Annapolis, MD — Today, Food & Water Watch released the first of an annual report card showing the public how each Maryland legislator voted on key issues in the 2017 legislative session. The organization wants voters to use the report card as a tool to applaud or admonish Maryland legislators for their votes and to begin engaging legislators so as to pass more progressive and equitable policies in 2018.
This years report card delineates how state legislators voted on several bills, including a ban on fracking statewide, the effort to monitor dangerous air quality around factory farms and a bill to address statewide water shut offs. Food & Water Watch chose to score bills that sought to address critical water and food issues, advanced democratic values, and protections for Maryland consumers.
In 2018, legislators will need to take bold and swift action to address rapidly increasing and intensifying climate change, unsustainable factory farm systems, and failing water infrastructure, all of which are already disproportionately impacting underserved communities and people of color. The vote to ban fracking, for instance, was scored because of its threat to Maryland’s drinking water and the urgency of moving off of fossil fuels. But in 2018 legislators will need to pass a renewable energy plan that moves the state to 100% clean energy by 2035.
While we commend legislators that scored A’s and B’s, we will continue working to ensure that legislators pass legislation that supports the health and well being of all Maryland residents.
Food & Water Watch supporters will continue to reach out to legislators who have been leaders in the past and look forward to their future support in 2018.