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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.
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PASSED: The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013, HB 226, passed both houses of the General Assembly and was signed by the Governor on April 9, 2013. This legislation establishes the framework for an offshore wind energy project that will provide a clean, renewable energy source for Maryland. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard for passage of this legislation for the past three years! Read more about this legislation...... Please thank your legislators who supported this bill. To see how your delegates and senator voted, click here and then click on the Senate or House final floor vote. Dave Hackett is UULM-MD's Climate Change Task Force Chair. UULM-MD is on the Steering Committee of the Maryland Climate Coalition.
PASSED: The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 was passed by both houses of the General Assembly and was signed by the Governor on May 16, 2013, giving Maryland some of the strongest laws in the nation designed to help decrease gun violence! The law bans some military-style assault weapons, limits magazines to 10 bullets, enables better regulation of gun dealers and requires fingerprinting and licensing of handgun purchasers by the State Police. Additional provisions include background checks to better keep guns out of the hands criminals and others who are restricted from owning a gun. The Reverend Nancy Ladd, Minister of the River Road UU Congregation, is the Task Force leader on this issue. Opponents have filed suit to challenge this legislation in court. Read more.....
Please thank your senators and delegates, if they have voted for this bill! They need our support! You can find the votes by clicking on this link.
PASSED: UULM-MD members were actively involved in rallies, testimonies, and a faith group press conference on this issue. They were also in the House Gallery with coalition partners watching the extensive debate on and passage of SB276. The Governor signed this bill into law on May 2, 2013. Read more.... Please thank your legislators who voted for this bill! You can find the votes cast by following this link and scrolling down until you see "Vote-Senate Floor" and "Vote-House Floor."
Gender Equity: Sadly, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee failed by 5-6 to pass SB 449, The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013. UULM-MD is dismayed that Maryland legislators, despite extensive contacts, did not afford basic rights to transgender Marylanders, including the right to be free from discrimination in their jobs, homes, credit and places of public accommodations. We are committed to ensring that all people are treated with dignity, and are celebrated for their whole selves. Rev. David Carl Olson represents UULM-MD on the Steering Committee of the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality. Read more.....
FRACKING: The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee gave an unfavorable report by a vote of 5-6 for SB601, Maryland Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium and Right to Know Act of 2013. This bill would have required that scientifically credible studies be done on the consequences of the natural gas extraction process known as fracking before it could be used in Maryland. Governor O'Malley budgeted $1.5 million to pay for studies on the safety of fracking before setting fracking policy for Maryland. David Hackett led our work. Read more.....
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013 (SB 274/HB228) passed. UULM-MD provided support for legislation for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Maryland as part of the Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform and Health Care for All. Jan Bird and Betty McGarvie Crowley coordinated this work. Read more....
Discussing the Issues, January, 2013
Saturday, January 25, 2014
8:30 a.m.--1:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
333 Dubois Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Join UUs from across Maryland, elected officials and advocates for a discussion of UULM-MD Priority Issues for the 2014 Maryland General Assembly Session. All members of the Maryland General Assembly have been invited to attend. We will also be making plans for working on continuing and emerging issues coming before the 2014 Session. You may pre-register by clicking here. Take the 2014 Issue Survey to let us know what issues are of interest to you!
UULM-MD has worked since its establishment in 2005 for health care for all. Now is the time to educate ourselves and others about the implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which we helped pass. Please review and share this information with others who may benefit.
Beginning on October 1, 2013, the Maryland Health Connection, our state’s insurance exchange responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—or “Obamacare”-- will be operational. This is a one-stop shop for health coverage in Maryland......Read more......
On August 29th, the IRS announced that same gender couples who are legally married would be able to file joint federal tax returns, the same as married heterosexual couples. This new policy came in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in June that overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. To read more details, go to the Washington Post article here.
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 we have resources for you. Videos, powerpoint presentations, webinars, study guides and more. Read more.....
Survey of Maryland Residents About Climate Change Released
Two reports have been released from a survey developed by the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. The first report, "Public Health, Energy & Climate Change," found that, "More than half of Marylanders (52 percent) believe people in the United States are being harmed by climate change. A majority of Marylanders believe respiratory problems, injuries from storms or other extreme weather events and heat stroke will become more common because of climate change." Read more....
The second report, " Climate Change & Energy: Public Attitudes, Behavior & Policy Support," found that, "Most Marylanders feel their local environment is changing, and their weather is worse." They prefer renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, and there is broad support for state policies that will protect the environment. Read more...
The surveys were funded by the Town Creek Foundation of Easton, MD.
Are you interested in immigration reform? UUA is! For information on UUA-sponsored programs and events, follow this link to UUA Witness Ministries.