regarding Hotel and Motel Rooms
- HB317 – Labor and Employment – Wages and Benefits – Preemption of Local Authority
- HB1/SB230 – Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
Contact Amy Rohrer, MHLA President & CEO, with questions on these or any other legislative issues.