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We are so proud of the accomplishments of all of our partners this Session. It has been an honor to be a part of the passion and dedication you put into this Session's legislation. There is so much to celebrate! Here is the wrap-up of our priorities this Session:


Youth Justice:

1. SB691/HB459- Omnibus Youth Justice Reform Package

  • Passed with amendments.

2. SB53/HB269- Juvenile Law- Child Interrogation Protection Act

  • Veto overridden! Passed! Maryland will have one of, if not the strongest law protecting kids in police custody.

3. SB119/HB84- Crimes on School Grounds

  • Unfortunately did not pass. We will reintroduce this bill next Session.

Drug Policy:

  1. SB509/HB481- Drug Paraphernalia for Administration- Decriminalization

  • We are disappointed that Fergusson did not give his support for paraphernalia decriminalization.

  • Thank you to the medical professionals and community members who signed letters and urged senators.

Bodily Autonomy:

  1. SB669/HB626- Pregnant Person's Freedom Act

  • Did not pass

  • Only one abortion access bill passed this year and it was HB937- Abortion Cares Access Act, which passed after veto override. We are thrilled to see abortion become more accessible in Maryland through this legislation.

Poverty:

1. SB66- Labor and Employment - Hiring - Education Requirements (Give Me A Chance - Job Opportunities Act of 2022)

  • Passed! College degrees will no longer be required for most public sector positions within the state government!

2. SB275/HB8- Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2022)

  • Passed!

3. SB554/HB158- Maryland New Start Act of 2022

  • Passed!

4. SB704/HB1011- Conditions of Pretrial Release - Home Detention Monitoring - Alterations and Extension

  • Passed with amendment. Coverage has been decreased from the initially proposed 3 years to 1 year.

5. HB38- Maryland Transportation Authority - Video Tolls - Collection & HB38 Maryland Transportation Authority - Video Tolls - Collection

  • Passed! Allows persons to challenge unjust toll fees

6. SB452/HB349- Small Claims - Examination in Aid of Enforcement and Interrogatories in Aid of Execution - Prohibition

  • Passed! This bill removed incarceration for the inability to pay back small debts (<$5,000)

7. STALLED:

  • HB655- Motor Vehicle Laws - Decarcerate Driving Uninsured

  • SB884/HB1293: Driver’s Licenses – Suspension for Child Support Arrearages – Exception

  • SB710 (REDEEM Act)- Criminal Procedure - Expungement of Records - Modifications


Congratulations to all of our partners!






The Unhoused Workgroup of the People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland is conducting listening sessions on lived experiences of homelessness or housing insecurity. This will help advocacy efforts and share the voices of the Young People for the purpose of changing or eliminating laws that may harm Young Marylanders because of their previous or current housing status. The listening session will take about 60 to 65 minutes.


Space is limited. Each participant receives as $75 e-gift card.


October 26, 2021 | Starts at 4:30pm

Private Virtual Zoom Session


Youth can share interest by clicking here.


Email questions to Isabel at Imclain@umaryland.edu.



ATTN Marylanders:


The only piece of legislation that the General Assembly passed in 2021 to help curb the growing numbers of people dying from overdoses was vetoed by Governor Hogan. Senate Bill 420 was a significant public health measure that would have decriminalized paraphernalia used to administer drugs. Removing criminal penalties for paraphernalia for personal use increases legal access to sterile equipment which reduces the transmission of diseases and overdose risk. This in turn saves lives and money.


Please take action TODAY by reaching out to your Senator and urge them to vote to override the Governor’s veto when the General Assembly next convenes. The message is simple: “I urge you to vote to override the Governor’s veto of SB 420 to reduce overdose deaths and transmission of infectious diseases.”