Archived Legislative Sessions

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2019

The 2019 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and adjourns “sine die” at midnight on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Read MABE’s updated 2019 Legislative Session Summary Report and Education Highlights Presentation for an in-depth analysis of priority education bills, and the funding and policy issues passed & failed in 2019.

Highlight – On May 15, Governor Hogan announced, via press release and letter to Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Adrienne Jones, his decision to release the full $255 million for the FY 2020 allocations of State funding for prekindergarten, teacher salary grants, special education, and other programs contained in Senate Bill 1030, the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.

MABE’s Legislative Committee will meet regularly throughout the 2019 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).

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, 2018 local board members approved Continuing Resolutions for 2018-2019.

2019 Legislative Priorities & Position Statements

In December 2018, MABE’s Legislative Committee adopted the 2019 Legislative Positions.

2019 Legislative Priorities

State Education Funding

Local Funding

School Safety & Security

Charter Schools

Testing & Curriculum

Student Health

Federal Education Funding

Local Board Governance

School Facilities Funding

Unfunded Mandates

Special Education

Vouchers & Funding

Student Discipline

Employee Relations

Boards of Education

2019 Session Resources

MABE’s 2019 Legislative Session Summary Report (Updated May 17, 2019)

Presentation of 2019 Education Bill Highlights (Updated May 17, 2019)

90 Day Report (Dept. of Legislative Services)

Bill Signings: Schedule of Bill Signing Ceremonies and Bills Signed

Bill Testimony, Tracking Report & Hearing Schedule

During the 2019 session, MABE will track and provide testimony on bills in the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates that are relevant to public education. Please check back regularly throughout the session for updates.

2019 Session Testimony

HOUSE BILLS

House Bill 45
TITLE: Accountability in Education Act of 2019
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE:  March 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 53
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Length of School Year – Adjustments
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 87
TITLE: State Board of Education – Membership – Teachers and Parents
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 100/Senate Bill 125
TITLE: Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2020)
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS – OPPOSE the BOOST Program and Proposed Funding Amount (R00A03.05)
MABE Testimony (House)
DATE: January 30, 2019
COMMITTEE: House Appropriations – Education and Economic Development Subcommittee
MABE Testimony (Senate)
DATE: February 4, 2019
COMMITTEE: Senate Budget & Taxation – Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee

House Bill 110
TITLE: Elementary School Students – Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 140
TITLE: Special Education – Administrative Proceedings and Judicial Actions – Attorney’s and Expert Witness Fees and Related Costs
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony 
 MABE Testimony – Senate Hearing and MABE Statement
DATE: February 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 148
TITLE: Safe Schools Maryland Act of 2019
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 153
TITLE: Alternate Contributory Pension Selection – Return to Employment
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 156
TITLE: Public Charter School Facility Fund
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2019
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 206
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals – Student Choice Policy
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 238
TITLE: Education – Removal of County Superintendents – Procedures
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 245
TITLE: Education – Student Data Privacy Council
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony  
MABE Testimony – Senate Hearing 
DATE: February 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 256
TITLE: State Department of Education – Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 295
TITLE: Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 330
TITLE: Education – County Boards of Education – County Superintendent Contracts
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 355
TITLE: Public Ethics Law – School Boards – Disclosures and Requirements (School System Ethics and Transparency Act of 2019)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 357
TITLE: Appointment of County Superintendent of Schools – Disapproval by State Superintendent of Schools
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 371
TITLE: State Board of Education – Financial Literacy Curriculum – Graduation Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 423
TITLE: Election Law – Voter Registration – High Schools
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 437
TITLE: County Boards of Education – School Year – Start and End Dates
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 439
TITLE: Public Schools – School Resource Officers – Prohibited Conduct
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 479
TITLE: Education – Salaries of Noncertificated Public School Employees – Minimum Living Salaries
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 486
TITLE: Education – Personnel Matters – Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 512
TITLE: Public School Construction – Maximum Gross Area Allowance for English Learner Students
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 19, 2019
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 536
TITLE: Education – Public Charter Schools – Virtual Learning Programs
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 567
TITLE: Education – Public and Nonpublic High Schools – Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Instruction
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 587
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Veterans’ Day
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 606
TITLE: Juvenile Justice Reform Council
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 26, 2019
SENATE COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

House Bill 631
TITLE: High School Graduation Requirements – Student Service – Fire-Fighting Training and Volunteer Hours
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 670
TITLE: Public Safety – Special Police Officers – Employing Entity
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 690
TITLE: Education – Students With Reading Difficulties – Screenings and Interventions
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 725
TITLE: Public Schools – Student Discipline – Restorative Approaches
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 727
TITLE: Public School Construction – Maryland Stadium Authority – Supplemental Funds
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Appropriations
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

House Bill 733
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Community Schools – Established
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 783
TITLE: Task Force to Study Behavioral and Mental Health in Maryland
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations

House Bill 787
TITLE: Crimes – Child Abuse and Neglect – Failure to Report
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 01, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 802
TITLE: State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission – Adjustment to the Distribution of Video Lottery Terminal Proceeds – Repeal
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 844
TITLE: Public Schools – School Psychologists – Reports
POSITION: OPPOSE
 MABE Testimony – Senate Hearing
DATE: March 20, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 865
TITLE: Public Schools – Student Misconduct – Parent or Guardian Liability
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 867
TITLE: Juveniles – Reportable Offenses
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 948
TITLE: Education – Advanced Placement Examination Fees – State Payment
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 950
TITLE: State Department of Education – School Discipline – Data Collection
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 985
TITLE: Public High Schools – Science Credit Requirement – Computer Science and Computer Programming
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1000
TITLE: School Maintenance Incentive Funding Act of 2019
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2019
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1019
TITLE: State Board of Education – Public High School Students – Assessments and Graduation Requirements
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1043
TITLE: Education – Required Number of School Days or Hours
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1078
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Presidents’ Day and Easter
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony 
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
MABE Testimony  (SENATE)
DATE: March 20, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1103
TITLE: Education – Public Schools – Threat Assessment Report
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 01, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1118
TITLE: Use of Public Funds – Playground and Athletic Field Surfaces – Authorizations, Preferences, and Prohibitions
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 12, 2019
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1138
TITLE: State Board of Education – Financial Literacy Course and Exam – Graduation Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 08, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1144
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Equal Access to Public Services for Individuals With Limited English Proficiency
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 01, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1175
TITLE: Public Schools – Reporting of Assaults, Crimes of Violence, and Felonies (Report Act of 2019)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1206
TITLE: Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center – Data Matching
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 07, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1208
TITLE: Board of Restorative Practices in Schools – Establishment
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1211
TITLE: Education – Foreign Language Requirement – Computer Programming Language Courses
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1223
TITLE: Workgroup on Establishing an Independent School Board for the Juvenile Services Education System
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary (Secondary Committee, Ways and Means)

House Bill 1224
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Computer Science Courses
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1229
TITLE: Restorative Schools Fund and Grants – Establishment
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1242
TITLE: Public School Students – Vision Services and the Vision for Maryland Program
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1250
TITLE: Career Education Act of 2019
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1253
TITLE: Environment – Drinking Water Outlets in School Buildings – Elevated Level of Lead and Grant Program
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1255
TITLE: School Bus Purchasing – Zero-Emission Vehicle – Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 26, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1259
TITLE: Education – Collective Bargaining for Noncertificated Employees – Supervisory Employees and Management Personnel
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 26, 2019
SENATE COMMITTEE: Finance

House Bill 1165
TITLE: State Government – Government Agents – Requests for and Use of
Immigration Status Information
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 5, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 1273
TITLE: Immigration Enforcement – Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses – Policies
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 26, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 1349
TITLE: Public Schools – Student with Sickle Cell Disease – Revisions
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 12, 2019
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1413
TITLE: The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2019
COMMITTEE:  Joint Hearing – Ways and Means, and Appropriations

SENATE BILLS

Senate Bill 13
TITLE: Juveniles – Reportable Offenses
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 24, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings
MABE Testimony (HOUSE)
DATE: March 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

Senate Bill 40
TITLE: Procurement – Prevailing Wage – Modifications
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2019
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 92 
TITLE: Accountability in Education Act of 2019
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 128
TITLE: County Boards of Education – School Year – Start and End Dates
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 30, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 131
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Length of School Year – Adjustments
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 30, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 159
TITLE: Building Opportunity Act of 2019
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony 
DATE: February 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Budget & Tax

Senate Bill 165
TITLE: Safe Schools Maryland Act of 2019
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 167
TITLE: Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) Expansion Act of 2019
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 20, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 172
TITLE: Public Charter School Facility Fund
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs (Secondary Committee, Budget & Tax)

Senate Bill 188
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals – Student Choice Policy
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 221
TITLE: Workgroup on Establishing an Independent School Board for the Juvenile Services Education System
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
MABE Testimony (HOUSE)
DATE: March 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary (Secondary Committee, Ways and Means)

Senate Bill 222
TITLE: Appointment of County Superintendent of Schools – Disapproval by State Superintendent of Schools
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 223
TITLE: State Department of Education – Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 334
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Appointment to Fill a Vacancy of an Elected Member – Candidate Information Requests
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 416
TITLE: Education – Curriculum – Holocaust and Genocide Unit (Lessons of the Holocaust and Genocide Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 423
TITLE: Task Force to Study the Impact of Student Cell Phone Use in the Classroom
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 424
TITLE: Education – Salaries of Noncertificated Public School Employees – Minimum Living Salaries
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 01, 2019
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 481
TITLE: Environment – Drinking Water Outlets in School Buildings – Elevated Level of Lead and Grant Program
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 529
TITLE: State Board of Education – Membership – Teachers and Parent
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 541
TITLE: Education – Personnel Matters – Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 544
TITLE: Education – No-Zero Grading Policy – Prohibition
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 568
TITLE: Crimes – Child Abuse and Neglect – Failure to Report
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings
MABE Testimony (HOUSE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

Senate Bill 576
TITLE: Student Victim of Violent Crime – Option to Transfer or Require Offender to Transfer Schools
POSITION: Oppose
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 578
TITLE: Public Schools – Student Discipline – In-School Suspensions
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 616
TITLE: Joint Committee on Workforce Development
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2019
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 617
TITLE: Free College, Career Skills, and Youth Apprenticeship Act of 2019
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 661
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Community Schools – Established
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 686
TITLE: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act – Applicability
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2019
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 731
TITLE: Public School Construction – Maryland Stadium Authority – Supplemental Funds
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

Senate Bill 734
TITLE: Education – Students With Reading Difficulties – Screenings and Interventions
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2019
COMMITTEE:  Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 757
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Assessments – Limitation of Administration (One Day in May Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 766
TITLE: Public Schools – Student Discipline – Restorative Approaches
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2019
COMMITTEE:  Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 848
TITLE: Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 856
TITLE: Juvenile Justice Reform Council
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 20, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings
MABE Testimony (HOUSE)
DATE: March 27, 2019
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

Senate Bill 915
TITLE: Public School Students – Vision Services and the Vision for Maryland Program
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 934
TITLE: Election Law – Voter Registration – High Schools
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 14, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 954
TITLE: Education – Public and Nonpublic High Schools – Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Instruction
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 961
TITLE: Education – Public Schools – Instruction in Print and Cursive Handwriting
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 964
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Equal Access to Public Services for Individuals With Limited English Proficiency
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 972
TITLE: Task Force on Educational Outcomes of Pregnant and Parenting Students in High School and GED Programs
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2019
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 993
TITLE: Task Force to Study Behavioral and Mental Health in Maryland
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 20, 2019
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 1030
TITLE: The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2019
COMMITTEE:  Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

2018

The 2018 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly was convened on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and adjourned “sine die” at midnight on Monday April 9, 2018. The session saw the introduction of 1,846 House bills and 1,280 Senate bills. Of these 3,126 bills and resolutions, MABE tracked more than 400 bills, and provided testimony and advocated on nearly 80 House bills and more than 60 Senate Bills.

MABE’s Legislative Committee met regularly throughout the 2018 session to deliberate and vote on bill positions and to receive updates on pending legislation. The Committee is chaired by Stacy Korbelak (Anne Arundel County) and the vice chair is Robert Lord (Carroll 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 5, 2017 local board members approved Continuing Resolutions for 2017-2018. In November 2017, MABE's Legislative Committee adopted the 2018 Legislative Positions. A comprehensive overview of the 2018 legislative session is published by the Department of Legislative Service’s in their 90 Day Report with its own Primary and Secondary Education section.

The 2018 session saw the introduction of 1,443 House bills and 1,056 Senate bills. Of these 2,499 bills and resolutions, MABE tracked nearly 400 bills, and provided testimony and advocated on nearly 90 House bills and over 50 Senate Bills.

MABE 2018 Legislative Session Summary Report

Summary Presentation – PDF and PowerPoint

Testimony: House

House Bill 10
TITLE: State Lottery – Unclaimed Prizes – Public Prekindergarten Programs
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 17, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 103
TITLE: Education – County Boards of Education – Removal of County Superintendents
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 154
TITLE: State Board of Education – Membership – Teachers and Parents
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 161
TITLE: Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 193
TITLE: High School Diploma by Examination – Eligibility Requirements – Exemption
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2018
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters

House Bill 197
TITLE: Education – State Reimbursement for County Board Payments for Exams for Eligible Students
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 221
TITLE: Local Government – School Construction – Permits
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 6, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 226
TITLE: Public Schools – Sprinkler Systems – Required
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 6, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 281
TITLE: Education – Computer Science – Curriculum and Professional Development (Securing the Future: Computer Science Education for All)
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE House Testimony / MABE Senate Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2018 / March 21, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means / Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 315
TITLE: State Department of Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Funding (Maryland Cares for Kids Act)
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 350
TITLE: Achieving Computer Science Collaborations for Employing Students Statewide (ACCESS) Act of 2018
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 351
TITLE: Protect Our Students Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 355
TITLE: Accountability in Education Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 393
TITLE: Elementary School Students – Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 427
TITLE: Public Schools – Student Sunscreen Use – Policy
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 442
TITLE: Education – Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Instruction in Public Schools
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 493
TITLE: Teachers and Teacher Preparation Programs – Research-Based Reading Instruction
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 500
TITLE: Crimes – Child Abuse and Neglect – Failure to Report
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 503
TITLE: State Department of Education – Translation Grant Program – Established
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 505
TITLE: Use of Public Funds – Playground and Athletic Field Surfaces – Preferences and Prohibitions
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 544
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals – Student Choice Policy
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 547
TITLE: Education – Head Start Program – Annual Appropriation
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 552
TITLE: Youth Sports Programs – Concussion Risk and Management Training – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 553
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Length of School Year – Adjustments
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 557
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Education Trust Fund – Use of Fund
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations / Ways and Means

House Bill 600
TITLE: Child Abuse and Neglect – Training
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 617
TITLE: Education – Assessments – Administration by Public School Employees
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 622
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Sickle Cell Disease Management Programs
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 623
TITLE: Education – Student Use of Backpacks – Assessment and Reduction of Health Effects
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 677
TITLE: Public Information Act – Required Denials – Physical Addresses, E-Mail Addresses, and Telephone Numbers
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 679
TITLE: Public Schools – School Year – Completion Date
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 723
TITLE: Education – Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Assessment – Administration
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 760
TITLE: Handguns – School Employees – Handgun Permits and Carrying Weapons on School Property
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 6, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 798
TITLE: Visual Impairments – Requirements for Student Screening
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 806
TITLE: Education – Summer Meals Expansion Grant Pilot Program
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 808
TITLE: Education – Collective Bargaining for Noncertificated Employees – Supervisory Employees
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 811
TITLE: Education – Collective Bargaining – Exclusive Representative’s Access to New Employee Processing
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 814
TITLE: Workers’ Compensation – Students in Unpaid Work-Based Learning Experiences
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 823
TITLE: Education – Public School Teachers – Preparation
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 910
TITLE: Education – Students with Reading Difficulties – Screenings and Interventions
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 921
TITLE: State Board of Education – Financial Literacy Curriculum – Graduation Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 940
TITLE: High School Credit for College Courses Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 968
TITLE: Maryland School Overcrowding Reduction Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 996
TITLE: Homeschool Students in Maryland – Extracurricular Activities
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1061
TITLE: Education – Salaries of Noncertificated Public School Employees – Minimum Living Salaries
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1072
TITLE: Education – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention – Instruction and Training
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE House Testimony / MABE Senate Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018 / March 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means / Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1084
TITLE: Calvert County – County Superintendent of Schools – Postemployment Compensation and Benefits
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1098
TITLE: Career and Technology Education and Workforce Investment Act
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 20, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1131
TITLE: State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program – Expansion of Participating Units
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1136
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Student Hearing and Vision Screenings – Reporting Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1226
TITLE: Career Apprenticeship Investment Act
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 20, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1234
TITLE: Career Youth Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship in State Employment Opportunity Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1235
TITLE: Education – Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program – Eligibility and Annual Appropriation
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1244
TITLE: Workgroup on Establishing an Independent School Board for the Juvenile Services Education System
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1248
TITLE: Public Schools – Compulsory School Attendance – GED Program or Alternative Educational Program
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1254
TITLE: Education – School Discipline – Guidelines and Data Collection
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1300
TITLE: Education – Foreign Language Requirement – Computer Programming Language Courses
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1311
TITLE: Education – Individual Reading Improvement Plans – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1373
TITLE: Education – Assessments – Administration
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1382
TITLE: Public Schools – Student Misconduct – Parent or Guardian Liability
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1400
TITLE: State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program – Employees of Qualifying Organizations
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1415
TITLE: Education – Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1488
TITLE: Public Schools – School Discipline – Training Practices
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1489
TITLE: Education – Due Process Hearings for Children With Disabilities – Burden of Proof
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1492
TITLE: Maryland Public School Transparency and Accountability Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1507
TITLE: Compulsory School Attendance – Truancy Violations – Reporting of Neglect
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 1530
TITLE: Education – Student Health Screenings – Brain Injury
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1545
TITLE: State Board of Education – Nutrition Standards for Public School Food
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1565
TITLE: Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1571
TITLE: Education – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention – Employment Process
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

House Bill 1599
TITLE: Career Education Policy Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1607
TITLE: Education – Juvenile Services Education Programs – Management and Operation
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1638
TITLE: Public Information Act – Revisions
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations

House Bill 1697
TITLE: Education – Commercial Gaming Revenues – Constitutional Amendment
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations / Ways and Means

House Bill 1702
TITLE: Juveniles – Reportable Offenses
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 14, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 1783
TITLE: 21st Century School Facilities Act
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1816
TITLE: Safe Schools Act of 2018
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Testimony: Senate

Senate Bill 43
TITLE: High School Diploma by Examination – Eligibility Requirements – Exemption
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 16, 2018
COMMITTEES: Finance and Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 44
TITLE: Vehicle Laws – School Buses – Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 17, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 92
TITLE: Maryland School Overcrowding Reduction Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 131
TITLE: Child Abuse and Neglect – Training
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 23, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 132
TITLE: Crimes – Child Abuse and Neglect – Failure to Report
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony / MABE House Testimony 
DATE: January 23, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 161
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Sickle Cell Disease Management Programs
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 24, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 164
TITLE: Education – Student Use of Backpacks – Assessment and Reduction of Health Effects
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 24, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 185
TITLE: Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2019)
POSITION: OPPOSE BOOST Program Funding (R00A03.05)
MABE Testimony
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 187
TITLE: Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 205
TITLE: High School Credit Clarification Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 217
TITLE: Public Schools – Student Sunscreen Use – Policy
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 31, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 300
TITLE: Achieving Computer Science Collaborations for Employing Students Statewide (ACCESS) Act of 2018
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 301
TITLE: Protect Our Students Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 302
TITLE: Accountability in Education Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 304
TITLE: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act – Enforcement – Delayed Implementation
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Senate Testimony / MABE House Testimony
DATE: January 24, 2018 / February 13, 2018
COMMITTEE: Finance / Economic Matters

Senate Bill 369
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals – Student Choice Policy
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 469
TITLE: Public Health – School Buildings – Minimum Health Standards (Healthy Schools Program)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 477
TITLE: Public Information Act – Required Denials – Physical Addresses, E-Mail Addresses, and Telephone Numbers
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 479
TITLE: High School Credit for College Courses Act of 2018
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 483
TITLE: Public Schools – Sprinkler Systems – Required
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 13, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 508
TITLE: Interaction With Law Enforcement Officers – Development and Implementation of Curriculum Content
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 515
TITLE: Career and Technology Education and Workforce Investment Act
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Senate Testimony / MABE House Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2018 / March 20, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation / Appropriations

Senate Bill 517
TITLE: Career Apprenticeship Investment Act
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Senate Testimony / MABE House Testimony
DATE: February 20, 2018 / March 20, 2018
COMMITTEE: Finance / Appropriations

Senate Bill 548
TITLE: Education – Students With Reading Difficulties – Screenings and Interventions
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 562
TITLE: Education – Assessments – Administration by Public School Employees
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 570
TITLE: Vision Disorders – Requirements for Student Screening – Revisions
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 611
TITLE: Education – Healthy School Facility Fund – Established
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 27, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 618
TITLE: Career Youth and Public Sector Apprenticeship Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 638
TITLE: Teachers and Teacher Preparation Programs – Research-Based Reading Instruction
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 639
TITLE: Education – Public School Personnel – Disciplinary Hearing Procedures
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 657
TITLE: Workgroup on Establishing an Independent School Board for the Juvenile Services Education System
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 664
TITLE: Education – Foreign Language Requirement – Computer Programming Language Courses
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 665
TITLE: Education – Robotics Grant Program – Nonprofit Robotics Clubs
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Senate Testimony / MABE House Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018 / March 29, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs / Ways and Means

Senate Bill 667
TITLE: Education – No-Zero Grading Policy – Prohibition
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 725
TITLE: Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, and Intimidation – Civil Relief and School Response
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Senate Testimony / MABE House Testimony
DATE: February 20, 2018 / March 27, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings / Judiciary Committee

Senate Bill 729
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Length of School Year – Adjustments
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Senate Testimony / MABE House Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018 / March 23, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs / Ways and Means

Senate Bill 739
TITLE: State Board of Education – Membership – Teachers and Parent
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE House Testimony / MABE Senate Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018 / April 3, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs / Ways and Means

Senate Bill 740
TITLE: State Department of Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Funding (Maryland Cares for Kids Act)
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 763
TITLE: Use of Public Funds – Playground and Athletic Field Surfaces – Preferences and Prohibitions
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 775
TITLE: Education – Salaries of Noncertificated Public School Employees – Minimum Living Salaries
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 788
TITLE: Public Information Act – Revisions
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 818
TITLE: Education – Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program – Eligibility and Annual Appropriation
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 819
TITLE: Education – Collective Bargaining – Exclusive Representative’s Access to New Employee Processing
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 840
TITLE: Youth Sports Programs – Concussion Risk and Management Training – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 904
TITLE: Public Schools – Social Media Use by Educators
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 29, 2018
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Senate Bill 949
TITLE: Career Education Policy Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 1016
TITLE: State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program – Expansion of Participating Units
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 1060
TITLE: Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 1092
TITLE: Education – Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2018
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 1122
TITLE: Education – Commercial Gaming Revenues – Constitutional Amendment
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 1147
TITLE: Juveniles – Reportable Offenses
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 13, 2018
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 1243
TITLE: 21st Century School Facilities Act
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 1258
TITLE: Commitment to Education Act of 2018
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: Mach 15, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 1265
TITLE: Education – School Safety Protection Standards and Grant Program – Established (School Safety Act of 2018: Protection)
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony / MABE House Testimony
DATE: March 22, 2018 / April 6, 2018
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation / Ways and Means

2017

The 2017 legislative session saw the introduction of 1,672 House bills and 1,208 Senate bills. Of these 2,880 bills and resolutions, MABE tracked more than 400 bills. We provided testimony for and advocated on more than 60 House bills and more than 40 Senate Bills. The Legislative Summary Report and Presentation highlight the major education-related bills enacted and rejected, as well as the State operating and capital budgets enacted for the 2017-2018 school year:

MABE 2017 Legislative Session Summary Report

Summary Presentation – PDF and PowerPoint

MABE 2017 Session Testimony

House Bills

House Bill 1
TITLE: Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 10, 2017
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters

House Bill 18
TITLE: Task Force to Improve Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Scores for Maryland Public School Students
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 2, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 75
TITLE: Education – Graduation Requirements – Fine Arts
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 2, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 151
TITLE: Capital Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2018)   
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2017
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 152
TITLE: Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2017   
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 153
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt – Qualified Zone Academy Bonds   
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 174
TITLE: Education – Children With Disabilities – Individualized Education Program Process – Parental Consent
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 186
TITLE: Vehicle Laws – School Bus Monitoring Cameras – Repeat Violations
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 257
TITLE: Education – Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program – Administration (Maryland Meals for Achievement for Teens Act of 2017) 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 259
TITLE: Maryland Transportation Authority – Public School Buses – Exemption From Tolls
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 16, 2017
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 263
TITLE: School Bus Monitoring Cameras – Exclusion of Vehicle Rental Companies – Repeal
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 270
TITLE: Environment – Testing for Lead in Drinking Water – Public and Nonpublic Schools​
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2017
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 273
TITLE: Education – Summer Meals Expansion Grant Program – Established​
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 286
TITLE: Education – Specialized Intervention Services – Reports
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February  9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 287
TITLE: Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2017
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 288
TITLE: State Department of Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Funding (Free School Meals for Students From Low- and Middle-Income Families Act)
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 300
TITLE: Video Lottery Terminals – Disposition of Unclaimed Winnings
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 331
TITLE: Education – Behavior Intervention Plans – Physical Restraint and Seclusion
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 341
TITLE: Maryland Student Transportation Safety Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 372
TITLE: Public Schools – Voluntary Nonsectarian Prayer at School-Sponsored Student Events
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 400
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Presidents’ Day and Easter Monday
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 413
TITLE: Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) Schools Act of 2017
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 425
TITLE: Public Schools – Suspensions and Expulsions
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 458
TITLE: Visual Impairments – Requirements for Teacher Training, Student Screening, and Maryland Medical Assistance Program Coverage
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 461
TITLE: Education – Accountability Program – Assessments (Less Testing, More Learning Act of 2017)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 495
TITLE: Vehicle Laws – School Bus Monitoring Cameras – Civil Penalty
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2017
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 497
TITLE: Education – Grounds for Discipline
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 512
TITLE: The James Samuel Coleman Act of 2017
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 513
TITLE: Education – Participants in Interscholastic Athletic Activities – Concussions – Penalties for Coaches
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 548
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Student Assessment – Moratorium
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 590
TITLE: State Board of Education – Membership – Teachers and Parents
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 611
TITLE: Handguns – School Employees – Handgun Permits and Carrying Weapons on School Property
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 616
TITLE: Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Attendance Policy
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 654
TITLE: Education – Statewide Kindergarten Assessment – Completion
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 656
TITLE: Environment – Municipal Stormwater Charges – Property Subject to Charges 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2017
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation

House Bill 669
TITLE: Public Schools – Boards of Education – Anonymous Two-Way Text Messaging Tip Programs
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 684
TITLE: Education – Grant for Declining Education Aid
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 696
TITLE: Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 746
TITLE: Public School Labor Relations Board – Administration and Enforcement – Revisions 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 767
TITLE: Public Information Act – Inspection of Records from Body-Worn Digital Recording Devices
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

House Bill 786
TITLE: Education – Individualized or Group Behavioral Counseling Services – Establishment 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 834
TITLE: Education – Maryland High School Diploma – Civics Test Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 845
TITLE: Education – Public School Indoor Air Quality
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 866
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures – Digital Devices
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 878
TITLE: Public Charter School Act of 2017
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 880
TITLE: Open Meetings Act – Required Training for Members of Public Bodies
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2017
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations

House Bill 920
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – School Personnel – Training Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 920
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – School Personnel – Training Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony (SENATE))
DATE: March 29, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs (SENATE)

House Bill 975
TITLE: Education – Digital Equity for All Maryland Students Act of 2017 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 978
TITLE: Education – Accountability – Consolidated State Plan and Support and Improvement Plans (Protect Our Schools Act of 2017)
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 980
TITLE: Children Exempt From Public School Attendance – Participation in Public High School Clubs and Activities
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1066
TITLE: Education – Fire Drill Requirements – State Fire Prevention Code 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1082
TITLE:  Heroin and Opioid Education and Community Action Act of 2017 (Start Talking Maryland Act)  
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2017
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations

House Bill 1109
TITLE:  Teachers’ Retirement and Pension Systems – County Boards of Education Payments​
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2017
COMMITTEE: Appropriations

House Bill 1145
TITLE: Public School Employee Whistleblower Protection Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1171
TITLE: Public School Employees – Required Training on Retirement Benefits
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1222
TITLE: Maryland School Discipline Reform Act 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1240
TITLE: Individualized Education Programs – Burden of Proof in Due Process Hearings and Studies
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1240
TITLE: Individualized Education Programs – Burden of Proof in Due Process Hearings and Studies
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony (SENATE)
DATE: April 5, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs (SENATE)

House Bill 1351
TITLE: Education – Foreign Language Requirement – Computer Programming Language Courses
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1412
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Veterans Day and Easter Monday
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1486
TITLE: Teachers and Teacher Preparation Programs – Research-Based Reading Instruction 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1560
TITLE: Education – Family Life and Human Sexuality Curriculum – Consent
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

House Bill 1603
TITLE: Education – County Boards of Education – Removal of County Superintendents
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

 

Senate Bills

 

Senate Bill 1
TITLE: Education – Specialized Intervention Services – Reports
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 25, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 90
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals – Student Right of Refusal
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 25, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 145
TITLE: Education – Statewide Kindergarten Assessment – Completion
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 25, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 153
TITLE: Public Schools – Length of School Year Adjustment – State of Emergency
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 1, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 154
TITLE: Vehicle Laws – School Bus Monitoring Cameras – Civil Penalty
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 25, 2017
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 155
TITLE: School Vehicles – Seat Belts – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 25, 2017
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 172
TITLE: Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2017
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 197
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt – Qualified Zone Academy Bonds 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 201
TITLE: Education – Fire Drill Requirements – State Fire Prevention Code
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 1, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 228
TITLE: Video Lottery Terminals – Disposition of Unclaimed Winnings
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 230
TITLE: Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Finance

Senate Bill 232
TITLE: Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Attendance Policy
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 1, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 263
TITLE: Education – Maryland High School Diploma – Civics Test Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 1, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 264
TITLE: Maryland Transportation Authority – Public School Buses – Exemption From Tolls
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 319
TITLE: Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) School Act of 2017
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 346
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Students – Funding
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 359
TITLE: Education – Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program – Administration (Maryland Meals for Achievement for Teens Act of 2017)
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 360
TITLE: State Department of Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Funding
(The Maryland Cares for Kids Act)
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 361
TITLE: Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2017
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 370
TITLE: Digital Equity for All Maryland Students Act of 2017
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 450
TITLE: Open Meetings Act – Required Training for Members of Public Bodies
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 16, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 452
TITLE: Education – Accountability Program – Assessments (Less Testing, More Learning Act of 2017)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 15, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 472
TITLE: Environment – Municipal Stormwater Charges – Property Subject to Charges
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 14, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs & Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 537
TITLE: Public Health – School Buildings – Minimum Health Standards (Healthy Schools Program)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 538
TITLE: Public School Construction – Regulations – Equitable Distribution of Projects and Improvements​
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 557
TITLE: Education – Maryland Education Opportunity Account Program – Established ​
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 604
TITLE: Visual Impairments – Requirements for Teacher Training, Student Screening, and Maryland Medical Assistance Program Coverage 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 609
TITLE: State Board of Education – Membership – Teachers and Parents 
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 618
TITLE: Education – Achievement School District – Establishment
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 651
TITLE: Public Schools – Suspensions and Expulsions​
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony (HOUSE)
DATE: April 5, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

Senate Bill 667
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Student Assessment – Moratorium​
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 710
TITLE: Education – Children With Disabilities – Individualized Education Program Process – Parental Consent​
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 710
TITLE: Education – Children With Disabilities – Individualized Education Program Process – Parental Consent​
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony (HOUSE)
DATE: April 5, 2017
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee (HOUSE)

Senate Bill 760
TITLE: Education – Grounds for Discipline​
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 786
TITLE: Education – Behavior Intervention Plans – Physical Restraint and Seclusion​
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 22, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 849
TITLE: Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 28, 2017
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 871
TITLE: ​Education – Accountability – Consolidated State Plan and Support and Improvement Plans (Protect Our Schools Act of 2017)​
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 970
TITLE: Public Information Act – Inspection of Records from Body-Worn Digital Recording Devices
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 21, 2017
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings

Senate Bill 994
TITLE:  School Overcrowding Reduction Act of 2017​
​POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 1001
TITLE:  Teachers’ Retirement and Pension Systems – County Boards of Education Payments
​POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 1024
TITLE: Education – Grant for Declining Education Aid
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2017
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation

Senate Bill 1060
TITLE:  Heroin and Opioid Education and Community Action Act of 2017 (Start Talking Maryland Act) 
​POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 1089
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures – Digital Devices
​POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Senate Bill 1137
TITLE: Public School Employees – Required Training on Retirement Benefits
​POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2017
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

2016

The 2016 legislative session saw the introduction of 1,173 Senate bills and 1,644 House bills, with more than 380 relating to the funding, operation, or governance of local school systems. MABE monitored all of these bills, and submitted written or oral testimony on more than 120 bills. MABE’s legislative priorities focused on preserving local board governance authority, securing adequate operating and capital funding for FY 2017 and the 2016-2017 school year, and opposing legislative encroachment into the education policy and regulatory arena reserved to local boards of education in conjunction with the State Board.

The General Assembly enacted significant legislation in the education policy areas of student health, student free speech, student assessments, after school programs, and operating and capital funding. Bills debated, but ultimately rejected, would have significantly impacted school board authority regarding employee relations in the areas of discipline and collective bargaining; procurement; and school calendar. 

MABE 2016 Legislative Summary Report

 

MABE 2016 Interim Testimony & Correspondence

 

MABE 2106 Session Testimony

House Bills

House Bill 23
TITLE: Procurement – Prevailing Wage Law – Waiver From Provisions
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 27, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

House Bill 29
TITLE: Education – Participants in Youth Sports Programs – Concussions – Penalties for Coaches
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 28, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 39
TITLE: Education – Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours – Establishment
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2016 (rescheduled to January 28, 2016)
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 41
TITLE: Public Schools – Boards of Education – Anonymous Two-Way Text Messaging Tip Programs
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 28, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 72
TITLE: Education – Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program – Development and Implementation
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 73
TITLE: Intercounty Connector – Public School Bus – Exemption from Toll
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation Committee

House Bill 86
TITLE: Special Education – Translations of Individualized Education Programs or Individualized Family Service Plans – Native Language
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 109
TITLE: Public Schools – Health and Safety – Food Transparency
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 141
TITLE: Education – Education Accountability Program – Limits on Testing
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 142
TITLE: Education – Health and Safety – Emotional Health Awareness Programs
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 145
TITLE: Public School Labor Relations Board – Renegotiation Procedures and Administration
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 150
TITLE: State Budget Bill
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 251
TITLE: Education – Home Instruction Programs – Participation in Clubs and Activities
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 300
TITLE: Video Lottery Terminals – Disposition of Unclaimed Winnings
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 300
TITLE: Video Lottery Terminals – Disposition of Unclaimed Winnings
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 22, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

House Bill 324
TITLE:Education – Maryland High School Diploma – Civics Test Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 330
TITLE:County Boards of Education – Procurements for Construction or Repair of School Projects
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 22, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 352
TITLE: Office of Legislative Audits – Local School System Audits – Repeal
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 9, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 352
TITLE: Office of Legislative Audits – Local School System Audits 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

House Bill 365
TITLE: Public Schools – Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Policies – Update
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 397
TITLE: Education – Assessments – Best Practices in the Administration of Assessments
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 412
TITLE: Education – Administration of Assessments – Provision of Information
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 430
TITLE: Education – Student Data Privacy Council
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 449
TITLE: Relief from Budget Mandates
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 8, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 453
TITLE: Maryland Education Credit
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 463
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt – Qualified Zone Academy Bonds
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 22, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 464
TITLE: Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) Schools Act of 2016
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 474
TITLE: Elementary School Students – Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 476
TITLE:State Board of Education – Financial Literacy Curriculum – Graduation Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 528
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Sensible Sugar in Schools Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 580
TITLE: Labor and Employment – Maryland Health Working Families Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

House Bill 626
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Veterans’ Day
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 633
TITLE: Education – Teacher and Principal Evaluations – Revisions to Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 657
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Assessments – Administration
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 18, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 668
TITLE: Preschool Development Grants – Expansion Grants – Required State Funding
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 708
TITLE: Education – Maryland Seal of Biliteracy – Establishment
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 721
TITLE: Prevailing Wage Rate Reform Act of 2016
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

House Bill 725
TITLE: Handguns – School Employees – Handgun Permits and Carrying Weapons on School Property
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 756
TITLE: Washington County – Board of Education – Motor Fuel Tax Exemption
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 771
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Diabetes Management Program
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 14, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 778
TITLE: Education – Students With Disabilities – Parental Consent for Individualized Education Program Content
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 781
TITLE: Education – Assessments – Reporting of Aggregate Results
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 823
TITLE: General Provisions – Open Meetings Act – Enforcement and Training
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Health and Government Operations Committee

House Bill 921
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – School Personnel – Training Requirement
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 934
TITLE: Teachers’ Retirement and Pension System – Employer Contribution for Local Employees
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

House Bill 947
TITLE: Public Information Act – Inspection of Records From Body-Worn Digital Recording Devices
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 23, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judiciary Committee

House Bill 955
TITLE: Public Schools – Voluntary Nonsectarian Prayer at School-Sponsored Student Events
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 996
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Easter Monday
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 26, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 999
TITLE: Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1040
TITLE: Education – Student Report Cards – Required Information
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1095
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Programs – Notification of Eligibility by Local Departments of Social Services 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1108
TITLE: Environment – Municipal Stormwater Management Charges – Property Subject to Charges
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation Committee

House Bill 1139
TITLE: Education – Maryland Community School Strategy for Excellence in Public Education Act
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1191
TITLE: Task Force to Study an Online Program for Paraprofessionals Assisting Students With Autism
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1204
TITLE: Education – PARCC Testing – Exemption for Children With Disabilities (Ben’s Rule)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1213
TITLE: Education – Broadening Options and Opportunity for Students and Teachers (BOOST) Program – Establishment
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1228
TITLE: Education – Grounds for Discipline
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1233
TITLE: Education – Administration of Standardized Tests and Assesments – Notice
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1325
TITLE: State Department of Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Funding (Free School Meals for Students From Low- and Middle-Income Families Act)
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1343
TITLE: Maryland Education Credit
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1349
TITLE: Education – Beginning of School Year – After Labor Day
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 14, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1360
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Breakfast Program – School Requirements (Breakfast After the Bell Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1375
TITLE: Public Schools and Libraries – Access to Obscene Materials and Child Pornography – Prohibited
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1402
TITLE: Education – Maryland Extended Day and Summer Enhancement Programs Act
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1403
TITLE: Next-Generation Scholars of Maryland
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1433
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Students – Funding
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

Updated Fiscal Note based on sponsor amendments

House Bill 1437
TITLE: Education – Individualized Counseling Services – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 10, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1456
TITLE: Public Schools – Access to Obscene Materials and Child Pornography – Prohibited
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 1459
TITLE: Prevailing Wage – Career and Technology Centers or STEM and STEAM Classrooms (Student Preparedness Act of 2016)
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 4, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

House Bill 1473
TITLE: Public Schools – School Vehicles – Three-Point Seat Belts
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation Committee

House Bill 1503
TITLE: Adult Education – GED Testing Fees – Exemption for Homeless Youth
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 7, 2016
COMMITTEE: Economic Matters Committee

 

Senate Bills

 

Senate Bill 65
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Health and Safety – Sugar-Free Schools Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 71
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Diabetes Management Program
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 20, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 71
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Diabetes Management Program
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

Senate Bill 83
TITLE: Public Safety – School Safety Enforcement Fund
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: January 26, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 183
TITLE: School Vehicles – Seat Belts – Requirements
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 190
TITLE: State Budget Bill
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 210
TITLE: Intercounty Connector – Public School Bus – Exemption from Toll
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 224
TITLE: Education – Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours – Establishment
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 267
TITLE: Public Schools – Voluntary Nonsectarian Prayer at School-Sponsored Student Events
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 269
TITLE: Education – Public School Holidays – Veterans’ Day
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 325
TITLE: Juvenile Services Education – Modifications
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 369
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Programs – Notification of Eligibility by Local Departments of Social Services
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 11, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 369
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Programs – Notification of Eligibility by Local Departments of Social Services
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means Committee

Senate Bill 375
TITLE: Relief from Budget Mandates
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 376
TITLE: Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) Schools Act of 2016 
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 379
TITLE: Creation of a State Debt – Qualified Zone Academy Bonds
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 407
TITLE: Education – Education Accountability Program – Limits on Testing
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 421
TITLE: Special Education – Translations of Individualized Education Programs or Individualized Family Service Plans – Native Language
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 440
TITLE: Prevailing Wage – Application to Career and Technology Centers or STEM and STEAM Classrooms
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Finance Committee

Senate Bill 461
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten Students – Funding
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony and Updated Fiscal Note based on sponsor amendments
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 472
TITLE: Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Finance Committee

Senate Bill 503
TITLE: Education – Online Instructional Program for Financial Literacy
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 17, 2016
COMMITTEE:Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 515
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Procurements for Construction or Repair of School Projects
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE:Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 520
TITLE: Washington County – Board of Education – Motor Fuel Tax Refund
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 533
TITLE: Education – Administration of Assessments – Provision of Information
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE:Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 575
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Limit on Liability
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 575
TITLE: County Boards of Education – Limit on Liability
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judiciary Committee

Senate Bill 584
TITLE: Preschool Development Grants – Expansion Grants – Required State Funding
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 598
TITLE: General Provisions – Open Meetings Act – Enforcement and Training
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 657
TITLE: Task Force to Study the Impact of Cell Phone Use in Public Schools
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 674
TITLE: Teachers’ Retirement and Pension System – Employer Contribution for Local Employees
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 706
TITLE: Maryland Education Credit
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 711
TITLE: Prevailing Wage Rates Reform Act of 2016
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Finance Committee

Senate Bill 719
TITLE: Environment – Stormwater Remediation Fees – Municipalities
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 754
TITLE: Open Meetings Act – Annual Reporting Requirement, Enforcement, and Training
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 3, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 755
TITLE: State Department of Education – Breakfast and Lunch Programs – Funding (Free School Meals for Students From Low- and Middle-Income Families Act)
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 756
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Breakfast Program – School Requirements (Breakfast After the Bell Act)
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 15, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 764
TITLE: Education – Student Journalists – Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 764
TITLE: Education – Student Journalists – Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony and MABE Testimony with Full Set of Amendments
DATE: March 29, 2016
COMMITTEE: Appropriations Committee

Senate Bill 767
TITLE: Education – Begining of School Year – After Labor Day
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 770
TITLE: Education – Public High Schools – Agriculture Science
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 781
TITLE: Education – Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Act – Establishment
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: February 25, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 781
TITLE: Education – Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Act – Establishment
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 24, 2016
COMMITTEE: Ways anmd Means Committee

Senate Bill 786
TITLE: Education – Assessments – Best Practices in the Administration of Assessments
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 794
TITLE: Education – Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Assessments – Administration
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 2, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 832
TITLE: Education – Grounds for Discipline
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Finance Committee

Senate Bill 901
TITLE: Public and Nonpublic Schools – Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals – Student Right of Refusal
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 905
TITLE: Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 910
TITLE: Maryland Education Development Collaborative – Established
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 930
TITLE: Public Information Act – Inspection of Records From Body-Worn Digital Recording Devices
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 1, 2016
COMMITTEE: Judicial Proceedings Committee

Senate Bill 950
TITLE: Education – Students With Disabilities – Parental Consent for Individualized Education Program Content
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 9, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 1041
TITLE: Digital Equity for All Act
POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 16, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 1108
TITLE: Video Lottery Terminals – Disposition of Unclaimed Winnings
POSITION: SUPPORT
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 1125
TITLE: Education – Maryland Extended Day and Summer Enhancement Programs Act
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 17, 2016
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation Committee

Senate Bill 1142
TITLE: State Department of Education – McArdle Early Intervention Scholarship Program
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 16, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 1150
TITLE: Primary and Secondary Education – Computer Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures
POSITION: OPPOSE
MABE Testimony
DATE: March 16, 2016
COMMITTEE: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee