Outdoor Hospitality News

For owners, operators, team members, and anyone else interested in camping, glamping, or the RV industry.

Maryland RV Legislation Fails as Session Ends; Industry Awaits Next Steps

In a dramatic turn of events, Maryland House Bill 1173, aimed at enhancing the relationship between RV dealers and manufacturers, failed to pass the legislature due to the lack of a concurrence vote in the Maryland House of Delegates. 

The proposed bill was based on the RV-specific model law, which was negotiated and agreed upon by the RV Industry Association (RVIA) and the National RV Dealers Association (RVDA). Such legislation seeks to foster the RV industry’s growth without encroaching on the auto industry.

The tumultuous day in Annapolis saw HB 1173 voted out of the Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee with amendments, subsequently passing both second and third readings in the Maryland State Senate, as per the News & Insights report of the RVIA.

With a mere two hours left before the midnight deadline and the session’s end, the bill was brought before the House of Delegates for a concurrence vote on the Senate amendments.

As the session neared its conclusion, with only fifteen minutes remaining, HB 1173 was placed on the House Calendar. 

However, a challenge from the Maryland House Minority Leader against the Maryland Speaker of the House ensued shortly after, sparking a heated exchange within the chamber. As a result, the 2023 Maryland legislative session ended without any resolution on the bill.

The failure of HB 1173 to pass leaves the future of RV dealer-manufacturer relations in Maryland uncertain. The legislation aimed to create a more favorable environment for both parties, addressing RV industry-specific issues and fostering its continued growth.

Currently, it is unclear whether a special session will be called in 2023 for the Maryland legislature. If a special session is convened, HB 1173 may be reconsidered and potentially passed.

The outcome of this legislative effort holds significance for RV dealers, manufacturers, and the industry at large. Establishing a clear and equitable legal framework governing dealer-manufacturer relationships is crucial for the continued success and growth of the RV market in Maryland and nationwide.

For questions or further information on this topic, please contact Nick Rudowich at [email protected].

0 0 votes
Article Rating
1 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
May 8, 2024 10:47 pm

It’s a bummer that Maryland House Bill 1173 didn’t pass. We should rally together to push for similar measures. Let’s keep the dialogue going for better RV industry relations!


Send this to a friend
Hi, you might find this article from Modern Campground interesting: Maryland RV Legislation Fails as Session Ends; Industry Awaits Next Steps! This is the link: https://moderncampground.com/usa/maryland/maryland-rv-legislation-fails-as-session-ends-industry-awaits-next-steps/