Public Policy Newsletter: February 21st, 2018


February 21, 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. 

Policy Project Presentations by members of the Education Policy Fellowship Program hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership
The Policy Team had the pleasure of meeting with IEL Education Policy Fellows and learning about the projects they are working on for the duration of their program. We learned about and provided feedback on their policy solutions to school finance concerns, inequitable access to higher education opportunities, equitable use of technology in schools, and exclusionary disciplinary practices. For more information about the EPFP program, click here.

Governor’s Office for Children Budget Hearings
On February 13th and 16th, the Senate and the House held respective hearings on the budget for the Children’s Cabinet and the Governor’s Interagency Office Council, including the Governor’s Office for Children (GOC). As a member of the Local Management Board Association, Family League’s Interim CEO, Demaune Millard, testified in support of the Governor’s budget for the GOC, which enables Family League to serve Baltimore City residents. Watch his testimony 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. Jenee Tucker (right), Program Manager of Community Schools, Jessica Chiaramonte (second left), Community Schools Network Lead, and Tim Miller (second right), Funded Partnership Manager, joined us for the February 16th meeting.

Hearings and Testimony
Family League recently submitted written testimony in support of several bills:

  • HB 193- High School Diploma by Examination-Eligibility Requirements-Exemption
    Expands GED program eligibility to ELLs under 21 who have yet to demonstrate English proficiency. Read our testimony here
  • HB 315- Maryland Cares for Kids Act
    Requires Maryland to subsidize the cost of free and reduced meals for students throughout the state. Read our testimony here
  • HB 345- Sales and Use Tax-Diapers-Exemption
    Eliminates the sales tax on diapers. Read our testimony here
  • HB 430/SB 379- Education-Child Care Subsidies-Mandatory Funding Levels
    Increases the annual appropriation to the Child Care Subsidy Program, which increases access to quality child care options for low-income families throughout the state, and increases the reimbursement rate for child care providers. Read our testimony here
  • HB 431/SB 308- Fostering Employment Act of 2018
    Establishes a Fostering Employment Program to provide employment opportunities for foster care recipients and unaccompanied homeless youth. Read our testimony here
  • HB 547/SB 373- Education-Head Start Program-Annual Appropriation
    Requires the Governor to include an appropriation of at least $3,000,000 for the Head Start Program in each annual budget submission. Read our testimony here
  • HB 580- Landlord and Tenant-Prohibited Lease Provisions-Late Fees for Tenants Receiving Government Benefits
    Prohibits a landlord from penalizing a tenant for the late payment of rent if the tenant receives certain government benefits. Read our testimony here
  • SB 266- Maryland Health Care Commission-Mortality Rates of African American Infants and Infants in Rural Areas-Study
    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
  • SB 444- Task Force on the Social Determinants of Health in Baltimore City
    Establishes the Task Force on the Social Determinants of Health in Baltimore City and requires the Task Force to identify and examine social factors that affect health, and develop and implement solutions to disparate health impacts. Read our testimony here
  • SB 479- 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
  • SB 524- 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

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