2018 Legislative Session

Division of Early Childhood Development Budget Hearings:

Synopsis: Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc. Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.

View Hearing - move to the 9:5 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc. Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.

View Hearing - move to the 0:19 second mark.

 

House Bills: 

Synopsis:Requiring the Director of the State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, at the end of each fiscal year, to remit money in the unclaimed prize fund to the Comptroller for distribution to each county board of education in the State on a pro rata basis determined by the total lottery sales made in each county; requiring that a county board of education use distributions from the fund for public prekindergarten programs; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to 1:43 minute mark.

Synopsis: Requiring the State Board of Education to adopt regulations that require, to the extent practicable and economically feasible, a large family child care home or child care center to use environmentally preferable green product cleaning supplies, establish guidelines for purchasing certain green product cleaning supplies, establish green cleaning practices, and require a large family child care home or child care center that does not procure green cleaning products to provide written notice to the Department by June 30 each year; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing move to 4:10 minute mark.

Synopsis:Authorizing a credit against the State income tax for certain taxpayers who establish a child care center to provide child care services for the children of the taxpayer's employees or who compensate a child care provider or child care referral service for services provided to the taxpayers' employees; requiring the State Department of Education, on application of a taxpayer, to issue a tax credit certificate under certain circumstances; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to 55:56 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Prohibiting a person from importing, selling, or offering for sale certain child care products containing one-tenth of 1% of certain flame-retardant chemicals and intended for use by a child under the age of 12 years; authorizing the Secretary of Health to suspend implementation of certain provisions of the Act if the Secretary makes a certain determination; altering the date by which the Maryland Department of Health is required to adopt certain regulations; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.   View Hearing - move to 2:56 minute mark.

Synopsis: Adding a definition of the term "child care" to certain provisions of law relating to child care centers in the State; defining "child care" as the care or supervision of a child when the child's parent has given the child's care over to another individual for some portion of a 24-hour day as a supplement to the parent's primary care of the child; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to the 2:13 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Exempting from the sales and use tax the sale of diapers.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.   View Hearing - move to 2:26 minute mark.

Synopsis: Requiring the Governor to include in the State budget a certain appropriation to the Child Care Subsidy Program each fiscal year; requiring the Governor to appropriate funds in the State budget to increase the Child Care Subsidy Program reimbursement rates to a certain amount in certain fiscal years; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to 1:11 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Establishing that certain persons who are required to provide certain notice or make certain reports of suspected child abuse or neglect may not knowingly fail to give the notice or make the report if the person has actual knowledge of the abuse or neglect or witnesses the act of the abuse or neglect; establishing the misdemeanor of knowing failure to report child abuse or neglect under certain circumstances; and providing certain penalties for a violation of the Act.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.   View Hearing - move to the 1:15 minute mark.

Synopsis: Increasing to $100,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly the maximum income limits on eligibility for a certain credit allowed against the State income tax for certain child and dependent care expenses; altering certain income levels above which a certain phase-out of the tax credit is required; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to 3:10 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Requiring the Governor to include an appropriation of at least $3,000,000 for the Head Start Program in each annual budget submission.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to 1:39 minute mark.

Synopsis: Requiring that each health practitioner, police officer, educator, and human service worker in the State receive periodic training on the obligation to report child abuse and neglect and on the identification of abused and neglected children; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to the 2:33 minute mark.

Synopsis: Increasing certain penalties for certain convictions of driving while impaired by alcohol while transporting a minor.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to 25:17 minute mark.

Synopsis: Authorizing a credit against the State income tax for certain taxpayers who incur qualified expenses for a child care center that provides child care services for the children of the taxpayer's employees or who compensate a child care provider or child care referral service under certain circumstances; requiring the State Department of Education, on application of a taxpayer, to issue a tax credit certificate under certain circumstances; applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.      View Hearing - move to 4:29 minute mark.

Synopsis: Requiring certain county boards of education to ensure that a certain student is screened to identify if the student is at risk for reading difficulties beginning with the 2019-2020 school year; requiring a county board to use certain screening instruments for certain students; requiring a county board to monitor a certain student for progress for up to 8 weeks; requiring certain county boards to report annually certain information to the State Department of Education; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.   View Hearing - move to 47:32 minute mark.

Synopsis: Requiring the State Department of Education to administer the Child Care Subsidy Program in accordance with federal law; establishing eligibility criteria to continue to receive a certain subsidy for up to 90 days in a year if the individual is unemployed and seeking employment and if the individual meets certain other eligibility requirements; etc.

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Synopsis: Requiring a person transporting a child under the age of 2 years in a motor vehicle to secure the child in a rear-facing child safety seat unless the child is at least 40 pounds or at least 40 inches tall.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to the 4:10:3 minute mark.

Synopsis: Requiring the State Department of Education, in collaboration with certain entities, to establish a certain outreach program; establishing the Maryland Early Literacy Initiative in the Department; establishing the Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP) grant program; altering certain eligibility requirements for the Teaching Fellows for Maryland scholarship program; establishing a Career and Technology Education Innovation Grant; extending the final report date for the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - at 2:23:23 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Requiring a supplemental prekindergarten grant to be provided in each of fiscal years 2019 and 2020 to county boards of education that make a full-day prekindergarten program available for at least a certain proportion of certain children; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - at 42:23 minute mark.

Senate Bills: 

Synopsis: Prohibiting certain meetings of a council of unit owners of a condominium or a homeowners association to be held on less than 30 days of notice; requiring certain meeting notices for condominiums and homeowners associations to include a copy of the proposed agenda for the meeting; prohibiting certain receivers from voting on behalf of certain condominium unit owners or homeowners association lot owners; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal Policy Note.   View Hearing - move to the 1:35:10 minute mark.

Synopsis: Requiring that each health practitioner, police officer, educator, and human service worker in the State receive periodic training on the obligation to report child abuse and neglect and on the identification of abused and neglected children; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to minute 43:41.

Synopsis:  Establishing that certain persons who are required to provide certain notice or make certain reports of suspected child abuse or neglect may not knowingly fail to give the notice or make the report if the person has actual knowledge of the abuse or neglect or witnesses the act of the abuse or neglect; establishing the misdemeanor of knowing failure to report child abuse or neglect under certain circumstances; and providing certain penalties for a violation of the Act.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to 15:38 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Requiring the Governor to include an appropriation of at least $3,000,000 for the Head Start Program in each annual budget submission.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.   View Hearing - move to 1:11 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Requiring the Governor to include in the State budget a certain appropriation to the Child Care Subsidy Program each fiscal year; requiring the Governor to appropriate funds in the State budget to increase the Child Care Subsidy Program reimbursement rates to a certain amount in certain fiscal years; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to 1:35 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Increasing to $100,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly the maximum income limits on eligibility for a certain credit allowed against the State income tax for certain child and dependent care expenses; altering certain income levels above which a certain phase-out of the tax credit is required; and applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.   View Hearing - move to 2:46 minute mark.

Synopsis: Requiring certain county boards of education to ensure that a certain student is screened to identify if the student is at risk for reading difficulties beginning with the 2019-2020 school year; requiring a county board to use certain screening instruments for certain students; requiring a county board to monitor a certain student for progress for up to 8 weeks; requiring certain county boards to report annually certain information to the State Department of Education; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to 2:29 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Altering a required use of money in the Education Trust Fund; requiring the Governor to make a $1,000,000 appropriation to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners beginning in fiscal year 2020; prohibiting the appropriation from supplanting certain other State funds; requiring the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners to use certain funds to establish Judy Centers; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.    View Hearing - move to the 3:27 minute mark.

Synopsis:  Requiring the State Department of Education, in collaboration with certain entities, to establish a certain outreach program; establishing the Maryland Early Literacy Initiative in the Department; establishing the Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP) grant program; altering certain eligibility requirements for the Teaching Fellows for Maryland scholarship program; establishing a Career and Technology Education Innovation Grant; extending the final report date for the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education; etc.

Click Here for Fiscal and Policy Note.       View Hearing - move to the 1:02 minute mark.