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2022 Legislative Priorities

March 7, 2022

Hello BCPASC,

2022 Legislative Priorities as of March 6, 2022

To view bills go to: Legislation - Charts (maryland.gov)

Click on the Bill Number, History, and the Text.

To find you representatives go to: Members - Find My Representatives (maryland.gov)

Click lookup and enter your home address

To sign up to testify you must have a MyMGA account, create one Register (maryland.gov)

You can also track bills and get email reminders on bills with this account.

Testimony Sign-Up is 2 business days prior to the bill hearing date for limited hours during the day (typically 10am-3pm).

i.e. if the date is the 20th then sign-up will be the 18th. If the 18th is a Saturday, then Sign-Up will be Friday the 17th.

View bills coming up this week by clicking on the MG website.

You can search by day, or committee.https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Meetings/Day

WHO DO YOU CONTACT about a Bill? Your specific representative (Delegate or Senate) & ALL of the Committee Members hearing that Bill!

If the Committee Listed on the Bill is Ways and Means, click on the Committee, select “Membership”, each person in the committee has an email address.

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MOST IMPORTANT BILL THIS WEEK-

Please support HB 1267 State or Local Elected Officials and Governmental Entities - Face Covering Requirements - Prohibition.

SUPPORT HB 1267 . Take one minute to help out with SUPPORT HB 1267. (ujoin.co)

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BILL(s) OF THE WEEK -

OPPOSE - HB1152 - Public Schools - Student Bill of Rights and Prohibitions on Suspensions and Expulsions

Legislation - HB1152 (maryland.gov)

SUPPORT - HB1281 - County Boards of Education - Elected Members - Recall Procedures

Legislation - HB1281 (maryland.gov)

SUPPORT - HB1267 - State or Local Elected Officials and Governmental Entities - Face Covering Requirements - Prohibition

Legislation - HB1267 (maryland.gov)

Monday, March 7 - Sign Up Closed

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Tuesday, March 8 - Sign Up Closed

SUPPORT - SB0583 - Maryland Center for School Safety – Public Schools – Reporting of Classroom Disruptions

Requiring the Maryland Center for School Safety to establish a website for anonymous reports of public school classroom disruptions; requiring the Center to establish an office that reviews and refers classroom disruption reports to the appropriate county superintendent of schools and the county board of education; requiring the county superintendent and the county board jointly to respond within 45 days after receiving the report; etc.

SUPPORT - SB0699 - Public High Schools - Financial Literacy - Curriculum, Graduation Requirement, and Professional Development

Requiring the State Board of Education, with the assistance of the Maryland Council on Economic Education, to develop curriculum content for a certain course in financial literacy; requiring each county board of education to implement the curriculum in every public high school beginning in the 2025-2026 school year; requiring the completion of a certain financial literacy course in order to graduate from high school beginning in 2029; etc.

SUPPORT - SB0786 - Education - Public Schools - Curriculum Publication (Curriculum Transparency and Publication Act)

Requiring each public school to post the curriculum used for each course taught in the school on the school's publicly accessible website not less than 60 days after the curriculum is approved or revised; and requiring each county board of education to ensure that public schools post the curriculum used for each course taught in the school on the school's publicly accessible website.

SB0888 - Education - American Studies and Social Equity Standards Advisory Board - Academic Standards and Model Policy

Establishing the American Studies and Social Equity Standards Advisory Board; requiring the Advisory Board to review and develop recommendations for academic standards for American studies and develop a model policy on ethnic and social equity in public schools; requiring each county board of education to adopt a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools and implement a curriculum for American studies before the 2025-2026 school year.

SJ0007 - Support of Parents’ Rights to Bring Grievances to County Boards of Education

Supporting parents' rights to peacefully assemble, speak freely, and petition the government, including county boards of education, on any topic; and condemning intimidation of a parent who is expressing these rights.

SUPPORT - HB1450 - Blueprint for Maryland's Future - Implementation Plans and Fund - Alterations

Altering certain dates for the development, adoption, and submission of plans to implement the Blueprint for Maryland's Future; altering the date by which criteria to evaluate certain implementation plans must be developed; altering the distribution of certain sales and use tax revenues to the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Fund; and authorizing certain entities or programs to retain the unspent portion of a certain appropriation for fiscal year 2022.

SUPPORT - HB0613 - Public Schools - Appropriations for School Safety Expenditures - Increase

Increasing from $10,000,000 to $20,000,000 certain annual appropriations for certain school safety expenditures beginning in fiscal year 2024.

SUPPORT - HB1338 - Face Mask Requirements - Prohibition

Prohibiting a State or local elected official, governmental entity, or other person from requiring an individual to wear a certain face mask as a condition of entry into certain places or receiving certain goods, services, or education, except under certain circumstances.

SUPPORT - HB1267 - State or Local Elected Officials and Governmental Entities - Face Covering Requirements - Prohibition

Prohibiting a State or local elected official or governmental entity from requiring an individual to wear a face covering, subject to certain exceptions.

Wednesday, March 9 - Sign Up for Testimony Mon, March 7 (8am-3pm)

SUPPORT - HB1122 - Public Schools - Home School Students - Extracurricular Activities (Right to Play Act of 2022)

Requiring each public school to allow students in home instruction programs to participate in extracurricular activities sponsored by the school if the student participates in a home instruction program under written agreement with the county superintendent, is eligible to attend the public school, and meets and complies with the public school's requirements for participating in the extracurricular activity.

SUPPORT - HB1145 - Education - Student Behavior - Parent Notice and Required Counseling (Parent Accountability Act)

Establishing that it is unlawful for a parent or guardian of a student in a public school to fail to seek and participate in counseling with their child after receiving notice of violent and disruptive behavior; and requiring a public school principal to provide written notice to the parent or guardian of a student who engages in two or more number of incidents of violent and disruptive behavior in a public school during the school year.

OPPOSE - HB1152 - Public Schools - Student Bill of Rights and Prohibitions on Suspensions and Expulsions

Providing that each student in a public school in the State has certain rights; and altering the types of conduct for which a student may be suspended or expelled.

Thursday, March 10 - Sign Up for Testimony Tues, March 8 (8am-3pm)

SUPPORT - HB1281 - County Boards of Education - Elected Members - Recall Procedures

Establishing processes and procedures for the recall of an elected member of a county board of education.

SUPPORT - HB1287 - Public Schools - Curricula and Instructional Materials - Required List of Information (Curriculum Transparency Act of 2022)

Requiring each county board of education to direct each public school in the county to provide certain information regarding curricula and instructional materials beginning in the 2022-2023 school year; and requiring the State Superintendent to direct the Comptroller to withhold certain funding from a county board under certain circumstances.

SUPPORT - HB1356 - Public Schools - Reporting of Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Harassment (Report Act of 2022)

Requiring a school administration to file an administrative incident report if sexual misconduct, stalking, or harassment is reported to the school administration; requiring the school administration to provide a copy of the administrative incident report to the victim and the parent of the victim; and requiring each county board of education to adopt a policy specifying the penalty for a violation of the Act.

Friday, March 11 - Sign Up for Testimony Wed, March 9 (8am-3pm)

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