Decency Agenda, Affordable Housing Package Among Bills Signed Into Law

Before Maryland’s 90-day legislative session began in January, House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones urged not only her colleagues, but also the general public, to simply be more decent with each other.

During the session, the Baltimore County Democrat presented a “decency agenda,” a package of five bills that sought to eradicate discrimination and election misinformation, provide leadership training for school officials, and ensure diverse books and other materials are available for everyone.

Those bills were among the 261 that Gov. Wes Moore (D) signed into law on Thursday.

“We need to stop allowing our worst instincts to drive the conversation. Together these bills will help all of us,” Jones said during the bill signing ceremony at the State House in Annapolis.

The legislation that leads the decency agenda is the Freedom to Read Act — House Bill 785 and Senate Bill 738.