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Legislative Session

2022 Legislative Priorities

HB833|SB768
Victims of Child Sex Trafficking – Safe Harbor and Service Response
Sponsored by Delegate Lierman, Senators Lee and Watson
House Testimony
Senate Testimony

  • Asserts that a minor may not be criminally prosecuted or proceeded against as a delinquent child for certain crimes or civil offenses if the minor committed the crime or civil offense as a direct result of sex trafficking.
  • Ensures that minors involved in the juvenile justice system who are suspected to be victims of sex trafficking will have their court proceeding stayed while they are assessed for sex trafficking by the Regional Navigator. If the assessment finds the minor to be a victim of sex trafficking, their prosecution will be dismissed and they will be directed out of juvenile justice and into victim services.

HB 459
Juvenile Justice Reform
Sponsored by Delegate Lierman, Senators Lee and Watson

  • Makes numerous changes to the Maryland juvenile justice process by implementing the recommendations of the Juvenile Justice Reform Council (JJRC), as created by Chapters 252 and 253 of 2019. Among other provisions, the bill
    • Limits the circumstances under which a child younger than age 13 is subject to proceedings in juvenile court;
    • Expands the use of informal adjustments;
    • Establishes limitations on terms of probation imposed by a juvenile court, the use of detention, and out-of-home placements;
    • Creates a permanent Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform and Emerging and Best Practices; and
    • Establishes numerous reporting requirements.

HB 114|SB0129
Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Program
Sponsored by Delegate Williams, Senators Hettleman and Waldstreicher

  • Assigns the Maryland Legal Services Corporation to coordinate funding for legal representation for Marylanders in immigration detention, ensuring due process and improving immigrants’ chances of remaining in Maryland with their families.
  • Promotes community outreach and education to ensure that detained immigrants and their families are supported and understand their rights.

HB284|SB0020
Criminal Procedure – Out of Court Statements – Child Victims
Sponsored by Delegate Crutchfield and Senator Lee

  • Authorizes a court to admit into evidence in a juvenile court proceeding or criminal proceeding an out of court statement to prove the truth of the matter asserted in the statement made by a child victim who (1) is younger than age 13 and (2) is the alleged victim or witness in a case before the court concerning neglect of a minor or a case concerning a crime of violence, subject to certain requirements.

HB296|SB0280
Interim and Temporary Protective Orders – Electronic Filing and Video Conferencing Hearings
Sponsored by Delegate Crutchfield and Senator Hettleman

  • Authorizes a patient receiving medical treatment at a hospital or an urgent care center to electronically file a petition for an interim or temporary protective order while at the hospital or urgent care center;
  • Requires the court or District Court Commissioner to hold a hearing for an interim or temporary protective order through video conferencing under certain circumstances;
  • Authorizes a hospital or urgent care center to allow an individual in their care to make an electronic filing or to attend a certain video conference.

HB225|SB0300
Criminal Procedure – Victims of Sexually Assaultive Behavior

Sponsored by Delegates K. Young, Belcastro, Forbes, Kerr, McComas, Reznik, and Ruth, Senators Hough and Young

  • Authorizes a court to admit into evidence in a juvenile court proceeding or criminal proceeding an out of court statement to prove the truth of the matter asserted in the statement made by a child victim who (1) is younger than age 13 and (2) is the alleged victim or witness in a case before the court concerning neglect of a minor or a case concerning a crime of violence, subject to certain requirements.

HB293|SB0241
Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – 9-8-8 Trust Fund 

Sponsored by Delegates K. Young, Belcastro, Charkoudian, Forbes, Healey, Kaiser, Kerr, McComas, Reznik, and Ruth, Senator Augustine

  • Under the federal National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020, Maryland created the 9-8-8 behavioral health crisis hotline which will launch in July 2022.
  • This bill establishes the 9-8-8 Trust Fund to provide reimbursement for costs associated with the 9-8-8 hotline and the development and implementation of statewide coordination and delivery of behavioral health crisis response services.

HB935|SB0637
Health and Health Insurance – Behavioral Health Services – Expansion (Behavioral Health System Modernization Act) 

Sponsored by Delegate Bagnall and Senator Augustine

  • Requires Maryland Medicaid to reimburse for certain behavioral health services, including peer recovery, crisis response, and others.

HB6|SB150
Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Dental Coverage for Adults  

Sponsored by Delegate Cullison and Senators Augustine and Guzzone

  • Requires Maryland Medicaid to provide comprehensive dental care for adults with household incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level.
  • Maryland is currently one of three states without adult dental coverage in Medicaid.
UMD SAFE Center Team Statement on Racial Injustice

The UMD SAFE Center decries the structural racism that remains as a toxic legacy of our country’s history and permeates our society today, and we are working to ensure that we are an actively anti-racist institution.