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Maryland League of Conservation Voters: July 23, 2015

Fighting Freshman Sen. Cheryl Kagan Receives 100 % LCV Rating


Legacy Talk Radio Interview: July 17, 2015

Podcast: Cheryl Kagan, “A Passion for Making a Difference” with Gideon Culman


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Two LGBT bills to become law, but without Gov. Hogan’s signature

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is declining to put his signatures on two pieces of legislation that seek to advance LGBT rights, instead allowing them to become law without committing to either measure. 

The two bills in question are one measure dealing with insurance coverage for infertility treatments for female same-sex couples by giving them parity with heterosexual couples, and another measure allowing transgender and intersex individuals to obtain new, unmarked versions of their birth certificate reflecting their correct name and gender.


Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-Montgomery Co.), the chief sponsor of the Senate version of the infertility treatment parity bill, told Metro Weekly that as far as she knows, Maryland is the first state in the country to require insurance companies to provide the same type of coverage for infertility treatments for married lesbian couples as it would for married heterosexual couples with a similar plan. She said she was glad that Hogan chose to allow the bill to take effect without his signature. Read more…, May 22, 2015

MML Honors Kagan for Advocacy

The Maryland Municipal League (MML) honored Senator Cheryl Kagan Thursday evening for her effective advocacy on issues affecting Maryland’s cities and towns during the 2015 legislative session, according to a news release from the league.

Kagan, in her first year as a state Senator, is one of just seven senators and delegates to be recognized as a “Super Star” for her work on behalf of municipalities. The awards are given to legislators who go “above and beyond,” according to the Maryland Municipal League. Read more…

MyMcMedia Interview, April 28, 2015

Sen. Cheryl Kagan on the Purple Line

MyMCMedia interview, April 24, 2015

State Senator Cheryl Kagan on a Day in Her Life

State Senator Cheryl Kagan on on a Day in the Life

The Kojo Nnamdi Show, April 22, 2015

Men in the Maryland Women’s Caucus

In the first four decades of the Maryland Women’s caucus, not one man requested to join. This year, all that changed. Listen here [starting at 31:23]…

Washington Blade, April 17, 2015

Maryland fertility bill ‘inadvertently’ discriminates against straight couples

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh this week said a bill that would ensure lesbian couples have equal access to fertility treatments may subject heterosexual couples to discrimination.

Frosh in a letter he sent to Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday wrote that Senate Bill 416 and House Bill 838 may violate the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits health insurance plans covered within it from discriminating based on sexual orientation.


State lawmakers last month approved the bill that state Del. Terri Hill (D-Baltimore and Howard Counties) and state Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-Montgomery County) introduced in their respective legislative chambers. Read more…

Bethesda Magazine, April 16, 2015

Bill To Increase Power Of Student School Board Member Suffers 11th-Hour Defeat. Questions from conservative senator stalls final vote as legislature adjourns for year

Maryland Reporter, April 10, 2015

Cap on awards for lawsuits against counties, towns divides senators

By Rebecca Lessner


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The fatal shooting on Saturday of an unarmed black man in South Carolina by a white police officer now charged with murder was clearly on the minds of Maryland senators as they debated a 28-year old cap on damages in lawsuits against towns and counties in similar wrongful injuries.


“There are a lot of small cities and towns that do not have police forces…these little towns could be vulnerable to lawsuits that could bankrupt them,” said Sen. Cheryl Kagan, D-Montgomery. Read more…

Maryland Reporter, April 6, 2015

With a week to go, an update on bills we’ve been following

By Rebecca Lessner

With one-week left to go in the 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly, here is the status of legislation has been following.

Monday after the first meeting of the conference committee on the state budget is scheduled to meet and start resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget.


SAME-SEX INFERTILITY:A bill providing infertility service coverage for same-sex couples, SB 416 sponsored by Sen. Cheryl Kagan, passed the Senate with a 37-10 vote. It moved onto the House for review where it received a favorable report with no amendments from the House Health and Government Operations committee. CLARIFICATION 4/6/2015, 10:30 a.m. The House version of the bill, HB838 by Del. Terri Hill, passed 94-44 March 24 and was sent to the Senate. Read more…

WHAG TV, April 2, 2015

Maryland Lawmakers Work to Provide Fertility Benefits for Married Lesbian Couples

By Kirstin Garriss

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In 2013, same sex marriage became law in Maryland. Two years later, lawmakers are working on bringing equality to health benefits.

“This is about updating our laws in order to reflect the reality that two women can be married and want to start a family. They deserve the same kind of health care coverage that straight couples would have if they’re having trouble conceiving ” said Senator Cheryl Kagan, (D) Montgomery County. View video…


Washington Post, April 1, 2015

Maryland Senate panel approves watered-down charter school bill

A Maryland Senate committee voted Tuesday to approve a watered-down version of a bill proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) that was designed to increase the number of charter schools in the state.

Hogan’s original bill made sweeping changes to the state’s charter law, giving schools the ability to hire and fire teachers, doing away with a requirement that charters fall under state collective bargaining rules and giving charters more say over who can attend. Read more…

Metro Weekly, March 31, 2015

Infertility coverage, transgender birth certificate bills pass first hurdle in Md.

The Maryland House of Delegates and Senate last week successfully passed, by large margins, their own versions of two bills containing pro-equality provisions that will benefit members of the Free State’s LGBT community. All four bills — two from the House and two from the Senate — will now “cross over” into the opposite chamber, where they will again be considered and voted upon. If passed, both bills will head to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature into law. Read more…

The Seventh State, March 27, 2015

Equal IVF Treatment for Same-Sex Couples Passes Senate

By David Lublin

Sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-17), SB 416 requires insurers to give equal coverage for in-vitro fertilization and artificial insemination to lesbian couples. The bill passed third reading in the Senate by 37-10. Read more…

Maryland Reporter, March 26, 2015

Fertilization coverage for same-sex couples causes Senate debate

By Rebecca Lessner

Legislators debated the meaning of “equality” as they considered a bill that will guarantee insurance benefits for same-sex couples seeking artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures.

The proposal, SB 416, expands fertility benefits for all insurance plans in Maryland to include same-sex couples. It passed the Senate Tuesday in a 37-10 vote. A similar bill passed the House Tuesday. Read more…

Baltimore Sun, March 24, 2015

In vitro mandate bill for same-sex couples passes both chambers

By Michael Dresser and Timothy B. Wheeler

Senate and House pass bills extending insurance mandate for in vitro fertilization to lesbian couples.

Proponents say it’s a matter of equal treatment but foes say it misses mark.

Legislation intended to put lesbians on a par with straight couples on health insurance coverage for advanced fertility procedures has passed both the Senate and the House. Read more…

 Baltimore Sun, March 21, 2015

Budget debate unfolds at opportune time for Van Hollen

Just two weeks after Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced his candidacy for the Senate, the legislative calendar has thrust him into a high-profile fight over the federal budget on Capitol Hill that will almost certainly have implications for his campaign in Maryland.

The Montgomery County Democrat, the first to enter the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, will have a national platform in coming days from which to present a message that’s just as compatible with the fledgling Senate race as it is for the budget debate.


“So many times I happen to randomly turn on my television and see my own congressman,” said state Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan, a Montgomery County Democrat who endorsed Van Hollen this week.

He has been a frequent guest recently on national television and radio, and has held daily media events to hammer the GOP budget proposal for cutting financial aid for students, rolling back the Affordable Care Act and trimming food stamps. Read More…

Baltimore Sun, March 19, 2015

Bill would require fertility benefits for lesbians

By Michael Dresser

Fiona Jardine, right, and her wife Jo Arnone will benefit if the General Assembly passes a bill to extend in vitro health benefits to same-sex couples. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

Fiona Jardine, right, and her wife Jo Arnone will benefit if the General Assembly passes a bill to extend in vitro health benefits to same-sex couples. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

If Fiona M. Jardine had a husband, the expensive fertility treatments she’s now undergoing would be covered by her health plan.

But Jardine, 29, is married to a woman, so she and her wife have to pay out of pocket.

A bill that would grant married lesbian couples the same fertility treatment benefits as husbands and wives is advancing in the Maryland General Assembly. The measure passed unanimously in a House subcommittee Tuesday, and full Senate and House committees are likely to vote this week. Read more…

Montgomery County Media, March 18, 2015

Senator Kagan Sponsors Bill to Save Lives

by Sonya Burke

State Senator Cheryl Kagan of District 17 has introduced an organ donation bill to expand entry points to Maryland’s registry in order to enlarge the donor pool and shorten the wait for those in need of transplants.

“This bill is about saving lives,” said Kagan. “Expanding our transplant registry will allow us to find a match for the approximately 3,600 Marylanders on waiting lists.” Read more…

Sen. Kagan Press Release, March 16, 2015

State Government Must be Language-Accessible Under Senator Kagan’s Bill

On Wednesday, March 18 at 1pm, Senator Cheryl Kagan (D/17) will be joined by a disparate group of witnesses advocating for making state government easily understandable to Marylanders of Limited English Proficiency (LEP).  Read more…

WAMU, 88.5 FM, March 12, 2015

Organ Donor Signups Would Be Expanded Under Maryland Lawmaker’s Bill

Sen. Kagan Press Release, March 10, 2015

Senator Cheryl Kagan, Along with 43 State Senators, Sponsors Bill to Save Lives

In Maryland, 54 percent of residents are registered as organ donors.  Unfortunately, that ranks us an embarrassing 27th among states.  Sen. Cheryl Kagan, of Rockville and Gaithersburg, has introduced a bill to expand entry points to Maryland’s registry in order to enlarge the donor pool and shorten the wait for those in need of transplants.  SB415, the “Enhancing Organ Donor Rates Act,” will be heard in the Senate Judicial Proceedings (JPR) Committee tomorrow at 1pm. Read more…

Capital News Service, March 10, 2015

VIDEO: Organ Donor Expansion Bill Aims to Save Lives

By Gillian Morleylondon_live

ANNAPOLIS — An estimated 3,600 Marylanders are currently awaiting life-saving organ transplants. Lawmakers in Annapolis are considering legislation that would help facilitate organ donation and raise the state from 27th in the nation for organ donation registration.  See video…

WAMU, 88.5 FM, March 9, 2015

Maryland Bill Would Help Secure Fertility Coverage For Lesbian Couples

The state of Maryland has been at the forefront nationally regarding equality laws for same-sex couples. But advocates say there are still plenty of gaps, and a state senator from Montgomery County intends to close one of them.

Democrat Cheryl Kagan says health insurance carriers can still deny coverage for fertility treatments to lesbian couples.  Listen here…

Sen. Kagan Press Release, March 2, 2015

Senator Kagan Bill Seeks to Align Insurance Benefits with Marriage Laws

Annapolis, MD: On Wednesday, the Senate Finance committee will hear a bill that will update existing law to include pregnancy and infertility insurance coverage for all married couples.  SB416, introduced in February by Senator Cheryl C. Kagan (Rockville and Gaithersburg), would allow all married women, including lesbian couples, who have exhausted other attempts at pregnancy for two years, to receive the same infertility benefits. Read more…

Baltimore Sun, Feb. 9, 2015

Maryland Senate votes to raise maximum speed limit to 70 mph

Senator Cheryl Kagan, District 17

Yolanda Vazquez is on location in Annapolis Maryland with Maryland State Senator from District 17 Cheryl Kagan. They discuss the the 2015 Legislative Session. Follow Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan on Facebook and Twitter. Taped 01/28/15.

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Washington Jewish Week, January 29, 2015

Senator Cheryl C. Kagan Sworn-In in Annapolis


Montgomery Gazette, January 28, 2015

Annual legislative briefing empowers women, including next generation

Hogan sworn in as Maryland’s governor

Maryland’s 62nd governor Larry Hogan (R) addressed a crowd in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, pledging to make Maryland a place of “unlimited promise.”  Gov. Larry Hogan took office Wednesday calling for a new era of bipartisan cooperation even as he declared that Maryland fell short economically under the policies imposed by Democratic leaders. Read more…

Delmarva Now, January 21, 2015

With inauguration, new governor also gets “Hogan’s Hero”

When Republican Gov. Larry Hogan was sworn in Wednesday, he brought with him promises of bipartisanship in government — and at lunch.

At Chick and Ruth’s Delly, a restaurant on Main Street in Annapolis known for naming its menu items after Maryland politicians, the newest offerings include “Hogan’s Bipartisan soup” ($5.99), which features Maryland crab and cream of crab “working together.” In addition, the new governor will also have a “Hogan’s Hero,” a cheesesteak with American cheese and grilled onions. ($7.79 for a half; $10.79 for a whole sandwich.) Read more…

Montgomery Gazette, January 20, 2015

Rockville to state: Money needed for schools, roads

by Ryan Marshall Staff writer

Rockville city officials’ wish list for its state lawmakers this session include more state money for schools and road projects, plus clarity in how a municipality’s master plan should be adopted.

The session, which started Jan. 14, runs through April 13.

The city is focused on these priorities:

• Getting more money for school construction to allow schools in Rockville and throughout Montgomery County to deal with increasing enrollment and aging buildings.

• Finding a permanent way for municipalities to get money for road and infrastructure projects through highway user revenues. Read more…

Town Courier, January 14, 2015

Legislative Team Ready for 2015

Photo | Pam Schipper Delegate Kumar Barve (standing) addresses the crowd assembled at a District 17 Democratic Club program in the Kentlands Clubhouse. (Left to right) Delegate Jim Gilchrist, Delegate-Elect Andrew Platt and Senator-Elect Cheryl Kagan

The upcoming 2015 legislative session in Annapolis looks a bit daunting. Maryland’s budget shortfall is estimated at $1.2 billion, and new Republican Governor-Elect Larry Hogan was elected on a platform that promised to curb state spending. In December, Governor-Elect Hogan released a statement cautioning “that Marylanders understand that these latest downward numbers mean the upcoming budget choices will be even harder and more difficult than expected.” Read more…


Montgomery Gazette January 13, 2014

Kagan: Hogan not showing ‘his love’ for Montgomery

Cheryl Kagan

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan must understand Montgomery County’s needs and the role it plays in Maryland’s success, incoming District 17 Sen.-elect Cheryl Kagan told Rockville’s mayor and City Council on Monday.

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan must understand Montgomery County’s needs and the role it plays in Maryland’s success, incoming District 17 Sen.-elect Cheryl Kagan told Rockville’s mayor and City Council on Monday.

In the days before taking office, Hogan (R) — an Annapolis businessman — is “not expressing his love for Montgomery County,” said Kagan (D) of Rockville. Read more…

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