Maryland HBCU Legislation

2021 Maryland General Assembly Session

GOVERNOR SIGNS HBCU FUNDING BILL INTO LAW!

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On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, upon the passing of House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, Governor Larry Hogan signed both bills into law!  The bill signing ceremony took place at Bowie State University.

 

The next action will be the signing of the settlement by State of Maryland Attorney General Frosh and the HBCU litigants, the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, which is expected to take place in June 2021.

Watch the Bill Signing Ceremony

 

Check Out The Press Coverage

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Another Unanimous Vote in the Senate!

On Friday, February 5, 2021 Senate Bill 1 - the HBCU Funding Bill passed by unanimous vote on the floor of the Senate (47 to 0)!  

House Bill 1, the companion bill in the House of Delegates sponsored by Speaker of the House Adrianne Jones, passed the floor vote in the House of Delegates on Friday February 12, 2021 with a vote of 115 to 14 (see the voting report). 

HB 1 / SB 1 - Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Funding

 

Sponsors - House of Delegates

Del. Adrienne Jones, Speaker of the House of Delegates

 

Sponsors - Senate

Sen. Charles Sydnor [D] Sen. Pamela Beidle [D] Sen. Brian Feldman [D] 

Sen. Melony Griffith [D] Sen. Antonio Hayes [D] Sen. Shelly Hettleman [D]

Sen. Delores Kelley [D] Sen. Clarence Lam [D] Sen. Obie Patterson [D]

Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher [D] Sen. Mary Washington [D] Sen. Ronald Young [D]

Summary

Requiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to establish a certain new unit to assist in evaluating and reviewing certain proposals for new programs and substantial modifications of existing programs; requiring the Governor, in each of fiscal years 2023 through 2032, to include in the annual State operating budget $577,000,000 to be allocated to certain historically black colleges and universities; establishing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Reserve Fund; specifying the purpose and uses of the Fund; etc

House of Delegates Bill Text (PDF)

Senate Bill Text (PDF)

View the Bill Hearing in the House Appropriations Committee on January 19, 2021

View the Bill Hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on January 21, 2021

Maryland HBCU Legislation

2020 Maryland General Assembly Session

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A HISTORIC VOTE!

On Thursday evening, March 12, 2020 around 7:00 pm, members of the Maryland State House of Delegates took a historic floor vote on House Bill 1260, the bill known as the HBCU Funding bill.  Under the leadership of House Speaker Adrienne Jones, the bill passed 127 to 2!  A watershed moment in Maryland history and in the history of the institutions of higher education known for such important and significant contributions to the Maryland economy, professional ranks, diverse workforce, civil rights, democracy, and culture.  Under the leadership of Senator Charles Sydnor, a floor vote on SB 1043 took place on Sunday evening, March 15, 2020 around 5:00 pm in the Senate and the bill passed unanimously (45 to 0)!  

Maryland HBCU Advocates Respond to Gov. Hogan's Veto

HB 1260 / SB 1043 - Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Funding

 

Sponsors - House of Delegates

Del. Adrienne Jones [D]Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes [D]Del. Darryl Barnes [D]Del. Keith Haynes [D] Del. Curtis Anderson [D]Del. Regina Boyce [D]Del. Frank Conaway [D]Del. Marvin Holmes [D] Del. Maggie McIntosh [D]Del. Nick Mosby [D]Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith [D]Del. Melissa Wells [D]

 

Sponsors - Senate

Sen. Charles Sydnor [D]Sen. Melony Griffith [D]Sen. Malcolm Augustine [D]Sen. Joanne Benson [D]Sen. Jill Carter [D]Sen. Arthur Ellis [D]Sen. Antonio Hayes [D]Sen. Delores Kelley [D]Sen. Cory McCray [D]Sen. Obie Patterson [D]Sen. William Smith [D]Sen. Mary Washington [D]

Summary

Requiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to establish certain new units to assist in evaluating and reviewing certain proposals for new programs and substantial modifications of existing programs; requiring the Governor, in each of fiscal years 2022 through 2031, to include in the annual State operating budget $57,700,000 to be allocated to certain historically black colleges and universities; establishing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Reserve Fund; specifying the purpose and uses of the Fund; etc.

Bill Text (PDF)

SB 435 - Legal Education Success Collaborative - Established

Sponsors - Senate

Sen. Cory McCray [D]Sen. Charles Sydnor [D]

Summary

Establishing a Legal Education Success Collaborative between the University of Baltimore School of Law, the University of Maryland School of Law, and the Maryland historically black colleges and universities in order to increase diversity in the legal field; requiring certain appropriations to be made in certain fiscal years to the scholars programs at the University of Baltimore School of Law and the University of Maryland School of Law to expand their programs; etc.

Bill Text (PDF)

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