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 The 2019 Maryland General Assembly’s sine die was Monday April 8th.

The 2020 Maryland General Assembly will convene Wednesday, January 8th.

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.

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 the 2020 session 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 71 female members of the Maryland General Assembly, we will continue to advance reproductive freedom, instead of maintaining the status quo.   One example is the great success of the Reproductive Justice Inside coalition’s legislation (SB0809/HB0745) banning the forced solitary confinement of pregnant inmates and detainees in any type of facility across our state – the first law in the nation!  Thank you to Senator Susan Lee (D16) and Delegate Wanika Fisher (D47B) for their passion about addressing the seriousness of this issue as the lead bill sponsors.

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, 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 in 2019 along with their sponsor, committee, and results. 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 committee hearing will be posted on or near the hearing date, and can be viewed in the links listed as SUPPORT or OPPOSE in the tracking list below.

At the bottom of this page, you will find a PDF of a two-page handout summarizing most of the bills in which we advocated for or against, as well as the PowerPoint legislative wrap-up presentation we provide each year post-session via webinar.

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

*HB1183 / SB0251 – 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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