JUFJ General Assembly Bill Tracker

As legislation is introduced in Annapolis, check its progress here. When additional bills are introduced, they will be added below. We will track both positive and negative bills throughout the General Assembly session, and will share the actions you can take to help move toward a racially, economically, and socially just Maryland.

Economic Justice for Working Marylanders

Victory!

Governor Hogan vetoed the Fight for $15 bill, but the General Assembly overrode that veto! This bill is now the law of the land!

House: HB166

Senate: HB166 (no longer SB280)

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Finance Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

Conference Committee

  • Bill Sent to Conference Committee

  • Committee Vote

  • House Floor Vote

  • Senate Floor Vote

No action

We are disappointed that a commonsense bill to protect renters from having to pay full rent for unlivable homes will not be passed this session. JUFJ and our coalition partners are committed to working during the summer to help move these protections forward in a future General Assembly session.

Senate: SB715

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Bill Sent to Summer Study

    No Action This Session

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

House: HB785

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Bill Sent to Summer Study

    No Action This Session

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

No action

We are disappointed that a commonsense bill to protect renters from dangerous lead contamination will not be passed this session. JUFJ and our coalition partners are committed to working during the summer to help move these protections forward in a future General Assembly session.

Senate: SB831

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judicial Proceedings Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

House: HB1068

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Environment and Transportation Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

Victory!

JUFJ was very concerned about SB366/HB558, which would give landlords even more advantage over renters and would unjustly categorize unpredictable bills and fees as “rent.”

JUFJ supported SB941/HB473, which would keep more renters in their homes by clearly defining rent and preventing landlords from using unpaid fees and bills against renters in court.

Both of these bills have been sent to “summer study.” Neither one will advance this year. By continuing to push for justice for renters in Maryland, we have successfully prevented legislation that would have made Rent Court even more biased against renters. This is a huge win, and we did it together!

Senate: SB366/HB558

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Bill Sent to Summer Study

    No Action This Session

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

Senate: SB941/HB473

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Bill Sent to Summer Study

    No Action This Session

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Equal Justice Under the Law

Partial Victory

There are four different bills under consideration that limit the use of solitary confinement in Maryland. JUFJ supports all four of these bills: SB774/HB1001, limiting solitary confinement for young people; SB809/HB745, for pregnant women; HB1029, limiting the length and reforming the use of solitary confinement; and HB1002, helping ease incarcerated people’s transitions from solitary into society.

SB774/HB1001 and SB809 passed both chambers of the General Assembly! 

We are disappointed that HB1002, which needed only one more vote to become law, was delayed at the last minute and did not pass, and that HB1029 did not move this session.

Senate: SB774 (for minors)

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judicial Proceedings Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

House: HB1001 (for minors)

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judiciary Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

Senate: SB809 (for pregnant women)

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judicial Proceedings Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

House: SB809 (for pregnant women)

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Rules Committee

  • Committee Vote

    Judiciary Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

House: HB1002 (direct release)

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judiciary Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

Senate: HB1002 (direct release)

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Rules Committee

  • Committee Vote

    Judicial Proceedings Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

House: HB1029 (shortening and other reforms)

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judiciary Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

Victory!

Decades of research demonstrate that mandatory minimum sentences and other policies that lengthen periods of incarceration do not reduce crime.  In fact, they more often increase the crime rate and intensify the challenges faced by many communities in our state by destroying people’s lives and opportunities, especially those of young people of color. We oppose efforts to tie judges’ hands by instituting mandatory minimum sentencing, and we support efforts to reduce the harm caused by past mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

JUFJ supported HB877, to eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses and help reduce the racist impact of the failed War on Drugs. JUFJ opposed SB166/HB236, which created additional mandatory minimum sentences for gun offenses.

While we are disappointed that HB877 was withdrawn, we are pleased that SB166/HB236 never received a committee vote!

House: HB877

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Bill Withdrawn

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

Senate: SB166

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judicial Proceedings Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

House: HB236

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judiciary Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

No Action

Jews have been seen as foreigners many times throughout our history. As Jews and as human beings, we are obligated to make sure that those of us who were not born in our community are as safe as those of us who were. In light of the anti-immigrant rhetoric and action by federal law enforcement, many Maryland immigrants find it impossible to trust the government, the legal system, and publicly funded social services. We must pass the Maryland Trust Act so that nobody, regardless of immigration status, has to fear deportation or family separation when they pursue their education, or seek community services or help from police.

SB817 stops local law enforcement from holding people for ICE deportations. We are disappointed that this important bill to improve public safety for everyone, especially immigrant Marylanders, did not receive a committee vote this year.

Senate: SB817

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judicial Proceedings Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

House: HB913

  • Bill Introduced

    "First Reader"

  • Committee Vote

    Judiciary Committee

  • First Floor Vote

    "Second Reader"

  • Final Floor Vote

    "Third Reader"

Victory!

No legislation was introduced on this issue, and funding for pre-trial services has been included in the state budget! Stay tuned for what else we can do to improve bail and pre-trial services.

There are no upcoming events at this time.