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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.
The UULM-MD Board of Directors uses a number of criteria in recommending Priority Issues each year, including an Issue Survey of the membership. Issues for the 2015 Session of the Maryland General Assembly will be discussed at the UULM-MD Annual Legislative Meeting on January 17, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.
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.....
The Governor's Commission studying how the "fracking" process affects human health and the environment is expected to submit its report sometime this fall.
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... Read more....
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.
In the past few years, we've had a number of successes as we worked to help pass legislation in Maryland that protects human rights and our environment. However, there's more work to be done! Let's celebrate our successes and renew our energy as we endeavor to continue moving Maryland forward!
Join other UU activists, elected officials and advocates from across the state as we discuss and plan for UULM-MD Priority Issues that will be coming before the Maryland General Assembly in 2015.
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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 the UUA has 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.