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House Speaker Michael E. Busch
As Annapolis cleans up the confetti after Sine Die, we celebrated several victories for smart environmental policy. Despite a new Administration and more than 60 new legislators, the 2015 Maryland General Assembly took several important actions to ensure Maryland is a healthy and prosperous place for families and communities, to protect the Chesapeake Bay and local waters, and to promote clean energy.
Our legislators heard our voices loud and clear that Marylanders value the environment. During the three-month session, we organized more than 10,000 emails and almost 1,000 phone calls to legislators, urging the protection of our quality of life and our natural resources.
On July 29th, our Latino Outreach Director, Ramon Palencia-Calvo went to our nation's capital in DC to testify for the new rules to combat Climate Change. President Obama and the EPA announced new rules to slash carbon pollution from existing power plants.
This is the biggest step forward we've ever seen to curb carbon pollution, the driving force behind climate change.
For Latinos and other minorities, the new standards will dramatically benefit the safety, well-being, and the health of our communities, protecting our children from the harmful effects of carbon pollution, which among other threats, triggers asthma attacks and permanently damages and reduces the function of their lungs.
The air we breathe, the water on which we depend and the land where we live needs your attention now. We have our attention on the 2014 Legislative session. The decisions made by the General Assembly affect all of us. What will our state legislators be working on in Annapolis this coming session? Find out now and influence the decisions that shape our future.