Blog Posts By:

Emily Scarr,
Maryland PIRG State Director

Last month, the states of Ohio, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Second Circuit judgment that allows American Express to prohibit merchants from encouraging customers to use lower-priced payment options. 

We are deeply disappointed that County Executive Allan H. Kittleman has vetoed CB30. In November, the citizens of Howard County voted to pass Question A, an amendment to the County Charter creating the Citizens’ Election Fund and directing the County Council to finalize the program. We applaud the Council for responding with Council Bill 30 to finalize the program..

The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act has gone into law, making Maryland the second state in the country (after California) to meaningfully address the widespread overuse of antibiotics in livestock and poultry. 

This week marks the end of Maryland’s legislative session – and we have a lot to celebrate!

As you may have heard, Congress recently rolled back consumer privacy protections for internet activity. With less than a week left in the legislative session, the Maryland Senate is considering a bill, SB1200, to restore those protections and protect Marylander consumers.

The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 7-4 today in support of the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act.

We strongly support HB1270 as an essential measure to stop predatory lenders from harming our state’s citizens by closing a loophole the lenders are using to bypass our usury cap.

Earlier this week, Tyson Foods announced another big step toward stopping the overuse of antibiotics on industrial farms. The announcement underscores a larger trend that’s been happening for a few years now; consumer pressure is helping to drive important public health changes in the marketplace.

This bill requires testing for lead in drinking water in Maryland public and private schools. It also calls for immediate shut off of outlets with elevated lead and remediation measures to permanently remove lead. While we support this bill, we would recommend removing the exemption for certified lead-free schools because of the possibility of contamination from lead service lines or the water source.

The Maryland Legislative session is well under way, check out our priorities for 2017. We'll keep you posted on our progress.