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Key bills that affect women

The following is a list of key bills that impact women that have been filed in the Maryland General Assembly for the 2020 session. Special thanks to Michelle Siri executive director of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland who helped put this list together. To follow the process of this and other legislation during the session, visit the Maryland General Assembly website.

 

Bill Number/Cross file Lead Sponsor(s) Title Synopsis Committee
HB0014 Del. Pam Queen Equal Pay for Equal Work: Inquiring About Wages Prohibiting an employer from taking any adverse employment action against an employee for inquiring about the employee’s wages. Economic Matters
HB0123/SB0217 Del. Karen Young/Sen. Susan Lee Labor and Employment: Wage History and Wage Range Requiring an employer, on request, to provide to an applicant for employment the wage range for the position for which the applicant applied. Economic Matters
HB0126/SB0846 Del. Vanessa Atterbeary/Sen. Brian Feldman Peace Orders: Workplace Violence Making certain provisions of law relating to the filing, issuance, and modification of certain peace orders and to the shielding of certain court records of certain peace order proceedings … . Judiciary
HB0231/SB0530 Del. Brooke Lierman/Sen. William Smith Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act Expanding the housing policy of the State to include providing for fair housing to all citizens regardless of source of income. Environment and Transportation
HB0233/SB0212 Del. Jesse Pippy/Sen. Susan Lee Criminal Law: Assault in the First Degree, Suffocation or Strangulation Prohibiting a person from intentionally suffocating or strangling another in the commission of an assault; and providing a penalty of imprisonment not exceeding 25 years for a violation of the Act. Judiciary
HB0242/SB0206 Del. Vanessa Atterbeary/Sen. Susan Lee Criminal Procedure: Motion to Vacate Judgment, Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2020) Altering the eligibility for the filing of a certain motion to vacate judgment if the person’s participation in the offense was a direct result of being a victim of human trafficking … . Judiciary
HB0248/SB0210 Del. Vanessa Atterbeary/Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher Protective Orders: Relief Eligibility, Rape and Sexual Offenses Removing rape and certain sexual offenses from the list of offenses alleged to have been committed … for which a peace order petition may be filed under certain circumstances … . Judiciary
HB0417/SB0400 Del. Erek Barron/Sen. Cheryl Kagan State Employment: Wage History and Wage Range Prohibiting an appointing authority from taking certain actions against an applicant for employment because the applicant did not provide the applicant’s wage history … . Appropriations
HB0429/ Del. Erek Barron Human Relations: Places of Public Accommodation, Pricing of Goods and Services Prohibiting the owner or operator … from selling or offering for sale certain substantially similar products or services if the products or services are priced differently based on gender … . Economic Matters
HB0523/SB0225 Del. Kriselda Valderrama and Del. Shelly Hettleman State Personnel: Employee Accommodations, Pregnancy and Childbirth Requiring all units in the … branches of State government … to provide certain reasonable accommodations for an employee with certain limitations caused or contributed to by pregnancy or childbirth … . Appropriations
HB0524/ Del. Wanika Fisher Correctional Services: Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals, Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Requiring that a certain pregnant incarcerated individual be screened for substance use disorder at intake using a validated screening tool … . Judiciary
HB0590/SB0230 Del. Charlotte Crutchfield/Sen. Susan Lee Criminal Law “Sexual Crimes” Repeal of Spousal Defense Repealing a certain prohibition on prosecuting a person for rape or a certain sexual offense against a victim who was the person’s legal spouse at the time of the alleged rape or sexual offense. Judiciary
HB0608/SB0682 Del. Charlotte Crutchfield/Sen. Mary Washington Correctional Services: Prerelease Unit for Women, Requirement to Operate Requiring, instead of authorizing, the Commissioner of Correction to operate a prerelease unit for women. Judiciary
HB0677/SB0850 Del. Vaugh Stewart Correctional Services: Immigration Detention, Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act) … prohibiting certain governmental entities from entering into agreements facilitating immigration-related detention by private entities … . Judiciary
HB0801/SB0684 Del. Charlotte Crutchfield/Sen. Mary Washington Correctional Services: Prerelease Unit for Women, Facilities and Services (Gender-Responsive Prerelease Act) Requiring … to provide a comprehensive rehabilitative prerelease facility for female inmates … . Judiciary
HB0828/SB0683 Del. Charlotte Crutchfield Corrections: Women’s Prerelease Unit, Requirements (Women’s Prerelease Equity Act) Defining the term “prerelease unit for women” as it relates to prerelease services provided by the Division of Correction … . Judiciary
HB0839/SB0539 Del. Kriselda Valderrama/Sen. Antonio Hayes Labor and Employment: Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, Establishment Establishing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program to provide temporary benefits to a covered individual who is taking leave from employment … . Economic Matters
SB0255/ Sen. Chris West Correctional Services: Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals, Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Requiring that a certain pregnant incarcerated individual be screened for substance use disorder at intake using a validated screening tool … . Judicial Proceedings
SB0531/ Sen. William Smith Discrimination: Definition of Race, Hair Texture and Hairstyles Defining ‘race’, for the purposes of certain laws prohibiting discrimination, to include certain traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and certain hairstyles … . Judicial Proceedings

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