Legislative session

Use this page to stay informed on the progress of our priority bills and actions we will be taking during the 2020 session.

During this legislative session Quaker Voice of Maryland will be working on the following legislative priorities:

Gun Violence Prevention & Peace Building: Blueprint for Maryland 's Future ("Kirwan Commission" Bill)

Criminal Justice & Prison Reform: Requiring Transitional Services from Solitary Confinement | Restrictive Housing Reform Act

Rewarding Educational Milestones | Changing the Felony-Murder Rule

Climate Justice: Climate Solutions Act of 2020 (Strengthening Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2020) | Climate Crisis and Education Act

Immigration Civil Rights: Override of the Dream Act Veto

Calendar of Events

Lobbying with F/friends events this session:

  • FEB 17th | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • FEB 19th | Interfaith Action for Human Rights
  • FEB 26th | MD Alliance for Justice Reform
  • MAR 10th | Strong Schools Maryland

Thank you for Friends who lobbied with us during the 2020 General Assembly.

There is still much work to do before the session if over on April 6th and we plan to keep you updated on actions you can take to move our legislative priorities forward!


Bill Progress Updates

QUAKER VOICE OF MD SUBMITTED TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF HB740 AND HB742 FOR HEARING ON FEB. 25th

These bills are Criminal Justice and Prison Reform priorities for Quaker Voice in the 2020 legislative session and will aid in reducing the use and abuse of solitary confinement on Marylanders experiencing incarceration.

Big thanks to our working group members Phil, Suzanne, and Molly M. that hustled over the weekend to draft and finalize our statement.

Written testimony can be viewed here: HB740 | HB742

Interested in learning about specific bills? Check out our legislative priority handout.









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