Maryland Legislation 2020

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The League of Women Voters:

Acts as a force to create positive, lasing change in our communities, empowers millions of voters to exercise their right to vote, educates citizens and fosters dialogue on pertinent issues – from healthcare and climate change to openness in government.

Works to ensure that ALL votes are counted and ALL voices are heard Helps to make democracy work!  The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization of women and men, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Our goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities world-wide. 111 Cathedral Street, Ste. 201 Annapolis MD 21401 410-269-0232 email: action@lwvmd.org Website: www.lwvmd.org Follow Us @LWVMD LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR THE 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION LeAGue OF WOMen VOTeRS OF MARyLAnD REPORT FROM STATE CIRCLE 2019 Six issues are published, approximately every two weeks while the Maryland legislature is in session. LeAGue OF WOMen VOTeRS OF MARyLAnD LeGiSLATiVe AnD BuDGeT PRiORiTieS FOR THe MARyLAnD GeneRAL ASSeMBLy SeSSiOn OF 2019 PROTeCTinG THe enViROnMenT Our goals include: Mitigating Climate Change Increasing the Use of Clean Renewable Energy Ensuring Safe Water & Clean Waterways for All MAkinG DeMOCRACy WORk Our goals include: Redistricting Reform improved Voter Access & Security of Election Processes  Providing Adequate & Equitable Pre-K – 12 Public Education Campaign finance reform MAJR How We Work Together Each of us brings unique strengths and perspectives to this work. Our work is enhanced by learning from each other, building on one another’s ideas, and sharing responsibility for the group’s success. Our priorities are informed by workgroups that address three major policy areas: (1) The “Front Door” workgroup considers changes in how we strive to prevent crime and handle the pretrial process; (2) The “Behind the Walls” workgroup addresses issues related to people who are incarcerated, such as the effects of solitary confinement and the need for education; (3) The “Back Door” workgroup recommends changes to help people returning from prison re-enter society, including measures to reduce recidivism (return to prison). Membership is open and all are invited to participate at general meetings. Maryland Legislative Coalition Mark Chang, sponsor

Summary

Prohibiting a person from affixing, erecting, or placing a noose or swastika on any building or real property, without the express permission of the owner of the building or property, the owner’s agent, or a lawful occupant, with the intent to threaten or intimidate any person or group of persons; and establishing that a penalty of imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both applies to a violation of the Act. https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/HB4/2019 

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