During the 2019 Maryland State legislative session, WDC submitted testimony on twenty-six bills related to WDC’s priorities. Many of these bills were sponsored or co-sponsored by our Montgomery County Senators or Delegates. Fourteen bills were passed by the State legislature and enacted into law. As of this writing, three bills have been signed by the Governor. One bill was vetoed by the Governor and overridden by the legislature. The Governor must veto a bill passed by the legislature by May 28 or the bill becomes law. WDC also supported the bill priorities of WDC’s partner, the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW). WDC monitored the status of four bills but did not submit testimony. To view the current status of all legislation introduced in the 2019 session, click here for House bills and here for Senate bills.Read More
The 2019 State legislative session ended on Monday April 8 (Sine Die) with the passage of over 850 bills, and on a sad note with the passing of long time House Speaker Michael Busch.
WDC submitted testimony on 23 important State bills that significantly impacted women and their families. WDC also submitted testimony on two County bills.Read More
On Wednesday, February 27, 35 WDC members traveled to Annapolis for WDC’s 2019 Advocacy Day. Each member received an information packet with summaries of WDC’s priority legislation, the legislative process, tips for meeting with legislators, and a schedule of legislator meetings. The day began with the morning session of the Women Legislators’ Caucus, where members heard presentations about child abuse and human trafficking in Maryland.Read More
The 2019 State Legislative session began January 9 and will end April 8. During this time our State legislators will consider several thousand bills. WDC sent letters to Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch asking them to support legislation that addresses WDC’s priorities. WDC’s Advocacy Committee will identify bills that are directly relevant to women and their families and address each of our six priority issue areas (Affordable Housing, Aging, Children and Youth, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Health, and Working Families). WDC will submit testimony requesting a favorable vote for these bills. Be sure to sign up for WDC’s Advocacy Alert Team (link) to receive notice of WDC’s testimony and help WDC advocate for passage of these bills.Read More
MONTGOMERY COUNTY STATE DELEGATION PRIORITIES HEARING
On November 14, WDC Board President Fran Rothstein presented testimony on WDC’s 2019 State legislative priorities to our Montgomery County State Delegation at the Delegation’s 2019 priorities hearing. This hearing is an opportunity for our elected State Delegates and Senators to hear from their constituents before the 2019 State legislative session convenes on January 9. Read WDC’s written testimony here. WDC’s Advocacy Committee will identify specific bills that address these priorities and advocate for their passage.
MLAW FALL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
On November 17, WDC Board President Fran Rothstein and members of the Advocacy Committee attended the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women’s (MLAW) Fall Legislative Conference, “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally…What Rights are at Stake at the Federal Level and What Maryland Can do to Protect Them” at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore. State legislators and advocacy groups presented legislative proposals for consideration by MLAW for inclusion in its 2019 legislative agenda. Fifteen bills were presented, including the “Adoption and Parentage Equity Act” that was presented by WDC President Fran Rothstein. MLAW members will have an opportunity to vote on these legislative proposals. MLAW members will prioritize those legislative proposals, and MLAW will select the top five or six to comprise the organization’s 2019 Legislative Agenda.
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HELP STILL WANTED – WDC ADVOCACY COMMITTEE!!
Are you interested in getting more involved with our WDC Advocacy efforts? Do you have some time to research and take the lead on specific legislation? Our Committee has a number of vacancies. Our advocacy work is limited by the number of our members. Please Contact Advocacy Committee Chair Ginger Macomber at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with any of the following:
Aging Issues Committee Chair
Affordable Housing Issues Committee Co-chair and Committee Members
Criminal Justice and Public Safety Issues Committee Members
Working Families Issues Committee Members
The WDC Advocacy committee is making plans for the 2019 Legislative session. Help is wanted in these issue areas: Aging, Affordable Housing, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, and Working families. Don’t miss registering for the MLAW Fall conference!Read More
May Advocacy Committee Report -Legislative Session Wrap UpRead More
March 2018 Advocacy Committee report.Read More
WDC Advocacy Committe Report February 2018.Read More