CPSR's Legislative Agenda in 2016
With Maryland’s 2016 General Assembly underway, we want to share with you some of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility’s (CPSR) health priorities during this legislative session.
Our efforts will focus on supporting:
- Renewal of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA). In 2016, the GGRA is set to expire. CPSR is supporting legislation to renew the GGRA, with a goal of reducing Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. If you are a health professional, your support is needed for this historic effort. Please sign our petition here.
- An increase in the use of clean, renewable energy in Maryland. To achieve this, CPSR is supporting two pieces of legislation. The first would increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2020. Learn more here. Increasing the state's renewable energy standard would help drive an increase in the use of solar and wind power in Maryland. However, because all renewable energy is not clean, CPSR also is supporting legislation that would remove dirty energy, such as incineration, from the state’s renewable energy standard. Learn more here.
- Restrictions on the unreasonable use of neonicotinoids. Because research overwhelmingly shows that neonicotinoid pesticides kill and harm bees, butterflies and birds, CPSR is supporting legislation that requires the labeling of plants that have been treated by this class of pesticides and restricts its usage by individuals. Learn more here.
- Reductions in toxic pollution in low-income and minority communities. Because low-income and minority communities often have a concentration of industry in their neighborhoods, CPSR is supporting legislation that requires the state to consider information about truck traffic and diesel exhaust when evaluating new air pollution permits for facilities located in these communities. Learn more here.
- Efforts to keep antibiotics working. Approximately 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used on farms. The practice of the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in animal agriculture has contributed to the growth of superbugs -- antibiotic-resistant bacteria. That is why CPSR is supporting a bill that bans non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in large-scale animal operations. Learn more here.
- Paid sick leave. More than 700,000 people in Maryland cannot earn a single paid sick day to use when they or an immediate family member are ill. This means thousands of our neighbors must make impossible choices between their livelihoods, their health, and the well being of their families. That is why CPSR is supporting legislation that would require most employers to let workers earn up to seven days in paid sick time annually. Learn more here.
For more information on CPSR's legislative priorities, or to volunteer to testify on any of these bills, please contact Tim Whitehouse at (240) 246-4492 or firstname.lastname@example.org.