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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)

PREGNANCY RIGHTS/ANTI-DISCRIMINATION

*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

*HB0257 – Maryland Commission on Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination – Reporting – House Health and Government Operations – Hearing 2/11 at 1:30 p.m. *SB0236 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m.

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

*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

YOUTH SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH/RIGHTS

*HB0205 – Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirement  – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0034 – State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health – Maryland School-Based Health Center Standards – Telehealth – House Health and Government Operations – Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0278 – Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs – Hearing 1/20 at 3:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0382 – Juvenile Law – Conduct by Children Involving Sexually Explicit or Nude Images – In the House Judiciary – Hearing 1/21 at 1:30 p.m.

*HB0359 – Maryland Longitudinal Data System – Student Data – Pregnant and Parenting Students – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  1/27 at 1:30 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

MATERNAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

*HB0028 – Public Health – Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/14 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0005 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

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

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

PARENTING WITH DIGINITY/RIGHTS

*HB0189 – Mobile Laundry for the Homeless Pilot Program – House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 1/19 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*SB0215 – Maryland Department of Health – Birth Registration – Gestational Carriers – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0321 – Public Buildings – Changing Facilities – Requirements – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/14 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0061 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

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

PATIENT RIGHTS & PUBLIC HEALTH CARE ACCESS

*HB0028 – Public Health – Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/14 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0005 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m. 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.  *SB0052 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0107 – Prohibition on Vending Machine Sales of Drugs and Medicines – Repeal – House Health & Government Operations – Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0108 – Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications – House Health & Government Operations – 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 – First Reading Appropriations 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 – First Reading Health and Government Operations *SB0041 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0135 – Pharmacists – Administration of Self-Administered Medications and Maintenance Injectable Medications – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/20 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0084 – Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0309 – Public Health – Data – Race and Ethnicity Information – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0393– Maryland Office of the Inspector General for Health – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/19 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0012 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/21 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

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

*HB0463 – Maryland Health Equity Resource Act – In the House – First Reading Health and Government Operations and Ways and Means *SB0172 – Senate Budget & Taxation Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m.

EDUCATION RIGHTS & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0001 – Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Funding – House Appropriations hearing –  January 19th, 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0001 – Senate Budget & Taxation Committee -Hearing 1/20 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0098 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*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

*HB0205 – Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirement  – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0216 – Higher Education – Tuition Exemption for Foster Care Recipients and Homeless Youth – Alterations and Reports – In the House – First Reading Appropriations *SB0155 -Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs – Hearing 1/27 at 11:00 a.m.

*HB0359 – Maryland Longitudinal Data System – Student Data – Pregnant and Parenting Students – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  1/27 at 1:30 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

*HB0439 – Institute for Innovation and Implementation – Pregnant, Expecting, and Parenting Students – Data Collection and Report – In the House – First Reading Ways & Means Committee SUPPORT

SEXUAL VIOLENCE & OPPRESSION/SURVIVOR RIGHTS

*HB0039 – Action for Change of Name – Waiver of Publication Requirement – House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/15 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0093 – Public Safety – Local Youth Violence Review Committees – In the House – First Reading Judiciary – House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 1:30 p.m. *SB0406 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0147 – Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense (Love Is No Defense to Sexual Crimes) – House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/14 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT *SB0250 – Senate Judicial Proceedings – Hearing 1/20 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0193 – Criminal Procedure – Victims of Crime – Private Room – House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/21 at 1:30 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.

*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.

*HB0338 – Business Regulation – Innkeepers – Records and Human Trafficking Awareness Training – House Economic Matters Committee – Hearing 1/19 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0411 – Criminal Law – Law Enforcement Officers – Prohibition on Sexual Activity – House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/18 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0043 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/21 at 11:00 a.m.

*HB0413 – Judges – Implicit Bias – Testing, Training, and Evaluation – In the House – First Reading Judiciary

*SB0128 – Hate Crimes – Civil Remedy – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee –  Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT *SB0220 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/20 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*SB0299 – Human Services – Trauma-Informed Care – Commission and Training – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS 

*HB0039 – Action for Change of Name – Waiver of Publication Requirement – House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/15 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0130 – Commission on LGBTQ Affairs – Established – House Health & Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/14 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. *SB0098 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m.

*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.

EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0257 – Maryland Commission on Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination – Reporting – House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/11 at 1:30 p.m. *SB0236 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m.

*HB0290 – Employment Discrimination – Time for Filing Complaints – House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 1/14 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

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

IMMIGRATION RIGHTS

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

*HB0016 – Correctional Services – Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act) – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m.

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

*SB0317 – Office of the Attorney General – Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 11:00 a.m.

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS

*HB0051 – Zoning – Environmental Justice Considerations – House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 1/20 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0121 – Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 1/21 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0076 -Water Pollution Control – Intervention in Civil Actions – Rights and Authority – In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 1/20 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0034 In the Senate Judicial Proceedings – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m.

*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 – First Reading Appropriations SUPPORT  *SB0199 In the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee – Hearing 1/27 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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