Support our Fall Conference by Becoming a Sponsor!

The MLAW fall conference will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm online via Zoom. Please consider supporting the conference as sponsor.

Sponsor benefits include:

  • Tickets to attend the conference
  • Your organization’s logo or your name posted on our Facebook and Twitter
  • You or your organization listed on our website with a link to your webpage
  • Your ad displayed as part of our introductory slideshow during the conference
  • Gratitude from MLAW for your support!

Sponsorships range from $100-500. You can download a form here and submit your payment by check. Or, you can pay by credit card online by visiting our conference page on Eventbrite. Click on “Tickets” to purchase a sponsorship.

Thank You 2021 Fall Conference Sponsors!

PLATINUM
AAUW Maryland
Maryland Commission for Women
Maryland NOW (National Organization for Women)
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC

GOLD
PGCAC Social Action Committee
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence

SILVER
Senator Pamela Beidle
Delegate Nicole Williams
Elizabeth Fran Johnson
Emerge Maryland
Women’s Law Center of Maryland

BRONZE
Michaele Cohen
Elizabeth Joyce
Erin Prangley
Joan Stine
Pat Stocker
Business and Professional Women of Maryland
Christol Salon and Spa
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maryland Health Care for All Coalition
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Melissa Curtin Coaching
Montgomery County Commission for Women
The Hatcher Group

MLAW’s Fall Conference – November 13th – Register Today!

Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: Building a Stronger Care Infrastructure

The MLAW fall conference will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm online via Zoom.

The Conference will provide information and strategies to activate and energize participants to successfully advocate for legislation impacting women and families during the 2022 Maryland General Assembly Session.

Join us to:

  • Start the day with a welcome message from Delegate Anne Healey, President of the Maryland Women’s Caucus of the Maryland General Assembly
  • Listen to a video conversation with Dr. Lena Wen on our public health crisis
  • Hear a Panel Discussion addressing how Maryland can build a stronger care infrastructure though legislative and grassroots action. Confirmed speakers to date: Ana Rodney, MomCares; Myles Hicks, Maryland Rise; and Ricarra Jones, 1099SEIU
  • Gain valuable insights from Advocates and Legislators presenting 2022 Legislative Proposals
  • Network with other MLAW supporters from around Maryland about these important issues in breakout rooms

Tickets are $25 until 11/10/21 . Sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged. For more information, call 443-519-1005 or email us at  mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.mdlegagendaforwomen.org for sponsorship levels benefits and pricing. 

To register, visit: https://mlaw2021conference.eventbrite.com

Join MLAW at the Women’s Rights Rally to Defend Abortion Care

Women’s Rights Rally – Defend Abortion Care
Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 12pm

MLAW is proud to co-sponsor the Annapolis Rally to Mobilize and Defend Reproductive Rights. Join MLAW and other organizations on Lawyers Mall in front of the State House in Annapolis at 12pm on Saturday, October 2nd and make your voice heard. Free parking is available at the Calvert Street Garage or street parking is available.

Call for Legislative Proposals for the 2022 Agenda

MLAW will host its annual Fall Agenda Conference Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: Building a Stronger Care Infrastructure online via Zoom on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

MLAW is encouraging organizations (lead groups) and legislators to submit legislative proposals for consider at the conference. Selected legislation will comprise our 2022 Legislative Agenda.  Legislation must meet the following criteria: 
*Addresses an issue related to women’s health, women’s personal safety at home, in public, in school, and in the workplace; the ability to achieve and maintain economic independence; or freedom from discrimination in Maryland’s economic, educational, judicial, political, and social system;
*Can be addressed through the legislation in the Maryland General Assembly;
*Has a reasonable chance to move successfully through the legislative process;
*Has at least one legislative sponsor Has an identifiable, sustainable lead group that can shepherd the bill. The lead group must be a Maryland-based group or a national group with a strong on-the-ground presence in Maryland and have issue-area expertise and/or a track record of supporting legislation/advocacy in areas related to this proposal.  

All proposals MUST be submitted no later than Monday, November 1st. Because we are hosting a virtual conference this year, we need information well in advance of the event.   

To submit a proposal, complete this online form. Please note that all information must be entered at one time into this Google form. You cannot save it and come back later to finish. A helpful tip is to type out your narrative answers in a Word document and paste them into the form. If you have submitted a proposal in the past, we have added a few questions and changes this year. To view a sample of how the information you provide will be presented at our conference, please view our 2021 Agenda document.   For questions or help, contact Jessica at mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com.

MLAW Statement Against Anti-Asian Hate

We oppose all racism, racial injustice and discrimination, and we condemn the racist violence and hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that has significantly increased over the last year. We stand in solidarity with our AAPI community in opposing all forms of bias, harassment, discrimination, and violence that have been targeted toward them.

Virtual 2021 Legislative Wrap Up Happy Hour

       

Please Join Us for our Virtual 2021 Legislative Wrap Up Happy Hour Monday, May 24th @ 5pm on Zoom    The 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly ended last month and we are thrilled to report that 4 of the 7 bills on MLAW’s 2021 Legislative Agenda were PASSED!  

Please join us on Monday, May 24th @ 5pm for our virtual 2021 Legislative Wrap Up Happy Hour which will take place on Zoom. We invite you to grab your favorite beverage to toast our 2021 successes! We will report on the each of the bills from the 2021 Agenda, explain which ones passed or failed, and let you know what’s next for this legislation.   The 2021 Legislative Wrap Up is free for everyone, but you must register through Zoom. Click HERE to register. After registering, you will receive a Zoom link for the event.

2021 MLAW Legislative Agenda – Final Report

BILLS THAT PASSED

SB 505/HB 277  ▪  Criminal Law – First Degree Child Abuse – Continuing Course of Conduct
Establishes as first-degree child abuse three or more acts that constitute second-degree child abuse committed as a continuing course of conduct.
PASSED.  Sent to Governor.

SB 427/HB 205  ▪  Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirements
Will require each county board of education to ensure that each public middle and high school provide, at no charge to students, menstrual hygiene products via dispensers in the restrooms at the school.  It will require a public middle or high school to install menstrual hygiene product dispensers in at least two women’s restrooms by October 1, 2022 and in all women’s restrooms by August 1, 2025. It will require the state to reimburse a county board for the costs of purchasing and installing menstrual hygiene product dispensers.
PASSED.  Sent to Governor.

SB 172/HB 463  ▪  Maryland Health Equity Resource Act
Establishes a Pathways to Health Equity Program in the Community Health Resources Commission to provide the foundation and guidance for a permanent Health Equity Resource Community program.  It requires the Program to provide grant funding to reduce health disparities, improve health outcomes, improve access to primary care, promote primary and secondary prevention services, and reduce health care costs.  It requires the Commission to establish Health Equity Resource Communities to target State resources to certain areas for certain purposes.
PASSED.  Sent to Governor.

SB 486/HB 581  ▪  Labor and Employment – Employment Standards During an Emergency (Maryland Essential Worker Protections Act)
Requires each essential employer to take certain actions related to occupational safety and health during an emergency.  It provides that an essential worker has the right to refuse to perform a certain task as provided under certain provisions of law, and it requires essential employers to take certain steps to minimize the risk of transmission of an infectious disease.  It also requires essential employers to report certain test results to the Maryland Department of Health and requires the Department to categorize and the publish the results.
PASSED.  Sent to Governor.

BILLS THAT DID NOT PASS

SB 57/HB 748  ▪  Family Law – Custody and Visitation
Would codify the best interest of the child factor in child custody cases to ensure consideration of allegations of child abuse or domestic violence.
Passed both chambers with amendments but did not cross back over.  Referred to Rules Committee.

SB 211/HB 375  ▪  Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment  (The Time to Care Act of 2021)
Establishes a family and medical leave insurance fund to provide partial wage replacement for employees to care for a new child, a family member’s serious health condition, their own health condition, or a family member’s military deployment.
No votes in committees.

SB 250/HB147  ▪  Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense (Love is No Defense Act to Sexual Crimes)
Repeals allowing marriage as a defense to sex crimes. 
Passed House.  Amended in Judicial Proceedings Committee, which significantly weakened the bill.  Conference Committee failed to produce an acceptable bill.

SUCCESSFUL VETO OVERRIDES (FROM 2020)

HB 4/SB 208  ▪  Public Safety – Rifles and Shotguns – Sales, Rentals, and Transfers
This legislation closes a loophole in Maryland law to require a background check on all gun sales (including unlicensed sellers online or at gun shows). This bill would keep rifles and shotguns out of the hands of people with dangerous histories, including domestic abusers, convicted felons, and subjects of red flag laws.
VETO OVERRIDEN

SB 684/HB 801  ▪  Correctional Services – Prerelease Unit for Women – Facilities and Services (Gender-Responsive Prerelease Act)
This legislation establishes a pre-release center for women with re-entry services such as family reunification, employment, housing, and addictions counseling.  While there are many pre-release centers for incarcerated men, there are ZERO pre-release centers for women in Maryland.
VETO OVERRIDEN

Click here to download a PDF version of our Final Report.

Linda Mahoney

MLAW Board member Linda Mahoney passed away unexpectedly on March 8.  She served on the MLAW Board for fourteen years and was an active member, promoting and supporting legislation that impacted women and families.  Linda was an extraordinary advocate for women’s issues and a statewide leader for women’s equality.  She was always ready to do the hard work that advocacy requires and held leadership positions in numerous Maryland organizations.  Among her many commitments, she was a past president of the Maryland National Organization for Women and a past member of the planning committee for the annual Women’s Legislative Briefing in Montgomery County.  She worked actively for the election of numerous candidates for the Maryland House and Senate as well as the United States Congress and was widely admired and respected for her effective efforts and support.  Linda leaves an enduring legacy of commitment and achievement.  Her passion and intelligence will be missed by all those who knew her as an advocate and who counted her as a friend.