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A Day at the Maryland General Assembly Advocating for Bills to Improve the Health and Education of Children

Lowe House Office Building

Rooms #170 & #180

6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM



Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter Links

History of Links at the Legislature


Links at the Legislature was initiated in 2005 under the presidency of former Maryland Secretary of Aging and Maryland State Senator, Link Gloria Lawlah. Under her leadership, members of the Prince George’s County, MD Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, hosted a luncheon with members of the Maryland General Assembly to discuss pressing issues in the community. In 2008, under Chairs Monique Anderson Walker and Montina J. Anderson, Links at the Legislature evolved into an annual day-long community engaging activity to advocate for policy to optimize the health and education of children in the state of Maryland. In addition to partnering with other Maryland Links Chapters, our army of advocates consists of the Chapter’s Health and Education Partners, our Youth Ambassadors for Health and Education, and other opinion leaders, medical leaders, athletes, church leaders, and parents. We all come together to advocate for children.

Since the inception of this day-long activity, Delegate Jay Walker has hosted our group and has been actively involved in promoting remedies to the Chapter’s advocacy agenda. Our agenda has addressed issues related to School Safety, Cyber-Bullying, Childhood Obesity, Domestic Violence, Diet and Nutrition, and Financial Literacy. This year The Honorable Adrienne A. Jones, House Speaker Pro-Tem (Delegate 10th District); The Honorable Vanessa E. Atterbeary (Delegate 13th District); The Honorable Edith J. Patterson (Delegate 28th District); and The Honorable Pamela E. Queen (Delegate 14th District) – all members of the Maryland General Assembly and also members of The Links, Incorporated –will provide legislative briefings.

The success of Links at the Legislature has been noted nationally by The Links, Incorporated and by local chapters throughout the United States. You will be pleased to know that The Links, Incorporated has developed a national program of Links at the Legislature, based on the model planned and executed by the Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter since 2008, and YOU are a big part of the flagship program.

Thank you all for joining this legacy of advocacy and for being an active part of our army, promoting the Links at the Legislature Advocacy Agenda. We are pleased to announce that since 2008, Sixteen (16) bills from our legislative agendas have passed into law and Two (2) have been assigned task forces and funded to study related issues.

Working together, we can continue to make strides to improve the quality of life for the children. We are so grateful to YOU, our entire army, for your tireless work and loyalty to the health and education of children.

2008-2017 Advocacy Agenda House and Senate Bills Passed into Law or Task Force:

2008

House Bill 503:

Bryan Moore Student Health and Fitness Act of Maryland – Passed as a Task Force to study how best to reduce the frequency of obesity in children. The findings of the Task Force led to the development of House Bills 508, mandating that any new schools constructed must have a gymnasium; and HB 1264, which enforces monitoring of BMI of Maryland students.

2009

House Bill 508:

Mandates the new schools constructed in Maryland must have a gymnasium, separate and apart from cafeterias or auditoriums (Lead Sponsor Connecting Link Delegate Jay Walker)

House Bill 1264:

Enforces monitoring of BMI of Maryland Students (Lead Sponsor Connecting Link Delegate Jay Walker)

2010

House Bill 1160:

Safe School Act of 2010

2011

House Bill 489:

Nonpublic Schools Accepting State Funds – Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation.

House Bill 79:

Task Force to Study the Creation of a Maryland Center for School Safety

House Bill 1:

Youth Athletes – Concussions

2012

Successfully advocated for a New Prince George’s Regional Hospital

2013

House Bill 453:

Maryland Center for School Safety

2014

House Bill 426:

Concussion Impact Sensor Pilot Program

2015

House Bill 298:

Student Data Privacy Act of 2015

2016

House Bill 245:

Child Abuse and Neglect – Failure to Report

House Bill 356:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits – Exclusion of Sugar – Sweetened Beverages and Other Non-nutritious Foods.

House Bill 72:

Education – Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program

House Bill 1001:

Criminal Procedure – Firearms - Transfer

2017

House Bill 472:

Tax Credit - Qualified Farms - Food Donation Program

House Bill 425:

School Suspension/Expansion

House Bill 257:

Education - Maryland Meals for Achievement

House Bill 926:

Child Support Health Insurance


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