THEY ARE TRYING TO SILENCE US. We need to give, growl, and go - See below for details.
The initial committee hearing for the Referendum Integrity Act revealed two important things – this bill does not make sense for good public policy, and the elitist Democrat leadership doesn’t care.
This bill, sponsored by Montgomery County and Baltimore City Senators, will effectively stop our ability to use the petition process in Maryland.
We cannot let them suppress our voices and take away access to one of the few avenues we have to be heard in Annapolis.
Paul Jacobs, President of Citizens in Charge – the only national organization that protects initiative and referendum rights across the country – spoke out against the bill at the committee hearing. He said, “Maryland has the toughest requirements for counting a signature of any state in the country.”
AND THE ANNAPOLIS ESTABLISHMENT WANTS TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.
A Democrat Delegate on the committee that heard the “restrict the petition effort” bill asked Mr. Jacobs, “Is this bill essentially just a solution looking for a problem?” to which he responded, “Yes, it’s an UNCONSTITUTIONAL solution looking for a problem.”
The liberal elites in Annapolis want TOTAL CONTROL and are working to shut you down for good. They will disregard the Constitution just to try to maintain a complete monopoly on the power in our state.
Each one of us needs to act now to make sure that the politicians in Annapolis do not silence your voice and remove your ability to petition laws.
You can help in 3 ways.
1. GIVE. An immediate donation of $25, $50, $100, or even $200 is needed to stop this bill NOW, before it gets out of committee. This is our best chance, but we need funds to target Delegates and Senators on the fence.Donate here.
2. GROWL. Call your Senator, asking him to oppose HB673. This is URGENT. Please ask your friends and family to flood your Senator’s office with calls so that the message will get through to them. (Find your senator here.)
3. GO. Attend the hearing before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee this Thursday, February 28th, at 1:00pm. If you are able to testify, please coordinate with Jim and Gloria Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we stay silent, this bill may pass.
If you care at all about our constitutional right to petition laws to referendum, please give, growl, and go. We need to end this now.
Looking forward to working with you in the future.
Delegate Neil C. Parrott
P.S. Please make an immediate donation of $50, $100, $150, or even $200 at mdpetitions.com/donate to help us target key legislators in an effort to stop this bill.
Checks are also accepted, payable to MDPetitions.com and mailed to P.O. Box 32, Funkstown, MD 21732
Authority: MDPetitions.com. Deborah Miller, Treasurer.
MDPetitions.com exists to enable Marylanders to have a say in their government and serves as the leader in Maryland’s petitioning process. MDPetitions.com helped Marylander’s get enough signatures allow Marylanders to vote on the bill that would have given in-state college tuition benefits to illegal aliens, to vote on the same-sex marriage bill, and to vote on Maryland’s Gerrymandered Congressional Redistricting Map.
Delegate Neil C. Parrott, Chairman; Deborah Miller, Treasurer