The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland’s Immigration Task Force is preparing for the upcoming General Assembly session. We have been in touch with several legislators, among whom is Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, who expects that the Caucus will have established its agenda by the second week of the session. At that time, we will know which bills to begin focusing our advocacy efforts on. Most likely, we expect that bills such as the DREAM Act Extension, the Maryland Trust/SAFE Act will be among them.
Health Care Update!
As you are aware, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is threatened. In Maryland we can make a difference. UULM-MD has been participating in improving health care since we began and will continue to work with the Health Care for All Coalition and Consumer Health First on our advocacy. Two priorities from last year are continued with some revisions--the Health Insurance Down Payment Plan and Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Do you want to be involved? Contact our Health Care Task Force Leader at Health@uulmmd.org
Mark Your Calendars:
Health Care for All will have an Advocacy Day on February 14 in Annapolis.
2018 Legislative Session - Gun Violence
Gun Violence in 2018 Session
Rapid Fire Trigger Activators – Both Houses passed identical versions of a bill to ban the sale or possession any device, part, or combination of devices or parts that is designed and functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a firearm beyond the standard rate of fire for firearms that are not so equipped. The governor has signed the Senate Bill.
Handgun Permit Review Board – Appeals – Both Houses passed identical versions of a bill to abolish the Handgun Permit Review Board which had been used to overrule the decisions of the State Police denying handgun carry permits. In its place, a person whose permit is denied may request to appeal the decision to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) instead of the board. The Governor has signed the House Bill.