Blog Posts By:

Emily Scarr,
Maryland PIRG State Director

We submitted the following comments to the State Board of Elections in advance of their meeting on April 2, 2020.

The Maryland General Assembly wrapped up the 2020 legislative session weeks earlier than expected. While the public health crisis meant some of our legislative priorities didn’t make it through this year, we still have a lot to celebrate.

The Maryland General Assembly wrapped up the 2020 legislative session last week, weeks earlier than expected. While the public health crisis meant some of our legislative priorities didn’t make it through this year, we still have a lot to celebrate.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We believe that in Maryland, the amount of money your family makes - your race, your gender - should not determine the volume of your voice in our elections. But the rise of corporate and large campaign contributions has forced Maryland elected officials and candidates to be increasingly dependent on these donors, giving them less time to hear from and serve their constituents.