Maryland General Assembly 2016 Secular Coalition Report Card

This year two lawmakers agreed with the Secular Coalition for Maryland (SCMD) more often than everyone else. They are Delegates Alfred C. Carr Jr. of District 18 in Montgomery county and Eric Ebersole of District 12 in Baltimore and Howard counties. Eighteen additional Delegates and seven Senators frequently agreed with SCMD. Congratulations to them. Two Delegates disagreed with SCMD more often than anyone else. They are Delegates Susan K. McComas of District 34B in Harford county and Tony McConkey of District 33 in Anne Arundel county. Five additional Delegates and four Senators often disagreed with SCMD.

The SCMD has published a Maryland 2016 GA Report Card spreadsheet with scores ranging from 7 to -4 for each lawmaker so that you can see how your elected representative fared.  Senators are identified by light blue rows. Delegate Zucker became Senator Zucker in February.  He is identified as a Senator but on some bills he voted as Delegate.  The House bills opposed by the SCMD are followed by the Senate bills we opposed.  Then the House bills and Senate bills we supported are listed.  When the same bill originates in both chambers we tally them as two different bills.  A bill passes the GA only if it survives a final floor vote in each chamber.  Most bills never make it to a floor vote, let alone to a floor vote in both chambers.


Bold bill numbers indicate a floor vote.  Underlined indicates floor votes in both chambers.  Italics indicates the floor vote was unanimous. Unanimous floor votes in either chamber are not counted.  Sponsorship and cosponsorship are not counted when there was a floor vote.  Bill numbers with no floor vote are not bold.  Sponsors and co-sponsors are counted for bill numbers that are not bold.  Italics indicates there was a committee vote.  Committee votes are counted separately.  Committee votes are prefixed or suffixed with a "c".  No vote and no sponsorship or cosponsorship is assigned a zero. If SCMD agrees with the vote or sponsorship or cosponsorship then it is assigned a one, otherwise it is assigned negative one.  The SCMD Lobbying Actions web page has links to the bills 


SCMD opposed 25 bills that allow discrimination by places of public accommodation, grant Ioans that support membership discrimination against non-theists, provide tax credits for donations to private religious schools, allow institutions to forbid but not to mandate a legal medical procedure, further restrict access to abortion based on unsubstantiated assertions about pain, create a sales tax exemption privilege that supports membership discrimination against non-theists, privilege student prayer in non-free speech contexts, ask voters to decide if alcohol will be sold on Sundays, extend a loan to place of worship, repeal licensing of Sunday alcohol sales, prohibit government funding of abortions and insurance that covers abortions, and call for overturning Roe v. Wade on grounds that life begins at conception.


SCMD supported 26 bills that require insurers to provide surrogate pregnancy benefits, allow more Sunday hunting, allow privately schooled children to participate in public school programs, require publication of video of government meetings, give terminally ill an option to voluntarily hasten death with barbiturates, provide citizens with information on legal end of life options,
generalize wording of a law by replacing "church" with "house of worship", allow more Sunday alcohol sales, replace the Monday after Easter Sunday school state holiday with local decision, require insurers to cover contraception without fees or prior authorization, allow privately schooled children to participate in public school programs, and require schools receiving government funds to not discriminate.