HB 88, sponsored by Delegate Schuh, introduced for the third year in a row. The bill’s purpose is to make Selective Service language gender neutral so it may ready Maryland’s MVA to register women for military conscription. Per Delegate Schuh:
“The bill is gender neutral so that if the federal government requires registration of women, we won’t have to change Maryland law to comply.”
Years one and two, the bill did not pass out of committee in the House. However, in the Senate, it passed out of committee in the second year (Senator Astle cross filed this bill the first two years.)
Selective Service is the system the United States government uses to draft citizens, currently men, to fight in war. This bill would change the language from “male” to no reference of gender.
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