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News Release | Maryland PIRG and Environment Maryland

Statement: Plastic Bag Reduction Act passes Maryland House

The Maryland House of Delegates voted to pass the Plastic Bag Reduction Act on Wednesday. The bill stops retailers from distributing single-use plastic bags starting in July 2022. HB314 is sponsored by Del. Brooke Lierman and it’s aligned with a companion Senate bill, SB223, from Sen. Malcolm Augustine. Now, the Senate will consider the bill.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Student and Military Voter Empowerment Act Passes through Both Chambers of Maryland General Assembly

Today, the Maryland Senate unanimously passed SB283, the Student and Military Voter Empowerment Act. This legislation reduces the barriers that students and military members face when registering to vote and turning out. The House of Delegates passed a similar version of this legislation on February 23rd.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Maryland House of Delegates Establishes Permanent Vote by Mail List

The Maryland House Voted 95-38 to establish a permanent vote by mail list. House Bill 1048 is sponsored by Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins (District 20, Montgomery County). Bill is part of a larger response to increased voter interest in vote by mail 

News Release | US PIRG

Statement: FDA plans to reduce toxic metal in baby food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday it will adopt a plan aimed at reducing toxic substances in food for babies and toddlers.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Democracy

Statement: House passes timely, important democracy reform legislation

The House of Representatives passed a package of democracy reform legislation (H.R. 1) on Wednesday night that features important proposals to improve the health of America’s democracy. The bill would increase participation in the voting process and disclosures on secret political spending as well as reform redistricting practices. It would also create a small donor empowerment system for federal elections, which would help combat the overwhelming influence of big money in politics.

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