The Annapolis Insider
Weekly Legislative Update 
 Week of April 3 - 7, 2017

Greetings from The Arc Maryland Policy Team! Throughout the 2017 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, we bring you weekly recaps and updates every Friday on key legislation and events. The Legislative Session runs from January 11 - April 10 midnight 2017. 
This Week's Highlights 

Monday is Sine Die; ACHA is Back and It's More Dangerous; Governor's Bill Signing Scheduled for James Hubbard Higher Education Legislation; Key Education Bills Pass; Paid Sick Leave Passes
 
The Arc analyzes bills relevant to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), develops and presents testimony, organizes witnesses, and works with coalitions on our priority issues.

Events and Hearings Held This Week on Key Issues

Maryland Legislative Session Ends April 10 at Midnight

With a handful of days remaining in the 2017 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, bills are racing to the chamber floors with some stalled in committees.

SB 872/HB 971 - The James W. Hubbard Inclusive Higher Education Grant Program

The James W. Hubbard Inclusive Higher Education Grant Program has passed. Governor Hogan plans to sign the bill into law on May 2. Sponsored by Senator Craig J. Zucker (District 14, Montgomery County) and Delegate Eric Ebersole (District 12, Baltimore & Howard Counties), the legislation offers competitive grants to state universities and colleges to develop and implement pilot programs on Maryland campuses that provide inclusive higher education opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

HB 1061 - Education - Emergency and Evacuation Plans - Individuals with Disabilities Passes - Individual Evacuation and Emergency Plans Soon to be Required in a Student's IEP

This week HB 1061 passed by unanimous vote out of the Senate and is on its way to the Governor's desk for signing. Sponsored by Delegate Alonzo Washington (District 22, Prince George's County), HB 1061 was amended from the original bill that would create a task force to a legislative mandate directing the State Department of Education, in consultation with disability advocacy groups, to update MSDE's statewide regulations so that local school systems design evacuation and emergency plans that provide accommodations and safeguards for students, staff, and visitors with disabilities. Effective July 1, 2017, the bill also requires that if a student with a disability is determined to need accommodations during an evacuation, the accommodations must be included in the student's IEP. Likewise, if a student with a 504 plan requires accommodation for evacuation in an emergency, the student's 504 team must address the student's needs. 

SB 943 - Children with Disabilities and Child Care Providers -Dispute Resolution Process - Passes. User-Friendly Dispute Resolution Procedures Will Soon be Available to Parents and Childcare Providers

This week SB 943, sponsored by Senator William C. Smith, Jr. (District 20, Montgomery County), passed successfully out of the House and is on its way to the Governor's desk for signature into law. This bill requires MSDE to convene a workgroup, which includes disability advocates and childcare providers, to develop regulations for a dispute resolution procedure for resolving claims of discrimination based on a child's disability. SB 943 will help ensure that children who are turned away from childcare homes and centers are not denied a place just because of their disabilities. Draft procedures must be submitted to the General Assembly by October 1, 2017.
 
SB 710 - Children with Disabilities-Individualized Education Program Process-Parental Consent Passes - IEP Team Must Now Give Written Notification and Must Seek Consent before Implementing Restraint and Seclusion and other Proposed Actions

This week SB 710 passed successfully out of the House and is on its way to the Governor's desk for signature. Sponsored by Senator Joan Carter Conway (District 43, Baltimore City), the bill requires that a school give parents of a student with an IEP written notice and an opportunity to consent or not to consent when the IEP team proposes to enroll the child in an alternative education program that does not lead towards a high school diploma, identifies the child for the State's alternative assessment and curriculum or includes restraint and seclusion in the child's IEP to address the child's behavior. The bill also allows the IEP team to use an existing dispute resolution process to try and resolve the issue if the parent does not consent to the proposed action.
 
SB 651 - Public Schools-Suspensions and Expulsions

Decisions to expel and suspend our youngest students are disruptive to the developmental and educational growth of children, and are inconsistently and unfairly applied across the state. These counterproductive decisions disproportionally impact students with disabilities. SB 651 passed successfully out of the House and is on its way to the Governor's desk for signature. Sponsored by Senator William C. Smith Jr. (District 14, Montgomery County), this bill restricts out-of-school suspensions or expulsions for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second graders except for a gun offense or as a very last resort if there has been a threat of imminent bodily harm. The legislation requires that in-school supports be put in place for a student whose behavior warrants correction in order to improve the behavior and prevent a disruption to the student's education.
 
SB 786 - Education - Behavior Intervention Plans - Physical Restraint and Seclusion Passes - MSDE to Re-Examine Use of Seclusion and Restraint by Public and Non-public Schools

National data demonstrate that restraint and seclusion are used disproportionately with students with disabilities. This week SB 786 passed successfully out of the House and is on its way to the Governor's desk for signature. Sponsored by Senator Craig J. Zucker (District 14, Montgomery County), SB 786 was significantly amended to create a task force to review the existing MSDE regulations on use of restraint and seclusion and to determine under which circumstances and conditions seclusion may be used, if at all. The amended bill also requires MSDE to adopt regulations mandating that every public and private school must submit an annual report to MSDE disclosing the number of times that restraint or seclusion are used in a school, the kind of professional training that is offered to staff and data which will identify the disability, race, gender, age, and type of placement for any student subjected to restraint or seclusion.
 
HB 1287 - Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices

Students with disabilities receive a disproportionately high rate of suspensions and expulsions in Maryland public schools.  HB 1287, sponsored by Delegate Alonzo Washington (District 22, Prince George's County), is in the Senate on second reader with a simple amendment to add a representative of the Maryland PTA to the Commission. The bill establishes the Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices to study current disciplinary practices in Maryland public schools and to examine national best practices in positive supports, alternative discipline methods, restorative practices and eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline. The Commission will be made up of educators and advocates, including a representative from The Arc Maryland, and staffed by the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland School of Law.  The report with findings and recommendations is due to the Governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 2019.
 
 
Additional Priority Bills   
 
HB 197/SB 485 - Remote Classroom Technology Grant Program - Peyton's Bill - Meet PAVS - Peyton's robot at The Arc Maryland's State Convention!

Peyton's Bill has passed! The bill, named for Peyton who has been undergoing cancer treatments, adds new technological advances to allow students with certain medical conditions to participate in classrooms remotely if in-person attendance is not possible. Administrated through MSDE, grants will be provided to public schools to purchase remote technology such as a robot proxy. The robot could serve as a substitute at school for a student who is not physically able to attend. The robot would be operated by the student from home or a hospital, allowing for virtual school attendance and participation. Peyton's mother will present this exciting technology along with Robot PAVS at The Arc Maryland Convention on June 2.

While all students are susce ptible to long-term  absences from school because of sports injuries, surgery, or illness, students with specific developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome may need frequent surgical procedures or have condit ions that necessitate long term absences.  Sponsors are Senator Andrew A. Serafini (District 2, Washington County) and Delegate Eric G. Luedtke (District 14, Montgomery County).
 
SB 230/HB 1 - Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Sponsored by Senator Thomas M. Middleton (District 28, Charles County) and Delegate Luke Clippinger (District 46, Baltimore City), the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act passed the legislature this week. The bill was amended to provide five sick days for employers with 15 or more employees, eligibility for employees who work at least 12 hours/week, and requires 106 minimum days on the payroll, a concession to employers who hire workers for seasonable jobs. The Governor has vowed to veto the bill. Both chambers passed the bill with veto-proof margins. The veto override vote would be one of the first items of business when the legislature convenes next January.

HB 644/SB 180 - Independent Living Tax Credit - Passed and Enrolled

The Independent Living Tax will allow an individual to receive a state income tax credit equal to 50% of the renovation costs for renovations related to accessibility and universal visitability features to an existing home that improves access for individuals with disabilities. The bill has passed and is waiting for the Governor's signature to become law.

People born with disabilities, those that acquire disabilities, veterans/wounded warriors and seniors who age-in-place will benefit from the Independent Living Tax Credit so they have the freedom to choose where they live and/or remain in a family home. Sponsored by Senator Douglas J. J. Peters (District 21, Prince George's County) and Delegate Eric G. Luedtke (District 14, Montgomery County), structural modifications could include:
  • Installing a ramp & widening doorways to allow wheelchair access into & out of a home.
  • Installing grab bars and a roll-in shower.
  • Installing an alarm system so that a child with autism does not elope.
  • Lowering kitchen counters and installing modified appliances. 
  • Removing structural barriers such as inadequate flooring or uneven transition between flooring surfaces.
 
HB 516 - Workgroup to Study the Implementation of Universal Access to Prekindergarten for 4-Year Olds - Passed and Enrolled

Increasing access to prekindergarten for Maryland's children is critical for their development and education. This is particularly true for young children with disabilities who need more access and opportunity to learn and play alongside their peers without disabilities. As Maryland studies the possibility of universal prekindergarten, children with disabilities must be explicitly considered. HB 516 as amended would add to the workgroup one representative from a statewide advocacy organization representing children with disabilities. The findings of the workgroup will be reported by September 1, 2017, to the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. The bill is sponsored by Delegate Vanessa E. Atterbeary (District 13, Howard County).
 
SB 1 - Education - Specialized Intervention Services - Reports

This week SB 1 - which was significantly amended by the House Ways & Means Committee - passed out of the House and was returned to the Senate. The Senate did not concur with the amendments so a conference committee has been appointed to try resolve the dispute over the House amendments. The bill sponsored by Senator Joan Carter Conway (District 43, Baltimore City) as currently amended defines "specialized intervention services" and requires each local board of Education to annually report to MSDE on the number of students in grades K through 3 who are receiving these services. Additionally, the bill requires annual disclosure of what is budgeted for specialized intervention and that the information submitted to MSDE be posted for the public on the board's website.
 
HB 631/SB 415 - Essential Off-Patent or Generic Drugs - Price Gouging - Prohibition

The Arc Maryland testified in support of this legislation which would prohibit a manufacturer or wholesale distributor from engaging in price gouging in the sale of essential off-patent or generic drugs. If enacted, Maryland would be the first state in the nation to give its Attorney General the power to take pharmaceutical companies to court for price gouging. The Maryland House of Delegates approved the third reading of the bill with a 137 - 4 vote. The bill is on the Senate side with a Special Order requested by Senator Feldman. The legislation is sponsored by Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Mike Busch.
 
On Slate for Next Week
 
The Maryland Legislative Session ends Monday, April 10 at midnight. It's a race to the finish to complete bill passage of The Arc's priority bills.
 
Congress goes on recess April 10-21. Now is the time to contact your members of Congress to protect Medicaid and the Affordable Health Care Act for people with disabilities and their families! See the critical alert and update below.
Special Action Needed! Urge Congress to Abandon the American Health Care Act

It is now clear that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is back, and even worse than before. Congress will be in recess April 10 - 21. This means Members of Congress will be at home in their states/districts. The bottom line is they need to hear from you.

We know that calls, sharing personal stories, showing up at Town hall meetings, work - remind them that the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families.

The failure of the House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) showed the incredible power of grassroots activism, but the threats are now even greater.

Take Action During April 10-21 Congressional Recess

Here are three ways you can #JoinOurFight during recess to protect vital supports and services:
  1. Stop what you are doing and call YOUR Members of Congress - then ask your friends & family to call. Click here for a short script and contact information to call your Members of Congress. It only takes a few minutes to tell them how important Medicaid and the ACA are in your life.
  2. Have 2 more minutes? Follow The Arc on Facebook & Twitter to participate in #WeActWednesday. Each Wednesday The Arc shares a quick way to take action on a current advocacy issue on our Facebook and Twitter. Please take action, share, like, and retweet every Wednesday
  3. Have a free night? Attend Town Hall meetings. Showing up matters so much. Check out this resource listing all scheduled town hall meetings across the country, bring your friends and family and ask your Members of Congress to protect the ACA and Medicaid.
Go to www.thearc.org to keep up to date with information and how you can help.

The Arc Maryland is collecting stories to add to Maryland's Medicaid to put a face on real lives that could be impacted to educate our elected officials. Click here for the Maryland Medicaid Fact Sheet. If you are willing to share your story, please send to info@thearcmd.org with a brief story, photo and signed release ( click here).

For the latest update on new threats to medicaid, pre-existing condition and more - click here to read more.


LEGISLATION 

Bill Number
Bill Title
Status
Committee
The Arc 
MD's 
Position
The Arc MD Testified
( SB 230)
Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
Passed Enrolled
ECM, FIN
Support with Amendments
Environment - Children With Elevated Blood Lead Levels - Environmental Investigation
Passed in House, Post Hearing in Senate
E&T, EHEA
Support
Estates and Trusts - Conditions of Disability and Incapacity - Confinement
Passed in House, Favorable Report in Senate
Support
Health Insurance - Required Conformity With Federal Law
Passed in House, Favorable Report in Senate
Monitor

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Board of Review - Repeal Returned Passed
HGO, FIN
Oppose
State Disabilities Plan and Interagency Disabilities Board - Revisions
Returned Passed
Monitor

Environment - Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing - Notification of Elevated Blood Lead Level
Passed in House, Favorable Report in Senate
Support
HB 150
(SB 170)
Budget Bill Passed Enrolled APP Support
HB 152
(SB 172)
Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2017 Passed into Law APP Support with Amendments
HB 172
(SB 728)
Home Act of 2017 Passed in House, First Reading in Senate E&T, JPR Support
Education - Children With Disabilities - Individualized Education Program Process - Parental Consent
Passed in House, Second Reading Passed with Amendments
 in Senate
W&M, EHEA
Support
Baltimore County - Public Schools - Active Assailant Event Training and Drills
Post Hearing
W&M
Support with Amendments
( SB 485)
Education - Remote Classroom Technology Grant Program - Establishment (Peyton's Bill)
Returned Passed
Support
( SB 272)
Guardianship and Child in Need of Assistance Proceedings - Jurisdiction and Authority of Juvenile Court
Passed in House, Second Reading Passed in Senate
JUD, JPR
Support
( SB 786)
Education - Behavior Intervention Plans - Physical Restraint and Seclusion
Post Hearing
W&M
Support
( SB 1106)
Health Care Practitioners - Use of Teletherapy
Enrolled Passed
HGO, EHEA
Monitor

( SB 305)
Commonsense Paid Leave Act
Post Hearing
ECM
Monitor

( SB 651)
Public Schools - Suspensions and Expulsions
Passed in House, Second Reading Passed with Amendments
 in Senate
Support
( SB 344)
Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program - Account Clarifications
Returned Passed
HGO, B&T
Support
( SB 943)
Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers - Dispute Resolution Process - Regulations
Returned Passed
W&M, EHEA
Support
( SB 604)
Visual Impairments - Requirements for Teacher Training, Student Screening, and Maryland Medical Assistance Program Coverage
Post Hearing
W&M, HGO
Monitor

( SB 562)
Health Care Decisions Act - Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making - Disqualified Individuals
Returned Passed
Support
 
( SB 581)
Workgroup to Study the Implementation of Universal Access to Prekindergarten for 4-Year-Olds
Passed into Law
Monitor
Public Health - Prenatal Infectious Disease Testing
Enrolled Passed
Monitor

( SB 420 )
Humane Adoption of Companion Animals Used in Research Act of 2017
Post Hearing
APP
Monitor

( SB 667)
Education - Prekindergarten Student Assessment - Moratorium
Second Reading Passed with Amendments
W&M
Monitor

HB 571
(SB 282)
Property Tax Credit - Disabled or Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Rescue Workers - Acquisition of Dwelling
Post Hearing W&M Support
Behavioral Health Community Providers - Keep the Door Open Act
Post Hearing
HGO
Monitor

HB 631
(SB 415)
Public Health - Essential Generic Drugs - Price Gouging - Prohibition
Passed in House, Second Reading Passed with Amendments in Senate
HGO, ECM, FIN
Support
( SB 180)
Independent Living Tax Credit Act
Returned Passed
Support
( SB 607)
Labor and Employment - Exemptions From Overtime Pay - Administrative, Executive, or Professional Capacity
Post Hearing
ECM
Monitor

( SB 437)
Public Health - Expensive Drugs - Manufacturer Reporting and Drug Price Transparency Advisory Committee
Post Hearing
HGO
Monitor

( SB 813)
Department of Housing and Community Development - Rental Assistance Programs - Duration of Assistance
Post Hearing
E&T
Monitor

 HB 696
(SB 849)
Department of Housing and Community Development - Rental Assistance Programs - Duration of Assistance
Post Hearing W&M Support
Education - PARCC Testing - Children With Disabilities (Ben's Rule)
Post Hearing W&M
Oppose
HB 736 Workgroup to Recommend Possible Reforms to Maryland's Health Care System
Post Hearing HGO Monitor
HB 769
(SB 216)
Maryland Caregivers Support Coordinating Council - Renaming and Altering Membership and Duties
Returned Passed HGO, FIN Monitor
HB 909
(SB 571)
Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act Passed in House, First Reading in Senate HGO, FIN Monitor
HB 971
(SB 872)
James W. Hubbard Inclusive Higher Education Grant Program Passed in House, Second Reading Passed in Senate W&M, EHEA Support
HB 978
(SB 871)
Education - Accountability - Consolidated State Plan and Support and Improvement Plans (Protect Our Schools Act of 2017) Gubernatorial Veto Override, Passed into Law W&M, EHEA Support
HB 1061 Task Force to Study Emergency and Evacuation Plans for Students, Staff, and Visitors with Disabilities in Public School Facilities Returned Passed W&M, EHEA Support
( SB 201)
Education - Fire Drill Requirements - State Fire Prevention Code
Returned Passed
W&M, EHEA
Support with Amendments
HB 1080 Education - Universal Prekindergarten - Established Post Hearing W&M Monitor
HB 1158 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Comprehensive Dental Benefits for Adults - Authorization
Post Hearing HGO Support
HB 1165 Estate - Duties of Guardian of the Person - Notice and Visitation by Family Passed in House, Post Hearing in Senate HGO, JPR Monitor
HB 1175
(SB 834)
Human Relations - Discrimination by a Place of Public Accommodation - Enforcement and Remedies
Post Hearing HGO Support
HB 1207
(SB 85)
Family Law - Treatment Foster Care Homes - Siblings Passed in House, Favorable with Amendments Report in Senate JUD, JPR Monitor
HB 1214
(SB 1013)
Health Occupations - Dental Therapists - Licensure Post Hearing HGO Support
HB 1222 Maryland School Discipline Reform Act Post Hearing W&M Support
( SB 340)
University of Maryland School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity - Workgroup on Health in All Policies Passed in House, Favorable Report in Senate
HGO, FIN, EHEA
Monitor

HB 1268 Education - Student Achievement Gap Standard - Establishment (Maryland Student Achievement Act) Post Hearing W&M Support
HB 1287 Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices Passed in House, Second Reading Passed with Amendments in Senate W&M, EHEA Support
( SB 542)
Maryland Lead Poisoning Recovery Act
Post Hearing
E&T, JUD
Support
( SB 962)
Labor and Employment - Payment of Minimum Wage Required (Fight for Fifteen)
Post Hearing
ECM
Monitor

HB 1559
(SB 173)
Commission on Access to Tax-Preferred Health and Childcare Savings Accounts for All Marylanders
First Reading HRU Monitor
HB 1613
(SB 876)
Individuals With Disabilities - Establishing Community-Based Long-Term Services and Supports (Maryland Disability Integration Act)
First Reading HRU Monitor
HB 1625 Environmental - Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing - Blood Lead Level First Reading HRU Monitor
( SJ 2)
Constitutional Convention - Amendment - Repeal
Passed in House, First Reading in Senate
HRU, EHEA
Support
Education - Specialized Intervention Services - Reports
Passed in Senate, Passed with Amendments in House, Conference Committee Appointed
Support
Reporting Abuse to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and the Office of Health Care Quality
Passed Enrolled
Monitor

( HB 1207)
Family Law - Treatment Foster Care Homes - Siblings
Passed in Senate, Favorable Report in House
Monitor
SB 170
(HB 150)
Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2018) First Reading B&T Support
SB 172
(HB 152)
Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2017 Post Hearing B&T Support with Amendments
( HB 1559)
Commission on Access to Tax-Preferred Health and Childcare Savings Accounts for All Marylanders
Post Hearing
B&T
Monitor

( HB 644)
Independent Living Tax Credit Act
Passed Enrolled
Support
( HB 1066)
Education - Fire Drill Requirements - State Fire Prevention Code
Returned Passed
Support with Amendments
( HB 769)
Maryland Caregivers Support Coordinating Council - Renaming and Altering Membership and Duties
Returned Passed
Monitor

( HB 1)
Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
Passed in Senate, First Reading in House
Support with Amendments
Task Force to Study Suspension Rates of African American Prekindergarten Students
Post Hearing
Support with Amendments
( HB 279)
Guardianship and Child in Need of Assistance Proceedings - Jurisdiction and Authority of Juvenile Court
Returned
 Passed
Support
SB 282
(HB 571)
Property Tax Credit - Disabled or Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Rescue Workers - Acquisition of Dwelling
Passed in Senate, Favorable Report in House B&T, W&M Support
( HB 382)
Commonsense Paid Leave Act
Post Hearing
Monitor

( HB 1225)
University of Maryland School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity - Workgroup on Health in All Policies
Passed Enrolled
Monitor

( HB 448)
Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program - Account Clarifications
Returned Passed
Support
Education - Prekindergarten Students - Funding
Post Hearing
B&T
Monitor

( HB 631)
Public Health - Essential Generic Drugs - Price Gouging - Prohibition
Post Hearing
FIN
Support
( HB 528)
Humane Adoption of Companion Animals Used in Research Act of 2017
Post Hearing
Monitor

( HB 666)
Public Health - Expensive Drugs - Manufacturer Reporting and Drug Price Transparency Advisory Committee
Third Reading Passed, First Reading in House
Monitor

( HB 1140)
State Procurement - Information Technology - Nonvisual Access
Passed in Senate, Post Hearing in House
EHEA, HGO
Monitor

( HB 984)
Developmental Disabilities Administration - Crisis Resolution and Crisis Prevention Services - Funding and Reporting
Post Hearing
FIN
Support
( HB 580)
Behavioral Health Community Providers - Keep the Door Open Act
Passed in Senate, Post Hearing in House
Monitor

Education - Remote Classroom Technology Grant Program - Establishment (Peyton's Bill)
Returned Passed
Support
( HB 1358)
Maryland Lead Poisoning Recovery Act
Post Hearing
JPR Support
Education - Maryland Education Opportunity Account Program - Established
Post Hearing
B&T
Oppose
( HB 498)
Health Care Decision Act - Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making - Disqualified Individuals
Passed in Senate, Second Reading Passed with Amendments in House
FIN, HGO
Support
( HB 658)
Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telehealth - Requirements
Post Hearing
FIN
Monitor

( HB 909)
Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act
Passed into Law
FIN, HGO
Monitor

( HB 516)
Workgroup to Study the Implementation of Universal Access to Prekindergarten for 4-Year-Olds
Returned Passed
B&T, W&M
Monitor
Baltimore City and Baltimore County - Police Behavioral Health Units - Training Requirements
Post Hearing
JPR
Monitor

( HB 458)
Visual Impairments - Requirements for Teacher Training, Student Screening, and Maryland Medical Assistance Program Coverage
Passed in Senate, Post Hearing in House
EHEA, FIN, W&M, HGO
Monitor

( HB 425)
Public Schools - Suspension and Expulsions
Passed in Senate, Second Reading Passed in House
EHEA, HRU
Support
( HB 548)
Education - Prekindergarten Student Assessment - Moratorium
Passed in Senate, Second Reading Passed with Amendments in House
EHEA, W&M
Monitor

State Budget
Post Hearing
B&T
Monitor

Education - Children With Disabilities - Individualized Education Program Process- Parental Consent
Passed in Senate, Second Reading in House
EHEA, HRU
Support
SB 728
(HB 172)
Home Act of 2017 Post Hearing JPR Support
( HB 331)
Education - Behavior Intervention Plans - Physical Restraint and Seclusion
Passed in Senate, Second Reading Passed in House
EHEA, HRU
Support
( HB 689)
Department of Housing and Community Development - Rental Assistance Programs - Duration of Assistance
Passed in Senate, Post Hearing in House
EHEA, E&T
Monitor

SB 834
(HB 1175)
Human Relations - Discrimination by a Place of Public Accommodation - Enforcement and Remedies
Post Hearing JPR Support
SB 849
(HB 689)
Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition Post Hearing JPR Support
SB 871
(HB 978)
Education - Accountability - Consolidated State Plan and Support and Improvement Plans (Protect Our Schools Act of 2017)
Passed in Senate, First Reading in House EHEA, HRU Support
SB 872
(HB 971)
James W. Hubbard Inclusive Higher Education Grant Program Returned Passed EHEA, W&M Support
SB 943
(HB 456)
Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers - Dispute Resolution Process - Regulations Passed Enrolled EHEA, W&M Support
SB 962
(HB 1416)
Labor and Employment - Payment of Minimum Wage Required (Fight for Fifteen) Post Hearing FIN Monitor
SB 1013
(HB 1214)
Health Occupations - Dental Therapists - Licensure Passed in Senate, First Reading in House EHEA, HRU Support
SB 1106
(HB 352)
Healthcare Practitioners - Use of Teletherapy Passed in Senate, Second Reading Passed with Amendments in House SRU, HRU Monitor
SJ 2
(HJ 2)
Constitutional Convention - Amendment - Repeal Passed Enrolled EHEA, HRU Support
SJ 3 United States Constitution - Amendments Convention - Limitations of Federal Power Post Hearing EHEA Monitor
 
Please note: the following abbreviations identify the legislative committees in the Maryland General Assembly.

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

Cristine Marchand, Executive Director

Susan Somerville-Hawes , Esq., Director of Public Policy & Advocacy - Children and Families
Jamie Stoner , The Arc Maryland 2017 Public Policy Fellow; Director of Outreach, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
Andrew Siske, Legislative Intern, University of Baltimore School of Law
Aaron Stephens , Deputy Director, The Arc of Frederick County