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Policy Successes

In recent years, the Horizon Foundation has successfully advocated for the passage of several policies:

  • 2021: For the FY 2022 capital budget, the Howard County Council approved $5.375 million proposed by County Executive Calvin Ball for bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects – a record level of funding for projects to advance complete streets in Howard County.
  • 2021: The Howard County Public School System expanded its school-based mental health program to 50 schools (up from 30). This program, which the Foundation helped establish, provides an enhanced set of mental health supports that includes 1:1 counseling services – offered to students (with parent permission) by licensed professionals during the school day.
  • 2020: The Howard County Equity Collaborative came together to successfully advocate for changes to Howard County School System’s Educational Equity Policy 1080. The included amendments were a great first step to eliminating barriers that prevent children of color from achieving their full potential (including access to educational opportunity, good health and other determinants of well-being).
  • 2019: In the FY 2020 budget proposed by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and passed by the County Council, $2.2 million was dedicated to bike routes – an amount nearly four times higher than just a few years ago.
  • 2019: Howard County passed its complete streets policy, which will guide future planning of streets, sidewalks, paths, crosswalks and more to be more friendly for all users of the road, including pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • 2017: The Howard County Public School System created and expanded the Let’s Rethink Lunch program to serve all 26,000 students in Howard County’s elementary schools with 10 new quality entrees and fresh fruit and salad bars in the lunch line.
  • 2017: The state legislature enacted a bill to improve Maryland health care providers’ ability to access and use patients’ advance directives in electronic form.
  • 2016: Howard County approved its first Bicycle Master Plan with amendments that required the county to create a complete streets policy and design manual.
  • 2015: Howard County passed legislation to expand healthy snack and drink options in county vending machines.
  • 2014: The Howard County Public School System established a new, world-class wellness policy.
  • 2013: Maryland passed legislation for licensed child care facilities to serve better beverages (including water and milk), to reduce screen time and to promote breastfeeding.