Blueprint for Maryland's Future (HB 1300 in 2020)
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is based on the recommendations of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission) that will transform the State’s early childhood, primary, and secondary education system into a world–class system. It was built on the principle that every child deserves the best education regardless of their zip code. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly last year 96-38, and the veto was overridden 97-38 in the House and 31-15 in the Senate.
In an editorial supporting the veto override, the editors of the Baltimore Sun wrote:
Here’s what the blueprint is not: It is not a payoff to teacher unions. It is not a tax increase. It is not a burden that will drag down Maryland’s economy. In fact, it is quite the opposite. In this century, intellectual capital is no longer a luxury that can be made available only to families or political subdivisions that can afford it. Employers need young people prepared for a knowledge-based economy. We are a world of computers, of science, of intellect. To not invest more in better educational outcomes is to allow our future to slip away.
Prescription Drug Affordability Board Fund (HB1095 in 2020)
Nearly one in three Americans report skipping their medication due to prohibitive cost. The Maryland General Assembly, with bipartisan support, passed a bill in 2019 creating the nation’s first Prescription Drug Affordability Board to regulate what state and local government entities pay for certain prescription drugs. Last year, the Maryland General Assembly created a funding source for the Board, allowing it to assess and collect a fee on manufacturers that sell or offer for sale prescription drug products in the State, pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), carriers, and wholesale distributors that sell or offer for sale prescription drug products to persons in the State. While the bill was vetoed by the Governor, the veto was overridden in the House 95-38 and Senate 31-15.
Other vetoes that were overridden include:
- Building Lifelong Library Learners Act (HB1000 in 2020)
- Maryland Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Incentive Program (HB 514 in 2020)
- Maryland Area regional commuter train - Expansion of Service (HB514 in 2020)