Legislative Advocacy

2016 Legislative Session

The 2016 Maryland Legislative Session was a session like no other, with a record-number of bills submitted for debate and many high profile pieces of legislation being held on to until the last few moments before Sine Die. As always, the Women’s Law Center of Maryland (WLC) played an active role in Annapolis this year, monitoring over 100 bills, providing written testimony on 70 bills, and oral testimony in more than 30 hearings. In addition, 26 legislative alerts were sent via email and posted on Facebook to galvanize grassroots action. Ultimately, 19 bills were signed into law by the governor, an additional 2 were enacted into law without the Governor’s signature, and all the bills opposed by the WLC were defeated. While there were several bitter losses, this session saw great progress in the areas of family law, reproductive rights, and employment law. Nevertheless, today’s victories are no guarantee of future successes – we know we need to remain vigilant in the fight to expand women’s rights and access to justice. Attached is a summary of those bills on which the WLC took a specific position and their corresponding outcomes.

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Thank you all for your continued support, passion, and dedication towards justice and equality in Maryland.

View our 2016 Legislative Session Wrap-up