2022 Legislative Session

Jackie Weisman

2022 Legislative Session

MABE's 2022 Legislative Positions and Priorities

The 2022 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The 90-day session is scheduled to adjourn “sine die” at midnight on Monday, April 11, 2022.

MABE’s Legislative Committee has adopted 2022 Legislative Priorities and Positions, which focus on local board governance and funding priorities and provide background on MABE's positions on major policy areas. The Legislative Committee is led by Karen Yoho, Chair (Frederick Co.), and Brenda Wolff, Vice-Chair (Montgomery Co.), includes members from all 24 local boards, and meets regularly throughout the year to discuss and deliberated on legislative and policy matters before the legislature and State Board of Education.

Importantly, MABE’s legislative platform for 2022 continues to reflect the association’s recognition of the devastating health, economic, and educational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the commitment to education funding and policy actions that advance equity and excellence for each of Maryland’s nearly 1 million public school students.

Resources:

Issue Papers for the 2022 Session (Education Section pp. 51-71)

2022 Session Dates of Interest

House Procedures for the 2022 Session

Senate Procedures for the 2022 Session 

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

Legislative Positions

MABE's Legislative Positions & Priorities for the 2022 Session include position statements on the following major policy areas:

Priority Issues

Support for governance authority for local boards of education.

  • Specifically, MABE supports local board authority in exercising legislative, judicial, and executive functions, and to adopt education policies and school system budgets reflecting local priorities and resources.

Support for full State funding for Maryland’s outstanding public schools.

  • Specifically, MABE advocates for sustained increases in state and local funding in FY 2023 and beyond to support the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law to fulfill Maryland’s constitutional duty to adopt a school funding system that ensures equity and excellence in every school.

Support for increased State funding for school construction and renovation projects.

  • Specifically, MABE advocates for increases in state and local funding in FY 2023 capital and operating budgets to support the locally prioritized school facility needs of all 24 school systems.

Support for sustained and increased local government investments in education.

  • Specifically, MABE advocates for state laws mandating investments of local property and income tax revenues in public education, including a strong “maintenance of effort” guarantee that local funding must be sustained and increased from year to year.

Equity & Excellence

  • MABE’s legislative platform reflects the association’s adoption of an equity core value, equity resolution, and equity lens. For MABE, educational equity in Maryland means providing access to essential academic, social, emotional, and economic supports in order to engage each student in rigorous well-rounded instruction toward them achieving their highest potential as learners and citizens.

The COVID-19 Pandemic & Public Education

  • MABE recognizes that all Marylanders, but more specifically our students and families, continue to cope with and recover from the historic and devastating impacts of the ongoing public health, economic, and educational crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Maryland’s school systems continue to face extraordinary burdens in teaching and learning, mental health, staffing, facilities, transportation, procurement, and many other areas.

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

Bill Status Report

During the 2022 session, MABE will monitor all education-related bills and provided weekly bill tracking reports including MABE’s positions.

Bill Status Report (Jan. 21, 2022)

Hearing Schedule (Jan. 21, 2022)

 

MABE Testimony

During the 2022 session, MABE will provide written and oral testimony to the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates reflecting positions in accordance with the association’s Continuing Resolutions, Legislative Priorities and Positions, and actions taken by the Legislative Committee.

House Bill 5
TITLE: State Government - State and Local Government Employees and Contractors - Cybersecurity Training
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: January 25, 2022
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations

House Bill 19
TITLE: Education - School Construction - Pedestrian Safety Plans (Safe Walk to School Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 18, 2022
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 23
TITLE: School Discipline - Data Collection and School Resource Officers
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: January 20, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 47
TITLE: Public Schools – Expanded American History – Development of Content Standards and Implementation
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 68
TITLE: Interagency Commission on School Construction – Systemic Renovation Projects – Eligibility
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: TBA
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 84
TITLE: Education – Crimes on School Grounds – Application
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 118
TITLE: Public Schools - Student Attendance - Excused Absences for Mental Health Needs
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 136
TITLE: Education - Public and Nonpublic Schools - Seizure Action Plans (Brynleigh's Act)
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 146
TITLE: Education – Reportable Offenses and Student Discipline – Alterations
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 3, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 150
TITLE: Public Schools - Grant Program to Reduce and Compost School Waste
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: January 27, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 154
TITLE: Public Schools - Anaphylactic Food Allergies - Guidelines and Requirements
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: January 27, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 165
TITLE: Education - Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program - Human and Sex Trafficking
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 18, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 194
TITLE: Education - Family Life and Human Sexuality Curriculum - Sexting
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: January 27, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 196
TITLE: Public Schools and County Boards of Education - Publication of School Library Catalogs
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: January 27, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 200
TITLE: Education - Public Middle and High Schools - Financial Literacy Curriculum and Graduation Requirement
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: January 27, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 201
TITLE: Election Law – Voter Registration Drive – High Schools
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 1, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 214
TITLE: Juveniles - Reportable Offenses
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 2, 2022
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 223
TITLE: Criminal Law – Person in a Position of Authority – Sexual Offenses With a Minor
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 25, 2022
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 226
TITLE: Public Schools – Self–Contained Special Education Classroom – Use of Video Recording Devices
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 3, 2022
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 300
TITLE: Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2023)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: TBA
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 301
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt - Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2022, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: TBA
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

Senate Bill 40
TITLE: Interagency Commission on School Construction – Systemic Renovation Projects – Eligibility
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 19, 2022
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 49
TITLE: Criminal Law - Person in a Position of Authority - Sexual Offenses With a Minor
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 19, 2022
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 95
TITLE: Public Schools - Anaphylactic Food Allergies - Guidelines and Requirements
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 3, 2022
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 107
TITLE: State Government - State and Local Government Employees and Contractors - Cybersecurity Training
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: TBA
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 116
TITLE: Public Schools - Inclusive and Diverse English Language Arts - Development of Content Standards and Implementation
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 3, 2022
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 119
TITLE: Education – Crimes on School Grounds – Application
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 3, 2022
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 124
TITLE: Public Schools – Grant Program to Reduce and Compost School Waste
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 19, 2022
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 162
TITLE: Public Schools – Cyber Safety Guide and Training Course – Development, Implementation, and Reporting
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 19, 2022
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 237
TITLE: Education - Curriculum - Unit of Instruction on September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 3, 2022
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 238
TITLE: Public Schools - Crossing Guards - Hiring and Budget Allocation
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 3, 2022
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 284
TITLE: Election Law - Voter Registration Drive - High Schools
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: TBA
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 290
TITLE: Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2023)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: TBA
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 291
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt – Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2022, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: TBA
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 304
TITLE: Education - Public Schools - Asian American History Curriculum Requirement
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony (Coming Soon)
DATE: February 3, 2022
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

 

 

Calls to Action

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