Public Policy Newsletter: April 18th, 2018


April 18, 2018

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

Bills passed:

  • 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
  • SB 912- Thrive by Three Fund 

Bills signed into law:

Students Succeed in School

Bills passed:

  • 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

Bills passed:

  • 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. 

What’s Next?

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.

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