ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – This week in Annapolis, the General Assembly entered its second full week of the 2021 legislative session, and a steady stream of bills was introduced in the House and Senate. Governor Larry Hogan[R] presented a plan to reopen Maryland schools and unveiled the 2022 budget. House Speaker Adrienne Jones unveiled a “black agenda” for Maryland which intends to tackle systematic racism in the State.

Stories of the week

  • President Jones unveiled a new “black agenda” for Maryland. This includes a legislative package which contains bills dealing with a wide range of racist issues. Examples of such bills focus on racial equity, economic disparities, police reform and education.
  • Governor Hogan announced a plan to reopen the schools. In a press conference with the state superintendent, Hogan called for Maryland schools to open on a “hybrid” basis by March 1 of this year. This plan includes prioritization of vaccines for teachers and school staff, and additional funding of $ 780 million for schools
  • Hogan also revealed the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, whose content included additional funding for education and kindergarten, tax and stimulus relief for residents of Maryland, and funds for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

Invoices to watch

SB 414Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021 – Presented to the Senate

SB 419Elimination of warrants smoothly – Presented to the Senate.

HB 1 Funding of historically black colleges and universities – Cross-filing in the Senate and in the House

SB 421Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day – Status introduced

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