Blog Posts By:

Emily Scarr,
Maryland PIRG State Director

The Fair Elections Act is a voluntary program which enables candidates to run for office with small donations from their constituents and remaining competitive with those who accept large and corporate contributions. This serves the dual purpose of reducing corporate and large donor campaign spending and re-engaging the community in the electoral process. And with a Fair Election program in place, we hope to expand opportunities to run for office, so candidates of all backgrounds can run based on the strength of their ideas not access to money.

SB0315/HB561 - “Electric Industry – Community Choice Energy”
More than a decade ago, powerful energy companies rewrote the rules that dictate how energy is bought and sold in Maryland. That decision continues to haunt us today.

No matter where you stand on the merits of incineration as a waste management tool, however, we should all agree that it should not qualify for financial incentives as a clean energy tool.

As the state's small donor funded public interest advocacy organization we are working hard on behalf of thousands of members across the state to protect public health, foster a stronger democracy, reduce waste, and more.

There is something beautiful about compost. It’s a simple concept, it’s tried and true. It offers a path to eliminate waste, and the troubles that come with mishandling organic waste - especially dirty air and water from incinerators and landfills.

Below, please find our testimony in opposition to SB265, Governor Hogan's so-called "Clean and Rewewable Energy Standard." Unfortunately, the Governor's plan relies on dirty, dangerous, and expensive energy sources incuding gas and nuclear.

Testimony on the Family and Fire Fighter Protection Act to restrict the use of flame retardant chemicals in furniture, mattresses and children’s products. These chemicals are not effective for fire safety. Commonly used chemical flame retardants are linked to cancer and other health impacts.

HB619/SB420: Public Safety - Fire Fighting Foam and PFAS Chemicals.

We support this bill to restrict the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS for training purposes and to conduct a study on the use of PFAS in food packaging

This bill increases textbook price transparency for students in the Maryland University system. Students in the midst of financial planning for college need access to the full cost and range of choices, including those related to cost of course materials.