Posted 06 December 2018
As we prepare for the 2019 General Assembly Session, we’ve been talking to organizations and Legislators about the potential bills they are working on. Here are a few that may be introduced early in the Session, and you may want to begin to learn about.
- $15 Statewide Minimum Wage by 2023 (no bill number yet) – Incrementally increases minimum wage (for all workers, including tipped and seasonal) yearly, and then “indexes” minimum wage to cost of living.
- Salary History Disclosure Prohibition (no bill number yet) – Prohibits potential employers from asking about a salary history and requiring that employers provide a job salary range upon an applicant’s request.
- Summer SNAP program for children (no bill number yet) – Provides supplemental food during June, July, and August to low-income families.
- Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (no bill number yet) – Establishes a private sector family and medical leave insurance fund to provide partial wage replacement for employees who take unpaid leave for family care.
- Child Support for Post-Secondary Education (no bill number yet) – Allows for child support to be considered until the age 21 for students enrolled in post-secondary education or a vocational training program.
Crime and Safety:
- Protective Order Relief Eligibility for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault (no bill number yet) – Expands the applicants eligible for protective orders to victims of rape or sexual abuse regardless of the nature of the relationship with the assailant.
- Pre-Release facility for women (no bill number yet) – Provides reentry resources for incarcerated women equivalent to those currently provided to incarcerated men.
- Pregnant Women in Custody Protection Act (no bill number yet) – prohibits the use of restrictive housing or isolation on inmates and detainees during pregnancy and post-pregnancy recovery.
- Expansion of Maryland’s Vacatur Law for survivors of human trafficking (no bill number yet) – Expands crimes eligible for vacating (currently only prostitution) for victims of trafficking whose crimes were committed while being trafficked.
- HIV Prevention for Rape Survivors (no bill number yet) – Provides n-PEP (emergency medication to prevent HIV) to survivors of rape.
- Prescription Drug Affordability Bill (no bill number yet) – Establishes a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, an Independent body to evaluate drug costs and set fair rates.
- Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) (no bill number yet) – delivers outpatient treatment under a civil court order to adults with severe mental illness who meet specific criteria, such as a prior history of repeated hospitalizations or arrest or violence.
- Clean Energy Jobs Act (no bill number yet) – Expands Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio to 50% by 2030 and creates green jobs for local workers.
- Ban on Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) (no bill number yet) – Extends the current local bans (Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Baltimore Counties, Baltimore and Annapolis Cities) statewide, prohibiting the sale of EPS or the use of EPS as a food container.
- Green and Healthy Maryland Amendment (no bill number yet) – Introduces a constitutional amendment which codifies the right of all Marylanders to a healthy, safe and clean environment.