BEwatch: Redoing the Constitution in Louisiana. Student Loan Forgiveness in Maine. Supporting Student Protest in Maryland.
Weekly updates on select state legislative bills to pay attention to ... because they might end up in your state, too
“…relative to the rights of parents of public school children; to add that parents have the right that a school shall not discriminate against their children by teaching them that they are currently or destined to be oppressed or be oppressors based on their race or national origin; and to provide for related matters.”
“…relative to the prohibition of slavery and involuntary servitude; to remove the exception to the prohibition of involuntary servitude as punishment for crime; to provide for submission of the proposed amendment to the electors; and to provide for related matters.”
“To provide for the calling of a constitutional convention for the purpose of framing a new constitution; to provide for legislative findings; to fix the time and place for the convention; to provide for the qualifications and election and appointment of delegates; to create a constitutional convention Planning and Drafting Committee and provide for preparations and planning for the convention.”
Initiative: Provides one-time funds for mortgages to first-time home buyers with existing student loan debt through a program that allows qualifying first-time home buyers to purchase a home using the Maine State Housing Authority's first-time home loan program and to receive forgiveness of up to $40,000 in student debt.
This bill would allow municipalities to use ranked-choice voting in municipal elections.
“FOR the purpose of prohibiting a certain firearm industry member from knowingly or recklessly engaging in certain conduct in the State that endangers the safety or health of the public; requiring a firearm industry member to establish and use certain reasonable controls and procedures to prevent a certain product from being possessed, used, marketed, or sold unlawfully in the State…”
“FOR the purpose of establishing the Baltimore City Young Readers Program within the Division of Children and Youth of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services to mail free, high–quality books to certain children…”
“FOR the purpose of establishing the Homeowner’s Extreme Weather Mitigation and Preparation Grant Program in the Department of Housing and Community Development to assist homeowners, local governments, and nonprofit organizations in preparing and repairing residential properties to mitigate water damage caused by extreme weather; and generally relating to the Homeowner’s Extreme Weather Mitigation and Preparation Grant Program.”
“FOR the purpose of prohibiting a public school from prohibiting a student from organizing or participating in a student–organized peaceful demonstration, imposing certain limits on a student’s right to free speech while participating in a student–organized peaceful demonstration, or disciplining a student for organizing or participating in a student–organized peaceful demonstration under certain circumstances; requiring each county board of education to develop a written policy regarding student–organized peaceful demonstrations; and generally relating to student–organized peaceful demonstrations and student discipline.”
“For legislation to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools. Public Health.”
“Controlled substances: schedules; classification of marijuana and pharmaceutical-grade cannabis as a controlled substance; remove.”
“A resolution to condemn the Republican National Committee for whitewashing and lying about the violent, deadly, and seditious January 6, 2021, insurrection by referring to it as ‘legitimate political discourse’.”
“The purpose of this section is to help local governments to develop and preserve affordable housing within their jurisdictions in order to keep families from losing housing and to help those experiencing homelessness find housing.”
“State rent assistance program establishment and appropriation for low-income, cost-burdened households”