FY2020 brought unique and unprecedented challenges to Maryland Family Network and the families with young children on whose behalf they advocate. The 2020 Legislative Session abruptly closed on March 18, nearly three weeks ahead of schedule, the first early adjournment since the Civil War.
The sprint to the finish included the passage of “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future–Implementation,” which is arguably the state’s most important piece of legislation in decades. The Maryland Family Network helped win passage of this landmark education reform legislation. The Maryland Family Network provided key support for a proposed $45.6 million expansion of early childhood initiatives in the FY2021 budget, including pre-k, Family Support Centers, early interventions for children with special needs, and professional development for child care providers. Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the Blueprint bill in May, citing “the economic fallout from this pandemic” as the basis for his decision. An override vote is expected once the General Assembly convenes, either in a special session or in the 2021 Legislative Session.