2023 Legislative Session

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The 2023 legislative session in Maryland had positive outcomes for the Developmental Disability (DD) community. The Governor’s budget includes a 12% rate increase for community services, and there are budget increases to expand access to services in FY 24. MACS and their DD coalition partners advocated for bills that would affect people with developmental disabilities and community providers. They ensured that the Fair Wage Act passed without a negative impact on direct support and other staff wages and focused on … Read More

MACS Legislative Breakfast

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MACS held its Annual Legislative Breakfast virtually on January 24.  We were delighted to have so many friends from the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative leadership join us, including Budget & Tax Chair Sen. Guy Guzzone, Finance Chair Sen. Melony Griffith, President Pro Tem Sen. Malcolm Augustine, and Health and Human Services subcommittee chair Sen. Cory McCray.  They were open, informative and shared new and interesting details with our memers. We were also pleased to welcome Chair of the Health and … Read More

2022 Legislative Session Wrap Up

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The 2022 Maryland General Assembly adjourned at midnight on Monday!  The attached report and bill chart describe many of the budget and legislative items that we— many of you included—worked on during the 90-day session.  MACS will continue to update you as more information about paid family and medical leave becomes available—specifically what the overall rate of contribution will be as well as the employer- employee split.

New Actions to Address the Needs of People with Disabilities & Older Adults in Response to & Recovery from COVID-19

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2022 FACT SHEET:     Administration Announces New Actions to Address the Needs of People with Disabilities and Older Adults in Response to and Recovery from COVID-19 The Administration recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has had tremendous impacts on disabled individuals and has resulted in new members of the disability community. Over the past year, the Administration has collaborated and consulted with the disability community and taken several key actions to address the unique needs of individuals … Read More

Legislative Update Week of February 14, 2022

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Over 2000 bills have been introduced by members of the Maryland General Assembly—with more to come!  This week was the first of 3 bill hearings on paid family and medical leave—aka—The Time to Care Act.   This week: Paid Family & Medical Leave: Two paid family leave bills, HB 8 and HB 496, will be heard in the House Economic Matters Committee (ECM) on Tuesday, February 15th, at 1pm.  The lead sponsor on HB 496 is the chair of the ECM committee. MACS has been in discussions … Read More