The historic Maryland State House.  UULM-MD works to educate, mobilize and coordinate the advocacy of Maryland UUs on specific issues before the Maryland General Assembly.

The historic Maryland State House. UULM-MD works to educate, mobilize and coordinate the advocacy of Maryland UUs on specific issues before the Maryland General Assembly.

Maryland legislators attend UULM-MD's Annual Meetings to discuss UULM-MD's priority issues.

Maryland legislators attend UULM-MD's Annual Meetings to discuss UULM-MD's priority issues.

UULM-MD members participate in many activities that support protecting the environment in Maryland and in the world.  This is a group at the 350.org Moving Planet Rally in Annapolis, MD in September, 2011.

UULM-MD members participate in many activities that support protecting the environment in Maryland and in the world. This is a group at the 350.org Moving Planet Rally in Annapolis, MD in September, 2011.

UULM-MD members celebrate the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act with MD Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.

UULM-MD members celebrate the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act with MD Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.

UULM-MD members rally to end marriage discrimination for gay and lesbian couples.

UULM-MD members rally to end marriage discrimination for gay and lesbian couples.

Get Involved: Act on Your UU Values!

Get Involved: Act on Your UU Values!

Members of the UULM-MD Board of Directors with UUA President Peter Morales.

Members of the UULM-MD Board of Directors with UUA President Peter Morales.

WELCOME to UULM-MD

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.

Legislative News

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 2015 Priority Issues

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. 

A list of criteria used to select issues can be found by following this link.  An Issue Proposal Form is available for use in recommending an issue for consideration to the Board.

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2014 UULM-MD Priority Issues

PASSED and SMD Coalit. for Trans Eq logoIGNED by the Governor: Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 (SB212/HB1265) extends anti-discrimination laws in the areas of housing, credit, employment and public accommodations to transgender Marylanders. Read more......
UULM-MD is a member of the Maryland Coalition for Trans* Equality.
 
Raise Maryland logo  PASSED AND SIGNED by the Governor:The Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014 (SB331/HB295) raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in Maryland by 2018. Amendments stripped the original bill of a provision that would link future wages to inflation and they froze tipped workers pay at $3.63 per hour.  UULM-MD is a member of the Raise Maryland Coalition.
To read a sermon by the Reverend William R. Murry on this issue, go to the Economic Justice Issue section of this website.
 
MD Climate Coalition 
  
The 2014 Maryland General Assembly was not a friendly place for environmental legislation.  UULM-MD, a member of the Maryland Climate Coalition, supported several bills that would have brought more clean, renewable energy sources to Maryland.
 
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Public Utilities-Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (SB733/HB1149)would have required electricity suppliers to buy a growing share of their electricity from clean, renewable sources such as solar and wind.  The goal is to increase the percentage of clean, renewable sources available to Maryland consumers to 40% by 2025.  Read more......
 
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard-Qualifying Biomass (SB734/HB747)would have limited the eligibility of "black liquor" producers to be eligible for Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from Maryland.  "Black liquor" is a by-product of the pulpwood industry and it, along with wood waste, can be used to produce electricity.  There is a flaw in our renewable energy law.  Read more......
 

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 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.

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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....

 
 

Health Care for AllTobacco 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.

UULM-MD is a member of the Health Care for All Coalition.
 

 Get Money Out - Maryland

United States Constitutional Convention-Democracy Amendment (SJ6/HJ7) resolution calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would affirm the freedom to vote and restore free and fair elections, as well as overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
 
 

 

 

 

UULM-MD News

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 UULM-MD 2015 Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 17, 2015       9am-1:30pm
(Snow Date:  Saturday, January 24, 2015)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
333 Dubois Road        Annapolis, MD

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. 

You can register for the Annual Legislative Meeting on January 17, 2015, pay your membership fee for 2015, and make a donation to help support the work of UULM-MD by clicking here.

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What Matters to You?
 
2015 UULM-MD Issue Survey
 
The UULM-MD 2015 Issue Survey is now available. UULM-MD focuses on educating, mobilizing and coordinating Maryland UUs on specific issues before the Maryland General Assembly.  Please go to our 2015 Issue Survey to let us know which issues are important to you and to your congregation.  This will help our Board to understand which issues are of most interest to Maryland UUs.
 
A statement of selection criteria used for choosing an issue as a Priority Issue for UULM-MD can be found under the Issue section of this website.  If you wish to suggest a new priority issue for UULM-MD, you will also find a copy of the Issue Proposal Form in the same section.
 
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Do you know what a "UUSAN" is?

 Watch the UUSAN Video Here.

The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland is one of the UU State Advocacy Networks (UUSANs).  Over half the states in the US...Read more.... 

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News from UUA Congregational Advocacy and Witness

Social Justice Advocacy

"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.....     

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Are you interested in immigration reform?  UUA is!  For information on UUA-sponsored programs and events, follow this link to UUA Witness Ministries.

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The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland is funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility.