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The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM-MD) is a statewide advocacy network of Unitarian Universalists. We work to educate, mobilize, and coordinate UUs on specific issues before the Maryland General Assembly. Working in coalition with established state and national organizations, we as UUs model a reverence for the interdependent web of all existence which fosters justice, health and equity in society. We encourage you to join us on this journey as we engage Marylanders, expand freedom and nurture an inclusive, life affirming system of government. Read more.
VETOED by the GOVERNOR: Electricity--Certificate--Wind Turbines--Limitation (HB 1168) would have placed a moratorium until July, 2015 on further development of wind energy projects within a 56 mile radius of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, including the Great Bay Wind Project that has been under development for years. In fact, the developer has already invested millions of dollars in plans for this project, has worked closely with the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense and construction is about ready to begin.
Not only would the provisions of HB1168 likely have stopped the PAX River development: the General Assembly's Fiscal and Policy Note on the bill states that "It covers the entirety of the southern Maryland counties, most of the counties east of the Chesapeake Bay, and most of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties."
Please contact Governor O'Malley and thank him for vetoing HB 1168 and for continuing to support increasing the supply of clean, renewable energy for Maryland consumers.
The Shale Gas Drilling Safety Review (SB745/HB1122) would have continued to place restrictions on the natural gas drilling process known as "fracking" until the safety of this process and its effects on people and the environment can be determined. Read more.....
Status: Unfavorable report by House Economic Matters Committee. To see how your delegates voted, click here. Please thank those who voted for this bill. The Governor's Commission studying how the "fracking" process affects human health and the environment is expected to submit its report sometime this fall.
Tobacco Taxes-Healthy Maryland Initiative (SB589/HB443) would have increased the tax on cigarettes and non-cigarette tobacco products in an effort to reduce teen tobacco use and raise $100 million for critical health care and public health needs. The money raised by the tax would restore funding cuts made to the tobacco control program and the state Medicaid program.
The other members of the Board are Don Chery (River Road UU Congregation), Betty McGarvie Crowley (UU Church of Annapolis), Rev. David Carl Olson (First Unitarian Church of Baltimore), Rev. Fredric J. Muir (UU Church of Annapolis) Ex-officio. Margery Knight is Coordinator.
Since its establishment in 2005, UULM-MD has worked for health care for all. Now is the time to educate ourselves and others about the implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which we helped pass. Please review and share this information with others who may benefit.
Beginning on October 1, 2013, the Maryland Health Connection, our state’s insurance exchange responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—or “Obamacare”-- was opened. This is a one-stop shop for health coverage in Maryland......Read more......
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"The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the common responsibility to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional), with the intention of making history in place of being merely pushed around by it".
—James Luther Adams, "Taking Time Seriously," in The Prophethood of All Believers.
If your congregation or cluster’s social justice ministry is focused on partnerships for economic, environmental, racial, reproductive justice and/or LGBTQ equality we have resources for you. Videos, powerpoint presentations, webinars, study guides and more. Read more.....
Are you interested in immigration reform? UUA is! For information on UUA-sponsored programs and events, follow this link to UUA Witness Ministries.
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland is funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility.