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MLAW 2022 Agenda – Bill Status Tracker

Bill NumberCrossfile NumberBill TitleCommitteeHearing DateStatusLegislative Alert Link
HB148 SB328Criminal Law – Stalking – DefinitionJudicial ProceedingsPassed House 132-0
HB153SB33Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal DefenseJudicial ProceedingsPassed House 125-6
HB296SB280Interim and Temporary Protective Order – Virtual Petition and HearingJudicial ProceedingsPassed House 126-0
SB328HB148Criminal Law – Stalking – DefinitionJudicial ProceedingsPassed Senate 45-0
SB33HB153Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal DefenseJudicial Proceedings4/7Passed Senate 44-0
SB280HB296Interim and Temporary Protective Order – Virtual Petition and HearingJudiciaryPassed Senate 45-0
SB275HB8Labor and Employment Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program -EstablishmentEconomic MattersPassed Senate 31-15; heard in ECM
HB8SB275Labor and Employment Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program -EstablishmentEconomic MattersHeard in Cmt
HB454SB776Correctional Services – Pregnancy and Postpartum Support (Prevention of Forced Infant Separation Act)JudiciaryHeard in Cmt
HB626SB669Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022Health & Government OperationsHeard in Cmt
HB833SB768Criminal Law – Victims of Child Sex Trafficking – Safe Harbor and Service ResponseJudicial Proceedings3/29
Passed House 126-5
SB890HB937Abortion Care Access ActFinance,
Budget & Taxation
Passed Finance 7-3; Passed Budget & Tax 8-5; Bill passed 2nd reader in Senate
SB669HB626Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022Judicial ProceedingsHearing Cancelled
SB768HB833Criminal Law – Victims of Child Sex Trafficking – Safe Harbor and Service ResponseJudicial ProceedingsHeard in Cmt
SB776HB454Correctional Services – Pregnancy and Postpartum Support (Prevention of Forced Infant Separation Act)Judicial ProceedingsHeard in Cmt
HB937SB890Abortion Care Access ActFinance,
Budget & Taxation
Passed House 89-47; Passed FIN; Passed B&T; Passed 2nd Reader
Updated 3/28/2022

Thank you, 2022 Legislative Briefing Sponsors!

Individuals
Linda Dean Fihelly
Erin Prangley
Laurie-Anne Sayles
Michelle Siri
Alexis Solis
Margery Sullivan
Karen Ware
Delegate Nicole Williams
Nakia Wright
Teresa Saavedra Woorman

Organizations
AAUW Maryland
Al Salaam Center
Anne Arundel County NOW
AWFCS LLC
Baltimore County Commission for Women
Benjamin’s Publishing House 1776
Charles County Commission for Women
DABS LLC (Theresa E. Barrett)
Emerge Maryland
For All Seasons
Human Capital Focus
Koba Consulting
Law Office of Sara El-Shall
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maryland National Organization for Women
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Montgomery County Commission for Women
People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Stella’s Girls Inc.
The Hatcher Group
Women’s Equity Center and Action Network (WE CAN)
Women’s Law Center of Maryland
Zonta Club of Annapolis

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MLAW Announces our 2022 Legislative Agenda – Sign on to Support!

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 2022 MLAW Legislative Agenda. The issues selected are listed below and described here:   

Click here to download the 2022 Agenda document:

The eight bills selected are:

  • SB___/HB___ – Abortion Care Access Act of 2022
  • SB33/HB153 – Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense
  • SB275/HB8—Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2022)
  • HB626/SB___ – Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022
  • HB833/SB___ – Criminal Law – Victims of Child Sex Trafficking – Safe Harbor and Service Response
  • SB328/HB148 – Criminal Law – Stalking – Definition
  • SB280/HB296 – Interim and Temporary Protective Order – Electronic Filing and Video Conferencing Hearings
  • HB454/SB___ – Correctional Services – Pregnancy and Postpartum Support (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 2022 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 Invites You to Attend Our 2022 Legislative Briefing

Thursday, February 3rd @ 5pm 
Zoom

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 here to co-sponsor. 

Questions? Contact us at mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com. We hope to see you at the virtual briefing on February 3rd!

Legislative Proposals to Be Presented at the 2021 Fall Conference

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Stalking: This bill will expand the current stalking statute to include electronic communication and tracking devices
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Abortion Care Access Act of 2022: This legislation will protect and increase access to affordable abortion care in Maryland.
  15. Prevention of Forced Infant Separation Act: This bill prevents the forced separation of infants born to incarcerated women with pre-release status in Maryland.