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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Maryland Senate Updates and Funds Gubernatorial Public Financing Program

Annapolis - The Maryland State Senate Voted 39-6 in a strong bipartisan vote to update and fund the state's small donor public financing program for gubernatorial candidates. Senate Bill 415 is sponsored by Chairman Paul Pinsky and is cross-filed in the House of Delegates by Del. Jessica Feldmark (HB424).

Three Terrific Ways to Improve Voting Center Accessibility

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered the election process, with mail-in voting expanding as well as fewer in-person voting centers. The experiences of 2020 - as well as past elections - also revealed how to make in-person voting work better for Maryland voters. Our democracy is the most representative and the strongest when everyone participates in voting, so we should ensure that eligible voters aren’t faced with any unnecessary barriers to vote. This blog outlines three terrific ways to ensure that voting centers are accessible.

With $1,400 payments on the way, here's what to do, and not do

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

85 percent of Americans are expected to get money -- without the need for you do anything, including clicking any email links, providing any information by phone or paying any fees.

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.

Today, we testified in support of Del. Kaiser's bill to standardize mail-in ballot materials and create a curing process for for mail-in ballots.

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 

A week's worth of help and tips during Consumer Protection Week

Being a consumer is a tough job. Really tough. During National Consumer Protection Week, which runs through March 6, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund staff is offering a daily dose of tips and advice to help you navigate life’s biggest consumer challenges.

Testimony: FUTURE Act for Net Neutral Campuses

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today we are supporting the FUTURE Act, a bill lead by students from the MaryPIRG Student Climate Action Coalition to move our state's public universities to reduce their climate pollution and reach net neutral climate emission. 

Plastics to Pollution is Bad for Maryland

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

The chemical industry is pushing a new dirty energy in Maryland: converting plastic waste into fossil fuels.

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