Legislative Agenda and Events for 2014
The 2014 legislative session runs January 8 through April 7. Common Cause Maryland is offering a lot of opportunities to get involved, stay informed, and take action. Make sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for email alerts to get the latest updates!
Join us for one or all of these events, starting in January:
Legislative preview: January 8, 3pm or 7pm.
Join us for a conversation about what to expect this session. How will the elections influence the session? What will the hot issues be? What will Common Cause Maryland be working on for you? Register here for one of these two webinars to find out!
Lobby Like a Pro: Every other Tuesday starting January 14, 7:15pm
Gain a deeper understanding of how the session works, and how to influence legislation through the process. The training will cover every aspect of the session, from using the legislative website and tracking bills to following the bill through the committee and the floor votes. It will dispel myths and expose where more transparency is still needed for a truly citizen friendly process.
Whether you have some experience working the halls of Annapolis or have never even contacted your elected official, this course is for you. The course will include a bi-weekly webinar that will include instruction by Executive Director Jennifer Bevan-Dangel and guest speakers. There will be an optional day in Annapolis that you can schedule at your convenience. Online registration coming soon; email CCMD@CommonCause.org for more information.
Rally to get money out of politics: January 21, 11am, Lawyer's Mall
Join Common Cause Maryland and our allies on the fourth anniversary of the Citizen's United decision to call on our elected officials to take action on key reforms.
What We're Working On
While many pundits predict 2014 will be a light year for policy (although a heavy year for campaigning!), we expect the session will be very busy indeed. We will be working on a variety of reforms, including:
- Increasing transparency in how the government functions, and expanding access to public data;
- Taming the gerrymander through a new process and criteria for drawing congressional and legislative district lines;
- Fighting money in politics by calling for federal action on Citizens United and corporate accountability for political spending;
- Ensuring all legitimate voters have access to voting and that the state moves forward with funding new, secure voting machines.
We look forward to working with you in 2014 for an open and ethical government!