The bill still requires Gov. Larry Hogan's signature.
The College Park City Council controversially passed a similar ordinance amid criticism in September.
The bills would amend Maryland’s hate crime statute to include crimes that are partially hate-based.
UMD community members are among those lobbying for the legislation.
The legislation will go into effect in early February.
Jurors convicted a former UMD student of first-degree murder in Collins' death.
It will go into effect on July 1, 2020.
The legislation will expand the board's membership from 17 to 21.
Her decision is an important step for women’s empowerment.