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1. Shoutouts/Data Update
- Thanks to all those who helped organize the Gubernatorial Forum!! It can be viewed on You Tube (search for United for Maryland).
2. Large Group Discussion
Health care Update
–HB660 – Establishing the Office of Health Care Coverage in the Maryland Department of Health to establish and carry out the HealthcareMaryland Program to provide benefits to State residents who do not receive federal benefits through Medicare/TRICARE. In the house.
–HB902/SB1008 – Prohibiting conversion therapy for minors. In the house.
Good news: Baltimore City Council has passed a bill to have a ban on polystyrene giving restaurants and food vendors 18-months to phase out styrofoam containers, not the 90 days of earlier failed bills. At the end of that time, a $1,000 fine will be levied on businesses that don’t switch to other types of containers.
-100% Clean Energy Act (HB0878). Unfavorable report from house committee hearing.
-Regional Carbon Cost Collection Initiative (HB0939). Unfavorable report from house committee hearing.
Passed initial readings:
-Offshore Drilling Liability Act (HB1456 / SB1128). Second reading passed in the house. Second reading passed with amendments in the senate. Intent would be to establish that an offshore drilling activity is an ultrahazardous and abnormally dangerous activity, and that a person that causes a spill of oil or gas while engaged in an offshore drilling activity is strictly liable for certain damages.
Still no news:
Columbia Gas succeeded in receiving a permit to build the pipeline under the Potomac.
Other Legislative Updates
–HB0152/SB1048 (SARA- Secure and Accessible Registration Act For stream lined and automatic voter registration)- Still in House Committee/ Senate appears to have passed it. Members should call their house delegates if they are on the committee.
–HB1461 (SAFE – Supporting All Families Everywhere) – Important bill that clarifies role of Maryland law enforcement agents regarding federal immigration law – Still in House Committee. Call your house delegates ASAP if they are on the committee.
Logistics for March 24 event March for Our Lives – Contact us if you would like to try to meet up at the March.
Logistics for April 14 event at NRA HQ & March for Science – Transportation has been arranged from the train/metro station to this event. Contact us if you would like to participate with us.
Represent Maryland a group focused on getting money out of politics is having a Rally the last day of the Legislative session Tues. April 9th from 6p-8p at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis. They want to partner with us. Basically, our name goes on their material for the event and we are given a 4-minute time slot to speak on topics related to the issue. In exchange we promote the event through our social media channels. It was discussed that Catonsville Indivisibles does want to sponsor the event regardless of whether we have a speaker.
- Summer Potluck will be scheduled at Patapsco State Park for around the end of July
- Organizing is ongoing (targeting a date of Aug 12th – anniversary of Charlottesville) to have an educational event or rally against racism/discrimination. Contact us if you would like to volunteer.
Endorsements: Should Catonsville Indivisibles endorse county/state candidates?
- If so when? If not, should we send out a questionnaire for all County candidates?
Input was provided from several members that belong to groups that do endorse candidates (e.g. SW Dems, MD Progressives). Primarily, the input from these members is that a defined process is necessary. It was decided that, because it is a bit late now given the upcoming primaries, that we would decide at or by the next meeting (April 7). We determined that we would send out a survey to determine if endorsements are something that people want to do. Keep an eye out for this survey. The process would be laid out similar to that proposed at: https://indivisible435.org/endorsement
Outreach Committee Update:
The outreach committee provided an update on the refugee group we are sponsoring. Their situation is improving with both parents now employed. Better paying jobs would be desirable, so a list of skills will be compiled to this end. The children are in school and are receiving tutoring, although more tutors are needed. A fundraiser will be held for the families on April 29 at St. Johns Church on Rolling Road, consisting of an authentic Syrian meal. Flier to be posted on facebook.
The group will be compiling a list of locations where we might register voters, and members will start to seek permission from these locations. Once we have a list, we will put together a schedule (hopefully by the next meeting). One idea is to target the end of church services as people are leaving, that way it would not be a big time commitment if we have 2 people signed up each week for about an hour of time.
3. Q&A with Matt Gresick, candidate for Baltimore County School Board. Matt’s website can be viewed at: https://mattgresick.org/
4. Next Steps/Events
April 7th: Next Full Member Catonsville Indivisibles Meeting – 10 am. Speaker: Mark Weaver, a Progressive Candidate for Maryland District 12.
March 24: March for Our Lives, Washington D.C: 12 pm, between 3rd and 12th Street
April 14: NRA HQ Protest & March for Science
May 12th: Full Member Catonsville Indivisibles Meeting – 10 am.