Here is Delegate Washington’s Legislative Agenda for 2014:
Prohibiting the use of a physical restraint on an inmate in labor or during delivery; requires medical professional in charge to determine when the inmate’s health allows the inmate to be returned to a correctional facility after giving birth; prohibiting, with specified exceptions, physical restraints; requiring a correctional facility to document specified use of physical restraints; etc.
Establishing that the ability of an employer to establish standards concerning an employee’s dress and grooming that are directly related to the nature of the employment of the employee does not allow the employer to require or prohibit specific hairstyles or facial hair or prohibit an employee from wearing clothing or adopting modes of grooming based on sex.
Requiring an automated purchasing machine to require a seller of specified personal property to provide specified information before the completion of a transaction; requires verification for specified information through specified documentation submitted by a seller; establishing specified record keeping and reporting requirements for an APM operator; requiring an APM operator to keep specified personal property in the State for a specified period of time; etc.
Expand the college tuition exemption currently available to foster care recipients in Maryland to include unaccompanied homeless youth, as verified by the federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act.
HB 577 – Reauthorization of Task Force to Study Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Extend the Task Force to Study Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth for one year to continue working toward implementation of its 2013 recommendations to improve the significantly unmet needs in the areas of housing, education, economic stability, and health.
Establish a demonstration project in three select Maryland jurisdictions to count homeless youth and collect data about their needs and characteristics. Local school districts in Maryland have identified a 67% increase of homeless youth between 2008 and 2012. Many of these students are also unaccompanied.
Establish a joint legislative committee on ending homelessness. This would provide oversight for the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and submit a report on homelessness to the general assembly each year.
Currently there are two inactive councils on homelessness. One is the statutory Governor’s advisory board on homelessness established by Human Services and the other is established by executive order the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. The Governor’s Interagency Council is based off of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness. It is tasked with making sure that the different state agencies have a coordinated plan to address homelessness. This bill would create a statutory interagency council on homelessness which would expand to include direct service providers and other stakeholders who are key to bring to the table to end homelessness in Maryland.
HB 1039 - Individual Exceptions to Limitations on Rentals (Maryland Condominium Owners Emergency Relief Act)
Requiring the governing body of a condominium to grant a specified individual exception to any provision of the declaration, bylaws, or rules of the condominium that limits rentals under specified circumstances.
Authorizing the electronic transmission of disciplinary appeal documents and decisions to appointing authorities, exclusive representatives, and employees.
Authorizing the creation of a State Debt not to exceed $250,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation for specified development or improvement purposes related to the BARCO North Avenue Arts Building, located in Baltimore City.
Requiring the State Highway Administration to establish a specified public information campaign on the importance of snow and ice removal from exposed vehicle surfaces. This bill prohibits a person from operating or towing a vehicle without removing snow and ice from exposed vehicle surfaces.