Maryland Legislation 2021

Due to the current health predicament, legislators’ objectives will primary focus on passing the previous year’s bill that need to reach the opposite chamber. Repealing the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights is at the forefront also.
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I.  Police Transparency – Disappointment

This session, the ACLU continued to fight for transparency over police discipline. Under current law, if you file a complaint of police misconduct, you cannot find out how the department investigates your complaint. All you can find out is the outcome and the discipline. Together with our partners, we fought hard to amend and pass HB 1221 / SB 1029, to allow for transparency over police discipline, regardless of whether the officers were punished. Communities deserve to know about misconduct that flies under the radar – when police departments conduct slow, weak, or biased investigations (or no investigation at all!) and thereby find abusive officers innocent of wrongdoing. Unfortunately, the House Judiciary Committee passed a convoluted and unworkable bill that would allow very limited transparency over misconduct that police departments do not punish. Meanwhile, we are disappointed that the Chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee took no action whatsoever on the bill, he simply left the bill in the drawer. In addition to the police transparency legislation, we were proud to stand with the family of Anton Black in calling for a more comprehensive approach to police reform, including independent investigation of police misconduct, more robust community oversight, limits to the use of force, and transparency. Trust Act – Pre-Lease for Women – PRERELEASE-one pager.pdf The League of Women Voters:

Acts as a force to create positive, lasting change in our communities, empowers millions of voters to exercise their right to vote, educates citizens and fosters dialogue on pertinent issues – from healthcare and climate change to openness in government.

Works to ensure that ALL votes are counted and ALL voices are heard Helps to make democracy work!  The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization of women and men, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Our goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities world-wide. 111 Cathedral Street, Ste. 201 Annapolis MD 21401 410-269-0232 email: Website: Follow Us @LWVMD MAJR How We Work Together Each of us brings unique strengths and perspectives to this work. Our work is enhanced by learning from each other, building on one another’s ideas, and sharing responsibility for the group’s success. Our priorities are informed by workgroups that address three major policy areas: (1) The “Front Door” workgroup considers changes in how we strive to prevent crime and handle the pretrial process; (2) The “Behind the Walls” workgroup addresses issues related to people who are incarcerated, such as the effects of solitary confinement and the need for education; (3) The “Back Door” workgroup recommends changes to help people returning from prison re-enter society, including measures to reduce recidivism (return to prison). Membership is open and all are invited to participate at general meetings. Maryland Legislative Coalition Mark Chang, sponsor Legislative Priorities – LWVMD
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