The Arc Maryland's Weekly Legislative Update 
 For the Week of January 29 - February 2, 2018...
Greetings from The Arc Maryland's Public Policy Team! Throughout the 2018 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, we bring you weekly recaps and updates every Monday on key legislation from the previous week, along with some action items for the week ahead. The Legislative Session runs from January 10 - April 9, 2018. 
There are a lot of new bills and several hearings this week.  Please check out our bill tracker and the hearing schedule below!

We Need Your Help

The Arc Maryland is collecting stories on the impact that various bills and actions could have on individuals with I/DD and their families.

The Governor's 2019 draft budget only includes a 1% increase to Developmental Disabilities Funding for Community Based Services.  This is instead of the 3.5% increase that we need and that is mandated by the Minimum Wage Act of 2014. 

This critical funding directly impacts Direct Support Professional wages and the ability of Community Providers and individuals with disabilities to hire and retain qualified staff.  The budget also does not include any funding for Peyton's Law; a measure passed last session to create grants for schools to provide robotic technology to recovering students to attend school.  Finally, although the budget includes full funding for Transitioning Youth Services, we understand the the Transition period is difficult for many individuals.  Last year, several graduates did not connect with a provider of choice until months after graduation.  These gaps are highly disruptive to young adults and their families and we believe the transition from school to adult services should be seamless.   

Please join our advocacy efforts by clicking on the links below to share your stories!
Bill Tracker
Click here for The Arc Maryland Bill Tracker. 
This Week's Notable Hearings
January 30
  • House: HGO
    • Insurance Subcommittee: Briefing on Consumer Access Disparities Between Behavioral and Physical Health Treatment in Room 218 at 11:30 am
    • HB 39, 1 pm
  • House: JUD
    • HB 246, 1 pm
    • HB 265, 1 pm
January 31
  • House: HGO
    • HB 59, 2 pm
    • HB 86, 2 pm
  • Senate: B&T
    • SB 92, 2:30 pm
  • Senate: FIN
    • SB 13, 2 pm
    • SB 169, 2 pm
  • Senate: EHEA
    • SB 217, 2 pm
  • Senate: JPR
    • SB 250, 2 pm
February 1
  • House: W&M
    • HB 74, 2 pm
    • HB 154, 2 pm
    • HB 23, 2 pm
  • House: JUD
    • HB 319, 1 pm
  • Senate: FIN
    • SB 4, 1 pm
Click HERE to register for DD Day at the Legislature!
Please note: the following abbreviations identify the legislative committees in the Maryland General Assembly.

House of Delegates
  • Economic Matters Committee - EMC
  • Environment and Transportation Committee - E&T
  • Health and Government Operations Committee - HGO
  • Judicial Committee - JUD
  • Ways and Means Committee - W&M
  • Budget & Taxation Committee - B&T
  • Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee - EHEA
  • Finance Committee - FIN
  • Judicial Proceedings Committee - JPR
The Arc Maryland Public Policy Team 

Ande Kolp, Executive Director

Tonia Ferguson , Esq., Director of Public Policy & Special Initiatives
Lori Scott, RN, MS, Public Policy Fellow
Grace Williams ,  Public Policy Fellow