Blog Posts By:

Emily Scarr,
Maryland PIRG State Director

This year there were hundreds of policies discussed which could safeguard public health, protect consumers in the marketplace, transform our energy and transportation systems, remove toxic threats, stop wasteful spending, revitalize our democracy, and protect Maryland’s environment.

One of our priority issues for the 2021 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly is protecting kids from tobacco addiction.

Today we testified in support of SB831, introduced by Sen. Kagan, to improve the administration of our elections systems.

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. 

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

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.

We’re calling on the General Assembly to swiftly approve this bill for more robust planning and goal setting for Maryland’s COVID-19 response including expanded testing, contact tracing, and vaccine distribution.

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.

Most people are surprised to learn that companies are allowed to use nearly any chemical they want as an ingredient in the personal care products they make. Just as alarming is the fact that the government doesn’t test those chemicals for safety or require any pre-market approval.