2020 Maryland General Assembly Session Underway - Maryland Catholic Conference

2020 Maryland General Assembly Session Underway

The 441st legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly officially began in Annapolis at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, with legislators, advocates and members of the public converging on the state capital to mark the start of 90 days of state policymaking.

Maryland's annual legislative session runs each year from early January to early April, and during that time, the state will consider many important issues. Sine Die, the last day of session, will be Monday, April 6, 2020. 

As of the opening bell, more than 50 House bills and 120 Senate bills were pre-filed. Legislators are expected to introduce as many as 3,000 bills during the 90-day session.

Among the top priorities for the Catholic Church during the next 90 days will be:

  • Education funding. The Conference will support increasing funding for the BOOST Scholarship Program and for expanding access to pre-Kindergarten to all Maryland 4-year-olds.
  • Protecting Life. The Conference will oppose any efforts to enshrine abortion in Maryland's constitution and to legalize the practice of physician-assisted suicide.
  • Support for our most vulnerable. The Conference will support efforts to protect immigrants, provide for our poor, curb human trafficking, protect the environment, provide services to individuals with disabilities, and violence protection programs.

To stay up-to-date on the work of the Conference throughout the next 90 days, be sure to visit the Legislation page on our website. This is the hub for all Conference activity during the next 90 days. We share every piece of testimony we submit and keep a tracker of all the bills we are weighing in on throughout the session on our website, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often. 


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