2019 Legislative Session
This year the Women’s Law Center monitored over 190 pieces of legislation. We provided written testimony on approximately 120 bills and in-person testimony on about 50; 27 bills that we supported became law. Sine Die was no disappointment – there were plenty of nail-biting moments, a few last minute surprise victories, and more than enough bills that just could not make it to the finish line.
Some bills received a lot of press and attention from the public, like the #FightForFifteen, which will raise the minimum wage for hard working Maryland families up to $15/hour by 2025. Other bills were worked on quietly, ironing out details and garnering leadership support; thanks in part to the #MeToo movement, we helped pass monumental anti-harassment legislation. And as the nation braces itself for a possible Supreme Court battle over our reproductive rights, we worked with our allies to successfully defeat the largest number of anti-choice legislation in recent history!
None of this could have been done without our incredibly dedicated staff, our elected-partners, our sister-organizations, and YOU. Thank you for all the calls you made, the emails you sent, and the support you provided. This is a team effort, and I am ever so grateful to have you as a part of Team WLC.
Click HERE and you’ll find our entire 2019 Legislative Wrap Up.
The wrap up includes brief summaries of all the bills we worked on – with a few of the big wins highlighted at the top. After that you’ll find them broken down by section: Abortion & Reproductive Rights, Domestic Violence, Employment & Economic Security, Family Law, Human Rights, and Sexual Assault. Maybe only a few of you will read through the entire thing, but find a section that interests you and dig in.