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The following pieces of legislation are of particular interest to The University of Baltimore, the University of Baltimore Community and/or the University Systems of Maryland:
SB0290/HB0300 Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2023)
Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc.
SB0291/HB0301 Creation of a State Debt – Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2022, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021
Authorizing the creation of a State Debt in the amount of $1,204,361,000, the proceeds to be used for certain necessary building, construction, demolition, planning, renovation, conversion, replacement, and capital equipment purchases of the State, for acquiring certain real estate in connection therewith, and for grants to certain subdivisions and other organizations for certain development and improvement purposes; etc.
State Government - State and Local Government Employees and Contractors - Cybersecurity Training
Making certain provisions of law governing the protection of information by government agencies applicable to the Legislative and Judicial branches of State government; requiring the Maryland Cybersecurity Coordinating Council to develop a Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Program; establishing certain criteria for the Program; requiring the State Chief Information Security Officer to coordinate with the Council to certify certain cybersecurity trainings; etc..
SB0275/HB0008 Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2022)
Establishing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program in the Maryland Department of Labor to provide certain benefits to individuals who take leave from employment for certain purposes; establishing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; requiring, beginning January 1, 2023, certain employees, employers, and self-employed individuals to contribute to the Fund in a certain manner; etc.
SB0004/HB0024 Cybersecurity Scholarship Program – Alterations and Maryland Cybersecurity Loan Assistance Repayment Program – Establishment
Altering certain criteria for the Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program, including increasing the number of years a recipient may hold an award, expanding the qualifying positions for a scholarship recipient to fulfill a work obligation, and establishing criteria for part-time students to be eligible for the scholarship, hold an award, and fulfill a work obligation; establishing the Maryland Cybersecurity Loan Assistance Repayment Program; etc.
HB0025 Rehabilitation and Education for All Prisons (REAP) Act
Requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to set certain goals for the number of inmates in rehabilitation programs and establish certain tracking systems; requiring the State Department of Education and the Department of Human Services to assist the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in establishing certain tracking systems; and requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to assist inmates in accessing federal Pell Grants.
HB0125 Motor Vehicle Insurance - Discrimination in Underwriting and Rating - Use of Gender
Prohibiting an insurer, with respect to private passenger motor vehicle insurance, from refusing to underwrite, canceling, refusing to renew, rating a risk, or increasing a renewal premium based, in whole or in part, on the gender of the insured or applicant.
SB0498/HB0132 Education - Student Horizon Database and Scorecard (Students Right to Know Act of 2022)
Requiring the State Department of Education, in collaboration with certain agencies, to annually collect certain information on the military and jobs, high schools, private career schools, and certain institutions of higher education in the State and to create and maintain a Student Horizon database on the Department's website that contains the information collected; requiring the Department to publish, and each local school system to distribute, the Student Horizon Scorecard on or before certain dates each year; etc.
HB0164 Institutions of Higher Education - Pregnant Students - Policy
Prohibiting an institution of higher education from requiring pregnant students to take a leave of absence, withdraw, or limit studies; requiring an institution of higher education to allow pregnant students, students who have recently given birth, and students who are the nonbirth parents of a recently born child to take a leave of absence and return to the institution in good academic standing, subject to a certain condition; requiring an institution to adopt and implement a written policy on pregnancy discrimination awareness; etc.
HB0235 Open Meetings Act - Definition - Administrative Function
Excluding the administration of certain personnel matters from the definition of "administrative function" as it relates to the Open Meetings Act.
HB0255 Maryland Internship Opportunities Program - Creation and Income Tax Credit
Establishing the Maryland Internship Opportunities Program to provide students with internship opportunities with humanities-based businesses; allowing certain employers a credit, up to $4,200 for each eligible intern, against the State income tax for employing certain eligible interns subject to certain limitations; requiring the Maryland Department of Labor to adopt regulations specifying criteria and procedures for the application for and approval of tax credit certificates; etc.
HB0330 Higher Education - Undergraduate Degree Requirement - United States History Course
Requiring each public institution of higher education to require an undergraduate student to pass a United States history course to earn an undergraduate degree.
HB0338 Child Abuse and Neglect - Definition of Neglect
Altering the definition of "neglect" in provisions of law relating to child abuse and neglect and children in need of assistance to provide that "neglect" on the part of a victim of domestic violence does not include failure to protect the child from witnessing domestic violence, failure to leave the home in which the alleged perpetrator resides, failure to end a relationship with a certain perpetrator, failure to report the domestic violence to law enforcement or social services, or failure to seek a protective order.