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MLAW MEMBERSHIP FORM 2019-20-2

MLAW is the only statewide coalition of women’s groups and individuals that provides a non-partisan, independent voice for Maryland women and families.  We mobilize networks, groups, and individuals from all over the state to ensure the passage of key legislation.

This year, we are celebrating 25 years as your voice in Annapolis. Since 1994, MLAW has supported 90 successful pieces of legislation. In 2019, three of the nine bills on the MLAW Legislative Agenda PASSED the General Assembly. MLAW support makes a difference!

Every year, the Maryland legislature considers hundreds of bills, and every year a high percentage of MLAW-supported bills become law. These laws make a difference for women and families throughout Maryland.  MLAW is an effective, volunteer-run organization that depends entirely on dues and private contributions to do its work. We need your help to continue our work on behalf of Maryland women and families.

If you are already an MLAW member, please renew your membership today. If you are not a current member, please sign up right away. And please consider an additional donation to support our vital work. This year, help us celebrate with a special donation of $25 (or more) for 25 years. This donation may also be made in honor of a special person in your life.

We hold an annual fall conference to develop our MLAW Legislative Agenda and a legislative reception in Annapolis during the legislative session to introduce the Agenda. These events focus legislators’ attention on our issues and raise our visibility throughout the state.  We distribute the annual Legislative Agenda to every Maryland legislator.  In collaboration with our advocacy partners, we submit testimony, advocate for bills, and promote our Agenda through our website, Facebook page, Twitter, and other social media.

Your membership entitles you to VOTE for the legislative issues that will be included on the MLAW Legislative Agenda.  

Your membership and additional contributions fund MLAW’s efforts to maintain a strong voice for women and families in the Maryland legislature. We appreciate your commitment to women’s rights, and we ask for your generous support. Please consider an additional donation to support our advocacy efforts. Please print and complete the attached form and mail in your membership and/or donation. You may also join or donate online by visiting our secure Paypal link.

Thank you!

Michaele Cohen
President, MLAW Board of Directors

MLAW’s 2019 Legislative Final Report

Click here to download a PDF of the report: 2019 MLAWAgenda Final

BILLS THAT PASSED

HB 768/SB 759   Health – Prescription Drug Affordability Board
This bill creates a Prescription Drug Affordability Board in Maryland, an independent body with the authority to evaluate high cost drugs and set fair rates for Marylanders to pay.
OUTCOME: Bill PASSED both chambers and is awaiting signature by the Governor.

HB 814/SB 802   Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program [formerly Maryland Health Insurance Option (Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019)]
This bill establishes the Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program to improve data collection on uninsured individuals and to maximize enrollment of eligible uninsured individuals in affordable insurance programs. It also requires the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to establish a Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program Advisory Workgroup, and requires the Comptroller to include a checkoff to indicate whether an individual is interested in obtaining minimum essential health coverage on certain State income tax forms.
OUTCOME: Bill PASSED both chambers and is awaiting signature by the Governor.

HB 1249/SB 657   Pilot Program – Alleged Rape, Sexual Offense, or Child Sexual Abuse-HIV Postexposure Prophylaxis
This bill establishes a pilot program to prevent HIV infection for victims of an alleged rape or sexual offense or victims of alleged child sexual abuse.
OUTCOME: Bill PASSED both chambers and is awaiting signature by the Governor.

BILLS THAT DID NOT PASS

HB 122/SB 209   Protective Orders – Relief Eligibility – Rape and Sexual Offenses    
This bill would have amended the definition of persons eligible for relief in a protective order to include a victim of rape or sexual offense or attempted rape or sexual offense in any degree and removing it from the peace order.
OUTCOME: Bill passed both chambers amended. Conference committee appointed to reconcile differences but agreement reached was not passed by both the House and Senate before General Assembly ended.  

HB 341/SB 500   Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program -Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2019)
Building on 2018’s successful state employees parental leave legislation and the 2016-2017 Maryland Task Force to Study Family and Medical Leave Insurance, this bill would have established a private sector family and medical leave insurance fund to provide partial wage replacement for employees who take unpaid leave to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition, their own serious medical condition, a family member’s military deployment.
OUTCOME: Bills did not receive a vote in committees.

HB 634/SB 738   Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range
This bill would have ensured that women are not forced to carry lower earnings and pay discrimination with them from job to job by prohibiting employers from seeking and relying on job applicants’ salary history and by requiring employers to provide the salary range for a position upon a job applicant’s request.
OUTCOME: Bills did not receive a vote in committees.

HB 782/SB 691   Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2019)
This bill would have expanded Maryland’s current “vacating convictions” law to allow criminalized survivors of human trafficking to remove crimes other than prostitution from their criminal records, which would significantly increase the ability of these survivors to access employment and stable housing, as well as heal from the trauma of their trafficking experience.
OUTCOME: House version passed but did not receive a vote in the Senate Committee.

HB 937   Family Law – Child Support – Eligibility of a Child Who Has Attained the Age of 18 Years  and SB 264  General Provisions – Age of Majority – Right to Parental Support and Maintenance
These bills would have allowed the court to retain jurisdiction for child support until age 21 for those enrolled in post-secondary college education or a vocational training program.
OUTCOME: Bills received unfavorable votes in committee; HB 937 was withdrawn.

HB 1107/SB 518   Discrimination in Employment – Pregnancy and Childbirth
This bill would have expanded existing pregnancy discrimination laws to include not just women with pregnancy-related disabilities, but also women with healthy pregnancies who also need reasonable accommodations.
OUTCOME: Bills did not receive a vote in committees.

Revised 4/23/19

 

Join Us at Our Legislative Wrap Up Happy Hour – May 1st!

Join us to raise a glass to celebrate our successes in Annapolis!

Join us at All American Steakhouse in Odenton to celebrate our legislative victories and learn about the bills that made it through the legislative process to become Maryland law. Network with other advocates over a glass of wine or beer and sample some appetizers as you hear about the bills that made it through and those that didn’t.

The event is free and open to anyone. Light refreshments will be served. Guests may also purchase alcoholic beverages or order from the menu. Please register to attend! There is no cost to register, but we would like a head count to plan. Click here to register and for more information.

2019 Agenda

Click here to download the Agenda as a PDF: MLAW 2019 Document

HB 341/SB 500 Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program-Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2019)  
Building on 2018’s successful state employees parental leave legislation and the 2016-2017 Maryland Task Force to Study Family and Medical Leave Insurance, this bill establishes a private sector family and medical leave insurance fund to provide partial wage replacement for employees who take unpaid leave to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition, their own serious medical condition, a family member’s military deployment.

HB 937 Family Law – Child Support – Eligibility of a Child Who Has Attained the Age of 18 Years

SB 264 General Provisions – Age of Majority – Right to Parental Support and Maintenance [formerly: Family LawChild Support for Post-Secondary EducationJurisdiction of Court]
The bill would allow the court to retain jurisdiction for child support until age 21 for those enrolled in post-secondary college education or a vocational training program.

HB 634/SB 738 Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range [Salary Information Disclosures]
This bill will ensure women are not forced to carry lower earnings and pay discrimination with them from job to job by prohibiting employers from seeking and relying on job applicants’ salary history and by requiring employers to provide the salary range for a position upon a job applicant’s request.

HB 1249/SB 657 Pilot Program – Alleged Rape, Sexual Offense, or Child Sexual Abuse-HIV Postexposure Prophylaxis   [HIV Prevention for Rape Victims]    
A bill to establish a pilot program to prevent HIV infection for victims of an alleged rape or sexual offense or victims of alleged child sexual abuse.

HB 768/SB 759 Health – Prescription Drug Affordability Board
This bill creates a Prescription Drug Affordability Board in Maryland, an independent body with the authority to evaluate high cost drugs and set fair rates for Marylanders to pay.

HB 814/SB 802 Maryland Health Insurance Option (Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019)
To respond to federal sabotage of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, this bill would create a Health Insurance Down Payment Plan which would give Marylanders at tax time without health coverage the option to either pay a fee or instead purchase health coverage, bringing more Marylanders into the individual market and stabilizing premiums to help with affordability.

HB 122/SB 209 Protective Orders – Relief Eligibility – Rape and Sexual Offenses  
This bill amends the definition of persons eligible for relief in a protective order to include a victim of rape or sexual offense or attempted rape or sexual offense in any degree and removing it from the peace order.

HB 1107/SB 518 Discrimination in Employment – Pregnancy and Childbirth
This bill expands existing pregnancy discrimination laws to include not just women with pregnancy-related disabilities, but also women with healthy pregnancies who also need reasonable accommodations. 

HB 782/SB 691 Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2019) [Expansion of Maryland’s Vacatur Law for Survivors of Human Trafficking]      
Expands Maryland’s current “vacating convictions” law to allow criminalized survivors of human trafficking to remove crimes other than prostitution from their criminal records, which would significantly increase the ability of these survivors to access employment and stable housing, as well as heal from the trauma of their trafficking experience.

 

2019 Proposals

Last week, we hosted an extremely successful Fall Agenda Conference.  Over 200 advocates, legislators and activists gathered in Baltimore to learn about the bills that will presented in the 2019 General Assembly.  Fifteen initiatives were presented.  The initiatives are:

  • Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
  • Child Support for Post-Secondary Education-Jurisdiction of Court
  • Salary History Information Disclosures
  • HIV Prevention for Rape Victims
  • Prescription Drug Affordability Bill
  • Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019
  • Protective Orders-Relief Eligible – Rape and Sexual Offense
  • State Government Discrimination in Employment-Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Expansion of Maryland’s Vacatur Law for Survivors of Human Trafficking
  • Education-Child Sexual Abuse Prevention-Employment Process
  • Pregnant Women in Custody Protection Act of 2019
  • Pre-Release Facility for Women
  • Summer SNAP for Children
  • Increase Maryland’s Minimum Wage to $15 by July 2023
  • Adoption and Parentage Equality Act

Read more about each proposed bill in detail by clicking  MLAW 2019 Proposals

Thank you, Sponsors!

Many thanks to the following organizations who have signed on to sponsor our Fall Agenda Conference.  To view our Conference Program booklet, click here: MLAW_Program_Proof.

GOLD SPONSORS
AAUW Maryland
Erek Barron, Delegate
Maryland Commission for Women
Maryland National Organization for Women (NOW)
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
National Women’s Law Center
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Prince George’s County Commission for Women

SILVER SPONSORS
Elizabeth Fran Johnson
Emerge Maryland
The Hatcher Group
MomsRising
Out for Justice
Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc.

BRONZE SPONSORS
AAUW Rockville Kensington Branch
Anne Arundel County Democratic Women
Business and Professional Women of Maryland
Christol Spa
Consumer Health First
Elizabeth Joyce
Joan Stine
Lee Bachu
Lynette Whitfield/Whitfield Legal
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
MHC Coaching & Consulting
Michaele Cohen
Montgomery County Commission for Women
Pamela Queen, Delegate
WISE (Women Indivisible Strong Effective)
Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County
Zonta Club of Annanpolis
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland