ANNAPOLIS, Md. (3/25/08)--A Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA)-backed financial literacy bill was passed by the Maryland Senate last week by a 46-0 vote. The bill would create a statewide task force to develop a plan that would lead to financial literacy education as part of the state’s school curriculum (FOCUS Newsletter March 24). The task force would inlcude representatives from the Maryland General Assembly, credit unions, banks, teachers’ unions and the State Superintendent of Schools. The bill was introduced by State Sen. Anthony C. Muse (District 26). On March 4, Mike Beall, CEO of MDDCCUA; Suzanne Curren, director of member education for Andrews FCU; and Dorothea Stierhoff, senior public affairs specialist for MECU of Baltimore Inc., testified in favor of House Bill 1242 (FOCUS Newsletter March 10).