Maryland General Assembly 2019 Session Wrap-Up

Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force Priority Bills 2019

SB 691/ HB 782

 Status: Not Passed

Criminal Procedure - Motion to Vacate Judgment - Human Trafficking (True Freedom Act of 2019)

Altering the eligibility for the filing of a certain motion to vacate judgment; altering the required contents of a certain motion; authorizing the court to dismiss a certain motion without a hearing under certain circumstances; repealing the authority of the court to take certain actions in ruling on a certain motion; requiring the court to vacate a certain conviction if the court grants a certain motion; providing that a certain conviction may not be considered a conviction for any purpose; etc.

SB 690/ HB 871

 Status: Passed

Criminal Law - Human Trafficking and Prostitution Offenses

Altering the elements of the prohibitions against human trafficking and renaming them sex trafficking; prohibiting a person from knowingly taking another for prostitution by use of or intent to use force, threat, coercion, or fraud; prohibiting a person from knowingly engaging in certain conduct with the intent to compel another to marry any person under certain circumstances; etc.

SB 689/ HB 734

 Status: Passed

Criminal Law - Labor Trafficking (Anti-Exploitation Act of 2019)

Prohibiting a person from knowingly taking, placing, harboring, persuading, inducing, or enticing another to provide services or labor by force, fraud, or coercion; prohibiting a person from knowingly receiving a benefit or thing of value from the provision of services or labor that was induced by force, fraud, or coercion; and establishing that a person who violates the Act is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not to exceed 25 years or a fine not to exceed $15,000 or both.

SB 688/ HB 827

 Status: Passed

Juvenile Law – Sex Trafficking – Immunity, Services, and Investigations (Child Sex Trafficking Screening and Services Act of 2019)

Requiring a law enforcement officer who has reason to believe that a certain child is a victim of sex trafficking to notify a certain regional navigator; declaring the intent of the General Assembly that a minor who is reasonably believed to have engaged in prostitution be treated as a victim of sexual abuse and have access to immediate child-centered and trauma-informed services; providing certain immunity for a minor who engages in certain prostitution-related conduct; etc.

Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force 2019

Bills Being Monitored

HB481

 Status: Passed

Criminal Law - Sale of a Minor – Felony:

 Reclassifying, as a felony instead of a misdemeanor, the crime of selling, bartering, trading, or offering to sell, barter, or trade a minor for money, property, or anything else of value.  

 HB1152

 Status: Not Passed

Interstate Human Trafficking of Minors Prohibition Act: Establishing that certain persons who are required to provide certain notice or make certain reports of suspected child pregnancy as required by the Act may not knowingly fail to give the notice or make the report; providing certain penalties for a violation of a certain provision of the Act; prohibiting a person from bringing or causing another to bring a minor into the State to commit certain violations of the law prohibiting human trafficking; etc. http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2019RS/bills/hb/hb1152f.pdf

 HB1198

 Status: Passed

Human Trafficking - Required Reporters 

Requiring a clerk of the court or an employee of the Family Investment Administration who has reason to believe that a certain individual is a victim of human trafficking to notify the appropriate law enforcement agency under certain circumstances; requiring a law enforcement agency to attempt to interview certain individuals under certain circumstances

HB1039

 Status: Withdrawn

Criminal Law - Human Trafficking - Penalties (Human Trafficking Reform Act)

Altering penalties for the crime of human trafficking; decriminalizing prostitution committed by a minor; repealing a certain requirement that a certain individual be charged with violating a certain provision of law before a defendant may raise a certain affirmative defense; requiring a certain person to provide certain referral services to a certain minor under certain circumstances; and classifying human trafficking as a crime of violence under a certain provision of law

SB554

 Status: Passed

State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners - Massage Therapists - Authority to Regulate

Authorizing the county executive or any governing body of a county, after consultation with the State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners, to adopt certain ordinances or regulations relating to massage establishments; authorizing local health officers and local law enforcement to carry out certain provisions of law; authorizing law enforcement officers to demand proof of licensure or registration; etc.