Of the many bills concerning basic human needs that were followed this legislative term, only the two bills on human trafficking passed.

HB 456 Workgroup to Study Safe Harbor Policy for Youth Victims of Human Trafficking was signed by the Governor.

SB 520 Criminal Law – Human Trafficking – Affirmative Defense is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

The bill that was the League’s priority among human needs issues was SB 40 Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. While it did not make it out of committee, Chairman Davis and Middleton urged parties interested in the bill to work together over the summer, and committed to a committee hearing for them to report back on proposed language.

Ruth Crystal