Today is the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session. So far we have made much-needed traction on critical issues, but it is clear that there is still work to be done. Thursday afternoon, the House Economic Matters Committee voted 14-9 to advance the Maryland Working Families Act HB1 to the full House for a vote. Next week the House will vote on the measure. The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on this measure next week as well. As I told the Washington Post, Sen. Thomas M. Middleton (D-Charles), the chairman of the committee, is working hard on the measure and it appears to be “making substantive movement.” Twenty-four out of 47 senators are signed on as bill sponsors.
Later that day, thousands of teachers, families, students, school leaders, and supporters joined the District 46 team, legislators from across the State, the Mayor, and city council members for the Baltimore Education Coalition (BEE) Rally. The crowd echoed the messages we have been hearing from District 46 schools and constituents to "fix the gap" in City Schools funding.
This week the District 46 team offered a comprehensive statement about the City Schools budget shortfall. You can view our statement here. We are looking forward to hearing from Mayor Pugh on Monday as she offers possible solutions. In two weeks we will again weigh in on the State budget as it enters the full House for a vote.
I will have hearings on three bills next week including two Alternative Energy Bills and a bill that will support workers rights. Our bill which is the result of a year-long task force on the creation of an Adult High School pilot program will be heard in the Senate. I will keep you posted on these and other legislation as they move along. You can also track legislation throughout the 90-day legislative session here.
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