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Legislative Advocacy

Each year, the City Council develops legislative priorities ahead of the Maryland General Assembly’s session in Annapolis to advance the City’s interests at the state level. The City contracts with a legislative advocate who assists with these efforts. The legislative advocate identifies legislation of interest to the City to monitor, provides information on the status and likelihood of passage of bills, supports the City’s efforts in having legislation adopted or amended, provides guidance to Council and staff in delivering timely and effective testimony, and has a good knowledge of the General Assembly’s leadership, legislators, committees, staff, and how they function and work together.

The City provides testimony on numerous bills each year in writing and in person. While there are many – possibly hundreds – of bills each year that are of interest to the City, we typically only take an official position and submit testimony on bills that directly align with the legislative priorities established in advance of the legislative session by Council each year, including priorities established by resolutions passed by Council in previous years. This is a function of political strategy, staff time, and the often unpredictable timing of hearings, among other factors.

The table below includes testimony submitted. Testimony submitted in previous years (going back to the 2017) can be found in Legislative Advocacy Archive.

2021 Legislative Advocacy Testimony

Bill Number, Title, or Event Where Testimony PresentedCity's PositionDateLink to Testimony
SB 414: Climate Solutions Act of 2021Support2021-03-31Submitted Testimony
HB 562: Montgomery County – Speed LimitsSupport2021-03-18Submitted Testimony
HB 304: State and Local Government - Participation in Federal Immigration EnforcementSupport2021-03-03Submitted Testimony
HB 120: Public Information Act – Personnel Records – Investigations of Law Enforcement Officers (Anton’s Law)Support2021-02-09Submitted Testimony
SB 178 Public Information Act- Investigations of Law EnforcementSupport2021-02-05Submitted Testimony
SB 627 Law Enforcement Officers ' Bill of RightsSupport2021-02-05Submitted Testimony
HB 379/SB 462 Low Income Housing- Energy Performance TargetsSupport2021-02-04Submitted Testimony
SB 362 Transportation - Highway User RevenueSupport2021-02-02Submitted Testimony
SB 97 Purple Line Marketing ActSupport2021-01-27Submitted Testimony
HB 314 / SB 223: Plastic Bag Reduction ActSupport2021-01-28Submitted Testimony
SB 414 Climate Solutions Act 2021Support2021-01-28Submitted Testimony
HB 295 Stormwater Management Regulations &Watershed Implementation PlansSupport2021-01-27Submitted Testimony
339-193 Plastic Bag Ban2021-01-22Memorandum by Dan Powers
SB 89 Municipalities - Vacancies in Elected OfficesOppose2021-01-19Submitted Testimony
HB 80 Purple Line Tree Replacement PlanSupport2021-01-12Submitted Testimony
Presentation at 20th District Delegation & City Council Joint Priorities Meeting2020-12-09Takoma Park 2021 Legislative Priorities
MC 8-21 Stable Homes ActSupport2020-12-08Testimony by Kate Stewart
MC 17-21 Community Choice Energy PilotSupport2020-12-01Testimony by Cindy Dyballa
Mont. Co. Delegation Joint Priorities Hearing - November 12, 20202020-11-12Testimony by Kate Stewart

 

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