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Maryland NOW Lobbies Annapolis

By Sara Wilkinson, President

March 3, 2014

Members of Maryland NOW from across the state met in Annapolis on February 24, 2014 to target individual legislators on our priority bills. The group met with one Senator and five Delegates to ask them to support legislation that will benefit Maryland women and families.

Many of the bills our activists focused on were part of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW), which is a statewide coalition of women’s groups, including Maryland NOW, and individuals formed to provide a non-partisan, independent, voice for Maryland women and families. The full list of the 2014 Agenda can be found here.

The group lobbied Del. Pamela Beidle about the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. We met with Sen. Delores Kelley’s Chief of Staff and later with Del. Sally Jameson to discuss the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act and the Minimum Wage bill. We met with Del. Kris Valderrama to talk about Akin’s Law (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act), which she is cosponsoring, and discussed the same bill with Del. Luiz Simmons. We also talked to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Del. Joe Vallario, about Akin’s Law and urged him to try to get it passed this year.

Maryland NOW’s voice has already made a difference! As of February 27, we have the following great news to report.

HB 307 (Peace Orders and Protective Orders – Burden of Proof)
PASSED unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee
Bill already passed in the Senate

HB 309  (Family Law – Domestic Violence – Permanent Protective Orders)
PASSED unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee
Amended to match SB 334 that passed in the Senate

HB 306 and HB 185 (Criminal Law – Crimes Committed in the Presence of a Minor – Penalties)
HB 185 (Attorney General’s bill) PASSED unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee
HB 306 Amended to match HB 185
Hearing on SB 683 in Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 5, 2014

HB 647 (Peace Orders and Protective Orders – Extensions)
PASSED unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee
Bill already passed in the Senate

Your voices do make a difference. Be sure to respond to our action alerts when we ask you to call and email your elected officials. And, next year, come to Maryland NOW’s lobby night!

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