2019 Agenda – Bills Selected

Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
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.

Family Law-Child Support for Post-Secondary Education-Jurisdiction 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.

Labor and Employment – 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.

HIV Prevention for Rape Victims
A bill to provide rape survivors with n-PEP, emergency medication to prevent HIV.

Prescription Drug Affordability Bill
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.

The 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.

Protective Orders – Relief Eligibility – Rape and Sexual Offense
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.

State Government 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.

Expansion of Maryland’s Vacatur Law for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Expanding Maryland’s current “vacating convictions” law to allow criminalized survivors of human trafficking to remove crimes other than prostitution from their criminal records 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.


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