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Interfaith & Coalition Advocacy in Annapolis (2016)

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Monday, Feb.  22

5-7:30pm

Clean Energy Rally for Baltimore City Residents

Maryland Climate Coalition – includes Interfaith Power & Light

To RSVP, Email: Isabel@gwipl.org

 

SB 92/ HB 1106 - The Clean Energy Jobs Act - raise Maryland's clean electricity standard, mandate on utilities companies to power our home and communities with 25% renewable energy by the year 2020; invest $40 million into workforce development and job training in the renewable energy in underserved communities with high unemployment rates; dedicate funds to small, women-owned and minority businesses in the renewable energy industry.

HB 610/ SB 323 - Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act - was originally set forth in 2009 with a sunset provision to expire in 2016 without reauthorization.  Reintroduction of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act goal of reaching a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Friday, Feb. 26

12-noon

House Economic Matters Hearing

Del. Barve, Lead Sponsor

MD  Climate Coalition & IPL

HB 610 - Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act - was originally set forth in 2009 with a sunset provision to expire in 2016 without reauthorization.  Reintroduction of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act goal of reaching a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Monday, Feb. 29

6 – 8pm

Public Health Night in Annapolis at Maryland State Education Association,  140 Main Street in Annapolis. 

Maryland Healthcare of All with the Maryland Public Health Association and the Maryland Environmental Health Network.  RSVP to Matt Celentano at matt@healthcareforall.com.  

Honoring key legislators who have helped defend health care and public health funding:  Senator Ed Kasemeyer, Senator Rich Madaleno, Senator Nathaniel McFadden, Delegate Adrienne Jones, Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Delegate Craig Zucker

Tuesday, Mar. 1

1pm

House Economic Matters Hearing

Delegate Clippinger, lead sponsor

Working Matters Coalition

HB 580 - Healthy Working Families Act allows workers to earn one hour of paid sick or safe leave for every 30 hours worked, up to seven days a year for a full-time worker. 

Thursday, Mar. 3

1pm

Senate Finance Hearing

Senator Pugh Lead Sponsor

Working Matters Coalition

SB 472 - Healthy Working Families Act allows workers to earn one hour of paid sick or safe leave for every 30 hours worked, up to seven days a year for a full-time worker. 

Thursday, Mar. 3

1pm

House Economic Matters Hearing

Del. Frick, Lead Sponsor

MD Climate Coalition, IPL

HB 1106 - SB 921 - The Clean Energy Jobs Act - raise Maryland's clean electricity standard, mandate on utilities companies to power our home and communities with 25% renewable energy by the year 2020; invest $40 million into workforce development and job training in the renewable energy in underserved communities with high unemployment rates; dedicate funds to small, women-owned and minority businesses in the renewable energy industry.

Friday, Mar. 4

1pm

House Judiciary, Health & Government Operations Hearing

The Speaker

Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council

HB 1312 – Justice Reinvestment Act - Requiring the Division of Parole and Probation to conduct risk and needs assessments on inmates and include the results in a specified case record; authorizing the Division to develop and modify the conditions of probation or suspension of sentences; establishing the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board and the Local Government Justice Reinvestment Commission; etc.

Tuesday, Mar. 8

1 pm

Senate Finance Committee Hearing

Senator Pugh, Lead Sponsor

MD Climate Coalition

SB 921 - The Clean Energy Jobs Act - raise Maryland's clean electricity standard, mandate on utilities companies to power our home and communities with 25% renewable energy by the year 2020; invest $40 million into workforce development and job training in the renewable energy in underserved communities with high unemployment rates; dedicate funds to small, women-owned and minority businesses in the renewable energy industry.

Thursday, Mar. 10

9am – 1pm

Episcopal Lobby Day - Save the Date!

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland is hosting and has invited Presbyterians and others to join.

Hear from legislators, a panel of advocates on different justice bills of concern to the faith community, network and make legislative visits.  More information soon.

Thursday, Mar. 10

1 pm

Senate Finance Committee Hearing

MAP, Maryland Hunger Solutions

SB 758 – Food Stamp Program - Minimum Benefit - Requiring the State to provide a specified supplement to raise the minimum food stamp benefit to $30/month.  This will particularly help single adults living below the poverty level.

How to be an Effective Advocate

 

Our lawmakers' votes are influenced by their personal views, their political party's positions, the advice of staff and friends and lobbyist. Most importantly -- they are regularly gauging what the voters in their districts think. Therefore, the single most important influence should be you.

To make the most impact it is best to develop a personal relationship with you representatives in Congress and State legislatures. Some easy ways to develop a relationship with your legislators include visiting or attending events sponsored by your representatives. It is important that your represenative's staff knows who you are, what you represent and your standing in the community. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Choose the Find Your Representative link to determine who your elected officials are within state and federal government.  Sign up for email alerts or newsletters to learn about public forums and other events of interest to you and your elected official.
  • Sign up for the Presbytery Email Advocacy Alerts to receive periodic updates on advocacy and educational opportunities, active legislation and other resources.
  • Go to the PCUSA Office of Public Witnessonline Action Center to fnd sample letters and send direct email to elected offiicials in the US Senate and House of Representatives.
  • Organize an educational forum on a topic of interest.