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 2022 Maryland General Assembly. Fifteen 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 2022 Legislative Agenda. The MLAW Board of Directors reviewed the results of the balloting and affirmed the bills that will comprise the 2022MLAW Legislative Agenda. The issues selected are listed below and described here:
Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act)
Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense
Abortion Care Access Act of 2022
Termination of Pregnancy – Performance and Criminal and Civil Liability (Pregnant Person’s Dignity Act)
Interim and Temporary Protective Order – Virtual Petition and Hearing
Prevention of Forced Infant Separation Act
One of the most powerful advocacy tools for the Agenda is your signature as a supporter. Organizations and individuals are invited to sign on as a supporter of the 2022 Agenda. We also encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues to sign on. A list of supporters will be attached to the document before it is distributed to legislators and the public, as well as included on our website. The document will be released at our Legislative Briefing and will be distributed to all legislators. Cooperative action is the basis upon which MLAW operates. One voice is important but the collective voices of many impacts public policy and enables advocates and legislators to demonstrate concern and support for women’s issues. Make your voice count for women and their families in the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly. To add your name to the list of supporters, complete this simple online form. If you would like to add multiple names of friends or colleagues who give you permission to add their names, please email them as well. Spread the word and ask others to support this agenda. You do not need to be a member of MLAW to add your name. Finally, make sure to attend our Legislative Briefing on Thursday, February 3rd. We will official unveil the 2022 Agenda at the briefing. For registration information or sponsorship opportunities, click here. Thank you for your support. We look forward to receiving your signature of support for the 2022 Agenda by 1/27/2022.
MLAW’s Annual Legislative Briefing will be held online on Thursday, February 3rd at 5pm. Please join us as we announce our 2022 Legislative Agenda. Hear from legislators and advocates who will present each of the bills on the 2022 Agenda and explain how they will impact Maryland women and families. You will hear what you can do to help pass these bills and become involved in the legislative process. Your voice in Annapolis is needed!
This year’s briefing will be virtual and hosted on Zoom. There is no charge to attend the briefing, but you must register in order to receive the link to the briefing.
We invite you or your organization to co-sponsoring the briefing. Your sponsorship supports our legislative efforts in Annapolis. Sponsorship includes your logo displayed in the published Agenda, on our website and our Facebook page, and recognition during the online briefing. Click hereto co-sponsor.
Below are a list of the proposals that will be presented for consideration at our 2021 Conference on Saturday, November 13th. You can also view or download a PDF copy with more details on each bill here.
Time to Care Act: This legislation would ensure Marylanders no longer have to choose between the job they need and the family they love by establishing a family and medical leave insurance fund to provide partial wage replacement for employees who take leave to care for a new child, a family member with a serious health condition, their own serious medical condition, or a family member’s military deployment.
Motor Vehicle Insurance – Discrimination in Underwriting and Rating – Use of Gender: This bill will eliminate gender discrimination in auto insurance pricing by prohibiting an auto insurer from including gender as one of the rate factors used to set auto insurance premiums.
Primary Caretakers Bill: This bill asks judges to consider whether a person convicted a of non-violent offense is a caretaker of a dependent, and if so, whether that person can be placed into a community-based alternative to incarceration that would prevent separation of the caretaker and their dependent.
Stalking: This bill will expand the current stalking statute to include electronic communication and tracking devices
Safe Harbor: This bill will provide a safe harbor for child victims of sex trafficking and prevent their further victimization by connecting them to any services needed through the already established regional navigator program while preventing any criminal or delinquent charges that might be brought against them because they are a victim of trafficking.
Repeal of Marriage as a Defense to Sex Crimes – Love is No Defense: This bill seeks to repeal the law allowing marriage as a defense to sex crimes.
Interim and Temporary Protective Order – Virtual Petition and Hearing: This bill proposes to expand access to safety through the courts by enabling petitioners eligible for protective orders who are seeking medical treatment in a hospital or urgent care setting to petition for an interim or temporary protective order from that setting and have the hearing conducting remotely.
Child Custody and Visitation – Reasonable Effort to Protect: This bill would state that any reasonable effort to protect a child or a party to a custody or visitation order from the other party may not be considered an unjustifiable denial or interference with visitation granted by a custody or visitation order
Tender Heart Doctrine update: This bill would add Criminal Child Neglect and witnessing crimes of violence a crime of violence to the tender heart doctrine applicability, so evidence collected from young children is admissible in court.
Police Training – Stalkerware: This bill would require police to be trained in the criminal laws concerning stalking as they pertain to electronic surveillance or tracking, including services available to victims, related prevention methods for victims, and how to document digital evidence.
Family Law – Emancipation of a Minor and Authorization to Marry: This bill would prohibit an individual under the age of 17 years from marrying and altering the conditions under which an individual who is 17 years old is authorized to marry.
Innkeepers – Records and Human Trafficking Awareness Training: This bill would require innkeepers to maintain computerized records of all guest transactions and receipts and all employees to receive training to identify and report suspected human trafficking.
Termination of Pregnancy – Performance and Criminal and Civil Liability (Pregnant Person’s Dignity Act): This bill will prohibit subjecting pregnant people or those who have experienced pregnancy loss or termination to Maryland’s criminal justice and/or civil court systems, as well as individuals who assist or provide aid to pregnant people seeking abortion care.
Abortion Care Access Act of 2022: This legislation will protect and increase access to affordable abortion care in Maryland.
Prevention of Forced Infant Separation Act: This bill prevents the forced separation of infants born to incarcerated women with pre-release status in Maryland.
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.
Listen to a video conversation with Dr. Leana Wenon our public health crisis and a chance to win a signed copy of her book “Lifelines“
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
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.