Legislative Accomplishments

  1. Minority Business Enterprises – Not-for-Profit Entities: This legislation separates non-profits from being categorized as minority businesses. In addition, it allows more than 800 million dollars that were designated for minority and women-owned businesses and were being allocated to large non-profit organizations to now be available for minority businesses.

 

  1. Minority Business Participation- The Ray Haysbert Waiver Disclosure and Extension Act: This legislation limits the number of waivers contracts until certain criteria are met.

 

3 Minority Business Enterprise Waiver Discloser Act: This legislation alters the frequency and content of specified reports on waivers of minority business enterprise goals as submitted by specified units to the Board of Public Works (BPW) and GOMA and requires GOMA to post specified reports on its Web site.

 

  1. Office of Health Care Quality- Abuser Registry Workgroup: This legislation establishes a task force of professionals to study ways of implementing a program to identify abusers in the healthcare industry before they are hired to determine if they have a past record of abusing people under their care.

 

  1. Minimum Wage Act: This legislation expanded the minimum wage salary to include 501(c) 3 non-profit health care organizations employees who work in group homes.

 

  1. Moral Turpitude bill: This legislation determines that anyone with a criminal record with charges of moral turpitude who have not had any such charges on their record within the past seven years can now be hired by the casinos.

 

  1. Human Trafficking Act:  This legislation requires the Secretary of State to establish a Human Trafficking Address Confidentiality Program for victims of human trafficking.  

 

  1. Prime Contractor Goals:  This legislation allows minority businesses to use themselves to satisfy the minority business sub-goals requirement on certain contracts.

 

  1. Minority Participation Bill; This legislation extends the minority business enterprise-women-owned business enterprise, disadvantage business enterprise (MBE/WBE/DBE) program until 2016.  In addition several provisions were added to further strengthen the effectiveness of the program to provide equal access to opportunities and address longstanding and persistent disparities. The companion bill provided provisions for training and other services to strengthen Maryland’s MBE/WBE/DBE Program.