House Bill 877 received a unanimous vote in the Health & Government Operations Committee (HGO) on Saturday afternoon. Although there was no public opposition, certain sections of the bill were removed. The bill will be voted on by the full House of Delegates on Monday. (You can watch the replay of the February 28 hearing here which starts at the 0:54 minute mark)
Senator Joan Carter Conway of Baltimore City filed Senate Bill 1242, which is identical to HB 877 as amended. It will be heard by the Finance Committee on Thursday, March 22, at 1 pm in Annapolis.
Your help is needed now and through the first week of April, after which the General Assembly adjourns.
An outpouring of grass roots support is alerting our legislators about the need to protect Maryland cemeteries and to encourage their caregivers and advocates. Please phone your senators in the Finance committee with brief messages about why you care and ask them to vote positively on these bills …in committee, in the full Senate, and in this session.
This legislation is the most comprehensive burial sites protection to be proposed in Maryland since the early 1990s. Read the summary of these bills here. They will correct several unfortunate existing circumstances and provide a better future for many needy burial sites in Maryland. Let’s take make progress this year!
Contact CPMBS president Eileen McGuckian (301-468-7331, email@example.com) if you have questions and to say what you are willing to do at home and in Annapolis between now and April 9.