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Letters & Testimony
March 8, 2013
Common Cause Maryland supports SB 826, which would require a body that violates the Open Meetings Act to read the violation into the record at their next public meeting and would establish fines for willful violation of the Act.
March 6, 2013
This Common Cause Maryland testimony begins, 'Common Cause Maryland supports SB 825, which would clarify the Open Meetings Law to explicitly include subcommittees of the standing committees of the General Assembly. It has been a long-standing procedure by both chambers to keep subcommittee meetings open to the public. However, the law itself is silent as to whether subcommittee meetings are considered covered by the act, and an Attorney General opinion last summer has created doubt as to whether the law applies or not.'
January 31, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post
The truth is too often in short supply in our politics, so when a candidate provides it – and with no punches pulled – it’s worth paying attention.
January 29, 2018; Press Release, Status Update
Today, Common Cause joined an ideologically diverse group of governors, members of Congress, local government leaders, and others in filing amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to put an end to partisan gerrymandering. On March 28, the Court will hear arguments in Benisek v. Lamone, a First Amendment challenge to Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District, which Democrats drew after the 2010 census in a successful attempt to defeat a longtime Republican incumbent. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, it could result in a nationwide prohibition against the manipulation of legislative boundaries for political advantage.
July 17, 2017
Scores of people came out Sunday for a unique protest against gerrymandering in Maryland. The event, the “Gerrymander Meander 2,” visited four different restaurants in four congressional districts - all inside Baltimore County.
April 5, 2017
Today the Maryland legislature voted to protect every Americans’ constitutional rights by rescinding its calls for a dangerous Article V constitutional convention. State lawmakers cited the threat of a “runaway convention,” which could result in major changes to the U.S. Constitution and its protections in a process bankrolled by special interests.
Manager of State Outreach and Engagement, Common Cause Maryland, State Staff
Joanne Antoine is the Manager of State Outreach and Engagement for Common Cause Maryland.