2012 Maryland Legislative Session: UPDATE

Now that the 2012 Maryland General Assembly session has adjourned, we have posted education bills of interest to educators and the action taken. If you want more information on a particular bill and any amendments , you can visit the Maryland General Assembly Website..

House Bills: 

HB 2 Public School Buildings – Carbon Monoxide Detection and Warning Equipment

Requiring the construction or remodeling of public school buildings to conform to a standard for the installation of carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment for commercial structures; and making the Act an emergency measure.

 PASS on April 10. 

 

HB 8 Crimes – Electronic Communication – Harassment

Changing the prohibition against using electronic mail with the intent to harass to prohibit engaging in electronic communication with the intent to harass; changing the defined term “electronic mail” to “electronic communication” and altering the definition; and establishing penalties for a second or subsequent.

PASS  on April 10. 

  

HB 9 Education – Children and Youth – Reporting of Information Concerning Student Health, Well-Being, and Growth

Requiring each county superintendent of schools to report specified information relating to student growth, health, and well-being to the State Superintendent of Schools on or before December 1 of each year; requiring the State Department of Education to report specified information to the Governor and the General Assembly relating to student growth, health, and well-being on or before specified dates; etc.

PASS with amendments, on March 30.

  

HB 11 Criminal Law – Third Degree Sexual Offense – Person in Position of Authority

Repealing the requirement that the prosecution of a misdemeanor offense of the prohibition against a specified person in a position of authority engaging in a sexual act or sexual contact with a minor, under specified circumstances, be instituted within 3 years after the offense was committed; prohibiting a specified person in a position of authority who is at least 6 years older than the victim from engaging in sexual contact or a sexual act while the minor is enrolled or participating in a specified institution, program, or activity; etc.

FAIL

 

HB 14 Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners – Selection of Members – Local Referendum (Democracy in Education Act of 2012)

Increasing the number of members of the Baltimore City School Commissioners; requiring a specified number of board members to be elected at-large by the voters of Baltimore City; altering the length of a term of the members of the board; requiring specified board members to be elected at a specified election and in accordance with specified provisions of law; providing for the termination of the term of the initial elected members of the board; submitting the Act to a referendum of qualified voters of Baltimore City; etc

FAIL

 

HB 123 Vehicle Laws – Wireless Communication Devices – Enforcement of Prohibitions on Use While Driving (Primary offense)

Repealing provisions of law that require enforcement as a secondary offense of specified prohibitions against the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.

FAIL

 

HB 163 Motor Vehicles – Prohibition on Use of Text Messaging Device While Driving – Exceptions

Establishing that the prohibition on using a text messaging device while driving does not apply to the use of voice recognition technology that allows the hands-free sending of a text message or an electronic message or the use of a text messaging device to listen to a text message or an electronic message; etc.

FAIL

 

 HB 191 State Board of Education – Financial Literacy Curriculum – Graduation Requirement

Requiring the State Board of Education to develop curriculum content for a course in financial literacy; requiring each county board of education to implement the financial literacy curriculum content developed by the State Board in every high school in the county; and requiring students to complete a course in financial literacy in order to graduate from high school.

FAIL

 

HB 196 Student Health and Fitness Act ( Requiring schools of offer phys ed.)

Requiring that a public school student in elementary school be provided a daily program of physical activity totaling at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week, including at least 90 minutes of physical education; requiring that the program of physical activity for a specified category of student be consistent with a specified plan for the student; requiring public elementary schools to designate a specified group to plan and coordinate specified activities.

FAIL

 

HB 201 Meal Menus – Nutrition Information

Requiring each public school, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, to list the number of calories contained in a menu item next to the menu item on a meal menu published by the school.

FAIL

 

HB 210 School Buses – Length of Operation

Extending to 15 years the period of time that a school vehicle may be operated in St. Mary’s County, subject to specified requirements.

PASS on April 10.

 

HB 208 Baltimore City Public School System – Governance

Altering the appointment process of specified members of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners; altering the composition and purpose of the board; making the board responsible for functions assigned to it by the Chief Executive Officer of the board; repealing specified powers and functions of the board; requiring the Mayor to employ the Chief Executive Officer and establish a salary; requiring the board to establish a specified personnel system proposed by the Chief Executive Officer; etc.

FAIL

 

HB 304 Baltimore City – School Construction – Block Grant

Requiring the State to provide a specified block grant each year to Baltimore City for public school construction projects; providing for the initial amount, the source of funding, and an annual increase in the amount of an annual block grant for school construction projects in Baltimore City; and authorizing the Baltimore City Board of Education to acquire, construct, reconstruct, equip, maintain, repair, or renovate facilities through another entity acting as its agent and to enter into contracts with entities for such purposes.

 FAIL

 

 HB 308 Tobacco-Free Schools Act

Prohibiting the use of tobacco products in school buildings, on school grounds, and inside school buses; prohibiting the use of tobacco products by specified persons at specified school-sponsored events; providing a penalty for a violation and requiring the penalty to be paid to the Cigarette Restitution Fund; authorizing a waiver of the penalty in specified circumstances; etc.  

FAIL

 

HB 373 Age for Compulsory Public School Attendance – Exemptions

Altering from 16 to 17 the maximum age at which children are required to attend a public school regularly during the entire school year, subject to specified exceptions; etc.

PASS with amendments, on April 9.

 

HB 376 Video Lottery Terminal Proceeds – School Construction

Altering and repealing specified requirements of law relating to the use of proceeds from video lottery terminals; establishing a School Construction Account under the authority of the Interagency Committee on School Construction; repealing the Racetrack Facility Renewal Account; providing for the purpose of the Account; requiring the Comptroller to pay money from the Account; and requiring that funding from the Account be used to service debt for school construction; etc.

FAIL

 

HB 481 Baltimore County – Elected School Board

Establishing procedures for the election of the members of the Baltimore County Board of Education; repealing provisions governing the appointment of members of the county board; requiring members of the county board to reside in, be a registered voter in, and be elected from specified districts; establishing a term of office; providing for the removal of members and the appointment of a member to fill a vacancy; establishing a Baltimore County School Board Redistricting Commission; etc.

PASS with amendments, on March 30.

 

HB 831 Education – Public Schools – Parent Trigger

Authorizing parents and legal guardians of students attending public schools that are subject to corrective action and are not making adequate yearly progress to petition county boards of education to implement interventions; requiring county boards to notify the State Superintendent of Schools and the State Board of Education on receipt of petitions and of the final dispositions regarding the petitions; etc.

FAIL

 

HB 1110 Public Schools – Dating Violence – Kristen Marie Mitchell Law

Adding dating violence to provisions of law requiring the reporting of incidents of specified conduct by a county board of education; altering the content of a specified form and report, policies, and educational programs to include incidents of dating violence; requiring the State Board of Education to develop, by a specified date, a model policy that includes a prohibition on dating violence; altering the date by which each county board is required to submit a specified policy to the State Superintendent of Schools; etc.

FAIL

 

HB 1212 Building Better Schools through Innovation Act

Establishing a nonprofit partnership as an alternative financing arrangement for specified public school construction projects; authorizing a county board of education to enter into a contract with a specified nonprofit entity or entities for school construction projects; authorizing a county board to receive funding for school construction as a block grant; etc.

FAIL

 

HB 1217 Public Charter Schools – Chartering Authorities, Application Requirements, and Funding

Expanding the purpose of the Public Charter School Program; expanding the definition of a public charter school; authorizing the State Board of Education to be a primary chartering authority for the granting of a charter to a public charter school applicant; requiring a county board of education or the State Board to take specified actions when reviewing, evaluating, and making a decision on a charter school application; requiring each county board to disburse a specified amount of funds to each public charter school; etc.

FAIL

 

HB 1218 Public Charter Schools – Chartering Authorities, Application Requirements, Employees, and Facility Funding

Authorizing the State Board of Education to be a primary chartering authority for the granting of a charter to a public charter school applicant; requiring an application to the State Board to establish a public charter school to include specified information; requiring specified public charter schools to receive an annual per pupil facilities allotment; establishing the Public Charter School Facility Revolving Loan Fund; requiring the Governor to provide a specified amount of money in the State budget for the Fund; etc.

PASS with amendments, on April 2.

 

HB 1227 Core Content Areas – Accountability Program

Requiring the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Schools to assist each county board of education to establish goals that conform with specified objectives for subject areas that include science and social studies; requiring each public school to survey current student achievement in science and social studies; requiring the State Board and the State Superintendent to design and implement assessment programs in specified subjects; requiring specified grade band assessments and end-of-course assessments to be implemented; etc.

PASS on April 1.

 

HB 1240 School Infrastructure Local Option Act

Authorizing the governing body of a county to impose a tax not exceeding 1% on retail sales; exempting specified sales; requiring that the net proceeds of the tax be used only for capital funding for the construction, renovation, and upgrading of public schools; providing that before a specified law or ordinance takes effect it must first be submitted to a referendum of the qualified voters of a county for approval at the next following general election; etc.

FAIL

 

HB 1241 Preschool for All – Establishment

Establishing funding for prekindergarten by altering a specified definition to include prekindergarten students in the number of students enrolled; altering a funding calculation to phase in a reduction of specified funding; altering a definition to make specified children eligible for prekindergarten; requiring that specified prekindergarten programs be established by the 2015-2016 school year; etc.

FAIL 

HB 1246 Baltimore City Public School Construction Authority

Establishing the Baltimore City Public School Construction Authority; providing for the purpose, duties, membership, appointment, terms, and compensation of the Authority; authorizing the Authority to use alternative financing methods and issue bonds to finance public school construction projects; requiring the State to provide a specified block grant each year to Baltimore City for specified public school construction projects and requiring the Authority to administer and manage the block grant; etc.

FAIL

 

Senate Bills:

 

SB 140 CRIMES – CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT – FAILURE TO REPORT

Establishing that specified persons who are required to provide specified notice or make reports of suspected child abuse or neglect may not knowingly fail to give the notice or make the reports; establishing a misdemeanor and penalties for knowingly failing to report child abuse or neglect.

FAIL

SB 157 BALTIMORE CITY – AGE FOR COMPULSORY PUBLIC SCHOOL ATTENDANCE – EXEMPTION

Increasing the age for compulsory public school attendance in Baltimore City to be until 18 years old; requiring specified parents or guardians of children of ages 16 or 17 to provide written consent before the children may withdraw from public school attendance; requiring a county superintendent, a school principal, or another specified school official to provide a specified written notification under specified circumstances;

FAIL

 

SB 175 Crimes – Electronic Communication – Harassment

Changing the prohibition against using electronic mail with the intent to harass to prohibit engaging in electronic communication with the intent to harass; changing the defined term “electronic mail” to “electronic communication” and altering the definition; and establishing penalties for a second or subsequent violation of the Act.

PASS on April 10.

 

SB 217 Motor Vehicles – Use of Wireless Communication Device – Prohibited Acts, Enforcement, and Penalties (primary offense)

Repealing provisions of law that require enforcement as a secondary offense of specified violations involving the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle; repealing provisions of law that apply prohibitions involving the use of a wireless communication device to specified operators of motor vehicles only if the motor vehicle is in motion; providing that specified prohibitions apply only if the motor vehicle is in the travel portion of a roadway; altering a specified penalty; etc.

FAIL

 

SB 293 Education – Core Content Areas – Accountability Program


Requiring the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Schools to assist each county board of education to establish goals that conform with specified objectives for subject areas that include science and social studies; requiring each public school to survey current student achievement in science and social studies; requiring the State Board and the State Superintendent to design and implement assessment programs in specified subjects; requiring specified grade band assessments and end-of-course assessments to be established; etc.

PASS with amendments, on April 3.

 

 SB 307 State Board of Education – Financial Literacy Curriculum – Graduation Requirement

Requiring the State Board of Education to develop curriculum content for a course in financial literacy; requiring each county board of education to implement the financial literacy curriculum content developed by the State Board in every high school in the county; and requiring students to complete a course in financial literacy in order to graduate from high school.

FAIL

 

SB 358 Public-Private Partnerships

Establishing the policy of the State on public-private partnerships; altering provisions of law relating to public-private partnerships; authorizing a reporting agency to establish a public-private partnership and execute a partnership agreement in connection with specified functions, services, or assets; requiring a reporting agency to adopt regulations and establish processes for the development, screening, solicitation, evaluation, award, and delivery of public- private partnerships; etc.

PASS with amendments, on april 6.

 

SB 362 Age for Compulsory Public School Attendance – Exemptions

Altering from 16 to 17 the maximum age at which children are required to attend a public school regularly during the entire school year, subject to specified exceptions; etc.

PASS with amendments, on April 6.

 

SB 364 Loan Assistance Repayment Program – Nancy Grasmick Teacher Grant

Establishing the Nancy GrasmickTeacher Grant in the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program; requiring the Office of Student Financial Assistance to assist in the repayment of specified higher education loans owed by individuals who receive specified degrees from specified institutions of higher education in the State or out of the State; requiring the Office to assist in the repayment of specified loans owed by specified public school teachers; making the Act subject to a specified contingency; etc.

PASS on April 6.

 

SB 407 Baltimore County – Elected School Board

Establishing procedures for the election of the members of the Baltimore County Board of Education; repealing provisions governing the appointment of members of the county board; requiring members of the county board to reside in, be a registered voter in, and be elected from specified districts; establishing a term of office; providing for the removal of members and the appointment of a member to fill a vacancy; establishing a Baltimore County School Board Redistricting Commission; etc.

PASS on March 31.

 

SB 878 Preschool for All – Establishment and Funding

Establishing specified funding for prekindergarten students by altering a specified definition to include prekindergarten students in the number of students enrolled; altering a specified funding calculation to phase in a reduction of specified funding; altering a specified definition to make specified children eligible for prekindergarten; etc.

FAIL

 

One Response to 2012 Maryland Legislative Session: UPDATE

  1. Mypetspage May 10, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Mr. Price, I appreciate that you ceommnt under your own name. Some of us, for various reasons, feel as though we cannot without having repercussions come back against us or ours. But I’m reading your posts and you rarely mention quality of education. It’s all about politics, and by extension, doing exactly what the Dems are doing now.Sure, I get that the BOE is a political entity. But at what point does good governance trump politics? How will the conservative principles to which you subscribe translate into readying Pennsauken’s students for the global economy? I subscribe to being slightly left of center, by the way. But those of us who are non-partisan are not lying to ourselves. We see the partisan politics for what they are, two clubs trying to gain access to the stream of tax dollars and jobs that the BOE and the township represent. Those of us who are non partisan are trying to look out for the district and township as whole. Our loyalty is to governance, not political party.

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