A bill that would have required Columbia village managers to hold a license has stalled in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
Passed by the House onMarch 7, the bill would have required community managers throughout the state to be licensed by a newly created State Board of Common Ownership Community Managers within the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
The bill passed by the House excluded the Columbia Association from the requirement, but not Columbia village managers.
Village managers will not have to worry about being licensed this year as a Senate committee issued an unfavorable report on the bill March 14 and Sen. Delores Kelley, sponsor of the bill, said it would not come back for consideration during the session.
The committee had concerns with funding for the new department and other structural issues with the bill, she said.
Kelley said she has "always honored the request" of excluding Columbia village managers from this requirement, which was killed in the Environmental Matters Committee last year.
The House version of the bill originally excluded Columbia's village managers before being amended in the Environmental Matters Committee.
With a few changes, Kelley said it could be considered again next year.
Kittleman co-sponsors marijuana legislation
The Senate last week voted 30-16 to approve a bill decriminalizing the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.
Instead of facing jail time, Marylanders caught with up to 10 grams of marijuana will face a $100 fine if the bill is passed by the House.
Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman co-sponsored the bill and said it will alleviate the court system and law enforcement, allowing police officers to focus on more serious crimes.
He said the bill will also allow the state to use its resources on treatment rather than punishments.
Kittleman said a discussion on legalizing "may come in the future," but that was not the purpose of this bill.
The bill was sponsored by Prince George's Democratic Sen. Bobby Zirkin.