The 2019 Maryland General Assembly is now in full swing! Sine die is Monday April 8th.
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland saw several significant victories for reproductive freedom during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions, and successfully fought back anti-choice bills that would restrict the right to choose in Maryland. The state legislature remains nominally pro-choice, but we hope to deepen our coalition work across the state to pass more true pro-active measures in the 2019 session that reflect the importance of reproductive health, rights, and justice
The Maryland General Assembly website has many great resources if you are interested in following up on its work during the 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.
After each session, we present a webinar that provides an overview of the outcomes of bills we advocated for or against. You can view a PDF version here: 2018 Legislative Wrap Up
Last year, we released a legislative scorecard of how Maryland legislators voted on the majority of the bills we tracked, as well as served as lead or co-sponsors on both pro-choice and anti-choice measures . We hope this will become a fair, annual assessment. so that voters have a better understanding of which pro-choice elected officials stood a bit higher than others in protecting reproductive freedom in a given session. With this data collected, we should be able to offer four-years of information each election cycle regarding the work of legislators seeking reelection. Meanwhile, here is our 2018 Scorecard
Check out the bills we are advocated for or against (and sometimes just monitored) which PASSED INTO LAW during the 2018 Legislative Session below: