Legislative links, information and opportunities from federal to state . . .
The US Department of Labor released a report Friday, May 7th, that 266,000 new jobs were created in April. That number is considered strong in normal times but low compared to the 770,000 created in March and 536,000 in February. Economists anticipated more growth as vaccine rollout continues and businesses reopen. Conservative lawmakers suggest that pandemic-era unemployment benefits discourage workers from taking available jobs, while progressives use this to indicate that businesses are not offering high enough wages.
117th US Congress
To get the latest from the White House . . .
and learn more about our 46th president of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., our 49th vice president, Kamala Harris, and the growing number of Executive Orders, memorandums and proclamations: https://www.whitehouse.gov/
Maryland General Assembly (442nd session)
To connect to the Senate President and House Speaker, further explore House & Senate Standing Committees, Joint Standing Committees and MD Manual On-Line, click on: https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/07leg/html/ga.html.
The General Assembly closed its 2021 ‘90 day’ session on April 12th. To find bills that passed both chambers at the time you are reading this you can link to http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite, scroll down to the Legislation section and click on Bills Passed by Both Chambers. One bill of note that passed both chambers and is awaiting the Governor's signature is the Interstate Licensed Professional Counselors Compact (SB571/HB736). The National Center for Interstate Compacts has a webpage for the compact which includes FAQs, an infographic, factsheets, a copy of the compact and section summary, and other resources. They can be found at https://counselingcompact.org. Consider checking in with your delegates and senator to see if any post-session Town Hall meetings are being planned for your district.
MCDA’s national and state legislative direction (or its particular cause or policy) has been and will continue to be linked to its affiliations. As a MCDA member, you also may enjoy membership in all three affiliate groups NCDA, ACA and MCA, in only one more or in just two of the three. However, your membership $dollars$ in MCDA links you to the advocacy efforts of all three groups.
Three key federal issues that will impact career counselors:
Each issue includes policy provisions, program developments or spending cuts that will directly affect career counselors across the country.
Also see pdf handouts:
Save-the-Dates & plan to attend the following ACA Advocacy Power Hours. Registration links will be provided here closer to the virtual events.
All Thursdays, all beginning at 3:00 PM
The content and connection for the May 13, 2021, 03:00 PM meeting follows:
The Counseling Compact and state initiatives will be discussed including a brief update on lessons learned and state successes regarding the Compact from Maryland and Georgia.The Zoom link is: zoom.us/j/93807262906
Meeting ID: 938 0726 2906
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April’s ACA Advocacy Power Hour discusses climate changes impact on mental health with three experts in the mental health and environmental policy and advocacy fields. You can view "Climate Change and Mental Health" on ACA’s YouTube channel, Counseling Views, or at: Climate Change & Mental Health | ACA Advocacy Power Hour (April 2021). If you have any questions or would you like to follow up, please contact the Government Affairs and Public Policy Team at email@example.com.
Please click on the following pdf handouts for further information on ACA's Federal Issues:
Advocacy Day 2021 Summarized
Letter from the President (from Compass Points, Fall 2020 issue)
Carol ZA McGinnis PhD, SIP, BC-TMH, NCC, LCPC
“We are passionate about advocacy that will empower the voiceless and the oppressed in our world and want to be a part of positive change to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the mentally ill.”
“Please know that MCA cares about you and your family at this difficult time and welcomes ideas for advocacy that comes with this investment in our political system.”
Currently, the Advocacy Committee is following and preparing information for MCA members on numerous bills being proposed and worked on in the US Congress. The MCA website will be updated to provide summaries and possible action steps. A brief overview of the bills we are posting are concerning:
To become legislatively active with either the national or state levels
or with both levels
or if you have any questions,
MCDA’s Legislative Chair at: