Public Policy

Anne Arundel County Branch Public Policy Committee Chair:
Roxann King, roxann.king1@gmail.com

Erin Prangley, Vice President for Public Policy, AAUW Maryland
AAUW Maryland: aauw-md.aauw.net/ 

Pam Yuen, Senior Government Relations Coordinator, AAUW
AAUW National: aauw.org

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During election years, our branch works with the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County to present forums for the candidates for public office.  We encourage all of our members to reach out to friends and relatives and encourage all of them to vote.

VOTE411.org is the League’s web-based interactive voters’ guide. Select Find What’s on Your Ballot to view the candidate responses concerning key issues, as well as candidate photos, updates submitted after the print deadline and more.  VOTE411.org allows you to compare candidates side by side and create a personalized ballot.

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On Tuesday, January 11, the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women announced support for eight bills during the 2022 Maryland General Assembly. As members of the MLAW coalition, both AAUW Maryland and AAUW Anne Arundel County support these bills which are reflective of AAUW legislative priorities. Here is a listing of the bills. (More complete details are available at mdlegagendaforwomen.org.)

• Time to Care Act: This bill would establish a family and medical leave insurance fund to provide partial wage replacement for employees who take leave to care for a new child, a family member with a serious health condition, their own serious medical condition, or a family member’s military deployment.
• Repeal of Marriage as a Defense to Sex Crimes: This bill seeks to repeal the law allowing marriage as a defense to sex crimes.
• Abortion Care Access Act of 2022: This legislation will protect and increase access to affordable abortion care in Maryland by expanding licensing of those who already have the required skills to perform abortions.
• Termination of Pregnancy – Performance and Criminal and Civil Liability (Pregnant Person’s Dignity Act): This bill will prohibit subjecting pregnant people or those who have experienced pregnancy loss or termination to Maryland’s criminal justice and/or civil court systems, as well as individuals who assist or provide aid to pregnant people seeking abortion care.
• Safe Harbor: This bill will provide a safe harbor for child victims of sex trafficking and prevent their further victimization by connecting them to any services needed through the already established regional navigator program while preventing any criminal or delinquent charges that might be brought against them because they are a victim of trafficking.
• Stalking: This bill will expand the current stalking statute to include electronic communication and tracking devices.
• Interim and Temporary Protective Order – Virtual Petition and Hearing: This bill proposes to expand access to safety through the courts by enabling petitioners eligible for protective orders who are seeking medical treatment in a hospital or urgent care setting to petition for an interim or temporary protective order from that setting and have the hearing conducted remotely.
• Prevention of Forced Infant Separation Act: This bill prevents the forced separation of infants born to incarcerated women with pre-release status in Maryland.

Here are some ways for you to support this agenda or those bills which are important to you.
1. Sign up for the MLAW listserv so that you will be notified when hearings are about to occur and committee members need to be contacted.
2. Participate in AAUW Maryland Advocacy Day on February 3. See the attached flyer.
3. Register and attend the virtual MLAW Legislative Briefing at 5 p.m. on February 3. Attendance is free but registration is required.

For further information about our public policy activities, contact Roxann King.