Legislative links, information and opportunities from federal to state . . .
117th US Congress
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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.
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 the following pdf handouts:
In the new fiscal year (July 2021-June 2022), ACA's Advocacy Power Hour (APH) will be scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 3PM ET. The recent June 7th Hill Day replaced the June APH.
Please register in advance to attend the August APH. ACA typically provides a link a week before the 2nd Thursday event. Check back here to find more about the APH discussion topics. Typically they include state policy and Counseling Compact updates.
Please click on the following to watch the recording of the July 21st ACA AAPI: Advocacy and Action discussion.
ACA’s 2021 virtual Hill Day is available to watch on-demand.
ACA’s May APH occurred on May 13 at 3PM ET. You can view it here: The Counseling Compact | ACA Advocacy Power Hour (May 2021) - YouTube.
In April’s ACA APH climate changes impact on mental health was discussed by 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the following pdf handouts for further information on ACA's Federal Issues:
3. In a Letter from the President (from Compass Points, Fall 2020 issue), President McGinnis shared , “[w]e 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.”See https://www.mdcounseling.org/Advocacy the committee's web page for more information.
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: