MHAMD Friends and Supporters –
Amid concerns over spread of the novel coronavirus, the 441st legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly ended at 5PM yesterday – nearly three weeks earlier than planned. It is believed to be the first time the session has been cut short since the Civil War.
While the last few days of session were marked by a frenzied effort to finalize priority legislation and advance emergency bills to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the work done by MHAMD and its coalition partners during the first two months laid the groundwork for another positive campaign.
Please refer to the attached MHAMD 2020 Legislative Summary for an in-depth review of specific legislative and budgetary outcomes. Our final bill list is also attached.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us in our advocacy efforts over the past couple months. When called into action, hundreds of you rallied in Annapolis, emailed and called your representatives, testified at bill hearings and helped to spread the word on social media. Our successes this year are proof of what we can accomplish when we speak with a unified and sustained voice.
Again, thank you. We could not have done it without you. There will be a great deal of work required to properly implement the initiatives that were enacted this session, so keep watching the MHAMD policy pages for information and updates on high priority items.