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The 2021 Maryland General Assembly convened on Wednesday, January 13th.  We will be updating this page daily to reflect our bill tracking as we review the legislation being introduced.  Scroll down to see the list of bills.

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland saw several significant victories for reproductive freedom during the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 legislative sessions, and successfully fought back anti-choice bills that would restrict the right to choose in Maryland. Emboldened by the Trump/Pence Administration, there was a spike in the number of anti-choice legislation introduced in 2019 with 16 anti-choice bills which were all successfully defeated.  In 2020, 11 anti-choice bills were introduced, with 4 House floor amendments filed to change the 2121 state budget bill to prevent Medicaid recipients from receiving abortion care.

The state legislature remains majority pro-choice, and we hope to deepen our coalition work across the state to pass more true pro-active measures in future sessions that reflect the importance of reproductive health, rights, and justice.  With the election of an increasing number of young, diverse, progressive legislators, including 72 female members of the Maryland General Assembly, we will continue to advance reproductive freedom, instead of maintaining the status quo.

The Maryland General Assembly website has many great resources if you are interested in following up on its work during each 90-day session. You can look up legislation and track its progress here, as well as view its fiscal and policy report prepared by the state’s legislative services.

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland are members of several coalitions and alliances in which certain issues legislators seek to address cross into the realm of reproductive health, right, and justice.  These include, and are not limited to, Reproductive Justice Inside, Reproductive and Educational Equity for Maryland Youth, Menstrual Equity Alliance for Maryland Students, Maryland Prisoner’s Rights Coalition, the Everyone Votes Maryland, Coalition to Reform School Discipline, Youth Equality Alliance, Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women, Maryland Youth Justice Coalition, Decriminalize Maryland, Progressive Maryland, Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, Time to Care, Marylanders for Patient Rights, Health Care for All, Reproductive Health Equity Alliance of Maryland, Save Maryland Transit, and more.

Much of our work is done in coalition, with a focus on supporting direct service providers with advocacy and policy support. We work in coalitions that are guided by the belief that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, ability, age, and immigration status, are deserving of comprehensive, affordable, and dignified reproductive healthcare; economic security; quality education; and safe working and living conditions; as well as public health and policy practices which improve their quality of life. Depending on the type of work and wishes of the campaign leaders, sometimes our affiliate plays a behind-the-scenes role, while other times we are vocal leaders of advocacy campaign. Regardless, we are always mindful that our allyship is not co-opting the work of those already providing services or community-based programming. We state this in recognition that institutionalized racism, including in the nonprofit realm, has resulted in the physical, psychological and emotional violence and neglect of Black, Brown and immigrant pregnant people.

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2021 Bills

When bills that we’re tracking are listed, they will be formatted as so: BILL NUMBER (link to General Assembly bill information) – FULL TITLE – OUR STANCE (if testimony is submitted, a link to our document will be in blue)

ABORTION/PERSONHOOD

*HB0834 – Public Health – Federal and State Funding for Abortions – Prohibition and Exceptions – In the House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE *SB0423 In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB0846 – Public Health – Abortions – Prenatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome (Down Syndrome Dignity Act) – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB0997 – Equal Protection for Unborn Human Life Act – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB1109 – Health – Abortion – Ultrasound and Waiting Period – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB1112 -Public Health – Maternal and Child Mortality – Review and Perinatal Hospice Services – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE *SB0891 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB1198 – Public Health – Abortion – Drug-Induced Abortions – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE

CONTRACEPTION/FAMILY PLANNING

*HB0396 – Public Health – Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0279 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*SJ05 – Comprehensive Health Education Program – Female Monthly Cycle Tracking for Adolescent Girls – In the Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/11 at 11:00 a.m. WITHDRAWN

PREGNANCY RIGHTS/ANTI-DISCRIMINATION

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-45)  SUPPORT *SB0098 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0235 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0257 – Maryland Commission on Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination – Reporting – In the House – Third Reading Passed (129-0) SUPPORT *SB0236 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)  SUPPORT

*HB0290 – Employment Discrimination – Time for Filing Complaints – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) SUPPORT *SB0455 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/9 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0396 – Public Health – Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0279 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0401 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0438 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT MD NARAL priority bill

*HB1020 – Election Law – Curbside Voting – Establishment – In the House Ways and Means Committee – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

YOUTH SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH/RIGHTS

*HB0034 – State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health – Maryland School-Based Health Center Standards – Telehealth – House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0278  – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (31-14) –  SUPPORT

*HB0132 – Health – Mental and Emotional Disorders – Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative) – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0041In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (31-16)  SUPPORT

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-45) SUPPORT *SB0098 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0205 – Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirement  – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-43) SUPPORT *SB0427 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)  SUPPORT MD NARAL priority bill.

*HB0401 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0438 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0636 – School Buildings – Drinking Water Outlets – Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act) – In the House Environment and Transportation Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0546 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.  SUPPORT

*HB0771 – Public Schools – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surveys – Revisions – In the House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 2/12 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0548 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m.  SUPPORT

*HB1056 – Nonpublic Schools – Adequate Health Services – Eligibility for Reimbursement – In the House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0827 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

MATERNAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

*HB0028 – Public Health – Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0005In the Senate – Second Reading Passed with Amendments SUPPORT

*HB0108 – Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications – In the House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/02 at 3:45 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0286 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0235 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT    MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0396 – Public Health – Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0279 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0758 – Maryland Licensure of Certified Midwives Act – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0684 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/2 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0925 – Workgroup on Medical Cannabis Use by Pregnant and Nursing Women – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m. MONITOR

*HB1202 – Hospitals and Birth Centers – COVID-19 Visitation Policies – Doulas – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1349 – Public Health – Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0777 – In the Senate – Favorable with Amendments Report by Budget and Taxation SUPPORT

*SB0923 – Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Eligibility and Disenrollment – In the Senate Finance Committee – 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

PARENTING WITH DIGINITY/RIGHTS

*HB0018 – Landlord and Tenant – Eviction Action – Right to Counsel – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0154 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0189 – Mobile Laundry for the Homeless Pilot Program – In the House – Third Reading Passed (112-17) SUPPORT

*HB0321 – Public Buildings – Changing Facilities – Requirements – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) SUPPORT  *SB0061In the Senate – Favorable Report by Judicial Proceedings SUPPORT

*HB0375 – Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021) – In the House Economic Matters Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0211 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0549 – Maryland Department of Health – Birth Registration – Gestational Carriers – In the House – Third Reading Passed (137-0) – SUPPORT *SB0215In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) SUPPORT

*HB0711 – Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Donations to Diaper Banks and Other Charitable Entities – In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-0) SUPPORT *SB0622In the Senate – Favorable with Amendments Report by Budget and Taxation  SUPPORT

*HB0944 – Growing Family Child Care Opportunities Pilot Program – Established – In the House Ways and Means Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0711 – In the Senate – Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1203 – Certificates of Birth and Marriage Certificates – Issuance of New Certificates – Sex Designation – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/2 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1312 – COVID-19 Eviction and Housing Relief Act of 2021 – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT *SB0910 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings – Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

PATIENT RIGHTS & PUBLIC HEALTHCARE ACCESS

*HB0028 – Public Health – Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0005 – In the Senate – Second Reading Passed with Amendments SUPPORT

*HB0078 – Public Health – Maryland Commission on Health Equity (The Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021) – House Health & Government Operations – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0052 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) SUPPORT

*HB0107 – Prohibition on Vending Machine Sales of Drugs and Medicines – Repeal – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-39) SUPPORT  *SB0499 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (38-8)  SUPPORT

*HB0108 – Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications – House Health & Government Operations Committee  – Hearing 2/2 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0286 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0114 – Maryland Transit Administration – Funding (Transit Safety and Investment Act) In the House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 2/3 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0199 In the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT 

*HB0123 – Preserve Telehealth Access Act of 2021 – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT *SB0003 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0132 – Health – Mental and Emotional Disorders – Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative) – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0041 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (31-16)  SUPPORT

*HB0135 – Pharmacists – Administration of Self-Administered Medications and Maintenance Injectable Medications – In the House – Third Reading Passed (121-6) SUPPORT *SB0084In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) SUPPORT

*HB0309 – Public Health – Data – Race and Ethnicity Information – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0565 – In the Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0393 – Maryland Office of the Inspector General for Health – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6)  SUPPORT *SB0012 –  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) SUPPORT

*HB0396 – Public Health – Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0279 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0429 – Pharmacists – Required Notification and Authorized Substitution – Lower-Cost Drug or Device Product – In the House – Third Reading Passed (128-0) *SB0537 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0463 – Maryland Health Equity Resource Act – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/2 at 3:45 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0172 – Senate Budget & Taxation Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0548 – Human Services – Trauma-Informed Care – Commission and Training –  In the House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/09 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0299 – In the Senate – Favorable with Amendments Report by Finance SUPPORT

*HB0535 – Maryland Sign Language Interpreter Act – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0431 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0551 – Maryland Medical Assistance Program and Health Insurance – Coverage and Reimbursement of Telehealth Services – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0393 – In the Senate  Finance Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0731 – Telehealth Services – Expansion – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0567 – In the Senate Finance Committee  – Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0757 – Local Health Departments and Community Action Agencies – Feminine Hygiene Products – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0771 – Public Schools – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surveys – Revisions – In the House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 2/12 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0548 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee  – Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0812 – Maryland Department of Health – 2-1-1 Maryland – Mental Health Services Phone Call Program – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. –  SUPPORT *SB0719 – In the Senate Finance Committee –  Hearing 3/3 at  1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0999 – Adoption – Access to Birth and Adoption Records and Search, Contact, and Reunion Services – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing cancelled SUPPORT *SB0331 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1118 – Health Care Facilities – Discrimination – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT

EDUCATION RIGHTS & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0001 – Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Funding – In the House – Third Reading Passed (115-14)  SUPPORT *SB0001In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) – SUPPORT

*HB0027 – Education – Reporting Arrests of Students – Alterations – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB0071 – Juvenile Services Education Board and Program – Establishment, Powers, and Duties – In the House – Judiciary and Ways and Means Committee –  Hearing 1/28 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0497 – In the Senate – Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-45) SUPPORT *SB0098 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0171 – State Department of Education – School Discipline – Data Collection – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) SUPPORT

*HB0205 – Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirement  – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-43) SUPPORT  *SB0427In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)   SUPPORT  MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0216 – Higher Education – Tuition Exemption for Foster Care Recipients and Homeless Youth – Alterations and Reports – In the House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 2/3 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT *SB0155In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-1) SUPPORT

*HB0359 – Maryland Longitudinal Data System – Student Data – Pregnant and Parenting Students – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0437 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m.- SUPPORT  MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0377 – Commission on Student Behavioral Health and Mental Health Treatment – In the House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0400 – Public Schools – Enrollment Location – Continuity – In the House- Third Reading Passed (132-0) SUPPORT

*HB0401 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0438 In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0439 – Institute for Innovation and Implementation – Pregnant, Expecting, and Parenting Students – Data Collection and Report – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  2/3 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0470 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT  MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0461 – Public Schools – Student Attendance – Excused Absences for Mental Health Needs – In the House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0496 – Primary and Secondary Education – Mental Health Services – Expansion (Counselors Not Cops Act) – In the House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0522 – Public Schools – School Resource Officers – Prohibited Conduct – In the House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0629 – County Boards of Education – Student Member – Voting  – In the House – Unfavorable Report by Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 2/5 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB0636 – School Buildings – Drinking Water Outlets – Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act) – In the House Environment and Transportation Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0546 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0700– Education – Disruption of School Activities – Repeal of Prohibition – In the House Ways and Means Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0753 – Education – Student-Organized Peaceful Demonstrations – Student Discipline and Policy – In the House Ways and Means Committee – Hearing 2/12 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0914 – Education – Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students – Report – In the House Ways and Means Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1089 – Primary and Secondary Education – Expansion of Mental Health Services and Prohibition of School Resource Officers (Police–Free Schools Act) – In the House Ways and Means Committee – Hearing 3/3 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*SB0630 – Education – Adult High School Pilot Program – Funding and Grants – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) SUPPORT

SEXUAL VIOLENCE & OPPRESSION/SURVIVOR RIGHTS

*HB0039 – Action for Change of Name – Waiver of Publication Requirement – House Judiciary Committee – In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-4) – SUPPORT *SB0581 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/18 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0128 – Criminal Law – Hate Crimes – Protected Groups and Penalties – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT  *SB0220In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)  SUPPORT

*HB0147 – Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense (Love Is No Defense to Sexual Crimes) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (125-4)  SUPPORT *SB0250 – Senate Judicial Proceedings – Hearing 1/20 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0193 – Criminal Procedure – Victims of Crime – Private Room – In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0) SUPPORT *SB0484 – In the Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0194 – Criminal Procedure – Police Officers and Public Defenders – Implicit Bias – Testing, Training, and Evaluation – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0223 – Criminal Law – Person in a Position of Authority – Sexual Offenses With a Minor – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0270 – Criminal Procedure – Victims of Sexually Assaultive Behavior – Required Meeting – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/11 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT *SB0555 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0338 – Business Regulation – Innkeepers – Records and Human Trafficking Awareness Training – House Economic Matters Committee – Hearing 1/19 at 1:30 p.m. -SUPPORT *SB0876 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.  SUPPORT

*HB0411 – Criminal Law – Law Enforcement Officers – Prohibition on Sexual Activity – In the House – Third Reading Passed (97-36)  SUPPORT *SB0043 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0)   SUPPORT

*HB0413 – Judges – Implicit Bias – Testing, Training, and Evaluation – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 2:30 p.m.  SUPPORT

*HB0452 – Hate Crimes – Civil Remedy –  In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0128 –  Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee –  Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0548 – Human Services – Trauma-Informed Care – Commission and Training –  In the House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/09 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0299 – In the Senate – Favorable with Amendments Report by Finance SUPPORT

*HB0881 – Mental Health Facilities – Sexual Abuse and Harassment – Reporting and Prevention – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/02 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0815 – In the Senate – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS 

*HB0039 – Action for Change of Name – Waiver of Publication Requirement – House Judiciary Committee – In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-4)  SUPPORT *SB0581 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/26 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0128 – Criminal Law – Hate Crimes – Protected Groups and Penalties – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT  *SB0220In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)  SUPPORT

*HB0130 – Commission on LGBTQ Affairs – Established – In the House – Third Reading Passed (102-27)  SUPPORT

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – In the House – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-35) SUPPORT *SB0098 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0231 – Crimes – Mitigation – Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation – House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/19 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0046 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/04 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0650 – Minority Business Enterprises – Sexual and Gender Minorities (Imari’s Business Pride Act) – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0765 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/4 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1056 – Nonpublic Schools – Adequate Health Services – Eligibility for Reimbursement – In the House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0827 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1088 – Nondiscrimination and LGBTQ+ Individuals – In the House Health and Government Operations – Hearing 3/17 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0768 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1118 – Health Care Facilities – Discrimination – In the House Health and Government Operations – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0056 – Labor and Employment – Leave With Pay – Bereavement Leave – In the House – Third Reading Passed(95-37) SUPPORT *SB0473In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) SUPPORT

*HB0257 – Maryland Commission on Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination – Reporting – In the House – Third Reading Passed (129-0) SUPPORT *SB0236 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) SUPPORT

*HB0290 – Employment Discrimination – Time for Filing Complaints – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) SUPPORT *SB0455 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/9 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0375 – Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021) – In the House Economic Matters Committee – Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0211 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0581 – Labor and Employment – Employment Standards During an Emergency (Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act) – In the House Economic Matters Committee – Hearing 2/05 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT *SB0486 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0650 – Minority Business Enterprises – Sexual and Gender Minorities (Imari’s Business Pride Act) – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0765 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/4 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

IMMIGRATION RIGHTS

*HB0015 – Governor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – House Appropriations Committee – House – Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0085 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/9 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0016 – Correctional Services – Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act) – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 3/3 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0478 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0023 – Personal Information – State and Local Agencies – Restrictions on Access – In the House – Reassigned to Judiciary and Environment and Transportation SUPPORT *SB0234 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee- Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0304 – State and Local Government – Participation in Federal Immigration Enforcement – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 3/3 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0088 – Senate Judicial Proceedings – Hearing 1/27 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0750 – Office of the Attorney General – Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0317 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS

*HB0021 – Environment – Recycling – Prohibition on the Chemical Conversion of Plastic – In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 1/29 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0022 – Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements – In the House Health and Operations Committee Government – Hearing 2/02 at 3:45 p.m. SUPPORT  SB0195 – In the Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0033 – Climate Crisis and Education Act – In the House Economic Matters Committee – Hearing 2/18 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0076 – In the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee – Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0051 – Zoning – Environmental Justice Considerations – House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 1/20 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0121In the Senate –  Third Reading Passed (44-1)  SUPPORT

*HB0076 -Water Pollution Control – Intervention in Civil Actions – Rights and Authority – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-40)  SUPPORT  *SB0334 In the Senate Judicial Proceedings – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0082 Constitutional Amendment – Environmental Rights – In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 1/20 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0151 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0114 – Maryland Transit Administration – Funding (Transit Safety and Investment Act) In the House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 2/3 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT  *SB0199 In the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT 

*HB0204 – Environment and Natural Resources – Complaints, Inspections, and Enforcement – Information Maintenance and Reporting – In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0324In the Senate – Laid Over Adopted SUPPORT

*HB0503 – Environment – Office on Climate Change – Establishment –  In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0518 – In the Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0583 – Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021 – In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 2/11 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT *SB0414 In the Senate – Laid Over Adopted SUPPORT

*HB0636 – School Buildings – Drinking Water Outlets – Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act) – In the House Environment and Transportation Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0546 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.  SUPPORT

*HB0643 – Public Health – Cosmetic Products – Ingredient Prohibition – In the House Health and Operations Committee Government Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1069 – Water Supply – Private Well Safety Program – In the House Environment and Transportation Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1207 – Environment – Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities – Reform – In the House Environment and Transportation Committee – Hearing 2/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0674 – In the Senate – Second Reader Passed with Amendments . SUPPORT

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM 

*SB0178 – Public Information Act – Personnel Records – Investigations of Law Enforcement Officers (Anton’s Law) – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (30-17)  SUPPORT

*SB0627 – Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights – Repeal and Procedures for Discipline – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (33-14) MONITOR

*HB0194 – Criminal Procedure – Police Officers and Public Defenders – Implicit Bias – Testing, Training, and Evaluation – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0411 – Criminal Law – Law Enforcement Officers – Prohibition on Sexual Activity – House Judiciary Committee – In the House – Third Reading Passed (97-36) SUPPORT *SB0043 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0)  SUPPORT

*HB0413 – Judges – Implicit Bias – Testing, Training, and Evaluation – In the House Judiciary  Committee –  Hearing 1/27 at 2;30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0640 – Criminal Law – Failure to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order – Repeal – In the House Judiciary Committee –  Hearing 2/12 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1121 – Juvenile Services – Workgroup to Develop Evidence-Based, Research-Based, and Culturally Competent Practices – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0905 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 12:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1187 – Juvenile Law – Juvenile Justice Reform – In the House Judiciary Committee-  Hearing 2/25 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0853 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/23 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT/REENTRY

*HB0235 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0316 – Conditions of Pretrial Release – Home Detention Monitoring – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0023 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/03 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0560 – Human Relations – Discrimination in Housing – Reentry-Into-Society Status – In the House – Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation SUPPORT

*HB0698 – Maryland Model Prisons Study Workgroup – In the House Judiciary Committee – Withdrawn by sponsor

*HB0851 – Corrections – Restrictive Housing – Serious Mental Illness – In the House – Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1121 – Juvenile Services – Workgroup to Develop Evidence-Based, Research-Based, and Culturally Competent Practices – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0905 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 12:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1233 – Correctional Services – Inmates – Intake and Release Requirements (Reentry Success Act of 2021) – In the House – Hearing 3/09 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1188 – Office of the Attorney General – Correctional Ombudsman – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 3/09 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0809 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

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NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland is an advocate for reproductive health, rights, and justice.  We work to ensure every individual has the freedom to decide if, when, and how to form one’s family. We honor pregnancy in all its complexity, and believe that each individual has the power to make personal decisions about one’s own life, body, and future. There should be no barrier to accessing all the sexual and reproductive healthcare necessary to protect one’s fertility, plan a pregnancy, experience a healthy pregnancy, give birth, recover from a miscarriage or stillbirth, access abortion care, or conceive using reproductive technology. Reproductive freedom also calls for the social, economic, and political conditions which allow parenting with dignity, in good health, and in safety.  Access to quality and affordable support services that are vital to healthy parenting influences decision-making about how large to grow one’s family through childbearing, or opening one’s home to foster care or adoption.

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