September 22, 2017

Archived Legislative Sessions

2016 Legislative Session Archives

MABE's 2016 Legislative Session Summary Report and Presentation 

The 2016 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on January 13, 2016 and adjourned 90 days later on April 11, 2016. In advance of the legislative session, MABE concucted its annual update of the association's Continuing Resolutions, which provide the foundation for legislative and policy positions in the coming year. On September 30, 2015 local board members approved Continuing Resolutions for 2015-2016, and following the Annual Conference MABE's Legislative Committee adopted 2016 Legislative Positions and Priorities

The 2016 legislative session saw the introduction of 1173 Senate bills and 1644 House bills, with more than 380 relating to the funding, operation, or governance of local school systems. MABE monitored all of these bills, and submitted written or oral testimony on more than 120 bills. MABE’s legislative priorities focused on preserving local board governance authority, securing adequate operating and capital funding for FY 2017 and the 2016-2017 school year, and opposing legislative encroachment into the education policy and regulatory arena reserved to local boards of education in conjunction with the State Board.

The General Assembly enacted significant legislation in the education policy areas of student health, student free speech, student assessments, after school programs, and operating and capital funding. Bills debated, but ultimately rejected, would have significantly impacted school board authority regarding employee relations in the areas of discipline and collective bargaining; procurement; and school calendar. MABE's 2016 Legislative Summary provides a comprehensive overview of the education related operating and capital budget actions and legislation enacted during the 2016 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly.

MABE 2016 Interim Testimony & Correspondence

During the 2016 session, MABE provided the following written testimony and in addition offered oral testimony on many of the following bills.  

MABE 2016 Session Testimony 

House Bills

House Bill 23
TITLE: Procurement – Prevailing Wage Law – Waiver From Provisions
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 27, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

House Bill 29
TITLE: Education – Participants in Youth Sports Programs – Concussions – Penalties for Coaches
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 28, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 39
TITLE: Education – Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours – Establishment
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2016 (rescheduled to January 28, 2016)
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 41
TITLE: Public Schools – Boards of Education – Anonymous Two-Way Text Messaging Tip Programs
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 28, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 72
TITLE: Education – Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program – Development and Implementation
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 73
TITLE: Intercounty Connector – Public School Bus – Exemption from Toll
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation Committee

House Bill 86
TITLE: Special Education – Translations of Individualized Education Programs or Individualized Family Service Plans – Native Language
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 109
TITLE: Public Schools – Health and Safety – Food Transparency
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 141
TITLE: Education – Education Accountability Program – Limits on Testing
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 142
TITLE: Education – Health and Safety – Emotional Health Awareness Programs
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 145
TITLE: Public School Labor Relations Board – Renegotiation Procedures and Administration
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 150
TITLE: State Budget Bill
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 251
TITLE: Education – Home Instruction Programs – Participation in Clubs and Activities
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 300
TITLE: Video Lottery Terminals – Disposition of Unclaimed Winnings
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 300
TITLE: Video Lottery Terminals – Disposition of Unclaimed Winnings
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 22, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

House Bill 324
TITLE:Education – Maryland High School Diploma – Civics Test Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 330
TITLE:County Boards of Education – Procurements for Construction or Repair of School Projects
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 22, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 352
TITLE: Office of Legislative Audits – Local School System Audits – Repeal
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 352
TITLE: Office of Legislative Audits – Local School System Audits
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

House Bill 365
TITLE: Public Schools – Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Policies – Update
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 397
TITLE: Education – Assessments – Best Practices in the Administration of Assessments
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 412
TITLE: Education – Administration of Assessments – Provision of Information
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 430
TITLE: Education – Student Data Privacy Council
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 449
TITLE: Relief from Budget Mandates
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 453
TITLE: Maryland Education Credit
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 463
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt – Qualified Zone Academy Bonds
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 22, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 464
TITLE: Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) Schools Act of 2016
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 474
TITLE: Elementary School Students – Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 476
TITLE:State Board of Education – Financial Literacy Curriculum – Graduation Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 528
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Sensible Sugar in Schools Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 580
TITLE: Labor and Employment – Maryland Health Working Families Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

House Bill 626
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Veterans' Day
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 633
TITLE: Education – Teacher and Principal Evaluations – Revisions to Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 657
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Assessments – Administration
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 668
TITLE: Preschool Development Grants – Expansion Grants – Required State Funding
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 708
TITLE: Education – Maryland Seal of Biliteracy – Establishment
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 721
TITLE: Prevailing Wage Rate Reform Act of 2016
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

House Bill 725
TITLE: Handguns – School Employees – Handgun Permits and Carrying Weapons on School Property
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 756
TITLE: Washington County – Board of Education – Motor Fuel Tax Exemption
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 771
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Diabetes Management Program
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 14, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 778
TITLE: Education – Students With Disabilities – Parental Consent for Individualized Education Program Content
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 781
TITLE: Education – Assessments – Reporting of Aggregate Results
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 823
TITLE: General Provisions – Open Meetings Act – Enforcement and Training
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations Committee

House Bill 921
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – School Personnel – Training Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 934
TITLE: Teachers' Retirement and Pension System – Employer Contribution for Local Employees 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 947
TITLE: Public Information Act – Inspection of Records From Body-Worn Digital Recording Devices
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judiciary Committee

House Bill 955
TITLE: Public Schools – Voluntary Nonsectarian Prayer at School-Sponsored Student Events
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 996
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Easter Monday
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 999
TITLE: Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1040
TITLE: Education – Student Report Cards – Required Information
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1095
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Programs – Notification of Eligibility by Local Departments of Social Services 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1108
TITLE: Environment – Municipal Stormwater Management Charges – Property Subject to Charges
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation Committee

House Bill 1139
TITLE: Education – Maryland Community School Strategy for Excellence in Public Education Act
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1191
TITLE: Task Force to Study an Online Program for Paraprofessionals Assisting Students With Autism
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1204
TITLE: Education – PARCC Testing – Exemption for Children With Disabilities (Ben's Rule)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1213
TITLE: Education – Broadening Options and Opportunity for Students and Teachers (BOOST) Program – Establishment
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1228
TITLE: Education – Grounds for Discipline
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1233
TITLE: Education – Administration of Standardized Tests and Assesments – Notice
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1325
TITLE: State Department of Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Funding (Free School Meals for Students From Low- and Middle-Income Families Act)
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1343
TITLE: Maryland Education Credit
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1349
TITLE: Education – Beginning of School Year – After Labor Day
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 14, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1360
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Breakfast Program – School Requirements (Breakfast After the Bell Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1375
TITLE: Public Schools and Libraries – Access to Obscene Materials and Child Pornography – Prohibited
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1402
TITLE: Education – Maryland Extended Day and Summer Enhancement Programs Act
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1403
TITLE: Next-Generation Scholars of Maryland
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1433
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Students – Funding
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

Updated Fiscal Note based on sponsor amendments

House Bill 1437
TITLE: Education – Individualized Counseling Services – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1456
TITLE: Public Schools – Access to Obscene Materials and Child Pornography – Prohibited
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1459
TITLE: Prevailing Wage – Career and Technology Centers or STEM and STEAM Classrooms (Student Preparedness Act of 2016)
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

House Bill 1473
TITLE: Public Schools – School Vehicles – Three-Point Seat Belts
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation Committee

House Bill 1503
TITLE: Adult Education – GED Testing Fees – Exemption for Homeless Youth
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

Senate Bills

Senate Bill 65
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Health and Safety – Sugar-Free Schools Act
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 71
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Diabetes Management Program
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 71
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Diabetes Management Program
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

Senate Bill 83
TITLE: Public Safety – School Safety Enforcement Fund
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 26, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 183
TITLE: School Vehicles – Seat Belts – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 190
TITLE: State Budget Bill
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 210
TITLE: Intercounty Connector – Public School Bus – Exemption from Toll
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 224
TITLE: Education – Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours – Establishment
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 267
TITLE: Public Schools – Voluntary Nonsectarian Prayer at School-Sponsored Student Events
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 269
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Veterans' Day
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 325
TITLE: Juvenile Services Education – Modifications
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 369
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Programs – Notification of Eligibility by Local Departments of Social Services
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 369
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Programs – Notification of Eligibility by Local Departments of Social Services
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

Senate Bill 375
TITLE: Relief from Budget Mandates
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 376
TITLE: Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) Schools Act of 2016 
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 379
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt – Qualified Zone Academy Bonds
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 407
TITLE: Education – Education Accountability Program – Limits on Testing
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 421
TITLE: Special Education – Translations of Individualized Education Programs or Individualized Family Service Plans – Native Language
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 440
TITLE: Prevailing Wage – Application to Career and Technology Centers or STEM and STEAM Classrooms
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Finance Committee

Senate Bill 461
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Students – Funding
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony and Updated Fiscal Note based on sponsor amendments
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 472
TITLE: Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Finance Committee

Senate Bill 503
TITLE: Education – Online Instructional Program for Financial Literacy
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 17, 2016
COMMITTEE:Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 515
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Procurements for Construction or Repair of School Projects
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE:Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 520
TITLE: Washington County – Board of Education – Motor Fuel Tax Refund
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 533
TITLE: Education – Administration of Assessments – Provision of Information
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE:Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 575
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Limit on Liability
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 575
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Limit on Liability
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judiciary Committee

Senate Bill 584
TITLE: Preschool Development Grants – Expansion Grants – Required State Funding
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 598
TITLE: General Provisions – Open Meetings Act – Enforcement and Training
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 657
TITLE: Task Force to Study the Impact of Cell Phone Use in Public Schools
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 674
TITLE: Teachers' Retirement and Pension System – Employer Contribution for Local Employees
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 706
TITLE: Maryland Education Credit
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 711
TITLE: Prevailing Wage Rates Reform Act of 2016
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Finance Committee

Senate Bill 719
TITLE: Environment – Stormwater Remediation Fees – Municipalities
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 754
TITLE: Open Meetings Act – Annual Reporting Requirement, Enforcement, and Training
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 755
TITLE: State Department of Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Funding (Free School Meals for Students From Low- and Middle-Income Families Act)
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 756
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Breakfast Program – School Requirements (Breakfast After the Bell Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 764
TITLE: Education – Student Journalists – Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 764
TITLE: Education – Student Journalists – Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony and MABE Testimony with Full Set of Amendments
DATE: March 29, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

Senate Bill 767
TITLE: Education – Begining of School Year – After Labor Day
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 770
TITLE: Education – Public High Schools – Agriculture Science
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 781
TITLE: Education – Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Act – Establishment
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 781
TITLE: Education – Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Act – Establishment
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways anmd Means Committee

Senate Bill 786
TITLE: Education – Assessments – Best Practices in the Administration of Assessments
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 794
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Assessments – Administration
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 832
TITLE: Education – Grounds for Discipline
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Finance Committee

Senate Bill 901
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals – Student Right of Refusal
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 905
TITLE: Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 910
TITLE: Maryland Education Development Collaborative – Established
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 930
TITLE: Public Information Act – Inspection of Records From Body-Worn Digital Recording Devices
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 950
TITLE: Education – Students With Disabilities – Parental Consent for Individualized Education Program Content
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 1041
TITLE: Digital Equity for All Act
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 16, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 1108
TITLE: Video Lottery Terminals – Disposition of Unclaimed Winnings
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 1125
TITLE: Education – Maryland Extended Day and Summer Enhancement Programs Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 1142
TITLE: State Department of Education – McArdle Early Intervention Scholarship Program
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 16, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 1150
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Computer Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 16, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee


2015 Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on January 14, 2015 and adjourned 90 days later on April 13, 2015. In advance of the legislative session, MABE annually updated its Continuing Resolutions, which provide the foundation for legislative and policy positions in the coming year. On October 1, 2014 local board members approved Continuing Resolutions for 2014-2015, and on October 20, 2014, MABE's Legislative Committee adopted 2015 Legislative Priorities and Positions.

MABE's 2015 Legislative Summary provides a comprehensive overview of the education related operating and capital budget actions and legislation enacted during the 2015 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly.

2015 Testimony and Briefings

MABE Services and Legislative Positions (House Ways & Means Committee Briefing (Jan. 20, 2015))

Charter School Briefing Testimony (Senate Education Committee Briefing (Jan. 22, 2015))

2015 House Bills

House Bill 19
TITLE: Truant Students – System of Active Intervention – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 28, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 28
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Security – School Resource Officers
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 28, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 44
TITLE: Special Education – Translations of Individualized Education Programs or Individualized Family Service Plans – Native Language
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 12, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 65
TITLE: Education – Maintenance of Effort – Leasse Payment Exclusion
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 5, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 71
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt – Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2015 (FY 2016 Capital Budget)
POSITION: SUPPORT
DATE: TBD
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee; Capital Budget Subcommittee

House Bill 72

TITLE: Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2015
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee   

House Bill 159
TITLE: Special Education – Standards and Workload Guidelines for Teachers and Related Services Providers
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 12, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 166
TITLE: Education – Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Act – Establishment
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 12, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 215
TITLE: Education – Geographic Cost of Education – Requirement  
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE:February 19, 2015
COMMITTEE Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 247
TITLE: Elementary School Students – Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 248
TITLE: State Board of Education – Financial Literacy Curriculum – Graduation Requirement   
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE:February 19, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee 

House Bill 252
TITLE: Jane Lawton Farm-to-School Program – Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week – Occurrence 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE:February 18, 2015
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation Committee  

House Bill 278
TITLE: Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program 
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee  

House Bill 298
TITLE: Education – Student Data Privacy Act of 2015   
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee 

House Bill 342
TITLE: Special Education – Related Services Providers – Consortium  
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee 

House Bill 344
TITLE: Education – Due Process Hearings for Children with Disabilities – Burden of Proof 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee 

House Bill 375
TITLE:  Education – Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2015
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations Committee

House Bill 383

TITLE: Education – Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program – Development and Implementation   
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee  

House Bill 389
TITLE: Education – Beginning of School Year – After Labor Day
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony 
DATE: February 26, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 406
TITLE: Education – Implementation of the Common Core State Standards – Prohibition
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee 

House Bill 436
TITLE:  Education – Privacy of Education Records and Personal Information of Students 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee  

House Bill 486
TITLE: Public Charter School Expansion and Improvement Act of 2015
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 487
TITLE: Maryland Education Credit
DATE:February 26, 2015
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
COMMITTEE:Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 502
TITLE: State Department of Education – Financial Advisory Board – Establishment 
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee 

House Bill 535
TITLE: Blind or Visually Impaired Children – Individualized Education Programs – Orientation and Mobility Instruction  
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 642
TITLE: Children – Child Care Facilities, Public Schools, and Nonpublic Schools – Contractors and Subcontractors 
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 12, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee 

House Bill 679
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Health and Safety – Chemical – Free Schools Act
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 853
TITLE: Public Schools – Boards of Education – Anonymous Two-Way Text Messaging
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2015 
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 894
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Health and Safety – Sugar-Free Schools Act 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 965
TITLE: The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015    
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 992
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Diabetes Management Program    
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony 
DATE: March 13, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee  

House Bill 995
TITLE: Lawn Care Pesticides – Child Care Centers, Schools, and Recreation Facilities – Prohibition  
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2015
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation Committee

House Bill 1023
TITLE: Public Schools – Thirsty Kids Act  
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee 

House Bill 1025
TITLE: School Vehicles – Right Turn on Red – Prohibition 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2015
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation Committee

House Bill 1032
TITLE: Public Safety – Transport of Weapons on School Property – Retired Law Enforcement Officers 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2015
COMMITTEE: Judiciary Committee  

House Bill 1060
TITLE: Special Education – Individualized Education Program Facilitated Meetings
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1079
TITLE: Education – Maintenance of Effort Requirement – Alterations 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony 
DATE: March 5, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee 

House Bill 1081
TITLE: Education – Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours – Establishment
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2015
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1095
TITLE: Public Schools – Nutrition Standards – Vending Machines and Marketing 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2015 

COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee  


2015 Senate Bills

Senate Bill 15 
TITLE: Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
DATE: January 7, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 56
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt – Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2015 (FY 2016 Capital Budget)
POSITION: SUPPORT
DATE: TBD
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee; Capital Budget Subcommittee

Senate Bill 57
TITLE: Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act  
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2015
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee  

Senate Bill 164
TITLE: Truant Students – System of Active Intervention – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental AffairsCommittee

Senate Bill 174
TITLE: Behavioral Health Administration – Behavioral Health Advisory Council
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE:February 18, 2015
COMMITTEE: Finance Committee

Senate Bill 183
TITLE: Education – Geographic Cost of Education – Requirement  
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2015
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee  

Senate Bill 224
TITLE: Education – Maintenance of Effort – Leasse Payment Exclusion
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2015
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 266
TITLE: Education – Privacy of Education Records and Personal Information of Students 
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 278
TITLE: Public Schools – Health and Safety – Food Transparency 
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE:February 18, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee   

Senate Bill 284
TITLE: Jane Lawton Farm-to-School Program – Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week – Occurrence 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs  

Senate Bill 296
TITLE: Public Schools – Thirsty Kids Act  
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2015
COMMITTEE: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee 

Senate Bill 310
TITLE: Education – Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Act – Establishment 
POSITION: SUPPORT 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee  

Senate Bill 314
TITLE: Special Education – Translations of Individualized Education Programs or Individualized Family Service Plans – Native Language  
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee  

Senate Bill 334
TITLE: The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015    
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2015
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee   

Senate Bill 390
TITLE: Education – Due Process Hearings for Children with Disabilities – Burden of Proof 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2015
COMMITTEE: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee 

Senate Bill 403
TITLE: Education – Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 405
TITLE: Maryland Education Credit
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2015
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 440
TITLE: Education – Expenditures of Revenues – Reporting by County Boards of Education
DATE: March 4, 2015
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee 

Senate Bill 455
TITLE: Education – Beginning of School Year – After Labor Day
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 11, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 489
TITLE: Education – Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program – Development and Implementation   
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2015
COMMITTEE: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 504
TITLE:  Public Schools – Nutrition Standards – Vending Machines and Marketing 
DATE: March 4, 2015
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee  

Senate Bill 505
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Health and Safety – Sugar-Free Schools Act 
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee  

Senate Bill 508
TITLE: Children – Child Care Facilities, Public Schools, and Nonpublic Schools – Contractors and Subcontractors 
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee  

Senate Bill 538
TITLE: Blind or Visually Impaired Children – Individualized Education Programs – Orientation and Mobility Instruction  
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2015
COMMITTEE: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee 

Senate Bill 595
TITLE: Public Charter School Expansion and Improvement Act of 2015
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 627
TITLE: Education – Maintenance of Effort Requirement – Alterations 
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2015
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee   

Senate Bill 672
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Diabetes Management Program    
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2015
COMMITTEE: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee  

Senate Bill 683
TITLE: State Board of Education – Next Generation Schools – Established
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2015
COMMITTEE: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee  

Senate Bill 699
TITLE: Primary Education – State Standardized Assessments – Moratorium
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony 
DATE: March 4, 2015
COMMITTEE: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee  

Senate Bill 725
TITLE: Baltimore County Board of Education – Procurement for Construction – Related Projects for Schools 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 12, 2015
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee 

Senate Bill 806
TITLE: State Board of Education – High School Assessment – Government
POSITION: OPPOSE 
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 18, 2015
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee