Maryland State Senators
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**Denotes Senators who are potential supporters, but have not confirmed yet. They need to hear your support of Senate Bill 610.
Title Last Name First Name District Phone Number Email Address Senator Astle John 30
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3578
(410) 841-3578, (301) 858-3578
John.Astle@senate.state.md.us Senator Bates Gail 9 (301) 858-3671 Gail.Bates@senate.state.md.us Senator Benson Joanne 24
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3148
(410) 841-3148, (301) 858-3148
Joanne.Benson@senate.state.md.us Senator Brochin James 42
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3648
(410) 841-3648, (301) 858-3648
Jim.Brochin@senate.state.md.us Senator Cassilly Robert 34
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3158
(410) 841-3158, (301) 858-3158
Bob.Cassilly@senate.state.md.us Senator Conway Joan 43
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3145
(410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3127
(301) 858-3127, (410) 841-3127
Ulysses.Currie@senate.state.md.us Senator DeGrange** James E 32
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3593
(410) 841-3593, (301) 858-3593
James.DeGrange@senate.state.md.us Senator Eckardt** Adelaide 37
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3590
(410) 841-3590, (301) 858-3590
Adelaide.Eckardt@senate.state.md.us Senator Edwards George 1
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3565
(410) 841-3565, (301) 858-3565
George.Edwards@senate.state.md.us Senator Feldman Brian 15
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3169
(410) 841-3169, (301) 858-3169
Brian.Feldman@senate.state.md.us Senator Ferguson Bill 46
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3600
(410) 841-3600, (301) 858-3600
Bill.Ferguson@senate.state.md.us Senator Guzzone Guy 13
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3572
(410) 841-3572, (301) 858-3572
Guy.Guzzone@senate.state.md.us Senator Hershey Stephen S 36
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3639
(410) 841-3639, (301) 858-3639
Steve.Hershey@senate.state.md.us Senator Hough Michael 4
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3704
(410) 841-3704, (301) 858-3704
Michael.Hough@senate.state.md.us Senator Jennings JB 7
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3706
(410) 841-3706, (301) 858-3706
JB.Jennings@senate.state.md.us Senator Kagan** Cheryl 17
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3134
(410) 841-3134, (301) 858-3134
Cheryl.Kagan@senate.state.md.us Senator Kasemeyer** Edward 12
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3653
(410) 841-3653, (301) 858-3653
Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us Senator Kelley Delores 10
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3606
(410) 841-3606, (301) 858-3606
Delores.Kelley@senate.state.md.us Senator King Nancy 39
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3686
(410) 841-3686, (301) 858-3686
Nancy.King@senate.state.md.us Senator Klausmeier** Katherine 8
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3620
(410) 841-3620, (301) 858-3620
Katherine.Klausmeier@senate.state.md.us Senator Lee Susan 16
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3124
(410) 841-3124, (301) 858-3124
Susan.Lee@senate.state.md.us Senator Madaleno Richard S 18
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3137
(410) 841-3137, (301) 858-3137
Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us Senator Manno Roger 19
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3151
(410) 841-3151, (301) 858-3151
Roger.Manno@senate.state.md.us Senator Mathias James N 38
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3645
(410) 841-3645, (301) 858-3645
James.Mathias@senate.state.md.us Senator McFadden Nathaniel 45
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3165
(410) 841-3165, (301) 858-3165
Nathaniel.McFadden@senate.state.md.us Senator Middleton** Thomas 28
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3616
(410) 841-3616, (301) 858-3616
Thomas.Mclain.Middleton@senate.state.md.us Senate President Miller Thomas V. Mike 27
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3700
(410) 841-3700, (301) 858-3700
email@example.com Senator Muse Anthony 26
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3092
(410) 841-3092, (301) 858-3092
Anthony.Muse@senate.state.md.us Senator Nathan-Pulliam Shirley 44
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3612
(410) 841-3612, (301) 858-3612
Shirley.Nathan.Pulliam@senate.state.md.us Senator Oaks Nathaniel 41
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3697
(410) 841-3697, (301) 858-3697
Nathaniel.Oaks@senate.state.md.us Senator Peters** Douglas J 23
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3631
(410) 841-3631, (301) 858-3631
Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us Senator Pinsky Paul 22
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3155
(410) 841-3155, (301) 858-3155
Paul.Pinsky@senate.state.md.us Senator Ramirez Victor 47
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3745
(410) 841-3745, (301) 858-3745
Victor.Ramirez@senate.state.md.us Senator Ready Justin 5
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3683
(410) 841-3683, (301) 858-3683
Justin.Ready@senate.state.md.us Senator Reilly Edward 33
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3568
(410) 841-3568, (301) 858-3568
Edward.Reilly@senate.state.md.us Senator Robinson Barbara 40
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3656
(410) 841-3656, (301) 858-3656
Barbara.Robinson@senate.state.md.us Senator Rosapepe Jim 21
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3141
(410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141
Jim.Rosapepe@senate.state.md.us Senator Salling Johnny 6
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3587
(410) 841-3587, (301) 858-3587
JohnnyRay.Salling@senate.state.md.us Senator Serafini Andrew 2
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3903
(410) 841-3903, (301) 858-3903
Andrew.Serafini@senate.state.md.us Senator Simonaire Bryan 31
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3658
(410) 841-3658, (301) 858-3658
Bryan.Simonaire@senate.state.md.us Senator Smith William 20
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3634
(410) 841-3634, (301) 858-3634
Will.Smith@senate.state.md.us Senator Waugh Steve 29
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3673
(410) 841-3673, (301) 858-3673
Steve.Waugh@senate.state.md.us Senator Young Ronald 3
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3575
(410) 841-3575, (301) 858-3575
Ronald.Young@senate.state.md.us Senator Zirkin** Bobby 11
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3131
(410) 841-3131, (301) 858-3131
Bobby.Zirkin@senate.state.md.us Senator Zucker Craig 14
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3625
(410) 841-3625, (301) 858-3625
Jodi Rose published Petition to Support Forest Conservation in Forest Conservation 2018-01-19 11:45:51 -0500
This letter, and a list of all signatories, will be sent to all Members of House Environment and Transportation Committee, and Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in during the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session. To learn more about this legislation, click here.
Forest Conservation Act Amendments
Senate Bill 610/ House Bill 766
As a person of faith who respects the sanctity of the Earth and the whole web of life, I am writing to ask for your support for the Forest Conservation Act amendments, SB 610/HB 766.
Children once played easily in trees in their back yard, at a park down the street, or at Grandma’s house. But, today, forests are hard to find – when was the last time you spotted a child climbing a tree?
Over the past eight years, over 14,000 acres of forest have been lost due to development. Forests play a crucial role in stabilizing soil, improve water quality, offer important mammal habitats, and reduce ambient air temperatures with cooling shade. The Forest Conservation Act amendments will help protect priority forests for future generations.
The loss of tree canopy is felt by the general public and future generations, while developers profit from transforming land away from its natural state. Over the past three years, thousands of people of faith have planted over 13,000 trees at their churches, synagogues, and temples. However, for every 1 acre of forest planted by the faith community, Maryland lost 40 acres. Society cannot keep up with this pace of forest decimation. We need your help.
Please support Forest Conservation Act amendments to strengthen it so that we can truly protect forests and reverse this alarming trend.
We shall not steal trees from the next generation. Can we count on you to fight for sustained forest cover by supporting this bill?
Please vote in support of the Forest Conservation Act Amendments.
Acting from our faith convictions, we join our voices with others in the region who call for responsible public policies to protect the Earth and its inhabitants.
We recognize that changing attitudes and behaviors of individuals and groups is important but not enough to bring about major change. Changes in public policies are needed to undo the harm that has been done to our environment, specifically the Chesapeake Bay, and to work towards a more sustainable future.
In a democracy, citizens have a moral obligation to engage in the political process in ways that align with their values. As part of our mission to inspire and equip people of faith to be stewards of God’s Creation, IPC distills relevant legislative issues into summaries to make it easier for you to bring the faith voice to bear. To receive more frequent updates and action alerts, please sign up here to be an Advocacy Leader.
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2018 Maryland Legislative Update
This was a disappointing session for many environmental bills. Here’s a summary of how things went in the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session.
Bills that Passed
None of the bills IPC was tracking passed this legislative session. A full review of all environmental legislation this session is provided by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters here.
Bills that Didn’t Pass
SB610/HB766 - Forest Conservation Act Amendments – This bill received huge grassroots support and caught the attention of many legislators, but did not pass. After first being amended to be a "Task Force Bill", which would require legislators to study the issue of forest losses in Maryland, House leaders watered down the Task Force Bill so significantly that the Senate did not like it. The last version of the Task Force Bill passed the House, but the Senate chose not to pass it.
Here's how the faith community engaged:
The Rev. Diana Caroll of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Eastport testified at the House hearing on February 21st in support of the Forest Conservation Act amendments. The Rev. Sue Lowcock-Harris of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County had this letter-to-the-editor "Thou Shall Not Steal Trees" published in the Bay Weekly about the moral duty to protect forests. The Rev. Franklin Lance of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church and director of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council secured a letter signed by the leaders of 6 major denominations (United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Maryland-Delaware Synod, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Presbytery of Baltimore-PCUSA). Montgomery County faithful citizens spoke with their state delegate and Chair of the House Environmental Committee Del. Kumar Barve about the importance of forest protection. Finally, 262 faithful signed this petition supporting amendments to strengthen the Forest Conservation Act – the signatures were submitted as written testimony to state officials. Many forwarded it to friends and family and posted on social media about it.
SB651/HB538 - Ban on Expanded Polystyrene – This was never brought up for a formal vote in the House Environment Committee, despite intense grassroots support including from youth in Baltimore City. An unfavorable vote in the Senate Finance Committee killed the bill before crossover date.
Here's how the faith community engaged: 36 congregations signed a letter reporting to their state delegates that they had already stopped using foam food products and thus a statewide ban was not a crazy idea! Behind each one of these congregations was a green leader at that congregation who took the time to confirm with their congregation that in fact they have stopped using Styrofoam, and added their names to the list.
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Jodi Rose commented on Menu For Action 2015-04-06 08:26:41 -0400Yes, Chris, we’re so excited to see those projects come to life! I see an AA County House of Worship driving tour event in the future! We need to start planning something like that…
Jodi Rose answered 2015-03-19 09:10:54 -0400Q: Are you confident that your congregation will begin to form a green ministry?
This brief survey (23 questions) will help us understand your level of familiarity with the topics to be discussed at the workshop so that we can prepare properly. They are Yes-No questions, and it should take you about 5 minutes to complete. There is one question per page. Thank you for your time!Take the survey
Jodi Rose answered 2014-11-17 14:18:26 -0500Q: Would you be interested in serving on a planning committee for such a gathering?
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake wants to serve you well. Please tell us what you think about our providing gatherings for people of faith interested in working on improving watershed health.Take the survey
Jodi Rose answered yes 2014-07-24 14:34:21 -0400Q: Would you be willing to volunteer to help coordinate this experience for your congregation or in your region?
IPC is considering developing an outdoor educational experience with a spiritual context as a means of helping faith advocates develop a greater sense of place within their watershed community. Such an experience might take place on the congregation's property, nearby natural areas, local streams or waterways, and could include hiking, biking, canoeing or kayaking, boating or even fishing.
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As Blue Water Congregations gets underway, the Catholic Review highlights the underlying message that the faith community is uniquely called to care for Creation.
Jodi Rose commented on On Stormwater Fees 2014-03-27 17:14:25 -0400Absolutely, Ann! One of the things we talk about when we go out to congregations and faith leaders is that we live together in a “watershed community.” Watersheds know no city boundaries, no legislative districts, no church boundaries. Watersheds follow the contours of the land and answer only to their Creator. We are in this together and we are connected to each other through our watershed communities. If we could see each other as fellow brothers and sisters in a shared watershed, we might stop fighting over politics and start working together for solutions that reflect love to our Creator and to each other.
Jodi Rose commented on FAE report 2013-11-08 15:34:36 -0500Thanks Carl! Your contributions to the day were fantastic! When do we get to do this again?!?
Jodi Rose commented on Organizations 2014-05-19 08:56:16 -0400There is a nonprofit organization called Koolhof Earth http://koolhofearth.org/, which spun off from an environmental consulting group, Straughn Environmental. I will email them and see if they could post some suggestions here. Thanks for inquiring!