While the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session ended early this year because of the coronavirus, 6 of the 9 bills on MLAW’s Legislative Agenda were PASSED. Your support and advocacy contributed to this extraordinary achievement. We will send out a Final Report with more detail after the Governor takes action on these bills, but we wanted you to join us in celebrating this success.
HB 4/SB 208 ▪ Public Safety – Rifles and Shotguns – Sales, Rentals, and Transfers
HB 590/SB 230 ▪ Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal Spousal Defense
Because of the Governor’s executive order, we will not be holding a Legislative Wrap-Up event this year. We hope all of you will stay safe and healthy.
Last week, MLAW unveiled it’s 2020 Agenda during our annual reception in Annapolis. Over 150 legislators and MLAW supporters ventured out on a rainy Thursday evening to learn about the bills we are supporting this year, to mingle with other advocates and supporters, and enjoy some good food. Please check out our Facebook page to see some photos from the event.
If you weren’t able to join us, here is our 2020 Agenda: MLAW 2020 Final Agenda
Finally, make sure you are signed up to receive our Legislative Alerts! This is the best way to get updates on our Agenda bills and learn how you can take action to pass legislation that impacts Maryland women and families! Send us an email and asked to be added to our mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (HB590/SB230)
You can read more detailed information about each of the bills here: MLAW 2020 Agenda Bills
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.
Click here to view our 2019 Fall Conference Program Book! MLAW 2019 Conference Book
Tahira Mussarat Hussain
Maryland Commission for Women
NARAL Prochoice Maryland
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East – Maryland/DC Division
Elizabeth (E. Fran) Johnson
Delegate Erek Barron
Compassion and Choices
The Hatcher Group
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter
National Women’s Law Center
Women’s Equality Day 2020 Suffrage Coalition
Women’s Law Center of Maryland
Delegate Bonnie Cullison
Melissa Curtin Coaching & Consulting
Leni Preston, Independent Consumer Voice for Health Care
Christol Salon and Spa
Lynnette A. Whitfield, Whitfield Legal
Maryland Business and Professional Women (BPW/MD)
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)
Montgomery County Commission for Women
Montgomery County NOW (National Organization for Women)
Montgomery County Women’s Democratic Club
National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Anne Arundel County
National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Baltimore Metro Chapter
National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Prince George’s County
Zonta Club of Annapolis
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland