Public Policy Newsletter: March 7th, 2018



March 7, 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. 





Governor’s Office for Children Ice Cream Social
On February 20th, the Local Management Board Association honored Governor Hogan at the annual Governor’s Office for Children Ice Cream Social with the inaugural “Champion for Children and Families” award. Family League joined LMBs from the other 23 counties in presenting information on our vision, goals, and current operations. 





Partnership to End Childhood Hunger: Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day
On February 22nd, the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland hosted their 2nd annual Advocacy Day, during which members of the coalition visited elected officials from the House and Senate to inform them of the importance of key policies like Maryland Meals for Achievement, the Maryland Cares for Kids Act, and the Farms and Families Act. A few members also met with staff from Governor Hogan’s office to share Valentine’s Day cards from children across the state in support of school meals!





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 February 23rd, we were joined by Devonne Nobles, Community Schools Network Lead (pictured below).





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













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