General Assembly Adopts New Practices For Late 2020 Session

Amidst the coronavirus emergency, the General Assembly has released a revised set of guidelines for stakeholders during the remainder of the 2020 legislative session. Most activities will be "remote." For the coming days, new standards are being exercised for public participation in policy discussions: Effective immediately for the Maryland General Assembly: 1 – Only people with a State-issued credential will be permitted in to the House and Senate Office buildings, as well as Legislative Services.…

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“Crossover” Is Coming… Wait, Why Do We Care Again?

March 16th marks the General Assembly's "crossover" date - bills that aren't passed out of one chamber by then face higher hurdles for passage. So, the March 16th "crossover date" is approaching. Why are lots of stakeholders, including your assiduously active MACo policy staff, circling that date on their calendars? In short - the crossover deadline is the General Assembly's way of moving things along toward passage. A House Bill needs to pass both the…

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Tracking the Kirwan Blueprint? Here’s The Latest

The high-profile Kirwan Blueprint bill, HB 1300, is moving in the House, and will be on an accelerated path into the Senate. Here's what to watch. The two House subcommittees on Appropriations and Ways and Means have approved the heavily-amended Kirwan bill, HB 1300, and it is scheduled for "lengthy" debate on Friday, March 6. The working draft is available online as a "reprint," and amendments incorporated into the bill. Stakeholders are drafting amendments to…

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Evolving House Blueprint Bill – Some County Fiscal Relief

The fast-moving Kirwan Blueprint bill, HB 1300, has gathered a series of initial amendments - which include two major changes offering county funding relief. HB 1300, the Kirwan Blueprint bill, received its public hearing on February 17, and in the last several days has sprung to life, with House action appearing imminent. The House's two committees with joint jurisdiction of the bill - Appropriations and Ways & Means - reviewed a set of "leadership" amendments…

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Kirwan Blueprint “Markup” Underway as House Decisions Approach

The Kirwan Blueprint bill, HB 1300, is moving toward House action - with a lengthy series of amendments on the table, and a timetable for votes in the days ahead. A Thursday afternoon meeting of the two Education Subcommittees in the House, from the Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees, laid out a lengthy series of changes to the much-watched Kirwan Blueprint bill for school funding. The framework paves the way for House consideration and…

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Howard Council Member Jones Featured For Black History Month

The Network of Minorities in Mathematical Sciences has featured Howard County Council Member Opel Jones among its honorees for 2020's Black History Month. Council Member Opel Jones, of Howard County's District 2, is serving his first term in county office. The Network of Minorities in Mathematical Sciences has honored him among its month of profiles titled "Mathematically Gifted & Black." Dr. Jones, whose doctorate is from Howard University, serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Towson University. From…

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Missed the Kirwan Hearing? Here’s Great Coverage

Maryland Matters breaks down the Kirwan Blueprint legislation, summarized some of the most on-point testimony, and gives the best policy summary of the issues now facing the General Assembly in this center stage education debate. You'll be forgiven if you missed the all-day "rally" and public hearing on the Kirwan Blueprint legislation on Monday February 17. It's all available online if you're a binge-watcher. If you're looking for the Cliff's Notes version, though, to stay…

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Kirwan Blueprint – Source Data/Assumptions Unveiled

A trove of data, and underlying assumptions, used to assemble SB 1000/HB 1300, the Kirwan Blueprint bill, has been released online. For counties, and other stakeholders, analyzing and assessing the broad Kirwan Blueprint education funding plan, a major ingredient has become publicly available. Several sets of data and projections, each relevant to the legislation's fiscal estimates, are now posted no the Department of Legislative Services website: DLS Modeling Assumptions under HB 1300/SB 1000 Projected Full-Time…

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MACo on Kirwan Blueprint: Rely on State Funding

MACo has submitted a Letter of Information for today's public hearing on the Kirwan Blueprint legislation. The statement calls for the State to provide the resources for the ambitious school funding plan - citing the most equitable state funding systems, where the State is the lead player in funding. Read the text of MACo's statement below: World Class Schools – A State Priority, Should Rely on State Funding The State of Maryland should live up…

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Highway User Revenues, 2020 Style

Legislation is in to revisit the long-lasting debate about Highway User Revenues - the share of State motor fuel and vehicle taxes distributed to local governments for their own road and bridge maintenance. The bill is worth a real look. Senator Andrew Serafini and Delegate Carl Anderton are lead sponsors of legislation to extend and revive the local distribution of transportation revenues. It's been a couple of years since this debate took center stage -…

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