The 2021 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, and adjourned “sine die” at midnight on Monday, April 12, 2021. MABE is celebrating an extraordinarily successful session including the passage of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Act and Built to Learn Act, and the immediate and long-term investments in public education made through the State operating and capital budgets to support the strongest educational recovery possible from the COVID-19 pandemic.
MABE's 2021 Legislative Session Summary presents all of the education-related funding and policy bills enacted in 2021, and highlights several bills that failed to pass or were vetoed. The General Assembly's 90-Day Report is an excellent comprehensive summary of all bills passed and detailed budget analysis.
2021 Session Education Bill Highlights
- HB 1300 (2020) – Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Act and HB 1372 - Blueprint for Maryland's Future - Revisions (See MABE's Blueprint Priority Issue Page)
- HB 588 – State Budget Bill for FY 2022 & Benefit of the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funding (See the 90-Day Report)
- HB 590 - Capital Budget Bill for FY 2022 (See the 90-Day Report)
- HB 1 - The Built to Learn Act (HB 1 of 2020) (See MABE's Built to Learn Priority Issue Page)
- SB 551 - 21st Century School Facilities Act and Built to Learn Act - Revisions
- SB 546/HB 636 - School Buildings - Drinking Water Outlets - Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act)
- HB 630 - Primary and Secondary Education - School District Energy Use - Policy and Study
- HB 37/SB 35 - Procurement - Prevailing Wage - Applicability
- SB 762 - Maryland Electricians Act - Revisions
- HB 373 - Child Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention - Hiring Emergent Employees
- SB 371/HB 716 - Special Education - Individualized Education Programs - Educational Evaluations
- SB 300/HB 714 - Special Education - Learning Continuity Plan - Requirement
- SB 438/HB 401 - Public Schools - Pregnant and Parenting Students - Policies and Reports
- SB 427/HB 205 - Public Schools - Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products - Requirement
- SB 278/HB 34 - State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health - Maryland
School-Based Health Center Standards - Telehealth
- SB 830/HB 1138 - Secretary of Health - School-Based Health Centers - Guidelines and Administration of Grants
- SB 515 - Criminal Procedure - Registered Sex Offenders - Entry Onto School Property
- HB 394 - Public Schools - Fees for Summer School Courses - Prohibition
- SB 448 - County Boards of Education - Student Transportation - Vehicles and Report
- SB 497 - Juvenile Services Education Board and Program - Establishment, Powers, and Duties
- SB 66/HB 97 - Department of Housing and Community Development - Office of Statewide Broadband - Established (Digital Connectivity
Act of 2021)
- HB 183 - Public Information Act - Revisions (Equitable Access to Records Act)
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 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.
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.