Archive | December 2018

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.