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LGBTQ+ Issues and the 2023 Session

The LGBTQ+ Task Force is inactive, but we are tracking legislation involving civil rights: 

For information on HB 283/SB0460 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Gender–Affirming Treatment (Trans Health Equity Act) -  please see the 2023 Session page under Healthcare. It has been designated a priority issue.

Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Sponsor
Title
Status
Current Location
Position
Synopsis
AG Civil Rights enforcement powers
HB0772
SB0540
Speaker
Human Relations - Civil Rights Enforcement - Powers of the Attorney General
No action by Senate committee
Judicial Proceedings
Authorizing the Attorney General to investigate, prosecute, and remediate certain civil rights violations under certain circumstances and in a certain manner; authorizing the Attorney General to intervene in certain causes of action under certain circumstances; establishing certain penalties and authorizing the Attorney General to obtain certain relief in certain civil actions, conciliation agreements, and settlement agreements; establishing the Civil Rights Enforcement Fund; etc.
AG Civil Rights enforcement powers
SB0540
HB0772
President
Human Relations - Civil Rights Enforcement - Powers of the Attorney General
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 629
Governor
Authorizing the Attorney General to investigate, prosecute, and remediate certain civil rights violations under certain circumstances and in a certain manner; authorizing the Attorney General to intervene in certain causes of action under certain circumstances; establishing certain penalties and authorizing the Attorney General to obtain certain relief in certain civil actions, conciliation agreements, and settlement agreements; authorizing the Attorney General to recover certain investigation and litigation costs in a certain manner; etc.
Birth certificate reissue
HB0361
Delegate Smith
Certificates of Birth - Issuance of New Certificates - Sex Designation (Birth Certificate Modernization Act)
Hearing Held, no action by committee
Health and Government Operations
Altering the circumstances under which the Secretary of Health is required to make a new certificate of birth due to the change of a sex designation of an individual; and establishing requirements and a prohibition related to the making of new certificates of birth.
Commission on LGBTQIA+ Affairs
HB0141
SB0251
Delegate Qi
State Government - Commission on LGBTQIA+ Affairs - Alterations
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 45
Governor
Renaming the Commission on LGBTQ Affairs to be the Commission on LGBTQIA+ Affairs; increasing the number of members of the Commission from 15 to 21; altering certain qualifications for members appointed to the Commission; staggering the terms of Commission members; and altering the duties of the Commission.
Commission on LGBTQIA+ Affairs
SB0251
HB0141
Senator Washington, M.
State Government - Commission on LGBTQIA+ Affairs - Alterations
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 46
Governor
Renaming the Commission on LGBTQ Affairs to be the Commission on LGBTQIA+ Affairs; increasing the number of members of the Commission from 15 to 21; altering certain qualifications for members appointed to the Commission; staggering the terms of Commission members; and altering the duties of the Commission.
Gender-inclusive signage
HB0040
SB0084
Delegate Solomon
Places of Public Accommodation and Public Buildings - Gender-Inclusive Signage
Hearing Held, no action by committee
Economic Matters
Requiring that single-occupancy public restrooms be marked with gender-inclusive signage that does not indicate a specific gender, contains certain descriptive language, and contains a picture or icon that does not indicate a specific gender in certain places of public accommodation and certain public buildings; providing that a county is responsible for enforcing the signage requirement in places of public accommodation; and authorizing a county to set certain fines for second and subsequent violations after a certain period of time.
Gender-inclusive signage
SB0084
HB0040
Senator Kagan
Places of Public Accommodation and Public Buildings - Gender-Inclusive Signage
Hearing Held, no action by committee
Judicial Proceedings
Requiring that single-occupancy public restrooms be marked with gender-inclusive signage that does not indicate a specific gender, contains certain descriptive language, and contains a picture or icon that does not indicate a specific gender in certain places of public accommodation and certain public buildings; providing that a county is responsible for enforcing the signage requirement in places of public accommodation; and authorizing a county to set certain fines for second and subsequent violations after a certain period of time.
Hate Crime Response and Prevention
HB1066
Delegate Vogel
Hate Crimes - Commission on Hate Crime Response and Prevention - Establishment
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 773
Governor
Establishing the Commission on Hate Crime Response and Prevention to develop strategies to prevent and respond to hate crime activity and evaluate State laws and policies relating to hate crimes; and requiring the Commission to report to the General Assembly on or before December 1 each year, beginning in 2024, on legislative recommendations to address hate crimes in the State.
Hate Crimes-civil remedy
HB0013
SB0005
Delegate Crutchfield
Hate Crimes - Civil Remedy
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 744
Governor
Providing that a person who is the victim of an act that would constitute a violation of certain hate crime laws may bring a civil action against the person or persons who committed the act in a court of competent jurisdiction; and authorizing the court to impose an injunction and award certain economic and noneconomic damages.
Hate Crimes-civil remedy
SB0005
HB0013
Senator Kramer
Hate Crimes - Civil Remedy
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 745
Governor
Providing that a person who is the victim of an act that would constitute a violation of certain hate crime laws may bring a civil action against the person or persons who committed the act in a court of competent jurisdiction; and authorizing the court to impose an injunction and award certain economic and noneconomic damages.
Patterns and Practices of Violations
HB0771
SB0658
Speaker
Human Relations - Patterns and Practices of Civil Rights Violations - Remedies
Hearing Held, no action by committee
Judiciary
Authorizing the Attorney General to investigate and initiate a civil action to remedy unlawful patterns or practices committed by certain government officials; providing that the Attorney General shall have subpoena power to support certain investigations; and providing that the Attorney General may obtain equitable and declaratory relief to eliminate the pattern or practice of certain conduct.
Patterns and Practices of Violations
SB0658
HB0771
President
Human Relations - Patterns and Practices of Civil Rights Violations - Remedies
Hearing Held, no action by committee
Judicial Proceedings
Authorizing the Attorney General to investigate and initiate a civil action to remedy unlawful patterns or practices committed by certain government officials; providing that the Attorney General shall have subpoena power to support certain investigations; and providing that the Attorney General may obtain equitable and declaratory relief to eliminate the pattern or practice of certain conduct.
Perverted practice crime-repeal
HB0131
SB0054
Delegate Moon
Criminal Law - Unnatural or Perverted Sexual Practice - Repeal
Allowed to go into effect without signature
Governor
Support
Repealing the crime of unnatural or perverted sexual practice.
Perverted practice crime-repeal
SB0054
HB0131
Senator Lam
Criminal Law - Unnatural or Perverted Sexual Practice - Repeal
Allowed to go into effect without signature
Governor
Repealing the crime of unnatural or perverted sexual practice.
Student demonstrations-discipline
HB0568
Delegate Ebersole
Education - Student-Organized Peaceful Demonstrations - Student Discipline and Policy
Hearing Held, no action by committee
Ways and Means
Prohibiting a public school from prohibiting a student from organizing or participating in a student-organized peaceful demonstration, imposing certain limits on a student's right to free speech while participating in a student-organized peaceful demonstration, or disciplining a student for organizing or participating in a student-organized peaceful demonstration under certain circumstances; and requiring each county board of education to develop a written policy regarding student-organized peaceful demonstrations.
Truth & Reconciliation Commission
HB0339
SB0478
Delegate White
Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission - Reporting and Sunset Extension
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 11
Governor
Extending the time for the submission of the final report of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission to December 1, 2025; and extending the termination date for the Commission to June 30, 2026.
Truth & Reconciliation Commission
SB0478
HB0339
Senator Sydnor
Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission - Reporting and Sunset Extension
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 12
Governor
Extending the time for the submission of the final report of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission to December 1, 2025; and extending the termination date for the Commission to June 30, 2026.
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