Here are some truly insidious bills introduced by Democrats into the Maryland House and Senate this year. On the surface, they use vague and feel-good language to hide the actual content of the social and political indoctrination, wasteful spending and extreme government overreach:
Bills to Override any local autonomy of school boards regarding enactment or dissolution of CRT-style indoctrination. State laws preemptively giving hand-picked minority-packed committees free reign to create enforced academic standards in the curriculum without any details on what it would actually include:
Senate Bill 888 Senator Lee (D)
American Studies and Social Equity Standards Advisory Board
Academic standards and model policy established within the State Department of Education requiring The Advisory Board to review and develop recommendations for academic standards for American studies in public schools in the state and to develop a model policy on ethnic and social equity in schools.
The Advisory board to identify existing State academic standards in US history that do not incorporate the historic contributions and perspectives of ethnic groups and social groups (social group includes women, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex or asexual).
Develop American studies academic standards for students at each grade level increasing attention to the history contributions and perspectives of ethnic group and social groups in the United States, promote critical thinking regarding the history contributions and perspectives of ethnic groups and social groups, increase the cultural competency of students, eliminate Pathways to racial bias in the curriculum recommend content and instructional methods that enables students to safely explore questions of identity, race equality, and racism in American studies….. Recommend basic curriculum and extracurricular programs that may be offered in schools that are welcome to all students, take into account parental concerns about religion or culture…. promote an overarching focus and participation in the racially culturally and socially diverse Global community. Challenge racist, sexist, gender or ability assumptions, attitudes and behaviors when they occur, using principles and practices of restorative justice.
Ensure that ALL School Personnel are trained on best practices for addressing racial incidents, prohibit conduct based on racism, sexism, ableism and other social biases and specify the appropriate manner to address the misconduct including disciplinary action if appropriate; establish disciplinary responses to racial incidents including increased utilization of restorative justice practices if appropriate.
Each County before the 2025 school year shall adopt a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools that takes into consideration the policy adopted by The Advisory Board on or before May 2025, the State Board shall adopt American studies academic standards for each grade level taking into consideration the American studies academic standards recommended by The Advisory Board, each County Board shall Implement a curriculum based on the American studies academic standards.
Senate Bill 116 by Senator Ellis (D):
1.“ Inclusive and diverse English language arts development of content standards and implementation requiring the State Board of Education to develop content standards for inclusive and diverse English language arts to be included in certain State Standards.”
2. “Requiring each County Board of Education to develop and Implement certain curriculum guides for inclusive and diverse English language arts content standards shall highlight and promote diversity– including economic diversity, equity and inclusion, tolerance and belonging, to examine the impact that unconscious bias and economic disparities have in both an individual and societal level…
3. Encourage safe welcoming and inclusive environment for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity mental and physical disability and religious beliefs.
Each County Board shall develop and Implement age appropriate curriculum guides for inclusive and diverse English language arts
if passed this act shall take effect July 1st 2022
House Bill 1152 student Bill of Rights and prohibitions on suspensions and expulsions delegates Washington and Ivy (D):
Public schools cannot suspend a student for disruptive behavior of a school activity, function, process or the learning environment or for being disrespectful to an adult or other students if it is “non-threatening” and “does not physically harm another student”. Students can only be suspended for “unsafe behavior”, means “any behavior that is dangerous to the health or safety of students or others”.
Hb 23 ( Democrat-driven bill)
data collection and school resource officer School discipline
Requires the State Department of Education to collect data on all disciplinary actions by each School according to grade-level, race-ethnicity, disability status, gender, socioeconomic status, and language ability, as in immigrants. Elementary schools that have 10% or more of its students in each of those subgroups suspended or secondary schools that suspend 25% or more of its students in each subgroup shall be targeted by the Department of Education “to lower the risk ratio and Report the disproportionality data for any school identified as high suspending in those groups.”
2. A school resource officer may not unilaterally (on their own without administrators permission) enforce discipline related school policies, rules, regulations.
Other Democrat sponsored bills that should concern us:
HB413 Voting Rights Act of 2022 counties and municipalities emergency bill Senator Sydnor:
Cannot even give it a short description, one must read in its entirety to see how absurd and dangerous it is.
[Vague and confusing wording giving minorities the right to dispute any election based on any aspect of it that could be construed as racially motivated “even subtly.”]
Delegate Rosenberg Democrat House Bill 426:
Regarding profiling stops by police
supposedly trying to avoid profiling stops based on ethnicity, race, or religion….. yet the bill “requires a law enforcement officer shall report the following information to the law enforcement agency that employs the officer on each and every traffic stop : the national origin of the driver, the religion of the driver, the gender identity of the driver and the sexual orientation of the driver.”
[So they’re supposed to ask the person stopped all these questions about their race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation? Seriously flawed in its presentation and legal description].
Hb 463 Del.Severo (D):
Establishing a PERSONAL civil liability of a police officer… under the act, subject to certain exceptions, if it’s found the police officer “did not act in good faith,” then the officer shall be personally liable for civil suits.
Sb 87 Senators Wall and Striker (D):
Discrimination in Housing, Citizenship, Immigration Status and National Origins
1.…the state prohibiting certain discrimination related to the sale or rental of a dwelling on the basis of citizenship or immigration status subject to certain exceptions..
2. prohibiting a person from inquiring about a person’s citizenship immigration status or national origin in connection with the rental of a dwelling .
3.”A person may not disclose or threaten to disclose information regarding a person’s actual or perceived citizenship, immigration status, or national origin to any other person including an immigration Authority or a law enforcement agency “
“Healthy Babies Equity act” SB 77 Senator Lam
Requiring public assistance in Maryland to pay comprehensive Medical Care and other Healthcare Services to NON-CITIZEN pregnant women, pre-care, labor and delivery and post-partum care. (will certainly increase the numbers of “pregnancy tourism” from all over the world arriving in Maryland. )
Senate Bill 550 by Senator Carter (D):
Transgender inmates in prison shall have their pronouns and honorific titles used at all times by all facility staff
All subcontractors and volunteers shall address inmate in a manner consistent with the inmate’s gender identity
shall use the gender pronouns an inmate has specified in all verbal and written Communications with or regarding inmates that involve the use of a pronoun or honorific
When considering a housing decision within a facility including granting single-cell status, housing an inmate with another inmate of the inmates choice, or removing another inmate who poses a threat to the inmates staff shall consider the inmate’s perception of health and safety
if an inmate is lawfully searched, the inmate shall be searched according to the search policy for the inmates gender identity or according to the gender designation of the facility in which the inmate is house based on the inmates preference
House Bill HV 746 Public Assistance medical coverage for gender-affirming treatment prohibiting the program from issuing an adverse benefit determination for gender-affirming treatment (taxpayers foot the bill for gender reassignment surgery and treatments (50-100K)
House Bill 45 delegate Wells (D):
personal training of all state employees to complete implicit bias awareness training
“Coordinate with the Maryland Commission on civil rights to implement the training, and authorizing a unit to incorporate the training into existing employment training regarding implicit bias. Implicit Bias means the attitudes or internalized stereotypes that affect perceptions, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner; implicit bias exists and often contributes to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and other characteristics. “
Each state employee shall complete at least 2 hours of in-person or virtual interactive training on implicit bias awareness within six months after hiring, requiring each employee take a self-evaluation that measures the employees positive or negative attitude towards a particular concept or social group, information on the impact of implicit bias on interpersonal relationships and encounters in the workplace, information on strategies to address the negative effects of implicit bias, encouraging cultural competency in the workplace.
The (employee) self-evaluation required shall be a behavioral measurement tool, may be modeled after the Harvard implicit association test, shall require the employee to describe their own self understanding of any unconscious attitudes, implicit biases or stereotypes following the evaluation. If it is determined to be necessary by the appointing authority a unit may require an employee to retake any part or all of the training or to participate in additional classes or training.
Maryland House Bill 159 Del. Amprey (D):
introduced January 12th of this year, yet given no media attention.
Economic Justice and Racial Reconciliation Act.
Says “the creation of a commission for economic Justice and Racial reconciliation to discuss any racial disparities in wealth and resources as a result of tax laws and systems in place in the state during a certain period Of time from the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War up to the Civil Rights Act 1964 and to make recommendations relating to compensation of the state’s African American communities for racial disparities identified by the commission.”
HB 626 Del. Smith (D) Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022 :
Altering certain provisions of law relating to the termination of a pregnancy and investigations made or criminal penalties or civil liability for a pregnant person or a person assisting a pregnant person, prohibiting a certain provision of law that requires the termination of a pregnancy by a licensed physician from being construed to apply to a pregnant person who terminates the person’s own pregnancy under any circumstances.
HB 1171 Declaration of Rights right to reproductive Liberty:
sponsored by Adrienne Jones
Amendment to the Maryland Constitution to establish that every person, as a central component of the individuals rights to Liberty and equality, has the fundamental right to reproductive Liberty, prohibiting the state from directly or indirectly denying or abridging the right unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means and submitting the amendment to qualified voters of the state at the next general election.
HB 50 Delegate Amprey(D):
Would require hospitals to perform abortions or sterilizations even if it was against their beliefs, such as Catholic or other religious based hospital systems.
Delegate Atterbury (Democrat) sponsored a bill to delete adultery as a justification to decree absolute divorce
H.b. 1058 criminal justice policy reform reduce the state’s incarcerated population reduced spending on Corrections.
House Bill 1200 requiring Department of environment application for building permits to use a social justice measuring evaluation tool before issuing a permit must include such things as sensitive populations, socioeconomic factors equal protection from environmental and public health hazards regardless of race income culture and social status explore layers of environmental justice concern determine the overall environmental justice score for census tracts in the state view additional context layers relevant to an area. A person applying for a permit under this article shall include in the permit application the environmental justice score from the Maryland environmental justice screen mapping tool for the address where the applicant is Seeking a permit on receiving a permit that department shall conduct an analysis of the address where the applicant is Seeking a permit.
SB 931 Senator Watson environment impact of actions on climate, labor and environmental justice
prohibiting a certain governmental unit from taking an (unspecified) action unless the governmental unit has conducted evaluations and assessments of the impact of the action on the climate labor and employment, environmental justice, and any overburden community; authorizing a governmental unit to deny condition approval or mend and action based on certain findings requiring governmental units to coordinate and seek Federal funding to meet the requirements of this act, must include the impact of the action on labor and employment pay the prevailing wage for each trade including wages and fringe benefits offer health care and retirement benefits to the employees working on the project participate in an apprenticeship program registered with the state for each trade employed on a project establishing execute a plan for outreach Recruitment and Retention of State residents to perform work on a project or other items associated with the project with a goal of 25% of hours performed by residents who are “returning citizens”, women, minority individuals or veterans. –vague and overreaching…