2020 Legislative Session

This year, the Legislative Session was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, much was achieved for women and their families in Maryland. Sexual Assault survivors are now entitled to the same protections as survivors of domestic violence when they petition for protective orders. Unmarried individuals can now get the same insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization treatment as their married counterparts. And employers can no longer ask or rely upon a job applicant’s earning history when determining a position’s salary. These are just a few of the accomplishments from the past session.

Our Legislative Wrap-Up is divided into eight sections: Top Priorities; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; Family Law; Employment and Economic Security; Abortion and Reproductive Rights; Human and Civil Rights; Criminal Law and Victims of Crime; and Miscellaneous. While we had a number of momentous wins, we also had some tough losses that we hope to overcome in the 2021 session. We expect to see early hearings for a Prohibition on Spousal Rape and Paid Family Leave. Things will look, obviously, quite different though; the General Assembly website provides guidance on reopening plans as well as how remote committee hearings will be conducted.

There are still many unknowns about the upcoming session. But one thing is for certain: we can only do the work we do with your support and the support of our allies in Annapolis, our dedicated staff, and our supporters throughout Maryland.

Click HERE and you’ll find our entire 2020 Legislative Wrap Up.

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