On May 9th, Governor Wes Moore signed nearly 200 bills into law at the Moore-Miller Administration’s fifth bill signing, focused on economic development, state and local taxes, Maryland’s natural resources, transportation, and agriculture. The signing highlighted the administration’s commitment to collectively strengthening the state’s diverse assets to create a more economically competitive Maryland.

Among the bills signed, the Innovation Economy Infrastructure Act of 2023, or H.B. 552, was championed by Governor Moore. The Act establishes the Build Our Future Grant Pilot Program in the Department of Commerce to provide funding for certain costs for infrastructure projects in eligible technology sectors. The legislation requires certain grantees to provide matching funds and to demonstrate certain abilities and requires the Department to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the projects funded through and the economic impact of the Program by July 1, 2026.

Another notable piece of legislation signed was the Access to Banking Act, or H.B. 548, which establishes the Maryland Community Investment Venture Fund as an instrumentality of the state for purposes of developing opportunities for banking institutions and credit unions to better serve the needs of low-to moderate-income tracts. This legislation provides for certain assessment offset credits for certain banking institutions and credit unions in certain areas, authorizing the use of the Banking Institution and Credit Union Regulation Fund for certain purposes.

S.B. 452, the Film Production Activity Income Tax Credit, will expand eligibility for the credit against the State income tax for certain film production activities to include documentaries and talk, reality, and game shows. This legislation increases the percentage of total direct costs that qualify for the tax credit, increases the aggregate amount of tax credit certificates that the Secretary of Commerce may issue to for fiscal years 2024 through 2026, and establishes the Maryland Entertainment Council to study and make recommendations regarding Maryland’s film, television, and entertainment industry.

Furthermore, S.B. 34, the Department of Agriculture – State Specialist for Value-Added Agriculture, will establish the State Specialist for Value-Added Agriculture as a position in the Department of Agriculture to serve as the primary point of contact for individuals engaging in, or interested in engaging in, value-added agriculture in Maryland.

“Leaving no one behind means leaving no part of our economy behind – from agriculture to the arts,” said Gov. Moore. “These bills are centered on making our economy more equitable, more competitive, and more innovative. We don’t have to choose between a competitive economy and an equitable economy — we can, and will, do both. That is how Maryland leads, that is how Maryland wins, and that is how Maryland sets the pace for not just the country, but the world.”

The governor and lieutenant governor are committed to building an economy that works for all Marylanders, including those who have been shut out of economic success. Lt. Gov. Miller added, “For too long, too many Marylanders have been shut out of economic success. These bills signed today not only increase economic opportunities in our state – they also open doors for more Marylanders to participate in those opportunities.”

Maryland residents can view the complete list of bills signed into law on the Governor’s website. These bills will work together to strengthen Maryland’s economy and natural resources while creating a more competitive, equitable, and innovative state.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/EditorEditor-in-Chief

David M. Higgins II is an award-winning journalist passionate about uncovering the truth and telling compelling stories. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern Maryland, he has lived in several East...

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