The General Assembly convened on January 14, 2015. Equality Maryland has three priority bills that we will work to pass during the 90 day session.

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 heard in the Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee on February 18, 2015. House Bill 577 is scheduled for a hearing on March 5, 2015 at 1pm in the House Judiciary Committee.

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

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 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on March 4, 2015 and House Bill 838 on the same day in the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

EQMD Position: Support

House Bill 862 (Lee)/Senate Bill 743 (Moon): This bill would allow transgender Marylanders to have a new birth certificate to be issued when an individual and their health care provider determine is appropriate.

EQMD Position: Support

Other bills of interest to Equality Maryland:

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

EQMD Position: Support

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

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: A hearing was held in the House Judiciary Committee on on February 20, 2015. Click here to read EQMD testimony in support of this bill.

EQMD Position: Support

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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Prior Session Information 

EQMD Events
Date 03/28/2015
,  10:00 am - 11:00 am
Description: This meeting is open to all members* of Equality Maryland.     *The organizational bylaws define member as an individual...
Date 05/24/2015 - 05/31/2015
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