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Each year, the League of Women Voters selects Legislative Priorities then monitors activities in Annapolis while the General Assembly is in session. As part of our Action and Advocacy efforts, League Members give testimony on bills, distribute information, hold educational forums, publish "Report from State Circle", write letters to officials, and issue Action Alerts to ask citizens to contact their representatives.
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On the weekly show "State Circle" on Maryland Public TV, host Jeff Salkin and reporters Lou Davis, Mindy Mintz, and Charles Robinson provide analysis of major issues and pending bills and legislative news during the General Assembly session. The show often features interviews with experts and elected representatives. Visit http://www.mpt.org/statecircle to learn more.
Maryland Public Television also shows proceedings of the General Assembly at midnights Tuesday through Friday while the General Assembly is in session. Tune in or record it to see your elected legislators in action. You might even see a League Member giving testimony.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking the first steps to move legislation on immigration reform to the Senate floor. The committee is considering hundreds of amendments to S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. There has been vigorous debate from both sides of the aisle on workers’ rights, border security and establishing a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans. The debate on this legislation will continue in the coming weeks and months, but now is the time for you to add your voice. Tell your Senators that you support comprehensive immigration reform.
The League believes that comprehensive immigration reform will strengthen our nation and society. Comprehensive immigration reform must:
• Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented persons;
• Promote reunification of families;
• Meet economic business and employment needs of the U.S.;
• Improve safeguards against illegal immigration;
• Provide due process for all persons including the right to a fair hearing.
Thank your Senators for addressing the crucial issue of immigration reform. Urge them to allow immigrants to contribute to the U.S. economy and society by providing them with a clear pathway to citizenship.
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STUDY AND ACTION 2011-2013A Leader’s Guide to LWVMD Program Positions
The Results of Our Studies, The Basis for Our ActionA very wise Leaguer once said: “Study without action is futile; action without study is fatal.”This guide is designed to give LWVMD leaders the full text of our public policy positions, background on the studies that led to them, and the action resulting from them. The underlined statements are summary statements that give an overview of the position. LWVMD will use these positions, as needed, to impact decisions made by various state level policy and law making bodies. Positions are available for use at the local level too, so look through them and remember this guide as a resource when you’re looking for a basis for action. The guide also includes the procedures to be used by Local Leagues in considering when and how to take action, information on LWVMD action in relationship to LWVUS positions and principles, and new program items adopted by delegates to the 2011 Convention.
Read more about LWVMD positions by opening the attached file.
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LWVUS Comments on the Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water ResourcesSubmitted by Ruth Crystal on Tue 7 May 2013 - 7:32 pm
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LWVMD was one of many state Leagues to sign a letter LWVUS submitted to the EPA Science Advisory Board on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing to water resources.