2020 Legislative Session

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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 (February 28, 2020)

 

Bill Highlights by Subject (February 28, 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

House Bill 7
TITLE: Environment - Public and Nonpublic Schools - Inspections for Mold Hazards and Mold or Moisture Problems
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 28, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee and Environment and Transportation

House Bill 15
TITLE: Public Schools - Student Health - Certificate of Dental Health
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 28, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 184
TITLE: Special Education - Judicial Actions - Attorney's Fees and Related Costs
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 30, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee and Judiciary

House Bill 202
TITLE: Restorative Schools Fund and Grants - Establishment
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 30, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 277
TITLE: State Department of Education - Guidelines on Trauma-Informed approach
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 5, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 284
TITLE: Education - Maryland High School Diploma - Civics Test Requirement
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 5, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 347
TITLE: Education - Community and Local Accountability for Struggling Schools (CLASS) Act of 2020 - Innovation Schools
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 348
TITLE: AP Opportunities Act of 2020
POSITION: Support With Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 380
TITLE: Public Information Act - Denial of Part of a Public Record - Investigations by Inspectors General
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2020
COMMITTEE: Health & Government Operations Committee

House Bill 457
TITLE: Environment - Drinking Water Outlets in School Buildings - Testing for Elevated Level of Lead
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2020
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 502
TITLE: Public Information Act - Revisions
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2020
COMMITTEE: Health & Government Operations Committee

House Bill 508
TITLE: Education - Public High Schools - Financial Literacy Curriculum and Graduation Requirement
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 515
TITLE: Public Schools - Staff Members - Report
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 548
TITLE: Career and Technology Education - Training in Soft Business Skills
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 617
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools - Medical Cannabis - Policy for Administration During School Hours and Events
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2020
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations

House Bill 675
TITLE: Education – Public Schools – Seizure Action Plans (Brynleigh Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 717
TITLE: Public Information Act - Required Denials - Distribution Lists
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2020
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations

House Bill 718
TITLE: State Department of Education - Early Literacy and Dyslexia Practices - Guidance and Assistance
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 724
TITLE: Education - Public Charter Schools - Virtual Learning Programs
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 725
TITLE: Education - Public Schools - Instruction in Print and Cursive Handwriting
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 743
TITLE: Universal School Start Act of 2020
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 754
TITLE: Education - High School Graduation Requirements - Students in Foster Care or Homeless Youth
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1005
TITLE: Education - Health and Safety of Students - Notification of Problematic Sexual Behavior
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26. 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1008
TITLE: Education - Child Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention - Hiring Emergent Employees
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1022
TITLE: Education - Alternative Schools - Reporting Requirements
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1074
TITLE: Education - Collective Bargaining - Certificated Employees - Class Size
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1075
TITLE: Public School Employees - Whistleblower Protection - Civil Actions
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1092
TITLE: County Boards of Education - Payment Data - Disclosures
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1157
TITLE: Education - Student Grades - Purposeful Misrepresentation
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1173
TITLE: Public Schools - Student Meal Programs and Meal Charge Policies
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1226
TITLE: Vehicle Laws - School Bus Safety - Occupant Capacity
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2020
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 1250
TITLE: Education – Length of the School Year – Declared State of Emergency (Kathryn Marie Carmello’s Law)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1292
TITLE: Public Schools - Special Education Classrooms - Use of Video Recording Devices
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony 
DATE: February 26, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1298
TITLE:County Boards of Education - Pregnant and Parenting Students - Policies and Reports
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2020
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

 

 

 

Senate Bills

Senate Bill 34
TITLE: Consumer Protection - Scanning or Swiping Identification Cards and Driver's Licenses - Prohibition
POSITION: Support w/Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 29, 2020
COMMITTEE: Finance

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

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

Senate Bill 241
TITLE: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Applicability
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2020
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 258
TITLE: Public Schools - Electric Retractable Room Partitions - Operation Requirements
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 267
TITLE: AP Opportunities Act of 2020
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 275
TITLE: Education - Community and Local Accountability for Struggling Schools (CLASS) Act of 2020 - Innovation Schools
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 322
TITLE: Public Schools - Health Education - Gambling Dangers and Addiction
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 371
TITLE: Environment - Drinking Water Outlets in School Buildings - Testing for Elevated Level of Lead
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 514
TITLE: Public Information Act - Required Denials - Distribution Lists
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 564
TITLE: Education - High School Graduation Requirements - Students in Foster Care or Homeless Youth
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 590
TITLE: Public Information Act - Revisions
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education ,Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 592
TITLE: State-Funded Construction and Major Renovation Projects - Solar Panels - Requirement
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 604
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools - Medical Cannabis - Policy for Administration During School Hours and Events
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 605
TITLE: Public Schools - Medical Cannabis - Guidelines for Administration to Students
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 783
TITLE: Special Education - Judicial Actions - Attorney's Fees and Related Costs
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 798
TITLE: Education - Juvenile Services Education System - Establishment, Powers, and Duties
POSITION: Support with Amendment
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 992
TITLE: School Buildings - Drinking Water Outlets - Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 983
TITLE: Education - Maryland Data Analysis and Accountability Program - Established
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2020
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 1000
TITLE: Blueprint for Maryland's Future - Implementation
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 17, 2020
COMMITTEE: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Senate Budget and Taxation Committee
House Ways and Means Committee
House Appropriations Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.