How UULM-MD Supports Issues and Legislation
We have revised the terminology we use to describe our work, including how we define issue areas, issues, and the groups of members that advocate on them. We are now using the term "Advocacy Team" instead of "Task Force" to designate the groups of members who support or oppose specific legislation (bills) aimed at implementing specific policy goals (issues) that fall within an Issue Area. For a more detailed description of these changes, see the chart available here. Issue Areas that UULM-MD has supported so far are displayed below, although some of them no longer have an active Advocacy Team and/or are not expected to be actively supporting legislation in the 2022 General Assembly session.
Reform of the criminal justice is a key requirement for achieving economic and racial justice. It includes measures to reform the courts and correctional system as well as holding police accountable to the communities they serve.
Medical Aid in Dying
After years of advocacy, the End-of-Life Options Act passed one chamber in 2019 but failed on a tie vote in the other chamber. The measure gives those with terminal conditions move control over the means of their death.
Having supported successful efforts to guarantee sick leave for workers and to increase the minimum wage (twice), our efforts will focus on making family and medical leave affordable in 2022.
Maryland continues its efforts to mitigate the damage done to the Affordable Care Act at the national level while passing innovative measures to increase coverage and deal with prescription drug prices.
Having led the fight for anti-discrimination laws, transgender rights, and marriage equality, UULM-MD remains vigilant to protect the rights of this community.