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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 2014 UULM-MD Priority Issues

For the latest updates, please go to our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

URGENT:  Contact your senator and ask him or her to oppose HB 1168, Electricity-Certificates-Wind Turbines-Limitations, an anti-wind energy bill that has the potential to paralyze Maryland's future wind energy development. For more detailed information on this bill, see the letter on our Climate Change page.

Rally:  Tell Your Senators To Let Wind Power Maryland
When:  Tuesday, April 1st, 11am-1pm.  After the Rally, plan to attend the Senate Finance Committee hearing which begins at 1pm in the Miller Senate
Building, Senate Finance Committee Room, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD.
Where: Lawyer's Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD.
Questions?  Contact UULM-MD at 410-266-8044, ext. 111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Megan Jenny at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
MD Coalit. for Trans Eq logoFairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 (SB212/HB1265) would extend 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.
Status Update: SB212 has passed the Senate by a vote of 32-15 and the House by a vote of 82-57.  It's on its way to the Governor's desk!
 
Raise Maryland logoThe Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014 (SB331/HB295) would raise the minimum wage for workers to $10.10 per hour by 2016 and for tipped workers to 70% of minimum wage.  It would link future increases to the Consumer Price Index.
To read a sermon by the Reverend William R. Murry on this issue, go to the Economic Justice Issue section of this website.
UULM-MD is a member of the Raise Maryland Coalition.
Legislative Hearings:SB 331, Finance and Budget and Taxation Committees, February 17th.
Status Update:The House passed HB295 with a vote of 89-46.  It is still in committee in the Senate.
 
MD Climate Coalition 
    
 UULM-MD and the Maryland Climate Coalition are supporting two issues that will lead to Cleaner Power for a Brighter Maryland.
 
Cleaner Power Brighter Maryland
Public Utilities-Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (SB733/HB1149) would require 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.  Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, Maryland has set some of the strongest standards in the nation for clean energy, but we still get the majority of our electricity from burning fossil fuels. Read more......
Legislative Hearings:  SB733: Senate Finance Committee, March 4th, 1:00 pm; HB1149: House Economic Matters Committee, February 27th, 1:00pm
Status:  In committee/withdrawn
 
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard-Qualifying Biomass (SB734/HB747) would limit 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 that supports out-of-state high emissions black liquor and wood waste facilities.  For the past five years, over 50% of Maryland's renewable energy dollars have been spent subsidizing these facilities, reducing the amount of RECs available for clean energy sources.  Read more......
Legislative Hearings:  SB734:Senate Finance Committee, March 4th, 1:00 pm; HB747: House Economic Matters Committee, February 20th, 1:00 pm
Status: Unfavorable report by House Economic Matters Committee
UULM-MD is a member of the Maryland Climate Coalition.
 

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 The Shale Gas Drilling Safety Review (SB745/HB1122) would continue 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.....

Status: Unfavorable report by House Economic Matters Committee.

 

Health Care for All

Tobacco Taxes-Healthy Maryland Initiative (SB589/HB443) would increase 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.
Legislative Hearings: SB589: Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, February 26th, 1:00pm; HB443: House Ways and Means Committee, February 20th, 1:00pm.
Status:  Still in committee.

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 is a co-sponsor of Get Money Out-Maryland.
Legislative Hearings:  SJ6: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, February 27th, 1:00pm; HJ7, House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, March 3rd, 1:00pm
Status:  Still in committee..

 

 

 

UULM-MD News

UUs at Trans Rally 2014

 UUs gather in support of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014,
in support of transgender civil rights.
 

Maryland Health Connection

March 31 is the deadline to register for new health insurance coverage during the current open enrollment period under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act!  The Maryland Health Connection is holding free events around the state to assist you in choosing a plan and enrolling.   For dates and locations, go to the Maryland Health Connection website.

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2014 UULM-MD Officers

At its February meeting, the UULM-MD Board of Directors elected the following officers for 2014:
  • Co-Chairs: Rev. Lisa Ward (UU Fellowship of Harford County) and Steve Buckingham (Goodloe)
  • Vice-Chair: Andrea Hall (UU Church of Rockville)
  • Treasurer: Jan Bird (UU Church of Annapolis)
  • Secretary: Michael Benefiel (Cedar Lane UU Church)

The other members of the Board are Don Chery (River Road UU Congregation), Betty McGarvie Crowley (UU Church of Annapolis), Rev. William R. Murry (River Road UU Congregation), Rev. David Carl Olson (First Unitarian Church of Baltimore), Mark Patro (Towson UU Church), Rev. Fredric J. Muir (UU Church of Annapolis) Ex-officio. 

 
Report from the UULM-MD 2014 Annual Legislative Meeting
Saturday, January 25, 2014

Approximately 90 brave UUs weathered the cold and remaining ice and snow on Saturday, January 25th to listen to Senator Jamie Raskin (Dist. 20-Montgomery Co.), Keith Thirion (Director of Advocacy, Equality Maryland) and Josh Tulkin (State Director, Sierra Club, MD Chapter) as they outlined and answered questions about legislation of interest to UUs.

Following the Issues Survey completed by many of you, the UULM-MD Board of Directors recommended that 2014 Priority Issues for UULM-MD would be legislation supporting

  • >the slowing of climate change and reduction of global warming,
  • >a resolution calling for an Article V convention that would support free and fair elections, guarantee the right to vote and overturn the Citizens United court decision,
  • >an increase in the minimum wage in Maryland to $10.10 by 2016 and an increase for tipped workers to 70% of minimum wage, and
  • >an extension of anti-discrimination laws to transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming people in Maryland.

This slate of issues was approved by those in attendance.

During the issue discussion break-out session, those interested explored continuing and emerging issues:  health care reform, death with dignity and mass incarceration.

Those present also elected members of the Board of Directors for 2014.  The Reverend William R. Murry, Minister Emeritus  of River Road UU Congregation, Past President of Meadville-Lombard Theological School and former UULM-MD Board member, was elected to re-join the Board.  Returning Board members who were re-elected are Michael Benefiel, Jan Bird, Steve Buckingham, Don Chery, Betty McGarvie Crowley, Andrea Hall, Rev. Fred Muir, Rev. David Carl Olson, Mark Patro, and Rev. Lisa Ward.

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Maryland Health Connection

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”-- was operational.  This is a one-stop shop for health coverage in Maryland......Read more......

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 UUSAN video

The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland is one of the UU State Advocacy Networks (UUSANs).  Over half the states in the US now have UU State Advocacy Networks.  We are making a difference at the state level from gaining marriage equality for same gender loving couples, to repealing the death penalty, to enacting important environmental legislation, to getting immigrant family friendly Trust Acts passed, to raising state minimum wages.  In our work, we acknowledge the importance and value of a religious voice in the public debate.  Read more....

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IRS Announces Equal Tax Treatment for Same Gender Couples

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.

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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 we have resources for you. Videos, powerpoint presentations, webinars, study guides and more.  Read more.....     

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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.

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UUA General Assembly 2012 Tent City Vigil

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.