Issues

Current Priorities

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.

Climate Change

One of UULM-MD's priorities since its founding in 2005, measures to combat and deal with the effects of Climate Change remains an important part of our efforts ever year. 

Criminal Justice

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. 

Economic Justice

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. 

Gun Violence

We supported meaningful gun legislation that passed in 2013 (after Sandy Hook) and in 2019, but there is still much to do. 

Health Care

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. 

Immigration

Although immigration is primarily a federal issue, states can pass measure to protect its residents from abuses at the hands of businesses and local govenment agents. 

Education

At the request of General Assembly leadership and many UUs, UULM-MD provides support for implementation of the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission. 

LGBTQ Rights

Having led the fight for anti-discrimination laws, transgender rights, and marriage equality, UULM-MD remains vigilant to protect the rights of this community. 

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