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HB 16 - Establishes Communication Campaign for Near Completers - Maryland Key Vote

Charles Otto voted Nay (Concurrence Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Establishes Communication Campaign for Near Completers

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (90-48) - (Key vote)
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Title: Establishes Communication Campaign for Near Completers

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes a communication campaign to encourage near completers to earn degrees.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Governor to include $125,000 in the state budget for the Commission to fund a statewide communication campaign for each of the fiscal years 2020 through 2024 (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies the commission to have the following purposes, including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Make use of a variety of marketing media, including billboards, brochures and electronic resources;

    • Provide a centralized contact point for near completers to get information about and assistance with re-enrolling; and

    • Make readily available contact information for each public institution of higher education in the State.

  • Requires the following of the near completers to have accomplished the following, including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Earned a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 while in college;

    • Earned at least 45 credit hours if the individual attended a community college; or

    • Earned at least 90 credit hours if the individual attended a senior higher education institution.

  • Authorizes the commission to develop and implement a plan that would provide an incentive to a near completer to re-enroll and earn a degree as well as a college to identify and graduate near completers (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies the incentive plan shall use all available resources, including institutional funds, private sector funds and State funds (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes the commision to develop and implement a centralized web-based matches program for near completers with any institution of higher education at which they would be able to complete their degree (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies the commission shall encourage each institution of higher education in the state to participate in the match program at no cost to the institution (Sec. 1).

  • Requires any institution that participates in the match program to provide the commission with information regarding near completers who attended the institution (Sec. 1).

  • Requires the Governor to include in the state budget $50,000 to the commission to develop and implement the match program for near completers for every fiscal year 2020-2024 (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes the Governor to provide a near completer who re-enrolls in a community college up to one-third of the in-county tuition charge (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes the Governor to provide a near completer who re-enrolls in a public senior or higher education institution up to one-third of the resident undergraduate tuition charge (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes the Governor to include $250,00 in 2020 and for fiscal years 2021-2024 $375,000 for grants for near completers (Sec. 1).

  • Prohibits the grant money to be used for anything other than tuition (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies all non-loan aid received by the near completer shall be credited to the tuition before the grant money is calculated (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies all grants shall be provided on a first-come, first-served basis (Sec. 1).

  • Requires the commision to submit a report of the match program and a detailed account of the expenditures of the grant program to the General Assembly by December 1 2019-2025 (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (32-14) -

Title: Establishes Communication Campaign for Near Completers

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (92-40) - (Key vote)
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Title: Establishes Communication Campaign for Near Completers

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes a communication campaign to encourage near completers to earn degrees.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishes Communication Campaign for Near Completers

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