Standing up to the Trump Administration
- Maryland Defense Act: This law gives Attorney General Frosh the ability and resources to protect Maryland from unconstitutional actions by the Federal government, including: eliminating healthcare for over 430,000 Marylanders; cutting $73 million in funding to protect the Bay; rolling back consumer protections; damaging civil rights and voters’ rights. Maryland joins 41 other states that allow their attorneys general to act independently from their governors to defend their states’ interests. The Baltimore Sun noted, “We elect attorneys general to represent our interests in court. We need to give him the power to do that.”
- Calling on the Governor and Congress to protect the Bay and Maryland health care: The General Assembly passed two resolutions to voice Maryland’s strong opposition to harmful proposals in Washington, D.C. The first resolution expressed our opposition to the elimination of health care coverage for 433,000 Marylanders if the Affordable Care Act was repealed. The second resolution opposes the potential cut of all $73 million of the EPA’s budget to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
- Repealing our call for the Constitutional Convention: The legislature has five outstanding calls for a constitutional convention, dating back to 1939. While these calls never expire, we are getting close to the two-thirds of states needed to for a convention. The General Assembly repealed all of Maryland’s outstanding calls so as not to open up our country’s most important guiding document to the Trump Administration.
- Planned Parenthood: Maryland become the first state in the nation to guarantee continued funding for vital family planning and women’s health services at Planned Parenthood if the Federal Government defunds their clinics. In Maryland, 25,000 women rely on Planned Parenthood clinics every year for healthcare. Backfilling the federal government cuts will cost approximately $2.7 million.
- Redistricting Compact: Senate Bill 1023 creates a Mid-Atlantic Regional Compact with New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina for bipartisan redistricting. If all 6 states act together to create similar independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions, it will remove the partisan wrangling over redistricting reform and send a message to Congress and the rest of the country.