2018 Fall Conference Proposals

At our Fall Agenda Conference, nineteen proposals were presented for consideration for the 2018 Legislative Agenda.  Those issues are as follows.  More information about each proposal can be viewed by downloading the conference packet here.  MLAW 2018 Proposals

Rape Survivor Family Protection Act

Family Life and Human Sexuality Curriculum, Consent

Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act

Final Permanent Protective Order Criminal Violation of Conditions of Release 

Domestic Violence—Education and Definition of Abuse

Hate Crimes—Civil Remedy

Expansion of Maryland’s Vacating Laws for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Healthcare Services for Pregnant Inmates Discrimination in Employment —Conditions Related to Pregnancy or Child Birth

Family Law—Age of Majority Jurisdiction

Same Sex Couples—Marital Presumption

Salary History and Information Disclosure

Job-Protected Leave Expanding Maryland’s Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Women on Corporate Boards (Joint Resolution)

Increasing Maryland’s Competitiveness through Gender Diversity in Board Rooms (Joint Resolution)

The Maryland Cares for Kids Act

Gender Equity in Auto Insurance

Directions and Map – Fall Conference

Click here to view or download a campus map: MLAW Conference Map

The best way to access Duncan Hall is to take Little Patuxent Parkway from I-95 or Rt. 29 and enter the campus from the north side.  Turn left into Howard Community College and you will encounter a traffic circle.  Go ¾ of the way around the circle, following signs for Lot A.  Park in Lot A, which is the closest and accessible parking.  The building in front of you (south) is Duncan Hall. Enter and Room 100, Kittleman, will be on the ground level.  The campus address is 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044.

Thank you to our Fall Conference Sponsors!

Thank you for your support of the 2017 Fall Agenda Conference!  Download our Program Booklet Here: MLAW_Program 

Michaele Cohen
AAUW Maryland
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Maryland NOW (National Organization for Women)
Mom’s Rising
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter
Planned Parenthood Maryland
Prince George’s County Commission for Women

Elizabeth Fran Johnson
The Hatcher Group
Maryland Commission for Women
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
NARAL ProChoice Maryland
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince George’s County
Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc.

Elizabeth Joyce
Joan Stine
Lynette A. Whitfield, Esq.
Anne Arundel County Democratic Women
Business and Professional Women – Maryland
Consumer Health First
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Montgomery County Commission for Women
WISE (Women Indivisible, Strong and Effective)
Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland
Zonta Club of Annapolis

Fall Agenda Conference: “Mobilizing the Power of Maryland Women in a Time of Uncertainty”

The MLAW fall conference will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. **Note the location change!**

The conference will feature a moderated panel: “Mobilizing the Power of Maryland Women in a Time of Uncertainty“, including: Delegate Terri Hill (Maryland House of Delegates), Toni Van Pelt (President, National Organization for Women), Pat Lambert (Executive Alliance/Network 2000) and Luis Larin (United Workers).  Delegate Ariana Kelly, President of the Women Legislators of Maryland, will give opening remarks. Additional speakers TBD.

The highlight of the conference will be the presentation of legislative proposals for the upcoming 2018 legislative session. Join us to learn about the bills that will make up the 2018 Agenda. An optional Grassroots Advocacy 101 workshop will be offered from 1:30 to 3:30 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 download a Registration Form: MLAW Fall Conference 2017 Registration Form or register online at: https://mlawfallconference2017.eventbrite.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged. Click here to download a Sponsorship Form: 2017 Fall Conference Sponsorship Form

We are also seeking Legislative Proposals for the 2018 Agenda.  Please click here to download a Legislative Proposal Form, which includes the criteria for submitting legislation for consideration: 2017 Fall Conference Proposal Form.  Make sure to save the form to your hard drive before completing it.

Howard Community College, located at 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044 in Columbia, provides a convenient setting for our conference with ample free parking and handicapped accessibility.  The conference will be held in Duncan Hall, Room 100 on the ground floor. Click here for a campus map: http://www.howardcc.edu/about-us/hcc-at-a-glance/locations-and-directions/campus-map.html


Pay Your Membership Dues or Donate Online!

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MLAW 2017-18 Membership: Join or Renew Today!

Dear Friend of MLAW:

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 2017, two of the seven bills on the MLAW Legislative Agenda PASSED the General Assembly. MLAW support makes a difference!

 This year, we are celebrating 23 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  MLAW MEMBERSHIP FORM 2017-18 and mail in your membership and/or donation. You may also join or donate online by visiting our secure paypal site.

Thank you!

Michaele Cohen
President, MLAW Board of Directors

MLAW 2017 Legislative Agenda – Final Report

HB 1/SB 230 § Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
The legislation, which was introduced for the first time in 2013, requires Maryland employers to allow workers to earn a certain number of annual paid sick and safe days. The “safe time” component of the legislation requires employers to allow employees who have been victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault to use their accrued paid sick leave to care for their health after these incidents or to seek legal protections or new housing.
Outcome: PASSED

HB 429/SB 217 § Criminal Law – Sexual Offenses – Physical Resistance
This bill clarifies and modernizes Maryland’s sex crimes statutes by making it clear that rape victims are not required to physically resist sexual assault.
Outcome: PASSED

HB 428/SB 574 § Family Law – Child Conceived Without Consent – Termination of Parental Rights (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act)
The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act would create a legal process for rape victims to terminate the parental rights of rapists when a child is conceived as result of rape. Victims would be required to meet a clear and convincing standard of evidence. This is the same standard used for other termination of parental rights cases.
Outcome: Passed House and Senate in different forms; failed in conference committee.

HB 919/SB 971 § Procurement – Nondiscrimination Clauses and State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination
This bill prevented corporations seeking to contract with the state from discriminating against women when appointing members to their Board of Directors. Leading authorities on pay equity believe that placing more women on corporate boards will influence better compensation policies and practices and offer a diversity of perspectives and experience.
Outcome: Passed Senate but failed in House.

HB 398/SB 404 § Labor and Employment – Equal Pay – Job Announcement and Salary History Information Disclosures
This bill prohibited discriminatory practices and increased transparency from employers when hiring women.  Employers could not ask past salary history and employers over a certain size would have to disclose a salary range for the position when requested by the applicant. This bill would address the perpetuation of gender pay disparities by not relying on a job candidate’s prior salary in hiring or setting pay.
Outcome: Unfavorable report in Senate Finance Committee. 

HB 1614/SB 1116 § Maryland Fair Scheduling, Wages and Benefits Act and HB1615/SB1145 § Maryland Fair Scheduling Act This bill would provide baseline protections, like advance notice of work schedules, predictability pay for last minute schedule changes, and compensation for on-call shifts, to incentivize employers to create stable, predictable schedules and to ensure that employees are compensated for their time and flexibility.
Outcome: No vote in committees.

HB 214 § Discrimination in Employment – Conditions Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth
This bill made clarifications to Maryland’s existing law to ensure that pregnant workers with a medical need for workplace accommodations due to normal pregnancy are in fact provided reasonable accommodations. It would also strengthen the law by clarifying that reasonable accommodations must also be provided for lactation-related needs. It would also strengthen the law to prohibit employers from forcing pregnant workers out on leave when they could be reasonably accommodated since many women cannot afford or do not want to take leave and could continue working if they were provided another reasonable accommodation.
Outcome:  No vote in committee.

Click here to download a PDF version of this report. 2017 MLAW Agenda Final Report