Democracy For The People Updates

2019 Legislative Priorities

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Maryland PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters democratic government.

Testimony: Maryland Small Donor Incentive Act

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Our testimony on HB1017, a bill to establish small donor public financing for general assembly races. It's time to bring this program to the state level.

Testimony: Election Day Registration

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Our testimony on the bill to allow eligible voters to register to vote, update their registration, and vote on Election Day.

2019 Legislative Priorities

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Maryland's 90 day legislative session starts today. Here are our top priorities.

News Release | Democracy

Fair Election Fund Charter Amendment Passes

On Tuesday, Baltimore City voters approved an amendment to the city charter to create the Fair Election Fund and Commission. Proponents of the measure say it will bring balance to our democracy and make city government more representative and accountable to everyday people.

Democracy Wins on the Maryland Ballot

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

On Tuesday, voters approved 3 ballot questions backed by Maryland PIRG, each playing an important roll in strengthening our democracy.

Another Maryland county has taken action to offset the influence of wealthy special interests over our elections.

On July 30, Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh signed the proposed amendment, thereby allowing voters to decide whether the city should allow public funding of local election campaigns. If voters approve the amendment, the city would match small-dollar donations for eligible candidates starting in the 2024 election.

2018 Legislative Scorecard

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

The Maryland Public Interest Research Group (Maryland PIRG), a non-profit, non-partisan advocate for the public interest, monitors the voting records of Maryland’s state legislators. Do your legislators support the public interest? Our 2018 State Legislative Scorecard reviews their votes on key public interest issues, including those listed on our 2018 Legislative Agenda.

Last night, the Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to support a charter amendment for the Fair Elelctions Fund and commission. If the charter amendment gets approvedl at their July 9th meeting, it will be up to Mayor Pugh to give final approval for the amendment to be on November's ballot. Read more from the Baltimore Sun.

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