June 2022 – MD Legislative Update

June 1, 2022
This legislative session was certainly a hybrid to say the least. Both chambers met in person. The Senate held their committee and voting hearings in person while most of the House was virtual via Zoom. Everything was livestreamed via YouTube so you can go back any watch the hearing for any of the bills if you like. Sine Die (the last day of session) had a familiar feel of celebration and jubilee. The following bills passed the Maryland General Assembly in the 2022 session and are on Governor Hogan’s desk for signature. The laws will become effective (unless otherwise indicated) on October 1, 2022. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Fairfax County to Impose Finesfor Running Bamboo

March 31, 2022

After holding a public hearing in February, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved amendments to the County Code at its meeting on March 22, 2022, that will require property owners to prevent running bamboo from spreading onto another’s property and to take steps to eradicate the bamboo if it encroaches onto another owner’s property.  This new law authorizes the County to impose civil penalties ranging from $50.00 to $200.00 per day for violations.

POLICY ALERT – GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION

March 5, 2021
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) recently released a policy memorandum to implement a January 20, 2021 Executive Order regarding Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.  The Executive Order directs federal agencies that evaluate actions taken under federal statutes prohibiting sex discrimination to specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination as a form of sex discrimination.
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Virginia Legislative Alert

February 26, 2021

Last week, the Virginia General Assembly passed a Bill that provides an association’s Board of Directors with extensive authority to prohibit smoking within condominiums and property owners’ associations.  A Board of Directors of a condominium association may, by a majority vote of the Board, prohibit smoking both in the common elements and in units, unless the recorded condominium instruments contain existing language that would prohibit the Board from doing so.  A Board of Directors for a property owners’ association may prohibit smoking in common areas by a

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Prince George’s County Launches Free Training for Common Ownership Communities

January 25, 2021

The Prince George’s County Office of Community Relations has launched a new, voluntary training program for members of common ownership communities called the “EDvantage HOA Online Training Program.”  The training is designed to educate County residents about common ownership communities.  The training is free, can be completed at one’s own pace, and is available in both English and Spanish.