The 2020 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and adjourned “sine die” at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This early adjournment was due to the public health concerns caused by the pandemic outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Read MABE’s updated 2020 Legislative Session Summary Report (as of August 14, 2020) for an in-depth analysis of priority education bills, and the funding and policy issues passed & failed in 2020.
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.
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:
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.