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.

Support our Fall Conference by Becoming a Sponsor!

The MLAW fall conference will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm online via Zoom. Please consider supporting the conference as sponsor.

Sponsor benefits include:

  • Tickets to attend the conference
  • Your organization’s logo or your name posted on our Facebook and Twitter
  • You or your organization listed on our website with a link to your webpage
  • Your ad displayed as part of our introductory slideshow during the conference
  • Gratitude from MLAW for your support!

Sponsorships range from $100-500. You can download a form here and submit your payment by check. Or, you can pay by credit card online by visiting our conference page on Eventbrite. Click on “Tickets” to purchase a sponsorship.

Thank You 2021 Fall Conference Sponsors!

AAUW Maryland
Compassion and Choices
For All Seasons, Inc.
Maryland Commission for Women
Maryland NOW (National Organization for Women)
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC

Karen Ware
PGCAC Social Action Committee
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
University System of Maryland’s Women Forum

Elizabeth Fran Johnson
Senator Pamela Beidle
Delegate Bonnie Cullison
Delegate Nicole Williams
Frederick County Commission for Women
Emerge Maryland
Montgomery County Democratic Women’s Club
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Baltimore Chapter
Prince George’s County Commission for Women
Women’s Law Center of Maryland

Michaele Cohen
Susan Horst
Tahira Hussain
Elizabeth Joyce
Erin Prangley
Joan Stine
Pat Stocker
Caren Williams
Delegate J. Sandy Bartlett
Delegate Charlotte Crutchfield
Delegate Pamela Queen
Anne Arundel County NOW
Baltimore County Commission for Women
Business and Professional Women of Maryland
Christol Salon and Spa
Ft. Washington Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated
Human Capital Focus, LLC
Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights
aryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maryland Health Care for All Coalition
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Melissa Curtin Coaching
Montgomery County Commission for Women
Montgomery County NOW
National Council for Negro Women – Montgomery County Maryland Section
North Arundel County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Strong Future Maryland
The Hatcher Group
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Prince George’s County Chapter
WISE – Women Indivisible, Strong, Effective
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland

MLAW’s Fall Conference – November 13th – Register Today!

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.

Join us to:

  • Start the day with a welcome message from Delegate Anne Healey, President of the Maryland Women’s Caucus of the Maryland General Assembly
  • Listen to a video conversation with Dr. Leana Wen on 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

Tickets are $25 until 11/10/21 . Sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged. For more information, call 443-519-1005 or email us at  mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.mdlegagendaforwomen.org for sponsorship levels benefits and pricing. 

To register, visit: https://mlaw2021conference.eventbrite.com

Join MLAW at the Women’s Rights Rally to Defend Abortion Care

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.

Call for Legislative Proposals for the 2022 Agenda

MLAW will host its annual Fall Agenda Conference Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: Building a Stronger Care Infrastructure online via Zoom on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

MLAW is encouraging organizations (lead groups) and legislators to submit legislative proposals for consider at the conference. Selected legislation will comprise our 2022 Legislative Agenda.  Legislation must meet the following criteria: 
*Addresses an issue related to women’s health, women’s personal safety at home, in public, in school, and in the workplace; the ability to achieve and maintain economic independence; or freedom from discrimination in Maryland’s economic, educational, judicial, political, and social system;
*Can be addressed through the legislation in the Maryland General Assembly;
*Has a reasonable chance to move successfully through the legislative process;
*Has at least one legislative sponsor Has an identifiable, sustainable lead group that can shepherd the bill. The lead group must be a Maryland-based group or a national group with a strong on-the-ground presence in Maryland and have issue-area expertise and/or a track record of supporting legislation/advocacy in areas related to this proposal.  

All proposals MUST be submitted no later than Monday, November 1st. Because we are hosting a virtual conference this year, we need information well in advance of the event.   

To submit a proposal, complete this online form. Please note that all information must be entered at one time into this Google form. You cannot save it and come back later to finish. A helpful tip is to type out your narrative answers in a Word document and paste them into the form. If you have submitted a proposal in the past, we have added a few questions and changes this year. To view a sample of how the information you provide will be presented at our conference, please view our 2021 Agenda document.   For questions or help, contact Jessica at mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com.

MLAW Statement Against Anti-Asian Hate

We oppose all racism, racial injustice and discrimination, and we condemn the racist violence and hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that has significantly increased over the last year. We stand in solidarity with our AAPI community in opposing all forms of bias, harassment, discrimination, and violence that have been targeted toward them.

Virtual 2021 Legislative Wrap Up Happy Hour


Please Join Us for our Virtual 2021 Legislative Wrap Up Happy Hour Monday, May 24th @ 5pm on Zoom    The 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly ended last month and we are thrilled to report that 4 of the 7 bills on MLAW’s 2021 Legislative Agenda were PASSED!  

Please join us on Monday, May 24th @ 5pm for our virtual 2021 Legislative Wrap Up Happy Hour which will take place on Zoom. We invite you to grab your favorite beverage to toast our 2021 successes! We will report on the each of the bills from the 2021 Agenda, explain which ones passed or failed, and let you know what’s next for this legislation.   The 2021 Legislative Wrap Up is free for everyone, but you must register through Zoom. Click HERE to register. After registering, you will receive a Zoom link for the event.