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CALL TO ACTION! Please Call and Email These Committee Members in the Next 48 Hours!

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These legislators may determine the fate of the Convention of States Project application in Maryland. The legislators listed below are on the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, which is holding a hearing on SJ3 this Thursday at 1:00 PM to determine whether it will move on for a vote by the full Senate. 

Not familiar with Article V or the Convention of States Process? Check out this 3-minute video.

We are concerned that these committee members may not have heard from enough COS supporters in Maryland yet to ensure that they will vote for this measure to end federal overreach and irresponsibility. Will you please take a few minutes to contact them right now?

All you have to do is tell them that as a Maryland Senator that it is very important to you that he/she vote in favor of SJ3 when it comes before the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on Thursday.

The Committee hearing will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 1:00 PM before the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.

CALL TO ACTION: 

1. CALL the members below and leave a message for them stating that you are a resident of Maryland and that you want them to vote in favor of SJ3 to allow Maryland to participate at the national level to seek solutions to our current runaway federal government with amendments that will impose fiscal restraints, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress.

2. EMAIL the members below stating that you want them to support SJ3. Please place that in your subject line and add your name/address to your email message. Make it personal as to why you want the Maryland Legislature to make decisions for the People of Maryland.

 

Member Email Phone
Sen. Joan Carter-Conway (Chair) joan.carter.conway@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3145 
Sen. Paul Pinksy (Vice Chair) paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3155
Sen. Ronald Young ronald.young@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3575
Sen. Cherly Kagan Cheryl.Kagan@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3134 |
Sen. Craig Zucker craig.zucker@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3625
Sen. Shirley Pulliam-Nathan shirley.nathan.pulliam@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3612
Sen. Barbara Robinson barbara.robinson@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3656

Please come out in force and show your support for this most important resolution as we try and take back the state’s power and authority to reign in the Federal Government.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ronald Schwier, State Director at 301-928-42341, or by email at ronald.schwier@COSAction.com. Or our Legislative Liaison Mike O’Dell at 301-974-2491, or by email at michael.odell@COSAction.com


Two Convention of States Article V Applications Have Been Filed In The Maryland Legislature!

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We've done it! The Convention of States Project's application was officially filed in the Maryland legislature!

Senator Gail Bates and Delegate Tony McConkey filed the application today, seeking an amendment-proposing convention of the states to restore our Republic.

Its official title will be Senate Joint Resolution 3, and House Joint Resolution 7. In conformity with the resolutions filed in 38 states in 2015 and already passed in 8 states, SJ3 and HJ7 sets the agenda of the meeting to consider amendments that "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress."

The process has officially begun, and we will be keeping you updated at every step along the way. Please take a moment right now to contact your state legislators and ask them to support SJ3 and HJ7.

COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AT BOTH OF THESE HEARINGS! If you plan to testify at the hearing please arrive an hour and a half early to sign up to testify. Please read Testimony Guidelines. Please contact Ronald Schwier or Mike O'Dell if you plan to attend and testify in order to coordinate together (see contact info below).

SJ3 Committee Hearing on Thursday, February 23rd. 

The Committee hearing will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 1:00 PM before the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.

HJ7 Committee Hearing on Friday, March 10th.

The Committee hearing will be held on Friday, March 10th at 1:00 PM before the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee.

Please come out in force and show your support for this most important resolution as we try and take back the state’s power and authority to reign in the Federal Government.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ronald Schwier, State Director at 301-928-42341, or by email at ronald.schwier@COSAction.com. Or our Legislative Liaison Mike O’Dell at 301-974-2491, or by email at michael.odell@COSAction.com


Senator Gail Bates and Delegate Tony McConkey Sponsor Convention of States Application!

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It's official! Senator Gail Bates and Delegate Tony McConkey have committed to sponsoring the Convention of States Project application in Maryland during the 2017 legislative session!

This means that our Maryland legislators will have the opportunity to join their colleagues from sister states who have already passed applications for a state-led convention to propose constitutional amendments that will restrict federal power and restore power to the states.

Please take a moment to thank both of them for being true patriots by leading this historic effort.

Senator Gail Bates (410) 841-3671 email: gail.bates@senate.state.md.us

Delegate Tony McConkey (410) 841-3406                       email: tony.mcconkey@house.state.md.us

And stay tuned! We will need to do our part as the grassroots to support Senator Gail Bates’ efforts by making phone calls and sending e-mails at key points in the legislative process. Thank you for standing shoulder to shoulder with me as we do our part to restore real self-governance in America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's official! Senator Gail Bates has committed to sponsoring the Convention of States Project application in Maryland during the 2016 legislative session! This means that our Maryland legislators will have the opportunity to join their colleagues from sister states who have already passed applications for a state-led convention to propose constitutional amendments that will restrict federal power and restore power to the states. Please take a moment to thank Senator Bates for being a true patriot by leading this historic effort. And stay tuned! We will need to do our part as the grassroots to support Senator Gail Bates’ efforts by making phone calls and sending e-mails at key points in the legislative process. Thank you for standing shoulder to shoulder with me as we do our part to restore real self-governance in America.

 

 

 

 

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Create a Buzz About the Convention of States

 

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We Need to Get People Talking about Convention of States in Maryland

 

Right now, we have two joint resolutions that were introduced into the Maryland General Assembly: SJ4 in the Senate and HJ3 in the House of Delegates.  SJ4 went to the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on February 18th and HJ3 went to the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee on February 29th.

Unfortunately, both resolutions seem unlikely to be voted on by their respective committees.  That is why we need your help.  Recently, we have asked the Convention of States supporters to call, write, and visit their legislators to show support for these resolutions.  Now we are asking that all patriots who support these resolutions help us create a popular surge of support by writing letters to the editor of the local papers and calling in to the local morning radio talk programs to discuss how important these resolutions are to each individual, our state, and the nation. 

It is our hope that by writing letters to the editor and calling into radio programs it will create a buzz in the media and draw attention to these two resolutions.  We want to create excitement and spread the word about the Convention of States effort in Maryland.

Please help us spread the word.

Here are links to Maryland newspapers.  Please keep in mind that letters to the editor are generally kept to under 250 words: http://www.usnpl.com/mdnews.php.

You can find local Washington Metro radio stations here: http://www.ontheradio.net/metro/washington_dc.aspx.


CALL TO ACTION !!! WE NEED YOU AT THE HEARING

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The Time is Now!!

HJ3, the Maryland Convention of States Project application, will be considered at a hearing in the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee on Monday, February 29th at 1:00 pm! Please take a few moments right now to contact these committee members and ask them to vote in favor of HJ3.

Now is the time to make your voice heard.  CALL, MAIL, and APPEAR IN PERSON!

 

CALL

Please call the below listed committee members and leave a voice message asking them to support HJ3 so that when they return to their offices on Monday, they will hear the overwhelming support for a Convention of States.  Please remember to leave your name and address at the conclusion of the message.

Del. Anne Healey

410-841-3961

Del. Jay Walker

410-841-3581

Del. Kumar Barve

410-841-3990

Del. Talmadge Branche

410-841-3398

Del. Dereck E. Davis

410-841-3519

Del. Kathleen M. Dumais

410-841-3052

Del. William Frick

410-841-3454

Del. Tawanna P. Gaines

410-841-3058

Del. Peter A. Hammen

410-841-3772

Del. Sheila E. Hixson

410-841-3469

Del. Carolyn J.B. Howard

410-841-3919

Del. Sally Jameson

410-841-3337

Del. Adrienne A. Jones

410-841-3391

Del. Nicholaus R. Kipke

410-841-3421

Del. Susan K. McComas

410-841-3272

Del. Maggie McIntosh

410-841-3407

Del. Warren E. Miller

410-841-3582

Del. Anthony J. O’Donnell

410-841-3314

Del. Shane E. Pendergrass

410-841-3139

Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg

410-841-3297

Del. Dana Stein

410-841-3527

Del. Kathy Szeliga

410-841-3698

Del. Frank S. Turner

410-841-3246

Del. Joseph F. Vallario, Jr.

410-841-3488

 

 

EMAIL

Please click the Click the "EMAIL NOW" button below to e-mail all of the committee members at once.  You may write a short e-mail in your own words asking for their support, or you may click on the second "EMAIL NOW" button which follows the email text to send the template provided.  We are hoping everyone will call and e-mail to have the greatest impact.

 

Blank to write your own email.

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Please Pass HJ3 

Delegate,

The federal government is too big and has overreached in so many areas of our lives.  It is time for the states to stand up to this excess power by reining it in with a few amendments to restore the balance of power back to the states.

Our Constitution is the greatest on earth and that is because of the amending process found in Article V to allow We The People to address the concerns we are facing.  The time has arrived for the state legislatures to exercise their constitutional duty and authority by supporting HJ3.  Please vote to pass HJ3 to allow our nation to fix the problems that the federal government has created and refuses to correct.

Sincerely,

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APPEAR IN PERSON

Would you also be willing to attend the hearing with us so that you can either speak in favor of the application or just be a visible show of support for it? Please join us in showing up, standing up, and speaking up for the restoration of self-governance through this constitutional process!

Here are the details:

Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Hearing is at 1:00 p.m.

Room 150
House Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401.

If you would like more information or have any comments, please e-mail director.md@cosaction.com.  I hope you can join us.


CALL TO ACTION !!! WE NEED YOU AT THE HEARING

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CALL TO ACTION! Please Email Committee Members to Support SJ4

 As We Get Closer to the Senate Public Hearing for SJ4 on February 18th, We Must Increase the Pressure!

This is a crucial stage in convincing legislators in Annapolis to pass our resolution (SJ4) for an application to Congress calling for an Article V Convention of States.  On Thursday February 18th, the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee will be hearing testimony for and against SJ4. 

Now is the time to make your voice heard.  CALL, EMAIL, and APPEAR IN PERSON!

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Urgent Call to Action for Maryland!

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Senate Public Hearing Scheduled for Thursday, February 18th at 1:00PM on SJ4!

 

 

 

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Maryland Introduces Convention of States Resolutions

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Exciting news in Maryland!  We now have two joint resolutions that have been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly, one in the Senate and one in the House of Delegates. Senate Resolution SJ4 is sponsored by Senator Gail Bates (District 9) and the House of Delgates Resolution HJ3 is sponsored by Delegate Tony McConkey (District 33).  Click on each of the resolution numbers to find the contact information for the sponsors and co-sponsors and thank them for supporting this historic effort.  If your senator or delegate is not listed as a co-sponsor, please call them and ask them to become co-sponsors!  

Lookup My Legislators Contact Information

These two resolutions seek an amendment-proposing convention of the states to restore our Republic and they conform with the resolutions filed in 38 states in 2015 and already passed in 5 states.  Resolutions SJ4 and HJ3 sets the agenda of the meeting to consider amendments that "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress."

The process has officially begun, and we will be keeping you updated at every step along the way. Get ready for more exciting news as it breaks and be prepared to support us at the upcoming public hearings!


COS Surge Volunteers Sought!

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SURGE VOLUNTEER FORM

The Maryland General Assembly will be starting the 2016 legislative session on January 13th.  We are hopeful that our application for a Convention of States will be introduced in the legislature during this regular session and will be conducting a COS Surge at the State House beginning in January in order to express our support and inform our legislators about this proposed application. 

The Convention of States Team in Maryland will be heading to the Maryland State House to deliver articles about the Article V process and the goals of the Convention of States Project to legislators starting on opening day on January 13th.  We will then be sending a group of volunteers one day each week for the next ten weeks to the State House to continue to hand out information and make contact with the legislators.  The goal is to familiarize the legislators on Article V and ensure that they understand their duty and authority under Article V.  It will also allow us to build strong relationships with the legislators at the State House.

We need volunteers to make this happen!  Please consider taking a few hours out of your busy schedule to assist us in making our voice heard at the Maryland State House. The more volunteers that we can muster, the more of an impact we can have on our state legislators.

The Need:  Until very recently, there has been little public discussion about Article V of the Constitution. To make matters worse, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding the subject that must be counteracted with true and accurate information in a condensed, easy-to-read-and-understand format for busy legislators. What we have learned is that when a legislative initiative is new or unfamiliar, and when the amount of evidence for each side of the issue appears to be roughly even, most legislators’ tendency is toward inaction.

The Project:  Our goal is to provide every legislator in our state with true and accurate educational information about Article V and its potential to resolve specific current policy issues in our state - all in a condensed, easy-to-read-and-understand format at regular intervals throughout the legislative session.

How It Will Work: We have selected 10 well-written articles on Article-V related topics that will be of particular interest to legislators. Each article is professionally designed as an attractive, single page (front-back) print-ready PDF. Delivery of the articles to legislators will occur in both of the following ways:

1. The Personal Touch. The Convention of States Team in Maryland has selected ten articles for personal delivery to all legislators at the State Capitol during the 2016 legislative session. The number of articles was chosen to correspond to the number of times that we will assemble a team of volunteers to personally deliver the articles at the capitol.

2. The National Touch. To complement and enhance the efforts of the volunteer teams, one article per week will be sent via PDF e-mail attachment from the national staff to all legislators in the 46 states that have not yet passed our application. This will ensure that all legislators are receiving a steady drip of educational materials, even in states where the volunteers can only manage a handful of trips to the capitol.

There are at least three different types of impact we expect from this project:

  1. 1.     Educational Impact. We will be providing legislators across the country with a steady diet of concise, easy-to-read information about the Constitution from some of the nation’s premier constitutional experts. Our collective experience has taught us that when legislators feel confident in their understanding about a complex subject, they will be motivated to take action to move the initiative forward. We believe that virtually every legislator who shares our view that the federal government must be restrained and is armed with a good education about Article V will vote in favor of passing our application.

 

  1. 2.     Political Impact. Our state leaders and volunteers make a significant statement when they take to the halls of their state capitol buildings and make personal visits to every legislator in the building. When we show these legislators this level of volunteer commitment and grassroots activism, we demonstrate that in addition to being the right thing to do, voting for our model application is also the politically expedient thing to do.

 

  1. 3.     Grassroots Impact. Some of our grassroots volunteers are individuals with years of activism behind them. But others are citizens who are just now waking up to the reality of our national crisis and just beginning to learn how to be activists. To some of them, the idea of visiting legislators at the state capitol is intimidating. Our experience has taught us that when we give these volunteers a simple but compelling mission, such as delivering particular articles to legislators, they are willing and excited to do it. This project will motivate and empower our grassroots army.

 

We Need Activists To Volunteer For Operation COS Surge!

Over the next 10 weeks we will have teams of volunteers heading to the State House on a weekly basis to hand deliver professional articles about the Convention of States to our legislators.  Our goal is to have at least 10 volunteers per week to help us. If you are interested please complete the SURGE VOLUNTEER FORM or contact Rudy Wagner at director.md@cosaction.com.

Thank you for standing for liberty!