Hot Topics and Legislation for the 2017 Legislative Session

Please click to view the detailed description of the proposals that were submitted at the 2016 Fall Agenda Conference for consideration.  2017-proposals.

Rape Survivor Family Protection Act
Rape and Physical Resistance
Domestic Violence and Protective Orders
Maryland Tort Claims Act – Claim Requirement (Sexual Assault in the Workplace)
Dispute Resolution – Child Care Providers and Children with Disabilities
Early Childhood – Ban on Public School Suspension & Expulsion
Free School Meals for All Low-Income Students
Protecting Renting Families Act
“Women on Board” Bill-Corporate Board Gender Diversity Requirements
Equal Pay Salary History and Salary Range
Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
Fair Scheduling Act
Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers
Restoration of Former Name after Divorce
Patient’s Bill of Rights
Universal Voter Registration Act


Directions to the MLAW Fall Conference

The event will be held on the campus of Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Cade Building Room 219.  The address of the campus is 101 College Drive.  However, it is recommended that you enter the campus from the West Campus Drive entrance and NOT the main entrance.  Once turning onto West Campus Drive, you will make your first right at the stop sign.  The Cade Building will be on the left side of the road and parking will be in a lot across the street.  A map of the campus with the route and building highlighted can be viewed here: aacc-map-mlaw-conference.

Thank you to our Fall Conference Sponsors!


  • Danelle Buchman
  • Michaele Cohen
  • Sophie Ford
  • Cassandra Freeman
  • Susan Horst
  • Elizabeth Fran Johnson
  • Pam Luby
  • Anita Riley
  • Joan Stine


Call for Legislative Proposals

MLAW is encouraging organizations (lead groups) and legislators to submit their legislative proposals for consideration at our Fall Agenda Conference to be held on October 22nd. Selected legislation will comprise our 2017 Legislative Agenda.

Criteria for submissions is as follows:
*addresses a women’s issue
*can be addressed through the legislative process
*has an identifiable, sustainable group that can shepherd the issue
*has a reasonable chance to move successfully through the legislative process

If your legislation meets this criteria and you would like it to be considered, please download and complete a submission form. 2016 Legislative Proposal Form


MLAWs Fall Agenda Conference – “From the Style Page to the Front Page: Advancing Women’s Issues”

The MLAW fall conference will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD.

The conference will feature a moderated panel: “From the Style Page to the Front Page: Advancing Women’s Issues”, including: Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, Delegate Kathleen Dumais, Delegate Ariana Kelly and Senator Thomas “Mac” MiddletonDelegate Aruna Miller, President of the Women Legislators of Maryland, will give opening remarks.

The highlight of the conference will be the presentation of legislative proposals for the upcoming 2017 legislative session. Join us to learn about the bills that will make up the 2017 Agenda. An optional Grassroots Advocacy 101 workshop will be offered from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  There is no charge for the this workshop.   A light continental breakfast is included with registration. Optional box lunches for those staying for the Advocacy 101 workshop are available for $10 and require a pre-order.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged. For more information, call 443-519-1005 or email us at or visit our website at for sponsorship levels benefits and pricing.

Anne Arundel Community College, located at 101 College Parkway in Arnold, provides a convenient setting for our conference with ample free parking and handicapped accessibility.

Click here to download a Conference Registration Form. 2016 Fall Conference Registration Form

Click here to download a Sponsorship Form. 2016 Fall Conference Sponsorship Form

Click here to download a Conference Flyer.  2016 Fall Conference Flyer

Click here to download a Legislative Proposal Form. 2016 Legislative Proposal Form

Join or Renew Your Membership for 2016-7 Today!

MLAW is the only statewide coalition of women’s groups and individuals that provides a non-partisan, independent voice for Maryland women and families.  We mobilize networks, groups, and individuals from all over the state to ensure the passage of key legislation.  In 2016, five of the nine bills on the MLAW Legislative Agenda PASSED the General Assembly. MLAW support makes a difference! 

This year, we are celebrating 22 years as your voice in Annapolis.  

Every year, the Maryland legislature considers hundreds of bills, and every year a high percentage of MLAW-supported bills become law.  These laws make a difference for women and families throughout Maryland.  MLAW is an effective, volunteer-run organization that depends entirely on dues and private contributions to do its work. We need your help to continue our work on behalf of Maryland women and families. 

If you are already an MLAW member, please renew your membership today. If you are not a current member, please sign up right away. And please consider an additional donation to support our vital work.

We hold an annual fall conference to develop our MLAW Legislative Agenda and a legislative reception in Annapolis during the legislative session to introduce the Agenda.  These events focus legislators’ attention on our issues and raise our visibility throughout the state.  We distribute the annual Legislative Agenda to every Maryland legislator.  In collaboration with our advocacy partners, we submit testimony, advocate for bills, and promote our Agenda through our website, Facebook page, and e-newsletter.

Your membership entitles you to VOTE for the legislative issues that will be included on the MLAW Legislative Agenda. 

Your membership and additional contributions fund MLAW’s efforts to maintain a strong voice for women and families in the Maryland legislature.  We appreciate your commitment to women’s rights, and we ask for your generous support. Please consider an additional donation to support our advocacy efforts. Please print and complete the membership form (link below) and mail in your membership and/or donation. You may also join or donate online at

Thank you!

Michaele Cohen
President, MLAW Board of Directors

Click here to download the MLAW MEMBERSHIP FORM 2016-17