It's a Wrap. See what passed and what didn't in the 2019 Maryland General Assembly.
An aura of sadness and loss permeated this year’s Sine Die yesterday—the last day of the Maryland General Assembly Session—as we processed the loss of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, a true environmental champion. It is fitting that we made so much progress this year.
Please take a moment to read our 2019 Legislative Wrap Up
This year marked my eighth session as Maryland LCV’s executive director. I am encouraged by the progress I have seen during that time and the increased energy around solving environmental issues.
Through our weekly publication of the Hotlist, we made sure all legislators know the position of the environmental community on bills important to us and that citizens across the state were well informed and could contact their elected officials. During the session, we urged our supporters to speak up for their environmental values – and so many of you did. You collectively sent 7,100 emails and phone calls on our priority bills!
You have been an essential part of our work this year, and your role has never been more important: your calls, emails, and visits to your elected officials are the backbone of our vital work to hold our elected officials accountable. The engagement of so many young people in this year’s legislative action has been especially inspiring. We can’t thank you enough for being a Maryland Conservation Voter.
Karla Raettig, Maryland LCV Director
2019 Environmental Priorities
January 9th began the 2019 Maryland General Assembly Session. Working with our statewide environmental organizations and partners, we are focusing on three main priorities:
- In conjunction with the statewide Maryland Climate Coalition and legislative champions in both the Senate and House of Delegates, we are working on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, a bill ensuring that Maryland gets 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030. More information here.
- We are also lending our support on banning Styrofoam statewide. This would be mean no establishment or institution can serve on Styrofoam materials, including restaurants. More information here.
- The Healthy Green Maryland Amendment will add to our state constitution to propose lasting protections for breathable air, drinkable water, and makes the state a fiduciary for equal access to a healthy environment for present and future generations of Marylanders. More information here.
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