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 The 2020 Maryland General Assembly convened on Wednesday, January 8th.

The 2020 Maryland General Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 19 days earlier than scheduled.

To learn more about the bills we supported, or opposed, click here.

To see the PowerPoint to our 2020 legislative wrap-up webinar: visit here.

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland saw several significant victories for reproductive freedom during the 2017, 2018, and 2019 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 a record number of 73 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 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 Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative, Coalition to Reform School Discipline, Working Matters, Youth Equality Alliance, Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women, Maryland Youth Justice Coalition, Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, Time to Care, Marylanders for Patient Rights, Health Care for All, Reproductive Health Equity Alliance of Maryland, and more.

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2020 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 (link to our testimony – posted when in blue)

ABORTION & PERSONHOOD

*SB0357 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – OPPOSE In the Senate – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0734 – Human Fetal Tissue – Prohibition – OPPOSE In the House – Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m. Bill withdrawn

*HB0793 – Public Health – Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act – OPPOSE In the House – Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1162 – Health – Abortions – Reporting Requirements – OPPOSE In the House – Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1179 – Public Health – Unborn Human Beings and Infants (Humane Disposition of Human Remains Act) – OPPOSE In the House – Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1227 – Abortion – Ultrasound Requirement – OPPOSE In the House – Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1299 – Public Health – Abortions – Modifications – OPPOSE In the House – Hearing cancelled

*HB1321 – Health – Abortion – Ultrasound and Waiting Period – OPPOSE In the House – Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1412 – Public Health – Abortions – Methods – OPPOSE In the House – hearing cancelled

*HB1583 – Public Health – Abortions – Prenatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome (Down Syndrome Dignity Act) – OPPOSE no hearing set

*HB1584 – Public Health – Family Planning Services – Order of Priority of Funding (Prioritization of Public Funding for Family Planning Act) – OPPOSE no hearing set

PREGNANCY RIGHTS

*SB0183 – Health Insurance – Health Benefit Plans – Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0255 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/6 at 1:00 p.m. *HB0524 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – SUPPORT  In the House – Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0523 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (139-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)*SB0225 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0)

*HB0781 – Health Insurance – In Vitro Fertilization – Revisions – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (105-32); In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (35-11)   *SB0988 – Health Insurance – In Vitro Fertilization – Revisions – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (35-12); In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-30)

PARENTING WITH DIGNITY

*SB0040 – Sales and Use Tax – Diapers – Exemption – SUPPORT  In the Senate – Hearing 1/2 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0096 – Family Law – Parentage and Adoption – Definitions – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-0)  In the Senate – JPR hearing 3/17 cancelled

*HB0523 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (139-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)*SB0225 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0)

*HB1298 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0791  – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

YOUTH SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH 

*HB0053 – Public Health – Contraceptive Devices – Minors – OPPOSE In the House – Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0208 – Public Schools- Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-30), In the Senate – First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

*HB0409 – Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Participation of School-Based Health Centers – Regulations – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)

PREGNANT & PARENTING YOUTH

*HB0206 – Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter and Supportive Services – SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (137-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) *SB0207 – Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter and Supportive Services – SUPPORT In the Senate -Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0)

*HB0458 – Family Law – Minors – Emancipation (Emancipation of Minors Act of 2020) – SUPPORT with Amendments In the House – Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0680 –  Family Law – Minors – Emancipation (Emancipation of Minors Act) – not the same as HB0458 – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/25 at 12:00 p.m.

*HB0522 – Education – Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students – Report – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0572 – Education – Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students – Report – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1231 – Family Law – Authorization for a Minor to Marry – OPPOSE as amended after hearing  In the House – Third Reading Passed (99-32), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings *SB0949 –  Family Law – Authorization for a Minor to Marry – OPPOSE  In the Senate – Hearing 3/04 at 12:00 p.m.

*HB1298 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0791  – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

MATERNAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

*SB0098 – Health Insurance – Technical Correction and Required Conformity With Federal Law – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-1)

*HB0196 – Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Establishment of a State-Based Health Insurance Subsidies Program SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0); In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (36-9) *SB0124 – Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Establishment of a State-Based Health Insurance Subsidies Program SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (43-2); In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-31)

*SB0183 – Health Insurance – Health Benefit Plans – Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0255 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/6 at 1:00 p.m. *HB0524 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0286 – Public Health – Maternal Mortality Review Program – Stakeholders – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)

*HB0403 – Immigration Enforcement – Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses – Policies – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-45), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings and Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs *SB0903 – Immigration Enforcement – Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses – Policies – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/26 at 12:00 p.m.

*HB0523 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (139-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)*SB0225 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0)

*HB0614 – State Government – Environmental and Natural Resources Ombudsman – Establishment (Environmental Accountability and Transparency Act) – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0460 – State Government – Environmental and Natural Resources Ombudsman – Establishment (Environmental Accountability and Transparency Act) – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (35-10), In the House – First Reading Environment and Transportation

*HB0677 – Correctional Services – Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act) – SUPPORT – In the House – Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0850 – Correctional Services – Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act) – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 2/26 at 12:00 p.m.

*HB0837 – Public Health – Maternal Mortality and Morbidity – Implicit Bias Training and Study – SUPPORT – In the House – Third Reading Passed (138-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)

*HB1067  – Doulas – Doula Technical Assistance Advisory Group and Certification – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 3/06]= at 1:00 p.m. *SB0914 – Doulas – Doula Technical Assistance Advisory Group and Certification – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.

PATIENT RIGHTS & HEALTH CARE ACCESS

*HB0053 – Public Health – Contraceptive Devices – Minors – OPPOSE

*HB0196 – Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Establishment of a State-Based Health Insurance Subsidies Program SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0); In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (36-9) *SB0124 – Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Establishment of a State-Based Health Insurance Subsidies Program SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (43-2); In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-31)

*HB0255 – Health Care Facilities – Hospitals and Related Institutions – Discrimination Protections – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/05 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0547 – Health Care Facilities – Hospitals and Related Institutions – Discrimination Protections – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0402 –  Health Care Practitioners – Telehealth SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (132-0) *HB0448 – Health Care Practitioners – Telehealth SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (46-0)

*HB0403 – Immigration Enforcement – Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses – Policies – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-45), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings and Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs  *SB0903 – Immigration Enforcement – Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses – Policies – SUPPORT  In the Senate – Hearing 2/26 at 12:00 p.m.

*SB0669 – Public Health – Prescription Drug Affordability Board and Fund – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (97-37) *HB1095 – Public Health – Prescription Drug Affordability Board and Fund – SUPPORT – In the House – Third Reading Passed (98-36), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)

*HB0781 – Health Insurance – In Vitro Fertilization – Revisions – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (105-32); In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (35-11)   *SB0988 – Health Insurance – In Vitro Fertilization – Revisions – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (35-12); In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-30)

*SB0918 – Human Services – Trauma-Informed Care – Commission and Training –SUPPORTIn the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – Hearing 3/17 at 1:00 p.m. HGO

*HB1119 – Pharmacists – Required Notification and Authorized Substitution – Lower–Cost Drug or Device Product – SUPPORT – In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-0), In the Senate – Reassigned to Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

*HB1120 – Health Care Providers and Health Benefit Plans – Discrimination in Provision of Services – SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0), In the Senate –  Third Reading Passed (45-0)  *SB0738 – Health Care Providers and Health Benefit Plans – Discrimination in Provision of Services – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1169 – Hospitals – Community Benefits – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) *SB0774 – Hospitals – Community Benefits – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-0)

*HB1208 – Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Telehealth – Pilot Program – SUPPORT – In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0), In the Senate – First Reading Finance

*HB1497 – Crimes – Transfer of Human Immunodeficiency Virus While Committing Sexual Crime – OPPOSE – In the House – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.

EDUCATION RIGHTS & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0202 – Restorative Schools Fund and Grants – Establishment –SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0208 – Public Schools- Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products –SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-30), In the Senate – First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

*HB0277 – State Department of Education – Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)  *SB0367 – State Department of Education – Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0522 – Education – Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students – Report – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0572 – Education – Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students – Report – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1022 – Education – Alternative Schools – Reporting Requirements –SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0), In the Senate – First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs    *SB0830 – Education – Alternative Schools – Reporting Requirements – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1204 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (95-38), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings   *SB0993 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/20 at 12:00 p.m.

*HB1298 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0791  – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1300 – Blueprint for Maryland’s Future – Implementation – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (96-41), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (37-9), In the House – Third Reading Passed (96-38)  *SB1000 – Blueprint for Maryland’s Future – Implementation – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/17 at 12:00 p.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs)

*HB1536 – Primary and Secondary Education – Title IX – Policies and Procedures (Hear Our Voices Act of 2020) – SUPPORT – In the House – Hearing 3/4 at 1:00 p.m.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE & OPPRESSION

*HB0242 – Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (123-8), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) *SB0206  – Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (44-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (128-3)

*HB0248 – Protective Orders – Relief Eligibility – Rape and Sexual Offenses – SUPPORT– In the House – Third Reading Passed (122-17), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (27-18) *SB0210 – Protective Orders – Relief Eligibility – Rape and Sexual Offenses – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (30-16), In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0)

*SB0230 – Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m. *HB0590 – Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense – SUPPORT– In the House – Third Reading Passed (127-9), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings

*HB0246 – Sexual Solicitation of a Minor – Solicitation Through Parent, Guardian, or Custodian – Prohibition and Penalties – SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (137-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) *SB0231 – Sexual Solicitation of a Minor – Solicitation Through Parent, Guardian, or Custodian – Prohibition and Penalties – SUPPORT–  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-0)

*HB0325 – Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – Designated Coordinator – University System of Maryland SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (137-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) *SB0961 – Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – Designated Coordinator – University System of Maryland SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0)

*HB0425 – Criminal Procedure – Sexual Assault Evidence Kits – Privacy, Reimbursement, and Notification – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (137-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) *SB0406 – Criminal Procedure – Sexual Assault Evidence Kits – Privacy, Reimbursement, and Notification – SUPPORT   In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-0)

*HB0575 – Education – Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program – Human and Sex Trafficking – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0606 – Criminal Law – Hate Crimes – Basis (2nd Lieutenant Richard Collins, III’s Law) – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0); In the House – Third Reading Passed (129-1) *HB0917 – Criminal Law – Hate Crimes – Basis (2nd Lieutenant Richard Collins, III’s Law) – SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-1) , In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0)

*HB0764 – Criminal Law – Law Enforcement Officers – Prohibition on Sexual Activity – SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (138-0), In the Senate – JRP Hearing canceled

*SB0807 – Criminal Procedure – Victims of Sexually Assaultive Behavior – Waivers of Rights – Prohibition – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-0) *HB1575 – Criminal Procedure – Victims of Sexually Assaultive Behavior – Waivers of Rights – Prohibition – SUPPORT – In the House – Hearing 3/17 at 1:00 p.m. – cancelled

*SB0918 – Human Services – Trauma-Informed Care – Commission and Training – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – Hearing 3/17 at 1:00 p.m. HGO

*HB1294 – Criminal Procedure – Victims of Crime – Private Room – SUPPORT – In the House – Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1536 – Primary and Secondary Education – Title IX – Policies and Procedures (Hear Our Voices Act of 2020) – SUPPORT – In the House – Hearing 3/4 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB1558 – Residential Treatment Centers and Facilities – Sexual Abuse and Harassment – Reporting and Prevention – SUPPORT – In the House – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0818 – Residential Treatment Centers and Facilities – Sexual Abuse and Harassment – Reporting and Prevention – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS 

*HB0081 – Criminal Law – Sodomy and Unnatural or Perverted Sexual Practice – Repeal – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-5), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (44-0) *SB0735 – Criminal Law – Sodomy and Unnatural or Perverted Sexual Practice – Repeal – SUPPORT  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – First Reading Judiciary

*SB0401 – Places of Public Accommodation and Public Buildings – Single-Occupancy Public Restrooms – Availability (The Accessible to All Act) – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/12 at 12:00 p.m. *HB1147 – Places of Public Accommodation and Public Buildings – Single-Occupancy Public Restrooms – Availability (The Accessible to All Act) –SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0427 – Action for Change of Name – Waiver of Publication Requirement – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (139-0) In the Senate –  JPR hearing 3/17

*HB0488 – Crimes – Mitigation – Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-1), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings *SB0554 – Crimes – Mitigation – Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/13 at 12:00 p.m.

*HB0706 – Commission on LGBTQ Affairs – Established – SUPPORT– In the House – Third Reading Passed (104-28), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings

*SB0606 – Criminal Law – Hate Crimes – Basis (2nd Lieutenant Richard Collins, III’s Law) – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0); In the House – Third Reading Passed (129-1) *HB0917 – Criminal Law – Hate Crimes – Basis (2nd Lieutenant Richard Collins, III’s Law) – SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-1) , In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0)

*HB1497 – Crimes – Transfer of Human Immunodeficiency Virus While Committing Sexual Crime – OPPOSE – In the House – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.

ECONOMIC SECURITY & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0014 – Equal Pay for Equal Work – Inquiring About Wages – Prohibition on Adverse Action – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (99-37), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (31-14)

*HB0123 – Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (98-36), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (31-14)  *SB0217 – Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range –SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (33-14), In the House – Favorable with Amendments Report by Economic Matters

*HB0523 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (139-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)*SB0225 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0)

*HB0703 – Maryland Commission on Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination – Reporting – SUPPORT – In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-0), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings

*HB0728 – Employment Discrimination – Time for Filing Complaints – SUPPORT – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-0), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings

*HB0839 – Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program Establishment – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m. *SB0539 – Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program Establishment – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0880 – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act – Family Member – Definition – SUPPORT –  In the House – Third Reading Passed (115-23); In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)

*HB1313 – Family Investment Program – Temporary Cash Assistance – Eligibility –SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (102-27), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)*SB0787 – Family Investment Program – Temporary Cash Assistance – Eligibility – SUPPORT  In the Senate -Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – First Reading Appropriations

*HB1559 – Child Care Scholarship Program – Alteration s (Child Care for Working Families Act) – SUPPORT– In the House – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.

COALITION WORK

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE INSIDE 

*SB0255/HB0524 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – requires correctional systems to offer pregnant individuals timely healthcare assessments to identify factors that may contribute to high risk pregnancies – such as mental health and substance use – and provide case management to coordinate continued healthcare and supports upon release in order to promote positive perinatal and infant health. SUPPORT

Also supporting:

*HB0608 *SB0682 – Correctional Services – Prerelease Unit for Women – Requirement to Operate SUPPORT

*HB0740 /*SB0999 – Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing – Direct Release

*HB0742 /SB1002 – Corrections – Restrictive Housing – Serious Mental Illness – Assessments (Restrictive Housing Reform Act)

*HB0801 – Correctional Services – Prerelease Unit for Women – Facilities and Services (Gender-Responsive Prerelease Act) SUPPORT  – In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-31), In the Senate – Second Reading Passed with Amendments *SB0684 – Correctional Services – Prerelease Unit for Women – Facilities and Services (Gender-Responsive Prerelease Act) – SUPPORT– In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (31-14), In the House – Third Reading Passed (104-27)

*HB0828 /SB0683 Corrections – Women’s Prerelease Unit – Requirements (Women’s Prerelease Equity Act) SUPPORT

*HB1031/*SB0973 – Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness – Reports on Housing Status RJI SUPPORT –  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – First Reading Appropriations

*HB1414 – Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services – Standards at State Correctional Facilities – RJI SUPPORT NPCM_SUPPORT

*HB1463 – Correctional Services – Inmates – Intake and Release Requirements (Reentry Success Act of 2020) – RJI SUPPORT

*HB1476 – Independent Oversight and Review Board for Health Care of Inmates in State Correctional Facilities – Establishment RJI SUPPORT  NPCM SUPPORT

MENSTRUAL EQUITY ALLIANCE FOR MARYLAND STUDENTS

*HB0208Public Schools- Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – requires public elementary and secondary schools to provide free menstrual hygiene products in at least two student restrooms per building with size-appropriate pads and tampons by October 2020 to increase school attendance and extracurricular participation, and in all restrooms by August, 2024. MEAMS Fact Sheet SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-30)

HB1475/SB0992 – School Buildings – Drinking Water Outlets – Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act) SUPPORT

REPRODUCTIVE & EDUCATIONAL EQUITY FOR MARYLAND YOUTH –  *SB0791/HB1298 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports ensures investments recommended by the Kirwan Commission for “at-promise” youth to include pregnant, expectant, and parenting students (PEPS).  Require appropriate school personnel to help new parenting students with coordination of childcare, transportation, and lactation supports, allow break time for parenting students to address childcare and lactation needs, ensure training opportunities for existing school staff to coordinate these supports, and require data collection of educational outcomes of PEPS by school district. PEPS Fact Sheet  CRSD_SUPPORT CMPC_SUPPORT  NPCM_SUPPORT

Also supporting:

*HB0522 /SB0572 – Education – Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students – Report – SUPPORT

*HB1022/SB0830 – Education – Alternative Schools – Reporting Requirements – SUPPORT – HB1022 In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0), In the Senate – First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

*HB1204 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (95-38), In the Senate – First Reading Judicial Proceedings  *SB0993 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/20 at 12:00 p.m.

*HB1536 – Primary and Secondary Education – Title IX – Policies and Procedures (Hear Our Voices Act of 2020) – SUPPORT

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ALLIANCE OF MARYLAND – *HB1067/SB0914Doulas – Doula Technical Assistance Advisory Group and Certification – establishes a voluntary certification for doulas to provide patient advocacy services throughout one’s pregnancy and postpartum, and create a process for insurance and Medicaid reimbursement so that more pregnant individuals will be able to access their services and improve perinatal and infant health outcomes – especially in low-income, underserved communities of color, and undocumented populations. RHEAM Fact Sheet RHEAM_SUPPORT NPCM_SUPPORT

Also supporting:

*HB0286 – Public Health – Maternal Mortality Review Program – Stakeholders – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)

*HB0837 – Public Health – Maternal Mortality and Morbidity – Implicit Bias Training and Study – SUPPORT – In the House – Third Reading Passed (138-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0)

TIME TO CARE – *HB0839/SB0539Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program Establishment – creates a statewide insurance program via state payroll tax for employees to take paid family or medical leave after a specified time period of contributions into the fund. The several weeks paid leave will allow adequate care for children newly added to families, self-care to address post-pregnancy needs,care for children with special needs and older adults, and time for military personnel and their families before deployment. SUPPORT

MARYLAND HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE 

*SB0206HB0242– Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) – creates an expungement process for victims of human trafficking for crimes committed while under the control and oppression of traffickers, in addition to prostitution, such as loitering, indecent exposure, and drug possession. *HB0242 – Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (123-8), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) *SB0206  – Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (44-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (128-3)

*HB0246 – Sexual Solicitation of a Minor – Solicitation Through Parent, Guardian, or Custodian – Prohibition and Penalties – SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (137-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) *SB0231 – Sexual Solicitation of a Minor – Solicitation Through Parent, Guardian, or Custodian – Prohibition and Penalties – SUPPORT–  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-0)

*HB0206 – Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter and Supportive Services – SUPPORT  In the House – Third Reading Passed (137-0), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) *SB0207 – Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter and Supportive Services – SUPPORT In the Senate -Third Reading Passed (45-0), In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0)

*HB0575 – Education – Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program – Human and Sex Trafficking – SUPPORT

*HB0382 – Business Regulation – Innkeepers – Records and Human Trafficking Awareness Training – SUPPORT

*HB0459 – Criminal Law – Victims of Human Trafficking – Affirmative Defense – SUPPORT In the House – Third Reading Passed (115-22)

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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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