2024 Legislative Session Begins


The 2024 Maryland legislative session starts today, Wednesday, January 10. Use the resources below to learn more about legislative session and advocate for the issues important to you.



What is Legislative Session?


Council Chair Dee Sapp is here to explain what it means and how you can be an advocate. Watch the video below to learn more.




2024 Public Policy Priorities


The Council works to improve laws, policies, programs, and services. We work with many people to create the change we want. This includes the governor, state government, and state legislators. There are many issues that affect people with developmental disabilities. Each year the Council picks the top issues we focus on.


Click here to view our 2024 Public Policy Priorities.



Legislative Resources and Reports


The Council has resources to help you understand how laws are made in Maryland. These resources will help you advocate for issues you think are important. Click below to learn more about the Maryland General Assembly and how they work, how a bill becomes a law, and how to contact your legislators.


Click here to view our Legislative Advocacy Resources.


The Council educates legislators about how new laws they are considering will affect people with developmental disabilities and their families. The new laws legislators consider passing are called bills. We advocate for bills that will improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities.


Visit this link throughout legislative session to learn about priority bills.




Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature


Every year the Council co-sponsors Developmental Disabilities Day (DD Day) at the Legislature. We do this with the Developmental Disabilities Coalition. Hundreds of people with developmental disabilities, family members, advocates, and service providers come together in Annapolis. Together we educate legislators about issues that are important to people with developmental disabilities and their families. This is a great way to meet your legislators and advocate about the issues important to you.


Join us at this year’s DD Day at the Legislature on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at The Graduate Hotel in Annapolis!


Registration is now open here. More DD Day materials are available on our website.