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Testimony: Safe School Drinking Water Act

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

We request a favorable report. Our children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play. Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at schools in Maryland. 

News Release | Democracy

GROUPS RECOMMEND CHANGES IN ELECTIONS PROCEDURES

Common Cause Maryland, the League of Women Voters of Maryland, Maryland PIRG and ACLU of Maryland today urged Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Board of Elections to implement changes before the delayed 2020 Presidential Primary and the 7th Congressional District special election.

Legislating responsibly during COVID-19

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Common Cause Maryland and Maryland PIRG sent a letter to Senate President Miller and Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones Governor regarding operations during the coronavirus outbreak. The letter asks that they that ensure that the legislature's operations be as transparent as possible and that they maintain the public's ability to both observe and participate in our democratic process.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Tips, Solid Waste

The Fix Is In

We rely on our phones. When they break, we need our phones fixed — fast. Unfortunately, there are numerous barriers to fixing our smartphones. Manufacturers don’t offer certain repairs and can push consumers into purchasing upgrades instead. Our survey of 302 independent repair technicians shows that independent shops offer more options for repair, but are struggling to access parts, service information and repair software which is necessary to fix phones — which manufacturers won’t let these independent shops have.

Just let us fix our stuff!

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

We are in Annapolis today to support HB1124/SB723, Right to Repair, or as we call it, the “Just Let us Fix our Stuff Act.”  We generate way too much waste, and companies use their power in the marketplace to make things harder to repair, or even designed to fail.

Just let us fix our tractor!

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

We support HB799, Right to Repair, or as we call it, the “Just Let us Fix our own Tractor Act.”  Maryland Farmers invest a lot in their equipment, but companies use their power in the marketplace to make it harder or more expensive to repair, or even designed to fail.

News Release | Democracy

Baltimore City Council Considers bill to Fully Fund Fair Elections Program

Baltimore – Councilman Kristerfer Burnett introduced an ordinance today to dedicate $2.5 million annually to the Baltimore City Fair Elections Fund. The funding comes from an existing revenue source and is expected to sufficiently fund the program. The bill is co-sponsored by Council President Scott and Councilmembers Bullock, Clarke, Cohen, Dorsey, Henry, and Sneed.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Senate Committee Fails to Pass Student Voter Empowerment Act

Annapolis-- The Student Voter Empowerment Act, sponsored by Sen. Lam and House Majority Leader Eric Luedtke, failed to get enough votes to move out of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on Friday, February 28th. When brought to a vote, the Committee voted 5-5, one vote short of moving the bill to the full Senate for consideration.

Testimony: Electric School Buses

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

We support House Bill 1451 requires that beginning in October 2023, any buses purchased by County School Boards be zero-emission school buses and by October 2026, and buses purchased by contractors for use by County School be zero-emission school buses.

Testimony: Hospital Facility Fee Transparency

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

This bill increases price transparency for “outpatient facility fees” which are separate from fees for professional service. This added transparency is essential to protect patients as consumers and to help address the increasing costs of healthcare in Maryland.

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