Public Policy

Anne Arundel County Branch Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs: Roxann King, roxann.king1@gmail.com; Vera Torrence, vdtorrence@verizon.net.

Lisa Maatz, AAUW Director of Public Policy and Government Relations

AAUW Maryland: aauw-md.aauw.net/

AAUW National: aauw.org

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PUBLIC POLICY
Vera Torrence and Roxann King

There is a lot happening this time of year – the Maryland legislature meets for only three months and will be in session January 10th to April 9th. Quite a few bills supporting women and families are being considered. Public Policy Co-Chair Vera Torrence recently led sessions at Anne Arundel Community College on January 9th and 11th, demonstrating how to use the Maryland legislative website.

The Women’s Legislative Briefing is an annual event in Maryland where nearly a thousand women gather to learn about recent efforts to draft legislation and provide input in breakout sessions. It is always held on a Sunday afternoon and is well attended by both state and national, male and female legislators, and of course women from around the state. This year it will be held on Sunday, January 28th at the Universities at Shady Grove. Here is a link to register ($30). High school students have a special training session during the meeting. ($10).    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-womens- legislative-briefing-registration-37877640041

The Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) legislative reception in Annapolis is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th, 4:30-6:30 pm at the Miller Senate Office Building in the President’s Conference Center. This event is free but requires registration.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlaws-2018- legislative-reception-and-briefing-tickets- 41846554170.

AAUW is supporting the eight initiatives promoted by MLAW. The eight (of 19) bills selected this year are described at https://mdlegagendaforwomen.org/. To get notified about when to take action for one of these bills, add your name to the MLAW list by emailing mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com. The first two bills, the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act and the Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act, were supported by Governor Hogan last week, in addition to four additional bills related to domestic violence and trafficking.

On Saturday, January 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., there will be an event for the first anniversary of the Annapolis Women’s March at Lawyer’s Hill in Annapolis. Legislative initiatives from groups around the state will be supported there. Here is a link to sign on: https://actionnetwork.org/events/annapolismarch2018