Please join us on February 6th for MLAW’s Annual Legislative Reception and Briefing. This is your opportunity to meet us in Annapolis to learn about the legislation that will make up the 2020 Legislative Agenda and to meet with legislators to discuss issues important to women.
There is no charge to attend the event, but please register early as registration is limited. Also, please only register if you are sure you can attend. Last year’s event “sold out” and we had to cut off registration. We’ll do our best not to turn anyone away!
The briefing and reception will be held on February 6, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in The House Office Building, Rooms 170/180 located at 6 Bladen Street in Annapolis. Please be sure to bring a photo identification in order to enter the House building. There are several parking garages located near the House building, as well as metered parking throughout Annapolis. You also may park at Navy Stadium and take the shuttle to the House Building. Many thanks to Delegate Shelly Hettleman for arranging our meeting space.
For more information, email us at email@example.com or call 443-519-1005.
In November, leaders of state-wide organizations and advocates addressing issues of concern to women of Maryland participated in a conference to identify potential legislative initiatives for the 2020 Maryland General Assembly. Nineteen bills were presented at the conference for consideration. A ballot was sent to MLAW members who voted on the top priorities which will make up our official 2020 Legislative Agenda.
The MLAW Board of Directors reviewed the results of the balloting and affirmed the bills that will comprise the 2020 MLAW Legislative Agenda. The issues selected are listed below and described in more detail on our website. The nine bills are:
Sexual Solicitation of a Minor – Solicitation Through Parent, Guardian, or Custodian – Prohibition and Penalties (HB246/SB231)
Criminal Law – Assault in the First Degree – Suffocation or Strangulation (HB233/SB212)
Protective Orders-Relief Eligibility – Rape and Sexual Offenses (HB248/SB210)
Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) (HB242/SB206)
Public Safety – Rifles and Shotguns – Secondary Transactions (HB4/SB208)
Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range (HB123/SB217)
Time to Care-Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
Correctional Services-Prerelease Unit for Women-Requirement
Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense (HB___/SB230)
There were nineteen proposals submitted and presented at the conference on Saturday, November 23rd. The next step in our process is to send a ballot to our members for voting. The bills that receive the top votes will make up our 2020 Agenda. Click here to view the bills presented: MLAW 2019 Bill Proposals.
This year’s conference, “Looking Back, Moving Forward—Celebrating 25 years as a nonpartisan, independent voice for Maryland Women and Families” will commemorate the 25th anniversary of MLAW and feature a brief celebration and history.
A highlight of the conference will be a one-on-one conversation with Speaker of the
Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne A. Jones. Speaker Jones is the first African-American and the first woman to serve in this position in Maryland.
The conference will also include the presentation of legislative proposals for the upcoming 2020 legislative session. Join us to learn about the bills that will make up the 2020 Agenda. Click here to learn how to submit a proposal: 2019 Fall Conference Proposal Form
An Advocacy 101 workshop will be offered in the afternoon for those interested in learning more about how to be an effective grassroots lobbyist. The training will cover how to navigate the legislative process in Annapolis. This is a full day conference and lunch will be provided to all participants.
The MLAW Fall Agenda Conference will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Chesapeake Arts Center located at 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park, MD. More details including speakers, agenda, registration materials and sponsorship opportunities will be provided soon. For now, please mark your calendars and plan to attend!