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Protect our kids from lead in school drinking water

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

For the last three years, we have worked with Del. Jared Solomon and Sen. Cory McCray to expand and improve on our existing state policy, A version of this bill passed the House in 2019 and the Senate in 2020. This year let’s get it done.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Safe Energy

Statement: Planned Exelon breakup good news for ratepayers, but Marylanders still at risk

Exelon Corporation announced plans this morning to separate its regulated utility business from its generation and customer-facing power supply business, creating two publicly traded companies

Testimony: Election Law - Permanent Absentee Ballot List

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

Maryland PIRG testified in support of legislation to create a permanent mail-in ballot voting list. Maryland voters can sign up and recieve a mail-in ballot in advance of every election without having to re-submit their mail-in ballot application in advance of every election. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Student and Military Voter Empowerment Act Passes Maryland House of Delegates

The Student and Military Voter Empowerment Act, sponsored by House Majority Leader Eric Luedtke, was passed by the House today with a bipartisan 104 - 23 vote.

Testimony: Mail-In Voting Enhancement Act

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

We're calling on the General Assembly to learn from the lessons of the 2020 elections and implement policies to improve mail-in voting going forward including: improved ballot tracking, utilizing ballot drop boxes in the future, and a curing process for mail-in ballots.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Consumer Protection

Statement: Maryland Economic Matters Committee Votes “No” on Right to Repair

It's getting harder and more expensive for people across Maryland to fix our products. We are very disappointed the House Economic Matters Committee decided not to expand access to repair for Maryland consumers. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Consumer Protection

Lack of repair options for Maryland farmers has Deere in the Headlights

Modern farm equipment, just like most modern technology, runs on software. But when manufacturers restrict access to the software tools needed to repair broken tractors, farmers are forced to rely on dealerships. That can lead to lengthy delays and inflated repair bills. With fields to be plowed, planted and harvested, farmers don’t have the time to wait for a dealer. They need to be able to fix their own stuff.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Deere in the Headlights

Modern farm equipment runs on software. But when manufacturers restrict access to the software tools needed to repair broken tractors, farmers are left out in the cold. They are forced to rely on dealerships to fix their equipment, which can lead to lengthy delays and inflated repair bills. With fields to be plowed, planted and harvested, farmers don’t have the time to wait for a dealer. They need to be able to fix their own stuff.

Testimony: Fix and Fund the Gubernatorial Fair Elections Fund

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today we testifed in support of a bill that updates and improves on our existing gubernatorial public campaign finance program and another that will expand the program to state Senate and state Delegate races.

Testimony: Election Law – Early Voting Centers – Hours of Operation

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

Maryland PIRG supports SB 596, sponsored by Sen. Washington, to extend the operating hours of early voting centers. 

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