|Hearings and Testimony
Family League recently submitted written testimony in support of several bills:
- HB 304/SB 801- Environment – Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing – Elevated Blood Lead Levels
Reduces the elevated blood lead level concentration (from 10 micrograms per deciliter to 5 micrograms per deciliter) that will initiate public health action. Read our testimony here.
- HB 664- Labor and Employment – Payment of the Minimum Wage Required (Fight for Fifteen)
Mandates a statewide increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023, and ties increases in the state minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index. Read our testimony here.
- HB 716/ SB 266- Maryland Health Care Commission – Mortality Rates of African American Infants and Infants in Rural Areas
Requires the Maryland Health Care Commission and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to conduct a study on the mortality rates of African American infants and infants in rural areas and requires that the Commission report its findings and recommendations, including draft legislation establishing a permanent council on infant mortality in the State, to the General Assembly by June 30, 2019. Read our testimony here.
- HB 852- Landlord and Tenant – Repossession for Failure to Pay Rent – Lead Risk Reduction Compliance
Requires a court to dismiss cases of repossession for failure to pay rent in instances where the presence of lead in a home is a contributing factor to the tenant’s decision not to pay rent. Read our testimony here.
- HB 856/SB 647- Earned Income Tax Credit – Individuals Without Qualifying Children – Expansion
Expands eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit to working adults ages 18-24 who are noncustodial parents or do not have dependents. Read our testimony here.
- HB 940- High School Credit for College Courses Act of 2018
Requires that elective credits be awarded to high school students who successfully complete college courses. Read our testimony here.
- HB 1203- Maryland Education Opportunity Act of 2018
Expands community college scholarship eligibility to high school graduates and GED holders at 100% of tuition, and those who do not have a diploma or GED and who have been unemployed for at least six months but are actively seeking work at 50% of tuition. Read our testimony here.
- SB 548- Education – Students with Reading Difficulties – Screenings and Interventions
Requires local boards of education to adopt a particular process when screening students for literacy skill development, as well as providing for a specified action plan when students demonstrate difficulty reading. Read our testimony here.
- SB 589/SB 590- Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners – Education Trust Fund – Allocation to Establish Community School Programs
A combination of two bills to establish Judy Centers in Community Schools and require the Governor to allocate funding in his budget for the programs. Read our testimony here.
- SB 912- Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination Services Grant Program Fund (Thrive by Three Fund)
Establishes a grant program to fund care coordination services and programmatic intervention supports to low-income and postpartum parents and for their children aged 0-3 years. Read our testimony here.