See what’s happening in Annapolis, the bills we are working to pass and links to actions and tools to support you in taking action. The page is updated at least weekly during the session.
The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, better known as the Kirwan Commission, officially released their 2019 Interim Report, laying out the path to a world-class education for every student in Maryland. You can read a 2 page explainer here or download the full report here.
In addition to the policy recommendations depicted in the graphic, the Commission recommends a $325 million investment for this school year and $750 million in new investments (matched by the counties) for 2020/21.
Our schools and kids are falling behind
Maryland has prided itself in having one of the best public educational systems in the country. Yet, in the most recent NAEP test, Maryland students fell to 23rd in reading and math and 29th in science. When comparing our students with students of similar backgrounds across the nation, Maryland falls from 23rd to 37th. Even more disheartening, Maryland is the only state to see 4th and 8th grade test scores drop in reading and math.
Get ready to take action
The Maryland General Assembly is preparing legislation that will adopt the policy recommendations and initial financial investments called for by the commission.
DoTheMostGood will join with our friends at Strong School Maryland in grassroots efforts to get this legislation passed. As soon as we have seen the bills we will alert our members and provide guidance on how you can play a part. For now, you can reach out to your delegates and senator and let them know you expect them to support the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations.
DTMG is supported three bills promoting immigration justice.(more…)
DoTheMostGood is supporting a package of bills moving through the Maryland General Assembly this year that will improve voter choice and amplify the voter’s voice. (more…)
This is a phone script, but you can use it for emails by taking out the support questions and simply asking the Delegate/Senator for their support.
Hi, My name is _____________. I am a member of DoTheMostGood MoCo and a constituent of (Delegate/Senator _______ ). I live at ______________________.
I would like the Delegate/Senator to support HB0000/SB0000, [name of bill] addresses [intent or 1 sentence summary of the bill]
This bill is important to me because [your personal statement]
Will Delegate/Senator ___________ support this bill? [Yes/No/Undecided response.]
- [Yes response]: Please thank Delegate/Senator __________ for [his][her] support.
- [No response]: Please letDelegate/Senator __________ know that I support this bill.
- [Undecided response]: I hopeDelegate/Senator __________ will seriously consider this bill and give it [his][her]support.
Thank you for your time.
DTMG supported five health care bills in the 2019 Maryland Legislative Session and four of them have passed both chambers. Now we need the Governor to sign them into law, so please contact Governor Hogan’s Office now!
Prescription Drug Affordability Board (HB0768) creates a board that, with the approval of the Legislative Policy Committee, will have the authority to set upper payment limits on what state and local governments pay for high cost drugs. It will evaluate new prescription drugs that cost more than $30,000 annually for the course of treatment or have increased by $300 annually. HB 768 also sets up a process by which the Board can go back to the General Assembly to get the authority to set upper payment limits for high cost drugs for all drug purchasers in Maryland. We need this because the high cost of prescription drugs is making it difficult for us to afford necessary medications and is driving up the cost of our premiums. Marylanders are leading the charge against pharmaceutical manufacturers with this bill.
Status: Almost there! This bill has passed in both chambers. Now it’s up to the Governor Hogan to sign it.
Action: Use this special link to write to the Governor in support of HB768.
Maryland Health Insurance Option (Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019) (HB0814 and SB0802) will allow the state to enact a penalty for those who choose not to get health care coverage in Maryland, essentially restoring in Maryland the individual mandate that had been part of the ACA. The bill then allows the penalty money to be used to buy low-cost insurance. The Maryland Health Insurance Exchange will automatically enroll the consumer in an Affordable Care Act insurance plan that costs no more than the mandated penalty plus any federal subsidy that the consumer qualifies for. The consumer can opt-out if they wish.
Status: Success! The bill passed in both chambers. Now we need the Governor to sign it!
Action: Send a thank you message.
Health Insurance Consumer Protections Bill (HB0697 and SB0868) Among other things, this bill will prevent insurers from rejecting or dropping persons with preexisting conditions. DTMG submitted testimony for this bill to both the House and Senate committees.
Status: Success! The bill has passed both chambers.
Health Insurance – Individual Market Stabilization – Provider Fee (HB0258 and SB0239) This bill will allow the state to tax insurance providers whenever the Federal government fails to tax them according to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The monies that will be collected will go into the Maryland Reinsurance fund, which helps lower the price of insurance in Maryland.
Status: Passed in both Chambers!
Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Program – (HB0139 and SB0135) This bill would reduce overdose deaths and the transmission of infectious disease by establishing safe places for people who are addicted to opioids to self-administer pre-obtained drugs, providing sterile needles, and administering first aid and provide certain other services.
Status: This bill was withdrawn following an unfavorable committee report.
The Maryland Citizens Health Initiative is collecting personal stories about how individuals and families have been affected by the high cost of prescription drugs. Sharing real experiences by real people is a persuasive way to communicate the seriousness of the problem to legislators and the general public.
You can Contribute Your Story Here.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to eliminate Carbon Capture Sequestration (CCS) requirements for new, modified and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired power plants. (Think coal.) (more…)