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Legislative Update ending 1/27/23

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 4:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The time periods for signing up differ in the House of Delegates and the State Senate.  

For the House of Delegates, you must sign up two workdays prior to the hearing. For bills being heard on Tuesdays you must sign up the Friday prior. The House sign up hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For the State Senate, you must sign up 

one workday prior to the hearing between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

This week there are many important bills being heard.  Please take a few minutes and check the Weekly Legislative Update for the issues most important to you and your club. If you feel strongly about a bill, please send an email to the Committee members.  Bills with hearings this week are highlighted in red and House bills to be heard a week from Tuesday are highlighted in blue. 

Two Voting bills that the MFRW will testify in support of this week are: 

HB 22 - Requiring verification of a voter's signature on Absentee ballot envelopes and witness signature. 

HB 35 - Requiring Voter ID to Vote 

We will oppose HB 119 Primary & Secondary Education - Comprehensive Health Education Framework.  

All 3 of these bills are before the House Ways and Means Committee. 

Our written testimony is attached.   

Next week there are hearings on Ranked Choice Voting for Montgomery County that have statewide implications and firearm related legislation that is designed to restrict citizens' rights to own and carry a weapon outside of their home. It is really important for us to raise our voices against this legislation as individuals as well as clubs or other organizations.   

Thank you to President Sharon Carrick for the Excel file of the Republican Delegates by Committee with e-mails and phone numbers.  We also have, thanks to Linda Bradley of Garrett County Republican Women, email lists for the committees.  They are attached and will make it easier to send e-mails. 



Ella Ennis 

Legislative Chairman 

Maryland Federation of Republican Women 

Potomac, Maryland

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