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2019 Legislative and Policy Priorities



Legislative Priorities 2019

January 9, 2019 marked the beginning of a new four year term for Maryland legislators.  In preparation, the Legislative Committee of NASW-MD began meeting during the fall to discuss the legislative strategy for the 2019 Session.  The committee, capably led by long-time chairperson Judith Schagrin, chose a new three-pronged approach to choosing which legislation to support.  The first are professional bills which are specifically about social workers/health care professionals.  Secondly, we decided to focus on two specific social justice issues. Finally are bills brought to the Legislative Committee by one or more of our practice committees- often times these affect vulnerable populations with few voices to speak out on their behalf.

The primary change in our approach this year is the focus on two social justice concerns.  After much debate about a plethora of worthy issues, the committee chose solitary confinement and the effort to raise the minimum wage to $15.  We will be supporting four bills related to solitary confinement:

SB0809 (HB0745)  - Senator Lee/Delegate Fisher – Hearings: Senate 2/21/House 3/21 - Pregnant Inmates 

HB1001- Delegate Lewis - Hearing 3/12 - Requiring more reporting about solitary confinement of minors. 

HB1002- Delegate Lewis - Hearing 3/12 - Direct Release from Solitary Confinement 

HB1029- Delegate Lewis - Hearing 3/12 -  "Requiring the managing official of a correctional facility to ensure that each inmate in restrictive housing receives a certain notice and is provided a certain review process, appeal information, and copies of certain documents, files, and records under certain circumstances; requiring that an inmate be provided with a certain evaluation, techniques, and opportunities prior to placement in restrictive housing; providing for levels of sanctions for certain infractions by an inmate; etc."


The Fight for $15 is HB 166 (SB 280)

 In addition to following these bills and providing written and verbal testimony, we will also be informing our membership of the issues.  You will see articles in the winter issue of The Maryland Social Worker on each of these topics.  We will also be providing information sessions at our upcoming Student Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD). 

Each week we publish the chart of bills of interest to social workers along with testimony which NASW-MD has provided during the session. 




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