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<p>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.</p>
<p>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 <a href="http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&amp;tab=su..." target="_blank">list of legislators.</a> 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.</p>
<ol><li>Currently active email forms appear under the Action Alerts heading below</li>
<li>Please check the current status and history of the bill(s) on the mgalegl.maryland.gov web site first.</li>
<li>If there is a corresponding bill from both chambers then check the status of the bills from each chamber.</li>
<li>Write to the entire committee before the committee votes on the bill.</li>
<li>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.</li>
<li>Return here again to act on changes in bill status and on new bills while the General Assembly is still in session.</li>
<li>After the session ends contact the Governor and request that the passed bills be signed or vetoed.</li>
</ol><h3>SCA and other organization Action Alerts for US and MD</h3>
<ul></ul><h3>Laws, Practices, Regulations, Etc.</h3>
<ul><li>Issue: <a href="
states.secular.org/states/maryland/post/declaration-rights-amendments-needed" target="_blank"> Declaration of Rights, Articles 36 and 37. </a>
<ol><li>SCMD opposes <a href="
states.secular.org/states/maryland/theistic-oaths-office" target="_blank"> theistic oath of office. </a></li>
<li>SCMD opposes <a href="
states.secular.org/states/maryland/nontheist-juror-and-witness-disqualification" target="_blank"> nontheists juror and witness disqualification. </a></li>
<li>Ask your legislator to repeal antiquated laws!</li>
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</ul><h3>2018 General Assembly bills</h3>
<p>GA session began on January 10 and ends April 9 (90 days) unless extended.</p>
<h4>Senate Committee Email Addresses</h4>
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<h4>House of Delegates Committee Email Addresses</h4>
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<h4>SCMD opposes the following bills.</h4>
<table class="grid" id="TrackingStandardHTMLFormat"><tbody><tr><th>Number</th>
<th>Title</th>
<th>Primary Sponsor</th>
<th>Status</th>
<th>Original Committee(s) and Hearing Dates</th>
<th>Opposite Committee(s) and Hearing Dates</th>
</tr></tbody></table><h4>SCMD supports the following bills.</h4>
<table class="grid" id="TrackingStandardHTMLFormat"><tbody><tr><th>Number</th>
<th>Title</th>
<th>Primary Sponsor</th>
<th>Status</th>
<th>Original Committee(s) and Hearing Dates</th>
<th>Opposite Committee(s) and Hearing Dates</th>
</tr></tbody></table><h4>SCMD requests amending the following bills.</h4>
<table class="grid" id="TrackingStandardHTMLFormat"><tbody><tr><th>Number</th>
<th>Title</th>
<th>Primary Sponsor</th>
<th>Status</th>
<th>Original Committee(s) and Hearing Dates</th>
<th>Opposite Committee(s) and Hearing Dates</th>
</tr></tbody></table><h3>Expired Lobbying Actions</h3>
<h4>Laws, Practices, Regulations, Etc.</h4>
<h4>Prior Year General Assembly</h4>
<ul><li><a href="
secularmaryland.org/lobbying-actions-expired-ga-2017">2017 General Assembly </a></li>
<li><a href="
secularmaryland.org/lobbying-actions-expired-ga-2016">2016 General Assembly </a></li>
<li><a href="
states.secular.org/states/lobbying-actions-expired-ga-2015-0">2015 General Assembly </a></li>
<li><a href="
SecularMaryland.org/lobbying-actions-expired-ga-2014">2014 General Assembly </a></li>
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> On Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 1:54 PM, Secular Coalition for Maryland <
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> > Secular Coalition for Maryland email list members:
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> > Our Lobbying Actions web page has disappeared. I have no information at this time about whether or not the web page will be restored or how it was lost (if SCA staff clarifies what happened I will let you know). Meanwhile, the status of the bills we previously listed on that web page continue to be tracked. If a committee hearing is scheduled on one of the bill’s for which we have prepared written testimony (we did not lose any of our documents) then that testimony will be given to the committee in advance of the hearing.
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> > The issue statement advocating for mandating vaccinations in a Maryland,
docs.google.com/document/d/17-hox8g50MdjppBCLTz2Ee9Z8HbaMrh2kWHmyXyjRI4, has been updated to include information on the positive results of California’s recent imposition of a vaccination mandate. Commenting has been enabled for all eighteen of our issue statements.
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