On this Wednesday, January 20 at 10am, 2016 the Maryland General Assembly will vote to override the Governor's veto of the Ex Felon Voting Rights Bill (Senate Bill 340/House Bill 980). Please come to get firsthand knowledge on how your legislator will vote on this bill. You will not be able to testify but you will be able to observe. If you are an ex-offender and you need transportation, please call Out For Justice at 443-422-8884.
While we are awaiting the vote, please do the following:
1.Ask your colleagues, friends, and family to contact targeted Delegates (below); and
2.Write organizational letters of support to Speaker Busch and Senate President Miller.
Please let us know if you can do either of two requests below, which must go out ASAP so legislators hear from your members and leaders by January 19th. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:
Diamonte Brown- firstname.lastname@example.org
#1 Contact Targeted Delegates:
We are asking organizations with Maryland members that have local leaders and members in the following four targeted districts call and urge their elected delegate to support the veto override of the restoration of rights bill, SB340/HB980. Calls should be made to your members by January 19th. I’ve attached a sample phone script that folks can use for these targeted calls.
Montgomery Co. (District 39)
Anne Arundel Co. (District 32)
Delegate Charles Barkley (D)
800-492-7122 ext. 3001 (Free in MD) or 410-841-3001
Delegate Pamela Beidle (D)
800-492-7122 ext. 3370 or 410-841-3370
Delegate Mark S. Chang (D)
800-492-3511 ext. 3511 or 410-841-3511
Delegate Theodore Sophocleus (D)
800-492-7122 ext. 3372 or 410-841-3372
#2: National and grasstops support to Speaker Busch &amp;amp;amp; Senate President Miller:
We are asking for organization leaders both in Maryland and nationally to call or send a letter to Speaker Busch and also Senate President Miller thanking them for their leadership in passing the restoration of voting rights legislation last spring and urging them to override Governor Hogan’s veto at the start of session. They need to hear from supportive leaders that they think it is important for the Speaker to whip the votes to get this legislation passed over the Governor’s veto.The letter should be sent by January 19th.