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 | 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.

Today, over three dozen student leaders throughout Maryland sent a letter to Gov. Hogan in support of the Student and Military Voter Empowerment Act (HB0156/SB0283).

News Release | Maryland PIRG and Common Cause Maryland | Democracy

Maryland General Assembly Updates and Permanently Funds Gubernatorial Public Financing Program

Annapolis - The Maryland legislature wrapped up its 2021 session on Monday after passing the Maryland Fair Elections Act, a bipartisan bill to update and fund the state's small donor public financing program for gubernatorial candidates. The Senate version of the bill was sponsored by Chairman Paul Pinsky (SB415), and the House companion bill was sponsored by Del. Jessica Feldmark (HB424).

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