Altering provisions relating to the Governor’s authority to declare and enforce a state of emergency; and providing for the burden of proof in a certain action authorizing a certain person to seek damages from a certain defendant by proving certain matters.
why icm opposes HB575
- There is currently no state of emergency in Maryland; the Governor has consistently used power granted under the declared state of emergency to unilaterally impose Covid-19 restrictions which have had negative health and economic impacts on Maryland citizens.
- This legislation reasonably limits the length of a declared state of emergency to 14 days (reduced from 30 days) which is consistent with genuine emergencies requiring swift unilateral executive action.
- This legislation allows the legislature to review and approve the premises and conditions under which the Governor may extend a state of emergency.
Who to contact about HB575
Please copy and paste the following email addresses of the Health and Government Operations Committee members into the BCC section of your email in support of HB575:
Please call the offices of the Health and Government Operations Committee members in support of HB575:
Please note: Rules for submitting written and oral testimony have changed this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, and can be viewed here. We’re asking members for phone calls, emails, and written testimony only at this time.
Please spread the word! Let’s flood the offices of Delegate Cox and the HGO committee members with polite, respectful, forceful emails and phone calls. They need to hear our voices!