Public interest bills on the move in Annapolis

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Aaron Colonnese
Creative Associate

Author: Aaron Colonnese

Creative Associate

 

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Brown University

Aaron writes and designs materials with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network for U.S. PIRG. Aaron lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and spends his spare time playing drums and going for long walks.

In its 2021 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly is taking steps to improve our democracy and create a healthier environment by moving our state toward zero waste.

Lawmakers are advancing Maryland PIRG-backed bills to increase civic participation for student and military voters, improve mail-in voting, and increase access to early voting. State lawmakers also are poised to fund a small donor public financing program for candidates for governor, which would help limit large and corporate donors and bring power back to the people for the 2022 election and beyond.

Legislators are also tackling single-use plastic bag use, as well as setting new goals on emissions reductions and improving energy efficiency standards to reduce pollution and avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Maryland PIRG’s advocacy and organizing have helped make this progress possible and we'll keep at it as these bills approach the finish line.

Read more about the Legislature's progress on the gubernatorial small donor financing program.

Learn more about our campaigns to get big money out of our elections.

Photo: Maryland PIRG State Director Emily Scarr advocates for the Baltimore Fair Elections Fund at a 2019 press event. Credit: Staff

Aaron Colonnese
Creative Associate

Author: Aaron Colonnese

Creative Associate

 

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Brown University

Aaron writes and designs materials with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network for U.S. PIRG. Aaron lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and spends his spare time playing drums and going for long walks.