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This report provides the status of all UULM-MD priority bills at the close of the session. It includes which bills have been signed into law by the Governor as of May 13, 2019.
SB 516 - Clean Energy Jobs – Passed and Governor is allowing to become law without his signature
SB 249/HB 277 - Regional Initiative to Limit or Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Transportation Sector - Authorization (Regional Transportation and Climate Protection Act of 2019) – Passed and Governor is allowing to become law without his signature
All others failed (no action in either committee)
Death with Dignity
HB 399/SB 311 - End-of-Life Option Act (Richard E. Israel and Roger 'Pip' Moyer Act) – Failed by tie vote on Senate floor
HB 166/SB 280 - Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage (Fight for Fifteen) – Passed over Governor’s veto
HB 341/SB 500 - Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2019) – Failed (no action in either committee)
SJ2/HJ 9 - Freedom of the Press Day – [Designating June 28 as Freedom of the Press Day in Maryland to memorialize the lives lost on June 28, 2018, at the Capital Gazette offices] – Passed and Signed by Speaker and President (Governor's signature not needed)
SB 622 - Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention – Crime Firearms – Study –– Passed and Signed by Governor
SB 346 – Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Prohibition of Loans – Passed and Signed by Governor
SB 536/HB 367 - Public Safety - Education - Firearm Funding – awaiting action in EHEA
HB 740/SB 882 - Criminal Law – Firearms – Computer–Aided Fabrication and Serial Number (3–D Printed Firearms) – HB awaiting action in JPR
HB 468/SB 441 - Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements - Failed (no action in either committee)
HB 697/SB 868 - Health Insurance - Consumer Protections and Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission – Passed and Signed by Governor
HB 814/SB 802 - Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program – Passed and Signed by Governor
HB 768 - Health - Prescription Drug Affordability Board – Passed and Governor is allowing to become law without his signature
SB 537/HB 262 - Higher Education - Tuition Rates – Exemptions [Dream Act improvement] – Passed but vetoed by the Governor
HB 214/SB 144 - Victims and Witnesses - U Nonimmigrant Status - Certification of Victim Helpfulness – Passed and Signed by Governor
HB 1273/SB 599 - Immigration Enforcement – Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses – Policies – Passed House but Failed, no action in JPR
HB 1165/SB 718 - State Government – Government Agents – Requests for and Use of Immigration Status Information – Passed House but Failed, no action in JPR
HB 913/SB 817 Correctional Facilities and Police Officers – Procedures – Immigration Status – Failed (no action in either committee)
SB 621/HB 294 - Correctional Services - Diminution Credits – Education – Passed Senate but Failed, no action in JUD
HB 1001/SB 774- Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Reporting by Correctional Units and Requirements Relating to Minors – Passed and Signed by Governor
SB 809 - Correctional Facilities - Restrictive Housing - Pregnant Inmates – Passed and signed by Governor
HB 1002 - Restrictive housing - Direct Release – Passed House but failed to get final vote in Senate.
HB 1029 - Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations (Restrictive Housing Reform Act of 2019) – Failed (no action in JUD committee)
HB 443/SB 121 - Inmates - Life Imprisonment - Parole Reform - Failed (no action in either committee)
As you may know, President Trump has announced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will conduct raids in ten large cities early Sunday morning to round up specific targets, mostly individuals who have failed to attend immigration hearings and were subsequently issued removal orders even if they did not receive notice, the Washington Post reported.
Know Your Rights
Immigrant rights groups such as CASA have been conducting Know Your Rights campaigns in immigrant communities across our region. Here are some Know Your Rights resources.
The National Immigration Law Center offers a Know Your Rights Card that you can copy and distribute to your immigrant neighbors
Witnessing An ICE Raid
If you witness an ICE raid, you may record it. You have a right to do so. But you must behave in a certain way. The ACLU recommends that you follow these procedures:
- Stand at a safe distance and, if possible, use your phone to record video of what is happening. Remove your phone slowly from your pocket or handbag. As long as you do not interfere with what the officers are doing and do not stand close enough to obstruct their movements, you have the right to observe and record events that are plainly visible in public spaces.
- Do not try to hide the fact that you are recording. Police officers do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when performing their jobs, but the people they are interacting with may have privacy rights that would require you to notify them of the recording. In many states (see here) you must affirmatively make people aware that you are recording them.
- Police officers may not confiscate or demand to view your photographs or video without a warrant, and they may not delete your photographs or video under any circumstances. If an officer orders you to stop recording or orders you to hand over your phone, you should politely but firmly tell the officer that you do not consent to doing so, and remind the officer that taking photographs or video is your right under the First Amendment. Be aware that some officers may arrest you for refusing to comply even though their orders are illegal. The arrest would be unlawful, but you will need to weigh the personal risks of arrest (including the risk that officer may search you upon arrest) against the value of continuing to record.
- Whether or not you are able to record everything, make sure to write down everything you remember, including officers’ badge and patrol car numbers, which agency the officers were from, how many officers were present and what their names were, any use of weapons (including less-lethal weapons such as Tasers or batons), and any injuries suffered by the person stopped. If you are able to speak to the person stopped by police after the police leave, they may find your contact information helpful in case they decide to file a complaint or pursue a lawsuit against the officers.
Here are some additional resources:
- Bystander Intervention from the American Friends Service Committee
- Filming ICE from the New York ACLU
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