Democracy

2019 Legislative Priorities

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Maryland PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters democratic government.

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By | Andre Delattre
Executive Director, U.S. PIRG

There’s a lot unfolding in Washington, D.C., right now, and you may be wondering: “What can I do to voice my concerns?”

News Release | Maryland PIRG and Common Cause Maryland | Democracy

Maryland’s 2022 Gubernatorial Race to feature Fair Campaign Financing Program

Next year’s race for Governor will feature at least one ticket choosing to use the Fair Campaign Financing program, which provides matching contributions for small-dollar political donations. Candidates have until February 22 to opt-in to the program and qualify for funding in the primary election. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Maryland Grassroots Groups Urge State Board of Elections to Authorize More Federal Agencies to Register Voters

Everyone Votes Maryland and Demos today released a letter to state officials urging that the State Board of Elections authorize additional federal agencies to register voters. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Maryland democracy reforms go into effect without signature from Gov. Hogan

BALTIMORE – Several voting and campaign finance reform bills that the Maryland General Assembly passed this session became law in Maryland after Gov. Larry Hogan chose not to sign them. The new laws increase access to early voting, improve on the state's vote-by-mail system, and reduce the role of large and corporate donors in races for governor. While none of the bills got Gov. Hogan’s endorsement, many of the bills earned bipartisan support in the state legislature.

American democracy has faced immense challenges in the last year, and it is clear that our voting system and campaign finance laws need reform. But while an important federal election reform bill called the “For The People Act” has stalled in the U.S. Senate, a handful of states, notably Maryland, are pushing forward with building a better democracy. 

Resource | Democracy

Letter: Fund Baltimore Fair Elections

The Baltimore Fair Elections Coalition is calling on Mayor Brandon Scott, Council President Nick Mosby and the entire City Council to make an  investment of $2.5 million in the FY22 budget for the Fair Election Fund.

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