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Women's Legislative Caucus
Legislative Review - Supported Bills

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Child Care Stabilization Grant Program and Child Care Expansion Grant Program - Established

Establishing the Child Care Stabilization Grant Program and the Child Care Expansion Grant Program in the State Department of Education; and establishing that the purpose of the Program is to provide financial support to licensed child care providers in the State that are in danger of closing in the next 12 months due to financial hardship.

Family Law - Child Custody and Visitation

Requiring a court, in a custody or visitation proceeding, to deny custody or visitation rights to a party if the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that a child has been abused or neglected by the party, unless the court specifically finds that there is no likelihood of further child abuse or neglect by the party and states the reasons for the finding; authorizing the court to approve a supervised visitation arrangement under certain circumstances; etc.

Institutions of Higher Education - Pregnant Students - Policy

Prohibiting an institution of higher education from requiring pregnant students to take a leave of absence, withdraw, or limit studies; requiring an institution of higher education to allow pregnant students, students who have recently given birth, and students who are the nonbirth parents of a recently born child to take a leave of absence and return to the institution in good academic standing, subject to a certain condition; requiring an institution to adopt and implement a written policy on pregnancy discrimination awareness; etc.

Sales and Use Tax - Diapers - Exemption

Exempting the sale of diapers from the sales and use tax.

Interim and Temporary Protective Orders - Electronic Filing and Video Conferencing Hearings

Authorizing a petitioner receiving medical treatment at a hospital or an urgent care center to electronically file a petition for an interim or temporary protective order while at the hospital or urgent care center; requiring the court or District Court Commissioner to hold a hearing for an interim or temporary protective order through video conferencing under certain circumstances; and authorizing a hospital or urgent care center to allow an individual in their care to make an electronic filing or to attend a certain video conference.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Doula Program

Establishing the Maryland Medical Assistance Program Doula Program to provide doula services to program recipients who are pregnant or postpartum; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to administer the Doula Program; requiring a provider to meet certain requirements in order to participate in the Doula Program; and requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to cover certain doula services, with certain limitations.

Civil Actions - Damages - Use of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Data

Prohibiting a calculation of damages for loss of earnings resulting from personal injury or wrongful death from being reduced based on race, ethnicity, or gender; and applying the Act prospectively.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Doula Services – Coverage

Requiring a provider to meet certain requirements in order to provide doula services in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program and requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to cover certain doula services.

Child Custody - Cases Involving Child Abuse or Domestic Violence - Training for Judges

Requiring the Maryland Judiciary, in consultation with domestic violence and child abuse organizations, to develop a training program for judges presiding over child custody cases involving child abuse or domestic violence and to review and update the training program at least once every 2 years; requiring the training program to include certain information; and requiring a judge who hears child custody cases involving child abuse or domestic violence to receive certain child custody training or continued training.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Personal Care Aides - Reimbursement and Required Wage

Requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to increase the reimbursement rate for Program long-term services and supports by 15% on or before July 1, 2023; requiring a provider agency to pay to certain personal care aides a wage rate of at least $16 per hour on or before July 1, 2023; requiring a provider agency to submit certain cost reports to the Maryland Department of Health; authorizing the Department to take certain enforcement actions; etc.

Election Law – Candidate Expenditures – Caregiving Services

Altering the definition of "expenditure" to include reasonable expenses for certain caregiving services that a candidate incurs.

Education - Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program - Human and Sex Trafficking

Requiring the State Board of Education and nonpublic schools that hold a certificate of approval from the State Board and participate in the Nonpublic Schools Textbook and Technology Grants Program to develop and implement a program of age-appropriate education on the awareness and prevention of sexual abuse and assault that includes, for students in grades 6 through 8, material promoting the awareness and prevention of human and sex trafficking.

Domestic Violence - Protective Orders - Status Hearings

Authorizing a person eligible for relief under a final protective order to file a motion for a status review hearing to review the order and determine if further intervention by the court is necessary to protect the person eligible for relief; and requiring a court to promptly schedule a status review hearing after providing notice to the respondent.

Department of Human Services - Family Investment Program - Contract and Program Review

Requiring certain contractors with the Family Investment Program to provide services in a manner that complies with federal law; requiring certain Family Investment Program contracts with nongovernmental entities to be performance-based and with certain incentives; requiring the Department of Human Services annually to review certain contracts; and requiring the Department to hire a consultant to conduct a certain review of the Family Investment Program.