Public Policy Newsletter: March 21st, 2018


March 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. 

In Annapolis
Last week, members of the B’More for Health Babies collaborative traveled to Annapolis to support HB 1518 – Maternal Mortality Review Program – Report and Stakeholder Meetings. The bill is designed to expand stakeholder and community participation in the statewide Maternal Mortality Review Committee. You can view the video of the hearing here.

(Pictured, from left) Andrea Williams-Salaam, Baltimore Community Doula Program; Stacey Tuck, Baltimore City Health Department; Gary Williams, Family League of Baltimore

Hearings and Testimony
This past Monday (March 19th) marked the 69th day of the Legislative Session, known as “Crossover Day.” This is the deadline for each chamber (House or Senate) to send the other chamber any bills it intends to pass. The other chamber is then responsible for hearing each “cross-filed” bill and determining whether it will pass. For the bills lucky enough to make it through both chambers, any substantive differences in amendments will be reconciled, and those bills will then be approved by their original chamber and passed on to the Governor for signature into law.
As such, the last month of Session is typically a whirlwind of subcommittee hearings, votes on bills, and long nights of committee hearings. Click below for the list of bills we’ve supported that have successfully crossed over; we will continue to monitor these bills and work for successful passage.

Click Here to View the Bills We Supported that Crossed Over

Criminalization of Poverty Report Release
On Friday, March 23rd, our partners at the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) will host an event commemorating the release of their historic report on how laws and policies in Maryland contribute to the criminalization of poverty.  The release will include a deep dive into the report, along with a stimulating and informative discussion led by advocates, state and local representatives, and the directly impacted residents of Maryland. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, email

Click Here for the Event Details

Baltimore City
On Monday the 12th, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh delivered the 19th Annual State of the City Address. We appreciate her acknowledgment of the great work B’More for Healthy Babies (BHB) is doing to reduce infant mortality in Baltimore City. Family League is a key implementation partner in the BHB strategy, working closely with the Baltimore City Health Department and Health Care Access Maryland. You can watch the full State of the City Address here.

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