2020 Legislative Session


The 2020 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and will adjourn “sine die” at midnight on Monday, April 6, 2020.

MABE’s Legislative Committee will meet regularly throughout the 2020 session to deliberate and vote on bill positions and to receive updates on pending legislation. The Committee is chaired by Julie Hummer (Anne Arundel County), and the vice-chair is Mavis Ellis (Howard County).

In advance of the legislative session, MABE conducted its annual update of the association’s Continuing Resolutions, which provide the foundation for MABE’s legislative and policy positions. On October 3, 2019, local board members approved  MABE’s Continuing Resolutions for 2019-2020. These resolutions provide the foundation for MABE’s legislative and policy positions throughout the year. On November 18, 2019, MABE’s Legislative Committee adopted the following 2020 Legislative Positions.

For more information, contact John R. Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations.

Legislative Position Statements

In addition to identifying legislative priority issues for the 2020 session, MABE has adopted legislative position statements on the following major policy areas:

Priority Issues

It is no secret that the primary focus of MABE’s legislative advocacy during the 2020 session will be the passage of comprehensive legislation to implement the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. For more information on the Kirwan Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, go to MABE's Kirwan Blueprint Resources page and MABE’s Kirwan Blueprint priority issue page.

Bill Status Report & MABE Positions

Bill tracking report of all bills being monitored (updated weekly)

Bill Report (Jan. 24, 2020)



Bill Testimony

During the 2020 session, MABE is monitoring all education-related bills and providing written and oral testimony to the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. Please check back regularly throughout the session for updates.

House Bills

House Bill 1
TITLE: Built to Learn Act of 2020
POSITION: Support w/Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 23, 2020
COMMITTEE: Appropriations


Senate Bills

Senate Bill 65
TITLE: Counties - Construction of Sidewalks and Crosswalks - Safe Alternative Routes to Public School
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 22, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health , and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 78
TITLE: Public Schools - Student Discipline Regulations - Remedial Measures
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 22, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs




Calls to Action

As MABE monitors and takes positions on bills, any Calls to Action will be distributed electronically and posted as soon as possible. If you are not receiving MABE emails, please contact Jackie Weisman, Director of Communications & Marketing.