Prohibiting the Governor from renewing a state of emergency or catastrophic health emergency for more than 30 days without approval from the General Assembly by joint resolution or if the General Assembly is not in session, by a majority vote of the Legislative Policy Committee; and clarifying that a state of emergency expires under certain circumstances.
why icm SUPPORTS HB760
- 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.
- Public health policies and their impacts should be evaluated by public health officials as well as elected legislators and voted on by the full legislature.
- This legislation allows the full legislature to review the premises and conditions under which the Governor may declare and extend a state of emergency.
Who to contact about HB760
Please contact bill sponsors Delegate Krebs, Delegate Arikan, Delegate Boteler, Delegate Buckel, Delegate Chisholm, Delegate Hartman, Delegate Howard, Delegate Kipke, Delegate Kittleman, Delegate Mautz, Delegate McComas, Delegate McKay, Delegate Morgan, Delegate Parrott, Delegate Reilly, Delegate Rose, Delegate Shoemaker, Delegate Szeliga, Delegate Thiam, and Delegate Wivell to express your support.
If you’re a constituent of his – in District 2A – let him know!
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 HB760:
Please call the offices of the Health and Government Operations Committee members in support of HB760:
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 HB760 sponsors and the other HGO committee members with polite, respectful, forceful emails and phone calls. They need to hear our voices!