Legislation

2015

The General Assembly adjourned on April 13, 2015. Equality Maryland had three priority bills. Two of these were passed and were allowed to go into effect by Governor Hogan. The third died in committee and we will continue pursuing its passage in future sessions.

 

Senate Bill 416 (Kagan)/House Bill 838 (Hill): This bill would ensure equal insurance coverage for same-sex married couples in the areas of in-vitro fertilization and artificial insemination.

Status: Senate Bill 416 passed the Senate with a 37-10 vote on March 24, 2015 and passed the House on April 9, 2015 with a 95-43 vote. Governor Hogan let this bill go into effect without his signature.

House Bill 838 passed the House on March 24, 2015 with a  94-44 and passed the Senate on April 10, 2015 with a 32-14 vote. Governor Hogan let this bill go into effect without his signature.

Read Equality Maryland’s testimony in support of this bill here. 

EQMD Position: Support

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House Bill 862 (Moon)/Senate Bill 743 (Lee): This bill would allow transgender Marylanders to request a new birth certificate with an updated gender marker when their health care practitioner attests the appropriate treatment has occurred.

Status: Senate Bill 743 passed the Senate with a 31-16 vote on March 24, 2015 and passed the House with a 91-49 on April 8, 2015.Governor Hogan let this bill go into effect without his signature.

House Bill 862 passed the House with a  85-50 vote in March 24, 2015 and passed the Senate with a 31-16 vote.Governor Hogan let this bill go into effect without his signature.

Read Equality Maryland’s testimony in support of this bill here.

EQMD Position: Support

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Senate Bill 402 (Madaleno)/House Bill 577 (Valentino-Smith): This bill would allow an individual who has parented a child to ask a court to determine whether they are a de facto parent and therefore has the duties, rights and obligations of a parent.

Status: Senate Bill 402 was defeated in the Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee on March 11, 2015 by a 3-8 vote. Voting in favor: Gladden, Lee and Raskin. Voting against: Brochin, Cassillly, Hough, Muse, Norman, Ramirez, Ready, Zirkin.

House Bill 577 was heard on March 5, 2015 in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill was withdrawn on March 17, 2015.

Read Equality Maryland’s testimony in support of this bill here.

The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board endorsed this bill, read their editorial here. 

EQMD Position: Support

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Other bills and legislative issues of interest to Equality Maryland:

Budget Issues

On April 2, 2015 Governor Hogan released a supplement to next year’s budget and it includes $5 million dollars to reimburse corporations who make donations to pre K-12 private and religious schools in Maryland. These schools are not required to follow our state’s anti-discrimination laws and can refuse to hire or fire LGBT teachers and staff and reject or kick-out LGBT students, or students of LGBT parents.

Update: Thousands of Marylanders took action on this and the conference committee rejected this money!

 

Senate Bill 40/House Bill 385: The Healthy Working Families ActThis bill would require specified employers to to provide employees with earned sick and safe leave.

Status: Senate Bill 40 had a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on February 2, 2015. House Bill 385 had a hearing in the House Economic Matter Committee on February 13, 2015.

Click here to read EQMD testimony in support of this bill.

EQMD Position: Support

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House Bill 42: Fair Employment Preservation Act of 2015: This bill seeks to define “supervisor” for purposes of employment discrimination claims in a manner more reflective of workplace realities.

Status: A hearing was held in the House Health & Government Operations Committee on February 11, 2015. Click here to read EQMD testimony in support of this bill.

EQMD Position: Support

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House Bill 301/Senate Bill 414: This bill would require Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Corrections to provide an annual report of inmates who are held in segregated confinement. This data shall include the inmates’ sexual orientation (if self-reported) and gender identity.

Status: The House Judiciary Committee rejected this bill by a 19-1 vote on March 17, 2015. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee rejected the bill by a 10-1 vote on March 20, 2015.

Click here to read EQMD testimony in support of this bill.

EQMD Position: Support

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House Bill 487/Senate Bill 405: These bills would provide tax credits for contributions made to private pre K-secondary school activities. These schools are not required to comply with Maryland laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Status: House Bill 487 had a hearing on February 26, 2015 in the House Ways & Means Committee. and Senate Bill 405 was heard on February 25, 2015 in the Senate’s Budget & Taxation Commitee. Click here to read EQMD testimony in opposition to the bill.

Watch Equality Maryland’s Executive Director, Carrie Evans, testify before the House Committee. (starts at 5:41:48)

EQMD Position: Oppose

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