Time To Care Builds Momentum

The General Assembly's Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families held a hearing on paid family and medical leave on October 16 in Annapolis. The legislators heard testimony about progress made in other states and where Maryland stands on the issue from experts including MFN’s Public Policy Director, Clinton Macsherry and MFN board member Lawrence Reid, PhD., of the Maryland Department of Health. Other advocates who testified included Ruth Martin, Vice-President of MomsRising.org, Ruth Musicante, past Executive Vice-President of SEIU Local 500, Ms. Tammy Bresnahan, Associate Director of Advocacy with AARP Maryland, Mr. Ken Capone, Public Policy Director at People on the Go Maryland, Ms. Lavonne Taylor, Owner and Director of Forest Hill Nature Preschool and Childcare, LLC, Mr. David A. Smulski, Principal Policy Analyst at the Department of Legislative Services, Ms. Khalilah Slater Harrington, Chief Program Office rat the Family League of Baltimore, Ms. Angeline Bell, Nurse and Program Coordinator at Babies Born Healthy Program, and Mr. Terrill North, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council. Del. Arianna Kelly, who sponsored Paid Family Leave legislation during the last session, greeted the advocates at a pre-hearing lunch and rally.

For more information and to sign up for advocacy alerts visit timetocare.net. The Time to Care coalition is made up of mor ethan 50 organizations who value time for caring, including AARP Maryland, Advocates for Children and Youth, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, Maryland Family Network, Job Opportunities Task Force, Maryland/DC State Council SEIU, and MomsRising.