Legislative Committee

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MABE's Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee holds monthly meetings to guide the association’s lobbying activities in Annapolis, and invites policy and legislative leaders as guest speakers to exchange ideas. During the legislative session, MABE’s bill testimony reflects the association’s resolutions as annually updated and adopted by the full membership,  and legislative priorities and positions as adopted by the Legislative Committee.

MABE's Legislative Committee is led by Jennifer Swickard Mallo, Chair (Howard Co.) and Rodney Glotfelty, Vice Chair (Garrett Co.).

MABE's 2024 Legislative Positions and Priorities focus on advocacy for local board governance and adequate and equitable state and local funding. MABE has adopted position statements focused on full funding for the Blueprint for Maryland's Future and other major policy issues such as student health, school safety, special education, school facilities, and collective bargaining.


2024 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.


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 ongoing 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 called 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 to guarantee that local funding must be not only sustained but also increased from year to year to keep pace with inflation, rising costs, and the educational needs of students.

 

For additional information on MABE's Legislative Positions contact John R. Woolums, Esq., MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations.


 

Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials

 

Next Meeting 

April 15, 2024


March 25, 2024


March 11, 2024


February 26, 2024

 


February 12, 2024


January 22, 2024 (10-Noon)

 


January 8, 2024

 


December 4, 2023


November 13, 2023

 


October 23, 2023

 

September 11, 2023

Agenda

 

April 24, 2023

Agenda

 

March 27, 2023

Agenda


March 14, 2023 Update!

State Board of Education Now Opposes Statewide Curriculum Bill HB 119


March 13, 2024

Agenda

March 8, 2023 - Immediate Call to Action

 

February 27, 2023

Agenda - Updated

 

February 13, 2023

Agenda

 

January 23, 2023

Agenda

 

January 9, 2023 (1:00-3:00 p.m.)

Agenda


December 12, 2022

Agenda

 

November 14, 2022

Agenda

 

October 7, 2022

Legislative Committee Breakfast - MABE Annual Conference

Agenda

 

June 6, 2022 

Agenda

 

April 25, 2022

 

March 28, 2022

Agenda

 

March 14, 2022

Agenda & Materials

 

February 28, 2022

Agenda & Materials

 

February 7, 2022

Agenda & Materials

 

January 10, 2022

Agenda & Materials

 

December 13, 2021

Agenda & Materials

 

November 15, 2021

Agenda & Materials

 

 

 

 

2021 Session & Interim: Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials (Archives)

September 20, 2021

August – No Meeting Held

July 26, 2021

(June – No Meeting Held)

(May – No Meeting Held)

April 26, 2021

April 5, 2021

March 15, 2021

February 22, 2021


February 1, 2021


January 4, 2021

December 14, 2020

November 16, 2020

October 26, 2020


 

2020 Session & Interim: Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials (Archives)

September 28, 2020

September 14, 2020 1:00-2:30 p.m.

August 31, 2020

August 3, 2020

June 22, 2020

Agenda

May 18, 2020

Budget Updates

MSDE Education Recovery Plan

Federal Nonpublic School Funding Guidance

April 27, 2020

(also planned as teleconference meeting)

Agenda & Materials

March 30, 2020

Agenda & Materials (for the teleconference meeting)

Updated Materials:

March 16, 2020 – Cancelled due to Coronavirus Public Health Concerns

March 2, 2020

Agenda & Materials

February 13, 2020

January 27, 2020

January 6, 2020

December 16, 2019 – Cancelled due to inclement weather

November 18, 2019

October 21, 2019

October 3, 2019 – Legislative Committee Breakfast Meeting


 


2019 Session: Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials (Archives)

April 29, 2019


March 25, 2019


March 11, 2019


February 25, 2019


February 4, 2019


January 24, 2019


January 18, 2019


January 15, 2019


January 7, 2019


Dec. 17, 2018


Nov. 26, 2018


Oct. 15, 2018

Agenda & Materials


Oct. 4, 2018


Sept. 17, 2018


 

 

2017-2018 Sessions: Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials (Archives)

 

April 23, 2018

Agenda and Materials

March 26, 2018

Agenda and Materials

March 12, 2018

Agenda and Materials

February 26, 2018

Agenda and Materials

February 20, 2018

Agenda and Materials

Kirwan Commission Bill Outline

February 12, 2018

Agenda and Materials

January 22, 2018

Agenda and Materials

Education Budget Highlights FY 2019

Fiscal Briefing Materials: Federal Tax Impact

December 18, 2017

Agenda and Materials (Part 1 and Part 2)

Knott Commission – Funding and Process Subcommittee Materials

Kirwan Commission Preliminary Report Draft Recommendations

DLS 2018 Session Issue Papers (Education Section)

DLS Fiscal Outlook Briefing

MABE Legislative Process Presentation and PDF

Federal Update

November 13, 2017

Agenda and Materials

Policies and Procedures

Legislative Positions Publication (Final Draft for Approval)

October 16, 2017

Agenda and Materials – Draft 2018 Legislative Positions (for action on Nov. 13, 2017)

Dr. Kirwan’s Presentation (PowerPoint) (PDF) (Oct. 16, 2017)

Kirwan Commission Draft Vision & Framework for School Funding and Accountability Reforms (Sept. 14, 2017)

MABE Comments to the Kirwan Commission (Oct. 12, 2017)

President Miller/Speaker Busch Letter to Bob Gorrell, PSCP Director (Oct. 11, 2017)

Center for American Progress – A Comprehensive Analysis of Prekindergarten in Maryland (Oct. 10. 2017)

MSDE ESSA Plan Overview (Oct. 4, 2017)

Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline & Restorative Practices – Meeting Schedule

October 5, 2017 Legislative Committee Breakfast

Agenda and Materials

September 18, 2017

Agenda and Materials

Robert Gorrell’s Presentation

Proposed Changes to State/Local Cost Shares for School Construction Funding (for IAC approval on 9/28/17)

  Committee Schedule

  • Jan. 8, 2024 (Lunch @ 12:15, Mtg. 1-3 p.m.)**
  • Jan. 22, 2024
  • Feb. 5, 2024 - Legislative Day Reception! 5:00-7:00 p.m., Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle, Annapolis
  • February 12, 2024
  • February 26, 2024
  • March 11, 2024
  • March 25, 2024
  • April 15, 2024 (Lunch @ 12:15, Mtg. 1-3 p.m.)**
  • MABE’s Legislative Committee meetings will be conducted as hybrid meetings beginning on Monday Oct. 23, and held in the MABE office conference room from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Meeting agendas and materials are posted in advance of the meetings, and updated regularly.
  • ** (Later time - 1:00-3:00 p.m. -  These Legislative Committee meetings will follow the quarterly Legal Services Assoc. (LSA) meetings.)