Legislative Session

Quaker Voice has identified its priorities for the 2024 legislative session.

List of all priority bills for Quaker Voice during the 2024 General Assembly; this year we are supporting bills related to Climate Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Housing Equity, and Water Quality.

List of bills that Quaker Voice considered; bills we were not able to choose as a priority might still be of interest to other Friends.

Priority topics and partners:

Action Alerts

This year, Quaker Voice is trying something new for our action alerts; we created email lists of our members with representatives on specific committees considering our priority bills this legislative session. 

Check out the Committee & Member List to learn if your representative is considering one or more of our priority bills.

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Bill Progress Updates & Upcoming Events

Week of 2/26

New resource: Committee & Members List includes representatives and associated Quaker Voice priority bills. Use this document to learn about your direct connection to advocating for our priority bills - if your representative sits on a committee hearing one of our bills, your voice has extra power in advocating!

Bill hearings:

Clean Water Justice Act of 2024 - Both bills have hearings this week! (Learn more about bill) Quaker Voice will be submitting testimony ahead of the bill hearings and attended the Virtual Rally for Clean Water Justice on Monday night. SB653 hearing on Tues. / HB1101 hearing on Fri.

Thurs., Feb. 29th - SB481 - Renters' Rights & Housing Stability Act of 2024 (Learn more about bill) Quaker Voice is submitting testimony of support ahead of this bill hearing; testimony is due on Wed., Feb. 28th.

Upcoming events:

Sat., March 2nd @ 11AM - Moral March to State House Assemblies - Annapolis, MD - MD Poor People's Campaign will be joining 31 state campaigns across the nation to hold Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' assemblies. Learn more and register to attend. The Poor People's Campaign is a Quaker Voice partner for Housing Equity.

Priority Bill Tracking Sheet

Quaker Voice - Bill Updates - 2024.xlsx

Quick Link Resources for Advocacy Work:

 Check out this Guidelines document created by the Maryland Association of Counties; helpful information includes when testimony is due broken down by Senate and House committees.

Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform shared this workshop presentation as part of 2023 advocacy training; provides helpful background on the General Assembly process, how to use the bill website, and how to advocate in support of a bill.