January 12, 2017
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The Maryland General Assembly opened its 2017 legislative session this week. 


During the 2017 legislative session, Chesapeake PSR will support legislation to: 

Ban fracking in Maryland

Fracking causes significant adverse health consequences that cannot be addressed adequately by laws and regulations. Sign our health professional letter opposing fracking in Maryland. 

Override Governor Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act

The Clean Energy Jobs Act would increase the use of solar and wind energy in the state. Sign our health professional letter in support of a veto override here. 

Codify EmPOWER

EmPOWER is a successful program to reduce energy consumption in the state through energy efficiency measures. Read more about how EmPOWER helps Maryland health and saves energy.  

Keep antibiotics working 

The overuse of antibiotics in farm animals contributes to the emergence of superbugs that are antibiotic-resistant. This legislation would prohibit the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animals. Please sign a health professional letter in support of reducing farm overuse of antibiotics. 

Reduce lead poisoning 

This bill would lower the blood lead level at which an owner of affected property is required to satisfy the modified risk reduction standard, and the blood lead level at which a local health department is required to notify specified persons. Read more about Chesapeake PSR's work on lead and toxics.

Prohibit lead and mercury in wheel weights 

This bill would ban lead and mercury in truck wheel weights. The lead and mercury from these weights end up in the environment and ultimately threaten public health. Read our testimony from 2016 on a similar bill. 

Protect pollinator habitats 

This amendment to the 2016 Pollinator Protection Act would limit the use of neonicotinoid-treated plants on state-managed lands. Neonicotinoids are a great threat to pollinators and are responsible for the collapse of honeybee colonies. Read more about neonicotinoids and why their use harms bees and other pollinators. 

Study and make recommendations on atrazine

Atrazine is a widely used pesticide, human exposure to which is linked to a number of serious health effects. This bill would require the state to study and make recommendations regarding the impact of atrazine on public health and the environment. Read our blog post on why you should be concerned about the use of atrazine in Maryland.  

Provide paid family medical leave

This bill requires most employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. Over half of the full-time Maryland workers earning less than $35,000 a year lack access to paid sick leave. Read our testimony on similar legislation in the 2016 session.

Support the use of assistance programs at farmers' markets

The Maryland Farms and Family Act would allow WIC/SNAP and other assistance programs to be used at farmers' markets, and would provide additional value to those using these benefits at farmers' markets.

Want to testify on any of these issues? Please contact:
Executive Director Tim Whitehouse at (240) 246-4492 or twhitehouse@psr.org

We will continue to keep you up-to-date on bill numbers, actions you can take and our testimony as the session moves forward over the next 90 days.

 

 

 

 
 

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