The 438th legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly is now over! Family League’s Policy Team is proud to have supported the passage of legislation that meets our organizational priorities of working towards a Baltimore where babies are born healthy, students succeed in school, and families are safe and stable. This year we were more involved than ever before and are extremely grateful to the many policy coalitions and other partners in this work who joined us as we spent countless hours in Annapolis, educating lawmakers on issues we care deeply about. What follows is a summary of our accomplishments from the 2018 Session.
Shamoyia Gardiner, Public Policy Associate, and Matt Quinlan, Public Policy Manager, in Annapolis.
Babies Born Healthy
HB 86- Coverage for Elevated or Impaired Blood Glucose Levels and Prediabetes Treatment
SB 373- Head Start Program-Annual Appropriation
HB 430- Child Care Subsidies-Mandatory Funding Levels
HB 1518- Maternal Mortality Review Program-Report and Stakeholder Meetings
HB 193- High School Diploma by Examination-Eligibility Requirements-Exemption
SB 85- Tuition Waivers-Foster Care Recipients-Eligibility
SB 308- Fostering Employment Act of 2018
Safe and Stable Families
SB 740- Maryland Cares for Kids Act
SB 1218- Ending Youth Homelessness Act of 2018
HB 1554- Payment Incentive Program Expansion Act of 2018
SB 444- Task Force on the Social Determinants of Health in Baltimore City
SB 647- Earned Income Tax Credit-Individuals Without Qualifying Children-Expansion
Baltimore City Delegation Meeting
Every Friday morning, the Baltimore City House Delegation convenes to discuss policy matters specific to the city. On April 6th, Family League President & CEO, Demaune Millard, presented to the Delegation on our role as the Local Management Board for Balimore City.
In the interim, the Policy Team will continue to work with our partner advocates, elected officials at the city and state level, and continue to expand our engagement efforts with community members. To stay updated on our policy work and other opportunities, be sure to subscribe to Family League’s newsletter.