Important bills are on Governor's desk -- tell him to sign them

The Governor's final bill signing, this week, needs to include important bills like the Green Energy Jobs Act, still awaiting his action. Urge him to sign bills you care about.

Greetings Progressive Marylanders,

Welcome to the weekly catch-up and summary memo from Progressive Maryland.

 Gov. Larry Hogan will this week conduct his last bill signings for the bills passed in the 2016 General Assembly session earlier this year.

Several critical bills are still awaiting action by the governor, including the Green Energy Jobs Act. Advocates for those bills, including Progressive Maryland, are urging members and allies to contact Hogan’s office and urge him to sign these good bills

He can sign them, allow them to become law without his signature, or veto them. Many bills were passed with veto-proof majorities, but now that the Assembly has dispersed since its April 11 adjournment sine die, Hogan can delay the effective date of bills by vetoing them until the Assembly has an override session in January 2017. He has done this before.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act will advance Maryland’s leading role among states who are moving to a prosperous green future. Among other virtues, it will

  • Ensure a full 25% of Maryland's electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020 instead of dirty fossil energy like coal
  • Create 1,000 jobs in Maryland's solar industry
  • Create a clean energy workforce development task force to find the best way to grow clean energy jobs in Maryland

There’s more information about this bill and how to urge Hogan to sign it here.

Hogan needs to hear from you about unsigned bills you care about.


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