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    Post Session Actions (and Non-Actions)

    In April, our volunteer advocates submitted reports informing us which bills they were following had passed and which didn’t pass.

    As reported at the time, 3 of the 4 policing accountability bills that passed and were sent to the Governor during the session were vetoed but those vetoes were over-ridden during session.

    Another bill, HB 1372 Blueprint for Maryland's Future – Revisions passed during session and was on the Governor's desk for 6 days during which he took no action which meant it became law without his signature. The same process occurred with SB 786 Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Baltimore City - Control of the Police Department of Baltimore City and SB 683 Election Law - Voting - Permanent Absentee Ballot List, Ballot Drop Boxes, and Reports.

    The fate of the remaining bills that were reported on that had passed and been sent to the Governor was not known at the time. 

    This is what has happened.  

    Protecting the Vote 

    HB 1048 Election Law – Permanent Absentee Ballot List, Ballot Drop Boxes, and Reports will go into law without the Governor’s signature.

    HB 222 Election Law – Correctional Facilities – Voter Registration and Voting (Value My Vote Act) will go into law without the Governor’s signature.

    HB 156 Student and Military Voter Empowerment Act will go into law without the Governor’s signature.

    Government Transparency 

    HB 183 Public Information Act – Revisions (Equitable Access to Records Act) will go into law without the Governor’s signature. 

    HB 133 State Finance and Procurement - Appropriation Reductions (Board of Public Works Budget Reduction Clarification Act) was vetoed by the Governor. 

    Public Education

    SB 66 Digital Connectivity Act of 2021 was signed into law by Governor. 

    Affordable Housing/Evictions

    HB 18 Landlord and Tenant-Residential Tenants-Right to Counsel will go into law without the Governor’s signature.

    Transportation

    HB 114-Transportation - Maryland Transit Administration Funding and MARC Rail Extension Study (Transit Safety and Investment Act) was vetoed by the Governor. 

    SB 199 Maryland Transit Administration - Funding (Transit Safety and Investment Act) was vetoed by the Governor

    HB 414-Southern Maryland Rapid Transit Project – Funding will go into law without the Governor's signature. 

    SB 137 - Maryland Transit Administration – Conversion to Zero–Emission Buses (Zero–Emission Bus Transition Act) will go into law without the Governor’s signature.

    The bills listed above that were vetoed by the Governor passed by enough votes to override those vetoes when the General Assembly next convenes.  Advocates will be working to make this happen.  The same is true of many of the other bills that were vetoed.

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  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, June 05, 2021 at 08:00 AM · $10.00 USD · 112 rsvps
    Virtual

    Convention 2021

    Join LWVMD for its 2021 Virtual Convention!

    Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 8a.m. to 4p.m.

    The LWVMD 2021 Convention Workbook can be found here.

    Agenda 

    8:00 – 8:30 Participants gather, working with Host to rename themselves.  Breakout rooms by County will be open.

    8:30 - 8:52 PLENARY SESSION I

    Call to Order – Lois Hybl, Co- President
    1. Brief review of how Zoom will be used - Richard Willson
    2. Report of Credentials Committee - Nikki Tyree
    3. Parliamentarian’s Comments – Linna Barnes
    4. Adoption of Rules of Convention- Lois Hybl

    5. Adoption of Order of Business
    6. Appointment of Minutes Readers
    7. Amendment of Bylaws to add DEI policy
    8. Appointment of Action Motions Committee
    9. Approval of Minutes from 2019 Convention
    10.Membership Report - Niecy Chambers

    8:52 - 9:00 Stretch Break
    9:00 - 9:45 Mayor of the City of Baltimore
    9:45 - 10:34 11. Presentation of 2021-23 Proposed State Program and
    Motion to Adopt the entire report - Elaine Apter
    12.Program Discussion and Debate of non-recommended studies (no motions)
    10:34 - 10:39 Stretch Break
    10:39 - 12 noon 1. Treasurer’s Report – Carolyn Hetterick
    2. Legislative Action Report – Roy Appletree
    3. Nominating Committee Report & Introduction of Nominees– Ralph Watkins
    4. Motions for Consideration of Non-Recommended Items

    5. Presentation of the 2021-23 Budget – Niecy Chambers
    6. Budget Discussion (No motions)
    7. Call for Action Motions and Announcements

    12:00 - 1:00 BREAK for Brown-Bag LUNCH
    (12:30 Breakout sessions opened)

    1:00 - 2:00 PLENARY SESSION II

    1. Video welcome - Senator Van Hollen
    2. DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION PRESENTATION

    2:00 - 2:05 Stretch Break
    2:05 - 4:00 3. Report of Credentials Committee

    4. Non-recommended program studies, discussion and
    voting (60%)
    5. Vote on Action Motions
    6. FY2021-22 Budget – Discussion and Motions
    7. Action Motions Report
    8. Election of Officers, Directors and Nominating Committee
    9. Presidents’ Acceptance
    10.New Business
    11.Directions to the Board
    12.Announcements
    4:00 p.m. CONVENTION ADJOURNS

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