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  1. Maryland weighs teaching ‘yes means yes’ as part of sex ed

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    By Josh Hicks  February 13, 2017   Two Maryland lawmakers are pushing legislation that would require the state’s public schools to teach a “yes means yes” standard for sexual consent, wading into a national debate as they try to change the way young people think about romantic relationships. Maryland would become only the second state to require public schools to teach affirmative consent if the legislature and Gov. Larry Hogan (R) approve the proposal by Dels. Ariana B. Kelly and Marice Morales, both Montgomery County Democrats. California adopted a similar mandate in 2015, in the wake of rape allegations involving a student at Stanford University who argued that his sexual encounter with an intoxicated young woman was consensual. Kelly and Morales that would require Montgomery County Public Schools to teach affirmative consent in sexual-education classes will be the focus of a hearing Tuesday before the House Ways and Mean…

  2. Wealthy Maryland is poor in child-care subsidies

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    By Josh Hicks   January 2, 2016   A group of Maryland lawmakers is pushing Gov. Larry Hogan and the General Assembly to increase financial assistance for families struggling to cover child-care costs, noting that the state ranks among the least generous in the nation for such aid. Advocates say state and federal funding levels for child-care subsidies are too low, forcing Maryland to restrict how many low-income families qualify for vouchers and greatly limiting which day-care centers those families can afford. Adding to the financial pressure are new federal regulations that say states must subsidize child care at rates that allow parents to enroll their children in higher-priced programs, rather than only the cheapest. Del. Ariana B. Kelly (D-Montgomery) and Sen. Nancy J. King (D-Montgomery), who chair a legislative committee that oversees child care in the state, want Hogan (R) to increase funding for subsidies and work with the panel to come up with tax pro…

  3. Teaching consent proposed for sex education

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    By Susan PollackDecember 22, 2016 With a little help from her daughter, District 16 Delegate Ariana Kelly has proposed the inclusion of a definition of “affirmative consent” into the seventh and tenth grade sex education classes in the Montgomery County Public Schools. Students in those grades learn about pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, but “nothing about the basic concept” that the sex must be consensual, Kelly said, adding, “Shouldn’t that go first?” Her one-page bill, which is co-sponsored by District 19 Delegate Marice Morales, defines “affirmative consent” as “clear, unambiguous, knowing, informed and voluntary agreement between all participants to engage in each act within the course of sexual activity.” The Montgomery County Board of Elections is opposed to the bill. “The Board believes in maintaining local authority to determine educational policy and curri…

  4. A New Media Star In MoCo

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    By Jonathan Shurberg   December 15, 2016   A local bill sponsored by Delegates Ariana Kelly and Marice Morales would require that MCPS include the concept of affirmative consent in MCPS sex ed classes. The bill was heard before the county delegation on December 7, and the star witness was Maeve Sanford-Kelly, Ariana Kelly’s daughter and a seventh grade student at North Bethesda Middle School. Her testimony runs from 13:10 to around 15:55 of this video, which I wish I could embed but Montgomery County apparently doesn’t believe in putting its videos on YouTube or some other embeddable format. As someone who has testified more than a few times before legislative hearings and has listened to countless hundreds of other people testifying, Maeve’s testimony was more interesting, more informative, and better presented than the vast majority of allegedly professional presentations before legislative bodies in both Annapolis and Rockville. …

  5. State Delegate Wants To Require Lessons about Affirmative Consent in County Classrooms

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    Kelly is offering legislation to expand curriculum for sex education classes BY BETHANY RODGERS December 14, 2016 A state delegate from Montgomery County wants to require local public schools to teach students about “affirmative consent” during seventh- and 10th-grade sex education classes. The drafted legislation would incorporate the consent concept in a curriculum that already covers pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS education and awareness of sexually transmitted diseases. Delegate Ariana Kelly said the proposal was inspired by recent conversations with her seventh-grade daughter. “These are the issues that have been in the news all summer, whether it’s Roger Ailes or Bill Cosby or Donald Trump, these are the conversations I’ve been having with my daughter,” Kelly (D-Bethesda) said. Kelly said county leaders have focused on combatting sexual assault through aggressive prosecution. However, educating young people about affirmative…

  6. Montgomery County Public Schools considering adding 'affirmative consent' to sex ed curriculum

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    By Anjali Hemphill December 12, 2016   Middle and high school students in Montgomery County may be in for a change when it comes to sex education. A new proposal would add a tool called "affirmative consent" to the curriculum and would teach students more about consent instead of conflict. We have heard the phrase “no means no” when it comes to sexual assault. But now, Montgomery County Public Schools are one of the first school systems in the country to consider this change when it comes to teaching students about sex education. Maryland Del. Ariana Kelly (D-Montgomery) recently spoke to other local lawmakers about a bill that would teach Montgomery County seventh and tenth grade students in the classroom more about saying "yes" when it comes to sex. “Right now in the tenth grade, sex ed curriculum in Montgomery County, we do discuss consent and we teach largely girls, but also boys strategies for how to get out of bad situation,” said Kell…

  7. Delegate Kelly on Governor Hogan's Paid Sick Leave Proposal

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/hogan-to-propose-paid-sick-leave-for-md-business-with-50-or-more-workers/2016/12/07/c3140f1e-bc8d-11e6-ac85-094a21c44abc_story.html?utm_term=.3ea3e40a2a7c The Washington Post By Ovetta Wiggins and Josh Hicks December 7, 2016   Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will propose legislation requiring companies with at least 50 employees to provide five days a year of paid sick leave, triggering a likely standoff with Democratic lawmakers who tried to pass a more expansive law this year. Hogan, who owned a real estate company before taking office, described his bill as a “common-sense” approach that would cover “nearly all working Marylanders without placing an unmanageable burden on job creators.” Businesses with fewer than 50 employees would be eligible for a tax break if they offer paid sick leave. Hogan’s proposal would make Maryland just the eighth state, along with the District of Columbia…

  8. Hogan signs bill to make birth-control cheaper

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/hogan-to-sign-bill-aimed-at-boosting-retirement-security/2016/05/09/383fa27e-160f-11e6-9e16-2e5a123aac62_story.html The Washington Post By: Ovetta Wiggins May 10, 2016 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed 196 bills into law on Tuesday, including one that Planned Parenthood and other advocates say will provide “the most comprehensive insurance coverage for contraception in the country.” Many states have passed laws addressing some aspects of the bill Maryland lawmakers approved, Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Heather Ford said. But no other state has a law that includes all the provisions in Maryland’s “Contraceptive Equity Act,” which will take effect in January, 2018 and prohibits insurers from charging co-payments for contraceptive drugs, procedures and devices approved by the federal government. . Among other things, the bill eliminates the co-payment for vasectomies. It makes Maryland the fi…

  9. New law puts Maryland at 'forefront' of birth control access

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    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-birth-control-copay-20160509-story.html Baltimore Sun: New law puts Maryland at 'forefront' of birth control access By: Pamela Wood May 9, 2016 Advocates say a new Maryland law will place the state at the forefront of efforts to require insurance plans to offer birth control at no out-of-pocket cost, expanding access to women and men who want to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The law goes further than President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, which already reduced costs for women seeking birth control in many cases. Under the Contraceptive Equity Act, Maryland will be the first state to require insurance companies to cover over-the-counter emergency contraceptives, such so called morning-after pills, at no cost. Maryland also will be the first state prohibiting out-of-pocket costs for men who have vasectomies. Advocates who pushed the bill through the General Assembly say Maryland is…

  10. Maryland set to expand contraceptive coverage

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    http://thedailyrecord.com/2016/05/09/md-contraceptive-coverage/  Maryland set to expand contraceptive coverage  'Biggest women’s health victory in Maryland for a generation'  By: Daniel Leaderman  Daily Record Business Writer  May 9, 2016 Maryland is set to increase access to contraceptive care for both women and men, a move supporters say will provide the most comprehensive birth-control coverage in the country. Insurers will no longer be allowed to charge co-pays for most forms of prescription birth control, will have to provide coverage for over-the-counter contraceptives like the morning-after pill, and generally must provide patients with a six-month supply of their birth-control prescriptions at one time. Legislation enacting those changes, passed by the General Assembly earlier this year and scheduled to be signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday morning, drew enthusiastic praise from Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit t…