2024 Legislative Session

Kevin Davison

 

2024 Legislative Session

The 2024 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 and  adjourned "sine die" 90 days later at midnight on Monday, April 8, 2024. The session saw the introduction of 1,535 House Bills and 1,193 Senate Bills. Of these 2,728 bills and resolutions, MABE tracked nearly 450 bills, and provided testimony and advocated on 78 House bills and 64 Senate Bills. Immediately following the end of the 90-day session, MABE produced a comprehensive summary of the major funding and policy legislation which passed and failed to pass, including MABE's bill positions and testimony.

 

MABE's Legislative Committee is led by Jennifer Swickard Mallo, Chair (Howard County) and Rodney Glotfelty, Vice-Chair (Garrett County). MABE's bill positions reflect MABE's 2024 Legislative Positions and Priorities and actions taken by the Legislative Committee. Immediately following the end of the 90-day session, MABE produced a comprehensive summary of the major funding and policy legislation which passed and failed to pass, including MABE's bill positions and testimony.

MABE's 2024 Legislative Positions and Priorities focus on advocacy for local board governance and adequate and equitable state and local funding and include position statements on major funding and policy issues, including the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, student health, school safety, special education, school facilities, and employee relations. MABE’s adopted legislative positions are also grounded in the associations Continuing Resolutions for 2023-2024, which were adopted at MABE’s annual conference on Oct. 2, 2023.

 

Bill Status Report

During the 2024 session, MABE is monitoring all education-related bills and providing weekly bill tracking reports including bill status, hearing schedules, and MABE’s positions.

 

Legislative Positions

MABE's Legislative Positions & Priorities for the 2024 Session include position statements on the following major policy areas: 

Priority Issues

MABE’s top priorities for the 2024 Legislative Session include:

Support for governance authority for local boards of education to adopt education policies and school system budgets reflecting local priorities and resources. 

  • MABE supports broad discretion for local board decision-making authority in exercising legislative, judicial, and executive functions in accord with state and federal law and principles of equity and excellence for all students. Specifically, MABE advocates that state and local initiatives not reduce local board governance or budgetary authority or create unfunded mandates.

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

  • MABE supports annual state education funding levels sufficient to support the costs of implementing current and new statutory and regulatory requirements. Specifically, MABE advocates for sustained increases in state funding in FY 2025 to support implementing the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law, adjust for inflation, and support all other programs and services. Full funding is essential to fulfill Maryland’s constitutional duty to fund a statewide public education system that ensures equity and excellence in every school and classroom, and college and career readiness for every student.

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

  • MABE supports annual state and local capital and operating budgets commensurate with the costs of designing, building, renovating, operating, and maintaining high quality learning environments for each student in our 1,400 public schools. Specifically, MABE advocates for a state capital improvement program of at least $450 million in addition to the Built to Learn program. Additional funding is needed to replace aging schools, ensure school safety, support local priorities, and expand Prekindergarten and Career and Technical Education school facilities call for by the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law.

Support for sustained and increased local government investments in education.

  • Funding from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City plays a critical role in the success of public education programs, services, and facilities. Specifically, MABE advocates for state laws mandating investments of local property and income tax revenues in public education, including a stronger Maintenance of Effort requirement to guarantee that local funding must not only be sustained but also increased from year to year to keep pace with inflation, rising costs, and the educational needs of students.

MABE's Blueprint Improvement Bill Proposals for the 2024 Session

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), on behalf of all local boards, strongly supports the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future’s vision for a world-class public education system for all students.

Specifically, MABE's proposed Blueprint funding legislation would amend the Blueprint law by:

  • Re-establishing the Maintenance of Effort “escalator” to require increased local funding in certain jurisdictions.
    • This amendment restores a successful approach in place between 2012 and 2023 to require jurisdictions to increase local funding based on their level of education spending relative to local wealth and in comparison to other jurisdictions.
  • Adding an inflation adjustment to the minimum Maintenance of Effort amount of local funding.
    • This amendment would ensure that local funding is at least keeping pace with inflation, a requirement already in place for state funding.
  • Removing foundation program funding from the 75% school-based funding allocation requirement.
    • This amendment would ensure that 75% of all  funding for high-needs students (special education, English Learner, and economically disadvantaged) continue to “follow the student” to the school, but allow flexibility for the foundation program (base amount of state funding) to be utilized on system-wide costs (utilities, health care, transportation, retirement, maintenance, etc.).
  • Adding a population density-based adjustment to state funding for small school systems.
    • This amendment would provide targeted funding allocations to school systems with very low population densities, including: Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, and Somerset County school systems.
  • Requiring state and local government cost-sharing for the salaries of local Blueprint Implementation Coordinators.

The State fiscal effect of this proposal is limited to the cost of the population density grants, which would total $1 million; and the Blueprint Implementation Coordinator salary grants, which would total $1.8 million. Local government and school system fiscal effects vary based on which jurisdictions would be subject to the Maintenance of Effort escalator, and depending on whether the inflation factor would increase a local funding amount above Maintenance of Effort by more than the amount the local government would have provided. Removing the foundation program from the school-based funding requirement has no impact on state or local government finances.

Again, MABE fully supports the Blueprint law. MABE’s legislative proposals would not delay or disrupt the timely implementation of any Blueprint program. Instead, these proposals are focused on securing modest increases in local funding above the minimum Maintenance of Effort amount (MOE), unrestricting a reasonable amount of state funding, and supporting well-funded Blueprint coordinator positions and operations in all 24 school systems.

MABE seeks the commitment of leaders in Annapolis to enact these amendments to build a state school finance system that ensures the permanent balance of increases in state and local funding necessary for the Blueprint’s success. This balance is essential to each local school system striving to fulfill the Blueprint’s vision to make Maryland’s statewide system of public schools the very best in the world.

Let your legislators and the Governor know you support these Blueprint Alterations and Improvements!

MABE Testimony & Correspondence

During the 2024 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 Bills

House Bill 14
TITLE: Election Law - Revisions
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 25, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 25
TITLE: Public Schools - Sexually Explicit Materials - Prohibited in Libraries and Media Centers
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 47
TITLE: Education - Interscholastic and Intramural Junior Varsity and Varsity Teams - Designation Based on Sex (Fairness in Girls' Sports Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 75
TITLE: Higher Education - Teacher Development and Retention Program - Definition
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 23, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 86
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools - Bronchodilator and Epinephrine Availability
and Use - Policies
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 25, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 116
TITLE: Teacher Degree Apprenticeship
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means and Economic Matters

House Bill 137
TITLE: Civil Actions – Civil Immunity – Educator Intervention
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2024
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 160
TITLE: Elementary and Secondary Schools - Workplace Readiness Week - Establishment
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 162
TITLE: Courts - Prohibited Liability Agreements - Recreational Facilities
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 167
TITLE: Public Schools - Student Health - Certificate of Dental Health
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 196
TITLE: Motor Vehicles - School Buses - Seat Belts
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 29, 2024
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 200
TITLE: Community Schools - Alterations
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 30, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations and Ways and Means

House Bill 200
TITLE: Community Schools - Alterations
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

House Bill 204
TITLE: Education - Coaches - Mental Health Training
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 23, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations and Ways and Means

House Bill 205
TITLE: Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act of 2024
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters

House Bill 206
TITLE: Education - Student Behavior - Parent and Guardian Notice and Required Counseling (Parent and Guardian Accountability Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 291
TITLE: County Boards of Education - Bid Advertisement Threshold and
Electronic Posting of Hearing Notices and Bid Advertisements
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 30, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 352
TITLE: Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2024
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 356
TITLE: School Bus Stops – Monitoring Cameras and Safety Measures
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2024
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 386
TITLE: Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program - Alterations (Maryland Meals for Achievement Flexibility Act of 2024)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 428
TITLE: Community Schools - Rental Assistance for Community School Families Program and Fund - Establishment
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation, Education, Energy, and the Environment

House Bill 456
TITLE: County Boards of Education - Student Members - Voting Rights and Participation in Executive Sessions
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 522
TITLE: Public Schools - Student Telehealth Appointments - Policy and Access
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 537
TITLE: Income Tax - Credit for Nonpublic School Student Bus Transportation Expenses
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 545
TITLE: Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program - Nancy Grasmick Public School Professional Award - Public School Nurses
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 547
TITLE: Crime of Violence - Educational Facilities, Medical Facilities, and Places of Worship - Penalty (Sacred Places Safety Act)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2024
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 558
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education - Comprehensive Health Education Framework - Established
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 571
TITLE: Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Modifications
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters

House Bill 603
TITLE: Consumer Protection - Online Products and Services - Data of Children
(Maryland Kids Code)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2024
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters

House Bill 615
TITLE: Education - Crimes on School Grounds - Application
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 620
TITLE: Education - Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program -
Human and Sex Trafficking
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 671
TITLE: Criminal Law – Display of Obscene Material to Minors – Prohibition
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 675
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education - Education Savings Account Program – Established (Maryland Universal School Choice Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 694
TITLE: Governor's Office for Children - Engaging Neighborhoods, Organizations, Unions, Governments, and Households (ENOUGH) Grant Program (ENOUGH Act of 2024)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations, Health and Government Operations

House Bill 696
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Universal Expansion
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 704
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Education Savings Account Program – Established
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 730
TITLE: Education - Public Middle Schools - Course on Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 758
TITLE: Criminal Law – Crime of Violence – Second Degree Assault of a School Employee or Subcontractor (School Assault Reduction and Prevention Act)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 20, 2024
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 760
TITLE: County Boards of Education - Annual Financial Audits - Alterations
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 785
TITLE: Freedom to Read Act
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 789
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Public School Employees – Salaries
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 791
TITLE: Operating Budget - Funding - Scholarships for Nonpublic School Students
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 795
TITLE: Education – Curriculum Content Standards – Peace and Conflict Studies (Peace and Conflict Studies Education Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 890
TITLE: Public Schools - Discipline-Related Data - Collection and Publication
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 893
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Students - Vision and Hearing Studies and Evaluations
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 903
TITLE: Education - Access to Attorneys, Advocates, and Consultants for Special Education Program and Fund - Established
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 909
TITLE: Education – Local Share of Major Education Aid – Nonrecurring Costs Exclusion
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 945
TITLE: Education - Initial Teacher Certification - Requirements
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 971
TITLE: Public Schools - Interscholastic Athletics - Student Eligibility Waiver and School Classification
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1027
TITLE: Education - Primary and Secondary Schools - Alternative School Options (Right to Learn Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1061
TITLE: School Construction - Public Charter School Facility Fund - Establishment
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1076
TITLE: Education - Blind and Visually Impaired Students - Textbook Equity
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1082
TITLE: Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Implementation – Funding and Independent Evaluation – Alterations
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 27, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1082
TITLE: Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Implementation – Funding and Independent Evaluation – Alterations
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

House Bill 1115
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Budgets – Notice (Transparency in Education Spending Act)
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1119
TITLE: Algorithmic Addiction Fund - Establishment
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations, Economic Matters

House Bill 1140
TITLE: Education – Virtual Tutoring Services – Applicant Review
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1157
TITLE: Grow Your Own Educators Grant Program - Established
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means and Appropriations

House Bill 1167
TITLE: Maryland Center for School Safety - Statewide Secure Schools Emergency Response Program - Established
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means and Appropriations

House Bill 1175
TITLE: Education – Public School Employers and Employees – Subcontracting for Services
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means, Appropriations

House Bill 1189
TITLE: Public Schools - Mathematics Credit - College Preparatory Computer Science or Computer Programming Course
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1191
TITLE: Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1200
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education - Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment Count - Alterations (Truancy Reduction Act of 2024)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1237
TITLE: State Department of Education - Task Force to Study the Maryland Online IEP System
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1257
TITLE: Public Schools - Restorative Practice Schools - Establishment
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1297
TITLE: Education - Artificial Intelligence - Guidelines and Pilot Program
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1317
TITLE: Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Use of Reimbursement Funds by Schools
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1363
TITLE: Education - Public Schools - Asian American History Curriculum Requirement
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1383
TITLE: Howard County Board of Education - Liquidated Damages - Policy and Requirements Ho. Co. 3-24
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 12, 2024
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations

House Bill 1385
TITLE: Early Childhood Education - Prekindergarten Providers - Resident and Conditional Teaching Certificates
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1390
TITLE: Public Schools – School Safety Grant Program – Extension
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 27, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1390
TITLE: Public Schools – Public School Construction – Funding and Administration
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

House Bill 1401
TITLE: State Department of Education - School Psychologist Recruitment Program
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1418
TITLE: Public Middle and High Schools – Start Time for Instruction – Requirement
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1426
TITLE: Education - Blueprint for Maryland's Future - Alterations
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1432
TITLE: Education - Prekindergarten and Withholding of County Board Funding (Blueprint Accountability and Flexibility Act of 2024)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations; Ways and Means

House Bill 1441
TITLE: Early Childhood Education - Publicly Funded Prekindergarten Programs - Alterations
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 27, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

House Bill 1455
TITLE: Public Prekindergarten and Child Care Providers - Waiver Action Plan and Assistance Hubs
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1485
TITLE: Public Schools - Water Safety and Swimming Course - Established
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 12, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Senate Bills

Senate Bill 84
TITLE: Teacher Degree Apprenticeship
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 1, 2024
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 84
TITLE: Teacher Degree Apprenticeship
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 27, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means; Economic Matters

Senate Bill 104
TITLE: Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act of 2024
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2024
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 112
TITLE: County Boards of Education - Student Cellular Phone Use - Policy Required
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 17, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 161
TITLE: Community Schools - Alterations
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 24, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 161
TITLE: Community Schools - Alterations
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations; Ways and Means

Senate Bill 165
TITLE: Education - Coaches - Mental Health Training
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 17, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 170
TITLE: County Boards of Education - Hearing Notices and Bid Advertisements -
Electronic Posting
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 17, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 180
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools - Bronchodilator and Epinephrine Availability
and Use - Policies
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 17, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 189
TITLE: Public Schools - Inclusive and Diverse English Language Arts - Development
of Content Standards and Implementation
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 17, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 200
TITLE: Counties - Construction of Sidewalks and Crosswalks - Safe Alternative Routes to Public Schools
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 362
TITLE: Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2024
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 29, 2024
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 370
TITLE: Community Schools - Rental Assistance for Community School Families Program and Fund - Establishment
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations; Ways and Means

Senate Bill 377
TITLE: Higher Education - Teacher Development and Retention Program - Definition
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 377
TITLE: Higher Education - Teacher Development and Retention Program - Definition
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

Senate Bill 381
TITLE: Education - Interscholastic and Intramural Junior Varsity and Varsity Teams - Designation Based on Sex (Fairness in Girls' Sports Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Senate Bill 386
TITLE: County Boards of Education - Student Members - Voting Rights and Participation in Executive Sessions
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 406
TITLE: School Bus Stops - Monitoring Cameras and Safety Measures
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 425
TITLE: Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program -
Alterations (Maryland Meals for Achievement Flexibility Act of 2024)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 426
TITLE: Education - Maryland STEM Program - Established
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 441
TITLE: Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program - Nancy Grasmick Public School Professional Award - Public School Nurses
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 452
TITLE: Courts - Prohibited Liability Agreements - Recreational Facilities
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2024
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 482
TITLE: Governor's Office for Children - Engaging Neighborhoods, Organizations, Unions, Governments, and Households (ENOUGH) Grant Program (ENOUGH Act of 2024)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy and the Environment, Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 485
TITLE: Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Modifications
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 16, 2024
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 492
TITLE: Public Schools - Student Telehealth Appointments - Policy and Access
POSITION:
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 499
TITLE: State Department of Education - School Psychologist Recruitment Program
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 512
TITLE: Education - Prohibited Behavior on School Grounds and Property - Application
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 540
TITLE: Education - School Mapping Data Program - Established
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 27, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Senate Bill 545
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education - Public School Employees - Salaries
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment, Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 552
TITLE: Operating Budget - Funding - Scholarships for Nonpublic School Students
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 566
TITLE: Education – Transporting Students and Jobs That Require Driving – Authorization and Requirements (Drivers Education for Good Jobs
Act of 2024)
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 571
TITLE: Consumer Protection - Online Products and Services - Data of Children (Maryland Kids Code)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 579
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Universal Expansion
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 579
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Universal Expansion Report
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 27, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Senate Bill 598
TITLE: State Board of Education - Membership - School Principal
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 638
TITLE: Education - Student Service Hours - Financial Literacy Course
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 724
TITLE: Motor Vehicles - School Buses - Seat Belts
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2024
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 738
TITLE: Freedom to Read Act
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters

Senate Bill 739
TITLE: Algorithmic Addiction Fund - Establishment
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 20, 2024
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 756
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education - School Safety and Student Well-Being - Examination of Policies and Funding
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 771
TITLE: Education - Initial Teacher Certification - Requirements
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 771
TITLE: Education - Initial Teacher Certification - Requirements
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 27, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Senate Bill 797
TITLE: Education - Access to Attorneys, Advocates, and Consultants for Special Education Program and Fund - Established
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment and Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 797
TITLE: Education - Access to Attorneys, Advocates, and Consultants for Special Education Program and Fund - Established
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 27, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Senate Bill 803
TITLE: Education - Local Share of Major Education Aid - Nonrecurring Costs Exclusion
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 851
TITLE: Public Schools – Interscholastic Athletics – Student Eligibility Waiver and School Classification
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 883
TITLE: Education – Virtual Tutoring Services – Applicant Review
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 883
TITLE: Education – Virtual Tutoring Services – Applicant Review
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 27, 2024
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Senate Bill 892
TITLE: School Construction - Public Charter School Facility Fund - Establishment
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2024
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 892
TITLE: School Construction - Public Charter School Facility Fund - Establishment
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

Senate Bill 917
TITLE: Public Schools – Restorative Practices Schools – Establishment
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 927
TITLE: Criminal Law - Crime of Violence - Second Degree Assault of a School Employee or Subcontractor (School Assault Reduction and Prevention Act)
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2024
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 937
TITLE: Grow Your Own Educators Grant Program - Established
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment
Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 979
TITLE: Education - Artificial Intelligence - Guidelines and Pilot Program
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 980
TITLE: Education - Computer Science - Content Standards and Requirements
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 981
TITLE: Local Cybersecurity Preparedness and Local Cybersecurity Support Fund - Alterations
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 1026
TITLE: County Boards of Education - Budgets - Notice (Transparency in Education Spending Act)
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 1026
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Budgets – Notice
(Transparency in Education Spending Act)
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2024
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

Senate Bill 1043
TITLE: Education - Public School Employers and Employees - Subcontracting for Services
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 1058
TITLE: Education - Curriculum Standards - Antihate and Holocaust Education (Educate to Stop the Hate Act)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 1062
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten and Withholding of County Board Funding (Blueprint Accountability and Flexibility Act of 2024)
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment; Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 1081
TITLE: Education - Public Schools - Driver Education and Transportation to Field Trips
POSITION: Support
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment
Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 1090
TITLE: Maryland Center for School Safety – Statewide Secure Schools Emergency Response Program – Established
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 1091
TITLE: Education – Blind and Visually Impaired Students – Textbook Equity
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment

Senate Bill 1102
TITLE: Education – Blueprint for Maryland’s Future – Alterations
POSITION: Support with Amendments
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2024
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and the Environment and Budget and Taxation

Calls to Action

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