Lobbying Actions

Lobbying Action Guidlines

Ongoing and expired lobbying actions appear below. Lobbying targets can be all of the members of a House of Delegates or Senate committee, your representatives in either chamber, the Governor, or various government agencies.  If the SCMD has published an issue statement, submitted written committee testimony, or sent out a letter or press release, then it is referenced. It is OK to copy and paste text from the SCMD document to your email or letter or read from the document during your telephone call. If you send your own email or letter then the salutation should be "Chairman and members of the Committee" or "Chairwoman and members of the Committee" or "Delegate [forename surname]" or "Senator [forename surname]". Always identify the name of your town or city followed by your two letter state abbreviation MD (please do not send emails or letters if you are not a resident of Maryland) at the bottom of the email or letter after your name. The recipient address in the email or the envelope should be "The Honorable ..." followed by the room number and building name followed by the town and state.

Links for sending an email to the committees are provided. A link to the current bill information and its committee is provided. Following the committee link will provide a post office address for the committee. If the bill was reported favorably by the committee but not yet voted then you can contact your representative. To obtain the email address, letter address, and telephone of your representative try the official list of legislators. It is arguably better to send emails about bills to all of the committee members prior to the committee vote because most bills reported favorably by committee are approved (99%), while few bills that are reported unfavorably by committee are approved. About 3/4 of bills approved in one chamber are also approved in the other chamber, so if you already wrote to one chamber and the bill was approved in that chamber then it remains worthwhile to write to the other chamber's committee also.

  1. Currently active email forms appear under the Action Alerts heading below
  2. Please check the current status and history of the bill(s) on the mgalegl.maryland.gov web site first.
  3. If there is a corresponding bill from both chambers then check the status of the bills from each chamber.
  4. Write to the entire committee before the committee votes on the bill.
  5. If the bill was reported favorably by the committee then contact your representative. Visit, telephone, or mail is preferred over email, but an email is also good. Say you live in the election district.
  6. Return here again to act on changes in bill status and on new bills while the General Assembly is still in session.
  7. After the session ends contact the Governor and request that the passed bills be signed or vetoed.

SCA Action Alerts for US and MD

Laws, Practices, Regulations, Etc.

2017 General Assembly bills

GA session begins on January 11 and ends April 20 unless extended.

Senate Committee Email Addresses

 
 
 
 
 

House of Delegates Committee Email Addresses

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SCMD opposes the following bills.

Number Title Primary Sponsor Status Original Committee(s) and Hearing Dates Opposite Committee(s) and Hearing Dates
HB0372 Public Schools - Voluntary Nonsectarian Prayer at School-Sponsored Student Events Delegate Metzgar Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m. Ways and Means
2/21/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
HB0547 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Delegate Ciliberti Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/10/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
HB0796
(SB0748)
Sales and Use Tax - Exemptions - Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Delegate Malone Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m. Ways and Means
2/22/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Budget and Taxation
3/22/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
HB1167
(SB0841)
Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act of 2017 Delegate Wivell Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/10/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
HB1223 Public Health - State Funding for Abortions - Prohibition and Exceptions Delegate Glass Unfavorable Report by Appropriations Appropriations
3/7/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0557 Education - Maryland Education Opportunity Account Program - Established Senator Bates Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m. Budget and Taxation
2/23/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0748
(HB0796)
Sales and Use Tax - Exemptions - Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Senator DeGrange Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m. Budget and Taxation
3/7/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0841
(HB1167)
Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act of 2017 Senator Ready Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
3/15/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
HB 0372: Do not privilege prayer over all other speech..
HB 0372 Testimony: Oppose privileging prayer at public school-sponsored student events.
HB 0547 Issue statement: Banning abortions at 20 weeks not properly justified.
HB 0796 Testimony: Tax exemption for theist only youth program.
SB 0748 Testimony: Tax exemption for theist only youth program.
HB 1167 Testimony: Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act of 2017.
SB 0841 Testimony: Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act of 2017.
HB 1223 Testimony: Public Health - State Funding for Abortions - Prohibition and Exceptions.
SB 0748 Testimony: Tax exemption for theist only youth program.
SB 0557 Issue statement: Who should pay for private schooling?..
SB 0557 Testimony: opposition to Maryland Education Opportunity Account Program private school vouchers.
Issue statement: Medical institution provider exemptions should apply in both directions.
Issue statement: Enforce non-discrimination and non-proselytizing standards for government loans.
Issue statement: Repeal laws that ban or restrict Sunday activities.

SCMD supports the following bills.

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2/28/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

Number Title Primary Sponsor Status Original Committee(s) and Hearing Dates Opposite Committee(s) and Hearing Dates
 
HB0305
(SB0628)
Kent County - Turkey Hunting on Private Property - Sundays Delegate Jacobs First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Environment and Transportation
2/22/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
HB0310 Montgomery County - Deer Hunting - Sundays MC 21-17 Montgomery County Delegation Hearing 4/04 at 1:00 p.m. Environment and Transportation
3/10/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
4/4/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
HB0312
(SB0629)
Kent County - Deer Hunting - Sundays Delegate Jacobs First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Environment and Transportation
2/22/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
HB0370
(SB0354)
Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer End-of-Life Option Act Delegate Pendergrass Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m. (Health and Government Operations) Health and Government Operations
2/16/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Judiciary
 
HB0400 Education - Public School Holidays - Presidents' Day and Easter Monday Delegate Beidle Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m. Ways and Means
2/14/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
HB0645
(SB0518)
Frederick County - Gaming Events - Sunday Hours of Operation Frederick County Delegation Hearing 4/05 at 1:00 p.m. Ways and Means
2/22/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Budget and Taxation
4/5/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
HB0696
(SB0849)
Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition Delegate McCray Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. Ways and Means
2/28/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
HB0799 Family Law - Marriage - Age Requirements Delegate Atterbeary First Reading Judicial Proceedings Judiciary
2/23/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Judicial Proceedings
HB0894 Wicomico County - Deer Hunting - Sundays Wicomico County Delegation Hearing 4/04 at 1:00 p.m. Environment and Transportation
3/8/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
4/4/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
HB0903
(SB0705)
Award of Attorney's Fees and Expenses - Violation of Maryland Constitutional Right Delegate Dumais First Reading Judicial Proceedings Judiciary
2/22/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Judicial Proceedings
HB0919
(SB0971)
Procurement - Nondiscrimination Clauses and State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination Delegate Young, K. Hearing 2/15 at 1:00 p.m. Health and Government Operations
2/15/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
HB0929 Garrett County - Alcoholic Beverages - Licenses and Sunday Sales Delegate Beitzel Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m. Economic Matters
2/20/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
3/21/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
HB0980 Children Exempt From Public School Attendance - Participation in Public High School Clubs and Activities Delegate West Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. Ways and Means
3/10/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
HB1175
(SB0834)
Human Relations - Discrimination by a Place of Public Accommodation - Enforcement and Remedies Delegate Cullison Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/8/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
HB1205 Public Institutions of Higher Education - Access of Students to Emergency Contraception Delegate Morales Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m. (Health and Government Operations) Health and Government Operations
3/14/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Appropriations
 
HB1585 Baltimore County - Alcoholic Beverages - Sunday Sales Delegate Szeliga First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations Rules and Executive Nominations  
SB0354
(HB0370)
Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer End-of-Life Option Act Senator Guzzone Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn Judicial Proceedings  
SB0518
(HB0645)
Frederick County - Gaming Events - Sunday Hours of Operation Senator Young Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m. Budget and Taxation
2/14/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Ways and Means
3/22/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
SB0628
(HB0305)
Kent County - Turkey Hunting on Private Property - Sundays Senator Hershey Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m. Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/21/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0629
(HB0312)
Kent County - Deer Hunting - Sundays Senator Hershey Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m. Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/21/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0705
(HB0903)
Award of Attorney's Fees and Expenses - Violation of Maryland Constitutional Right Senator Muse Special Order until 3/27 (Senator Muse) Adopted Judicial Proceedings
2/28/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0743 Baltimore County - Alcoholic Beverages - Sunday Sales Senator Zirkin Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
3/14/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0834
(HB1175)
Human Relations - Discrimination by a Place of Public Accommodation - Enforcement and Remedies Senator Lee Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. Judicial Proceedings
2/28/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0849
(HB0696)
Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition Senator Kagan Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. Judicial Proceedings
2/28/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0861
(HB0484)
Family Law - Marriage - Age Requirements Senator Smith Second Reading Passed with Amendments Judicial Proceedings
3/9/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
 
SB0971
(HB0919)
Procurement - Nondiscrimination Clauses and State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination Senator Kagan First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
3/2/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 0305, 0310, 0312, SB 0628, 0629 Issue statement: Allow Sunday hunting Repeal laws that ban or restrict Sunday activities.
HB 0370 and SB 0354 Email form: Ask your representatives to support the End of Life Options Act. Off site (Death with Dignity).
HB 0370 and SB 0354 Issue statement: Permit terminally ill to hasten their death.
HB 0370 Testimony: Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer End-of-Life Option Act.
SB 0354 Testimony: Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer End-of-Life Option Actt.
HB 0400 Issue statement: Remove Easter Monday from calendar as state school closure holiday.
HB 0400 Testimony: Education - Public School Holidays - Presidents' Day and Easter Monday.
HB 0696 Testimony: Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition.
SB 0849 Testimony: Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition.
HB 0799 Issue statement: Restrict marriage to adults at least 18 years old.
HB 0799 Testimony: Family Law - Marriage - Age requirements.
HB 1175 Testimony: Human Relations - Discrimination by a Place of Public Accommodation - Enforcement and Remedies.
SB 0861 Testimony: Family Law - Marriage - Age requirements.
SB 0743 Testimony: Baltimore City - Alcoholic Beverages Sunday Sales.
SB 0834 Testimony: Human Relations - Discrimination by a Place of Public Accommodation - Enforcement and Remedies.
SB 0971 Testimony: Procurement - Nondiscrimination Clauses and State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination.
Issue statement: Allow Sunday alcohol sales Repeal laws that ban or restrict Sunday activities.

SCMD requests amending the following bills.

Number Title Primary Sponsor Status Original Committee(s) and Hearing Dates Opposite Committee(s) and Hearing Dates
HB0150
(SB0170)
Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2018) Speaker First Reading Budget and Taxation Appropriations Budget and Taxation
HB0458
(SB0604)
Visual Impairments - Requirements for Teacher Training, Student Screening, and Maryland Medical Assistance Program Coverage Delegate Kittleman Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m. (Ways and Means) Ways and Means
2/14/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Health and Government Operations
 
SB0170
(HB0150)
Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2018) President First Reading Budget and Taxation Budget and Taxation  
SB0604
(HB0458)
Visual Impairments - Requirements for School Personnel Training, Student Screening, and Maryland Medical Assistance Program Coverage Senator Bates Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m. (Ways and Means) Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/22/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Finance
Ways and Means
3/21/2017 - 1:00 p.m.
Health and Government Operations
HB 0150 SB 0170 Issue statement: Who should pay for private schooling?..
HB 0150 SB 0170: Private schools that miseducate should not be government funded.
HB 150 Testimony: Appropriations Committee opposition to BOOST private school vouchers.
HB 0458 SB 0684 Issue statement: Vision screening for children should not be optional.
SB 170 Testimony: Budget and Taxation Committee opposition to BOOST private school vouchers.
Issue statement: Replace excessively sectarian language.

Expired Lobbying Actions

Laws, Practices, Regulations, Etc.

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