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 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.

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, Maryland Right to Choose, Reproductive Justice Inside, Maryland Prisoner’s Rights Coalition, the Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative, Coalition to Reform School Discipline, Working Matters, Progressive Maryland, Youth Equality Alliance, Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women, Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, Time to Care, Marylanders for Patient Rights, Health Care for All, and more.

Below is our list of tracked bills along with their sponsor, committee, and hearing date information. To see up to the minute information about a bill, click on the bill number to view all available documents and actions as posted on the MGA website.  We are supporting, opposing, and sometimes just monitoring each bill through session as changes can be made through committee or floor amendments – so do note that sometimes a position will change.. Any written testimony we provide for a hearing will be posted on or near the hearing date, and can be viewed at https://prochoicemd.org/laws-policy/testimony/.  This page is always a work in progress, so please visit back when you can!

Abortion

*HB0630/SB0420 – Health – Abortions – Reporting Requirements – House: Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m., Senate: Hearing, Finance Committee – 3/15 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB0757 / SB0561–  Criminal Law – Homicide – Fetus (Laura and Reid’s Law) – House: Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m.; Senate: passed (46-1) 3/15 OPPOSE as filed

MONITOR SB0561 as amended by Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and House Judiciary Committee   – House: passed (136-0) 4/8, Senate:  passed (44-0) 4/8 – PASSED ENROLLED retitled: Criminal Law – Crime of Violence Against Pregnant Person – Enhanced Penalty

*HB0933 – Abortion -Detection of Fetal Heartbeat – Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB0964 – Public Health – Abortions Sought by Minors – Parent or Guardian Consent – Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB0975/SB0907 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – House: Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m., Senate: First Reading, Rules Committee – OPPOSE

*HB0978 / SB1008 – Abortions – Detention of Fetal Heartbeat (Keep Our Hearts Beating Act) – Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – Bill Withdrawn, Senate: First Reading, Rules Committee – OPPOSE

*HB1075 – Health – Informed Consent (Woman’s Right to Know Act) – Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB1101 – Health – Mifepristone – Administration –  Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB1151 – Health – Abortion – 24-Hour Waiting Period – Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB1152 – Interstate Human Trafficking of Minors Prohibition Act – House: Hearing, Judiciary Committee – 3/7 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB1193 – Health – Abortion – Facility Requirements – First Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB1195 – Health – Maryland Fetal Heartbeat Protection Act – Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/8 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

*HB1183SB0251 – Public Health – Treatment for the Prevention of HIV – Consent by Minors – House: passed (123-13) 3/15 RETURNED PASSED Senate: passed (47-0) 3/13 RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT

* HB0133 – Public Schools – Provision of Feminine Hygiene Products – Hearing, Ways and Means Committee – 2/7 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB1272 / SB0904 – Maryland Department of Health – Family Planning Program – Funding – House: passed (97-38) 3/16, Senate: PASSED ENROLLED ; Senate: (28-16) 3/16, House: RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT

Maternal Health

* HB0247/SB0445 Maryland Health Care Commission – Surgical Birth Rate – House Health and Government Operations Committee – withdrawn; Senate Finance Committee, withdrawn – SUPPORT

*HB0583 / SB0356 – Health – Maternal Mortality Review Program – House passed (136-0) 3/13, Senate: RETURNED PASSED;  Senate passed (46-0) 2/18, House: PASSED ENROLLED SUPPORT

*HB0796/SB0602 – Public Health – Maternal Mortality Review Program – Establishment of Local Teams –  House passed (129-0) 3/25, Senate: RETURNED PASSED; Senate Finance Committee hearing 2/14:  – SUPPORT

* HB0520 / SB0406 – Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination – Grant Funding and Task Force – House: passed (139-0) 3/18, Senate: PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (47-0) 3/5 , House: PASSED ENROLLED – SUPPORT

* HB0127/SB0036 – Health Insurance – Health Benefit Plans – Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy – House: passed (138-0) 3/14, Senate: RETURNED PASSED; Senate: passed (45-0)  House: RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT

*HB1273/SB0599 – Immigration Enforcement – County Boards of Education, Public Institutions of Higher Education, and Hospitals – Policies – House: passed (93-36) 3/16; Senate: Hearing, Judicial Proceedings Committee – 2/27 at 12:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

Reproductive Justice Inside 

*HB0745 / SB0809 –  Correctional Facilities – Restrictive Housing – Pregnant Inmates – House: passed (139-0) 4/8; Senate: passed (42-0) 3/29, House: RETURNED PASSED  – SUPPORT (Reproductive Justice Inside coalition is serving as the lead advocates).

HB1001 /SB0774– Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing – Reporting by Correctional Units and Requirements Relating to Minors – House: passed (136-3) 3/18, Senate: RETURNED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (46-0) 3/18, House: RETURNED ENROLLED – SUPPORT

* HB0116 /SB0846 – Public Health – Correctional Services – Opioid Use Disorder Examinations and Treatment – House: passed (136-3) 3/18, Senate: PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (46-0) 3/22, House crossover hearing 4/2 at 1:00 p.m.  – SUPPORT

* HB0715 / SB0419 – Correctional Services – Prerelease Unit for Women – Requirement to Operate – House: Hearing, Judiciary Committee – 2/26 1:00 p.m., Senate: Hearing, Judicial Proceedings Committee – 2/21 at 12:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0710 / SB0821– Correctional Services – Prerelease Unit – (this is now a task force/work group bill) House: passed (138-0) 3/28, Senate: rereferred to senate committee; Senate: passed (46-0) 3/18;  House: RETURNED PASSED –  SUPPORT

*HB1112 – Task Force to Study Health Care for Inmates in Correctional Facilities – Hearing, Judiciary Committee – 3/12 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

Violence Against Women

* HB0122/SB0209 – Protective Orders – Relief Eligibility – Rape and Sexual Offenses – House passed (114-21) 2/26, Senate: RETURNED PASSED; Senate: passed (46-0) 3/18, House: RETURNED PASSED  – conference committee appointed – SUPPORT

* HB0633/SB0396 – Higher Education – Legal Representation Fund for Title IX Proceedings – Established – House: passed (123-14) 3/14, Senate: PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (45-1) 3/7, PASSED ENROLLED – SUPPORT

HB1268 / SB0569 – Public Safety – Rape Kit Testing Grant Fund – Established – House: passed (140-1) 3/7, Senate: RETURN PASSED; Senate: passed (46-0) 3/18, House: RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT

*HB1096/SB0767 – Criminal Procedure – Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits – Analysis – House: passed (139-0) 3/14, PASSED ENROLLED;  Senate: passed (47-0) 3/15, House: RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT

*HB1249 /SB0657 – Pilot Program – Alleged Rape, Sexual Offense, or Child Sexual Abuse –HIV Postexposure Prophylaxis – House passed (136-0) 3/27, Senate: RETURNED PASSED; Senate: passed (47-0) 3/14, House: RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT

Human Trafficking

HB0782 / SB0691 – Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgement – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2019) – House: (133-5) 3/18; Senate: Hearing, Judicial Proceedings Committee – 2/27 at 12:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0827/SB0688 – Juvenile Law – Sex Trafficking – Immunity, Services, and Investigations (Child Sex Trafficking Screening and Services Act of 2019) – House:(138-0) 3/18, Senate: PASSED RETURNED; Senate: passed (45-0) 4/8; Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing 3/7 – SUPPORT

HB0871 / SB0690 – Criminal Law – Human Trafficking and Prostitution Offenses – House: passed (136-0) 3/12, Senate: PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (47-0) 3/13, PASSED ENROLLED – SUPPORT

*HB1152 – Interstate Human Trafficking of Minors Prohibition Act – House: Hearing, Judiciary Committee – 3/7 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

Pregnant & Parenting Youth

*HB1201 / SB0972 – Task Force on Educational Outcomes of Pregnant and Parenting Students in High School and GED Programs – House: Hearing, Ways and Means Committee – 2/22 at 1:00 p.m., Senate: Hearing, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – 3/13 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

* HB0295 / SB0848 – Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – House: passed (93-47) 3/7; Senate: Hearing, Judicial Proceedings Committee – 2/14 at 12:00 p.m. – SUPPORT– request has been made to include pregnant and parenting students as protected under Title IX

*HB0256 / SB0223 – State Department of Education – Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach – House: passed (134-0) 3/16; Senate: Hearing, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – 2/6 at 1:00 p.m. –  SUPPORT

*HB0725/SB0766 – Public Schools – Student Discipline – Restorative Approaches – House: passed (135-2) 3/18, Senate: PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (27-16) 4/8 – SUPPORT

*HB0911 / SB0930(this is now a task force/work group bill) Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter – Consent to Shelter and Supportive Services – House: passed (140-0) 3/18, Senate: PASSED ENROLLED;  Senate: passed (47-0) 3/25, House crossover 4/2 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB1147 – Family Law – Minors – Emancipation (Emancipation of Minors Act) – House: passed (135-4) 3/18; Senate: passed (46-0) 4/8 – SUPPORT as amended.  Bill was not passed returned by House.

*HB0855 / SB0231 – Family Law – Marriage – Age Requirements – House: Hearing, Judiciary Committee – 3/7 at 1:00 p.m., Senate: Withdrawn – OPPOSE

Economic Security

* HB0166/SB0280 – Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage and Enforcement (Fight for 15) – House: passed (96-44) 3/1, Senate; PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (32-15) 3/14, House: PASSED ENROLLED – Gubernatorial Veto Override 3/28 SUPPORT

* HB0341 / SB0500 – Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2019) – House: Hearing, Economic Matters Committee – 2/12 at 1:00 p.m., Senate Finance Committee 3/7 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

* HB0248/SB0181 – Education – Child Care Subsidies – Mandatory Funding Level – House: passed (128-11) 2/14, RETURNED PASSED; Senate: passed (46-0) 2/21, RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT

* HB1107 / SB0518 – Discrimination in Employment – Pregnancy and Childbirth – House: Hearing, Economic Matters Committee – 3/11 at 1:00 p.m., Senate: Hearing, Judicial Proceedings Committee – 2/28 at 12:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0056/SB0038 – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act – Employers With On–Site Health Clinics – Exemption – House: Hearing, Economic Matters Committee – 1/24 at 1:00 p.m., Senate: Hearing, Finance Committee – 1/31 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB0634/SB0738 – Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range – House: Hearing, Economic Matters Committee – 2/19 at 1:00 p.m., Senate: Hearing, Finance Committee – 3/7 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

HB0661 – Employment Discrimination – Definition of Employer – Hearing, Economic Matters Committee – 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

Public Health

* HB0145/SB0301 – Hospitals – Patient Bill of Rights – House: passed (138-0) 3/18, Senate: PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (46-0) 3/27, House: RETURN PASSED  – SUPPORT:

* HB0047/SB0404 – State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health – Maryland School-Based Health Center Standards – Revision – House: passed (141-0) 2/22, Senate: RETURNED PASSED; Senate: passed (47-0) 2/28, House: RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT

*HB0681 – State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health – School-Based Health Centers – Ombudsmen – House: Hearing, Health and Government Operations Committee – 3/7 at 1:00 p.m. – SUPPORT

* HB0768 / SB0759 – Health – Prescription Drug Affordability Board – House passed (98-40) 3/27, Senate: RETURNED PASSED – conference committee appointed; Senate: passed (46-0) 4/5, House Health & Government Operations favorable report – SUPPORT

*HB0814 / SB0802 – Maryland Health Insurance Option (Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019)/Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program – House: passed (119-12) 3/16, Senate: PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (46-0) 3/22, House: PASSED ENROLLED – SUPPORT

*HB0364 / SB0909 – Health Care Practitioners – Medical Examinations on Anesthetized or Unconscious Patients – House passed (135-0) 3/1, PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (46-0) 3/18, PASSED ENROLLED- SUPPORT

Parental Rights

* HB0519 / SB0697 – Family Law – Parentage and Adoption – House: passed (130-4) 3/18, PASSED ENROLLED; Senate: passed (33-13) 3/18, PASSED ENROLLED – SUPPORT

*HB1147 – Family Law – Minors – Emancipation (Emancipation of Minors Act) – House: passed (135-4) 3/18; Senate: passed (46-0) 4/8 – SUPPORT as amended.  Bill was not passed returned by House.

*HB0855 / SB0231 – Family Law – Marriage – Age Requirements – House: Hearing, Judiciary Committee – 3/7 at 1:00 p.m., Senate: withdrawn – 2/6 12:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

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, and to parent with dignity, in good health, and in safety. 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 medical care necessary to protect one’s fertility, plan a pregnancy, experience a healthy pregnancy, give birth, endure a miscarriage or stillbirth, terminate a pregnancy, 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.

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