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Session Highlights

 

 Legislative Budget Hearings

 

  • Operating Budget Hearings

 

On January 23 and 24, 2020, Sara Fidler, President of MICUA, testified before the Senate Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee and the House Appropriations Committee, respectively, regarding the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) Higher Education Overview.  Fidler expressed appreciation for past Sellinger support, expressed disappointment in the reduction to the Sellinger appropriation in the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA), and gave examples of laudable efforts on our campuses to recruit and retain first generation students, underrepresented minority students, and low-income students.  The testimony can be found here.

On February 12, 2020, President Samuel Hoi, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Sara Fidler testified before the House Appropriations Education and Economic Development Subcommittee regarding the Fiscal 2021 Sellinger appropriation. On February 14, 2020, President Marylou Yam, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and Sara Fidler testified before the Senate Budget and Taxation Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee regarding the Fiscal 2021 Sellinger appropriation. Testimony asserted that the BRFA reduction should be rejected, that the Sellinger Program should be fully funded, that the multiplier should remain at 15.5%, and that the link between the Sellinger Program and the other segments of higher education should be restored.  The testimony can be found here.  

On February 26 and 27, 2020, Sara Fidler testified before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Appropriations Committee, respectively, as part of the BRFA bill hearing.  MICUA again asserted that the Sellinger Program should be fully funded and that the link between Sellinger and the other segments of higher education should be restored.  The testimony can be found here.

 

  • Capital Budget Hearings

 

A hearing on the MICUA portion of the capital budget was only held in the House this year; not in the Senate.  On February 26, 2020, campus representatives from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Notre Dame of Maryland University joined Sara Fidler to testify in support of the three MICUA capital projects, and to request an additional $4 million be appropriated for these projects over the $8 million that was included in the Governor’s CIP (total $12 million ask). The testimony can be found here.

 

Summary of Legislative Activities

 

During the Legislative Session of 2020, MICUA followed the progress of over 200 bills heard in the House Appropriations Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, and the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.  MICUA submitted written testimony for almost 20 bills and of these, amendments were offered on 5 bills.  Oral testimony was presented during 5 bill hearings.  MICUA also engaged in multiple meetings with bill sponsors and various higher education stakeholders. 

None of the bills that MICUA opposed became law this session, and all of the amendments that MICUA offered were adopted or resolved in a manner that will not negatively impact MICUA’s students or its institutions.  MICUA greatly appreciates the immense amount of time and patience that the Legislators and their staff spent in thoughtfully considering the concerns of the MICUA member institutions and our students.

For more information regarding the bills that MICUA followed this session, please see here.

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