2011 General Assembly Events This Week

The 2011 Maryland General Assembly session officially opened January 12, but the session begins in earnest this week with a series of events sure to be of interest to environmentalists.

17th Annual Environmental Legislative Summit, Tuesday 5-6:30PM

This event is the Maryland environmental community's annual legislative kickoff, featuring presentations on priority bills and including top leadership of both chambers of the General Assembly.  This year's keynote speaker will be Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who has made environmental initiatives a cornerstone of his administation.  This is going to be a very tough budget year for the state and we hope to show that Marylanders do not want to see cuts in environmental programs.  Please come out and demonstrate that support.

More info and free registration here

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 5 PM - 6:30 PM
Miller Conference Room, Miller Senate Building
11 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 2140

Maryland Bag Bill Kickoff Event, Thursday 12:30PM

You're invited to a Panel and Movie Viewing to support The Clean the Streams and Beautify the Bay Act of 2011, an Anacostia Watershed Society priority bill for the 2011 General Assembly. Come learn more about this critical issue, then stick around to talk strategy with advocates and legislators.

January 27th, 2011 12:30 - 2 PM
The Lowe House Office Building: Room 180
6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401

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The Trash Free Maryland Alliance and District 18 Delegate Al Carr's office would like to invite you to learn the facts from the experts about the Clean the Streams and Beautify the Bay Act of 2011, AKA the Maryland Bag Fee. Following on the heels of Washington DC's successful bag fee, that has decreased bag consumption nearly 80 percent, community leaders in Maryland are now building momentum to limit the number of single-use disposable bags distributed and littered in our state. Please come learn how to support legislation that will help grow Maryland's emerging green economy and encourage a culture of reuse throughout the state. At the conclusion of a Q/A session with our distinguished panel, supporters will be sticking around to view Oceans of Plastic, a film about the mounting danger of single use plastics in our waterways and oceans.

The Panel will feature:

MD Delegate Al Carr (District 18)
The lead sponsor of the Bag Bill in the MD House of Representatives

DC Council Member Tommy Wells (Ward 6)
The lead proponent of the successful DC Bag Bill

Chestertown Mayor Margo Bailey
A community leader working to ban plastic bags in her municipality to protect the Chester River

Andrew Harris
A researcher from MD who is developing an ocean sampler to measure the concentration of plastic particles in the North Pacific Trash Gyre

The Panel will be facilitated by Brent Bolin, Director of Advocacy for The Anacostia Watershed Society

For more information please visit: http://www.TrashFreeMaryland.org/
Follow us on twitter @TrashFreeMD and join the discussion at hashtag #TrashFreeMD

Please fill out our Action Alert for Maryland legislators!

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