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Session 2022 Wrap-Up!


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!






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