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

The 2020 Maryland General Assembly will adjourn on Monday, April 6th.

To learn more about the bills we are supporting, opposing, or currently monitoring, click 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.

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 73 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, 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)

PREGNANCY RIGHTS

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

*SB0225 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0255 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – SUPPORT

PARENTING WITH DIGNITY

*SB0040 – Sales and Use Tax – Diapers – Exemption – SUPPORT

*HB0096 – Family Law – Parentage and Adoption – Definitions – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 1/23 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0225 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.

YOUTH SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH 

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

*HB0087 – Public Health – Immunizations – Minor Consent (Access to Vaccines Act) – MONITORING

*SB0135 – Public Health – Immunizations – Minor Consent (Access to Vaccines Act) – MONITORING In the Senate – Hearing 2/04 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0208 – Public Schools- Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m.

PREGNANT & PARENTING YOUTH

*HB0206 – Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter and Supportive Services – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0207 – Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter and Supportive Services – SUPPORT

EDUCATION RIGHTS & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0059 – Anne Arundel County – Board of Education Budget – Equity Category – MONITORING In the House – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m.

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

MATERNAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

*SB0098 – Health Insurance – Technical Correction and Required Conformity With Federal Law – SUPPORT n the Senate – Hearing 1/15 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0110 – Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Doulas – MONITORING In the Senate – Hearing 1/30 at 2:00 p.m.

*SB0124 – Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Establishment of a State-Based Health Insurance Subsidies Program – SUPPORT  In the Senate – Hearing 2/05 at 2:00 p.m.

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

*HB0196 – Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Establishment of a State-Based Health Insurance Subsidies Program – SUPPORT

*SB0225 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0255 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – SUPPORT

*HB0286 – Public Health – Maternal Mortality Review Program – Stakeholders – SUPPORT

SEXUAL VIOLENCE & OPPRESSION

*SB0206  – Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 1/29 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0210 – Protective Orders – Relief Eligibility – Rape and Sexual Offenses – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB230 – Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0231 – Sexual Solicitation of a Minor – Solicitation Through Parent, Guardian, or Custodian – Prohibition and Penalties – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0242 – Criminal Procedure – Motion to Vacate Judgment – Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) – SUPPORT – In the House – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0246 – Sexual Solicitation of a Minor – Solicitation Through Parent, Guardian, or Custodian – Prohibition and Penalties – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0248 – Protective Orders – Relief Eligibility – Rape and Sexual Offenses – SUPPORT In the House – Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m.

PATIENT RIGHTS

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

*HB0087 – Public Health – Immunizations – Minor Consent (Access to Vaccines Act) – MONITORING

*SB0135 – Public Health – Immunizations – Minor Consent (Access to Vaccines Act) – MONITORING In the Senate – Hearing 2/04 at 1:00 p.m.

*HB0255 – Health Care Facilities – Hospitals and Related Institutions – Discrimination Protections – MONITORING

ECONOMIC SECURITY & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0014 – Equal Pay for Equal Work – Inquiring About Wages – Prohibition on Adverse Action – MONITORING

*HB0123 – Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range – SUPPORT

*SB0217 – Labor and Employment – Wage History and Wage Range – SUPPORT In the Senate – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.

*SB0225 – State Personnel – Employee Accommodations – Pregnancy and Childbirth – SUPPORT – In the Senate – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.

COALITION WORK

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE INSIDE 

*SB0255 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – 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.

MENSTRUAL EQUITY ALLIANCE FOR MARYLAND STUDENTS

*HB0208 – Public 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.

BALTIMORE HOMELESS YOUTH INITIATIVE

*HB0206 / SB0207 – Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter and Supportive Services – clarifies that minors, including pregnant and parenting youth, have the right to self-consent to emergency shelter services, increasing access to safety, attendance in school, and prevention of abuse or exploitation.

REPRODUCTIVE & EDUCATIONAL EQUITY FOR MARYLAND YOUTH – 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. REEMY is also supporting a data collection bill seeking educational outcomes of PEPS in alternative schools, as well as another bill to require lactation spaces in new school buildings or remodeled construction.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ALLIANCE OF MARYLAND – 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 is also supporting legislation to require implicit and racial bias training for clinicians to help improve pregnancy health outcomes.

TIME TO CARE – creates a statewide insurance program 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.

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.

*HB0246/SB0231 Sexual Solicitation of a Minor – Solicitation Through Parent, Guardian, or Custodian – Prohibition and Penalties – prohibits a person from knowingly soliciting the consent of a parent or legal guardian of a minor to engage in certain unlawful sexual acts with that minor.

 

 

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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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