Public Policy Newsletter: April 4th, 2018



April 4, 2018

Family League’s Policy Team is working hard to support the passage of legislation that meets our priorities of ensuring that in Baltimore, babies are born healthy, students succeed in schools, and families are safe and stable. 

In Annapolis
Today is the 85th day of our 90-day Legislative Session. As Session winds down, we are continuing to track the status of our bills and issues; you can see what we’ve supported,
here. Monday, March 9th, is the last day of the Session, known as Sine Die. On that day, we will know three things: (1) which of our bills have officially passed, (2) Maryland’s statewide budget for the 2019 fiscal year, and (3) what work remains to be done in the interim and during future legislative sessions. Be sure to stay tuned for our Session Wrap-Up Report! 

Lobby Days

On March 27th, youth and staff from one of our partners, the Youth Empowered Society (YES Center) traveled to Annapolis to push for legislation that would fund housing and supportive services for young people experiencing homelessness. In the above photo, they pose with Delegate Washington, sponsor of HB 1224, The Ending Youth Homelessness Act. Click here to read our testimony in support of the bill.

That same day, we also joined community members and advocates at the March on Annapolis for Jobs and Justice, hosted by the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) and Out for Justice. They marched and rallied in front of the Maryland State House to urge support for policies that seek to eliminate educational and employment barriers and increase access to jobs and justice for all Marylanders. To learn more about their efforts, check out the JOTF policy updates here.

Baltimore City Delegation Meetings
Every Friday morning, the Baltimore City House Delegation convenes to discuss policy matters specific to the city. Family League’s Policy Team attends these meetings to monitor events and decisions that will impact youth and families in our communities.

As a part of our internal commitment to civic engagement, we welcome Family League staff and our partners to join us on Friday mornings. On March 23rd, we were joined by Amy Bopp, Project Manager of Data and Evaluation, and Charles Smalls, Funded Partnership Manager.

Baltimore City
On March 28th, the preliminary city budget for the 2019 fiscal year was released to the public. Read Mayor Pugh’s statement on the preliminary budget here and view the preliminary budget in its entirety here. On Wednesday, April 4th, Mayor Pugh and the Board of Estimates will host the 2018 annual Taxpayers Night, at which members of the community can voice their thoughts and concerns related to the preliminary budget. For more opportunities to get involved in the city budget process, be sure to visit the Bureau of Budget Management and Research website here.

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