Maryland GA Session 2017

The 2017 Maryland legislative session began on January 11, and it's much shorter than in other states. We only get 90 days to get our bills passed each year. This leaves us with a short and intense window of time to fight for our priorities. Learn more about what we're fighting for below - then get in touch to get involved!

We look forward to working with you.

Molly Amster, Baltimore Director

Laura Wallace, Montgomery County Community Organizer


To get involved in state campaigns, sign up here.

To attend upcoming hearings in Annapolis, sign up here.

Join us for a Statewide Lobby night on Monday, March 13 from 5-8 PM. Get in the Purim spirit by delivering Mishloach Manot gifts and an important message to your legislators: "We want you to support the issues we care about the most!" We’ll do a brief training and then fan out to share stories with our legislators and their staff. To join us, please sign up here.

Our 2017 statewide priorities:

In partnership and coalition with others across Maryland, JUFJ is focusing on the following statewide issues in 2017:

  • Closing the loophole that leaves guns in the hands of convicted domestic abusers.
  • Passing a strong earned sick and safe leave program for all Maryland workers, modelled off the excellent policy we helped win for MoCo!
  • Ensuring police are held accountable to the communities they serve.
  • Shifting the balance of power in rent courts, which currently heavily favor landlords and result in thousands of evictions per year.

In response to threats and actions coming out of the White House, we will also be working to support the rights of our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters across the state. Stay tuned for updates on how to join that work.