On 6 February, lawmakers in the Maryland House of Delegates introduced HB 1011 which would prohibit the state of Maryland from aiding the federal government in infinitely detaining federal prisoners.

STATUS: Referred to the Committee on Health and Government Operations where it will need to pass by majority vote before it can be considered by the full House. A hearing on the bill occurred on 12 February and is awaiting a committee vote.

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW to make sure the legislation has the support it needs to move forward.

1. Call your the Chair of the Committee. Be strong, but respectful. Urge them to support HB 1011 and move the bill forward in their committee. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why.

A phone call holds as much as 10x the impact of an email.

The committee chairman is Peter Hammen 410-841-3772

The vice-chariman is Shane Pendergrass 410-841-3139

2. Call all the other members of the Committee.  Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on HB 1011. If they say they’re opposed, ask them why. If they’re undecided or will not commit to a YES vote, let them know you will be following up in a few days after they have a chance to consider it.

Again, make sure to contact them with a phone call rather than an email.

Eric Bromwell 410-841-3766
Robert Costa 410-841-3551
Bonnie Cullison  301-858-3883
John Donoghue 301-858-3125
Donald Elliott 410-841-3118
William Frank 410-841-3793
James Hubbard 301-858-3103
Wade Kach 410-841-3359
Ariana Kelly  301-858-3642
Nicholaus Kipke 410-841-3421
Susan Krebs  410-841-3200
Pat McDonough 410-841-3334
Dan Morhaim  410-841-3054
Peter Murphy 301-858-3247
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam  410-841-3358
Nathaniel Oaks 410-841-3283
Joseline Pena-Melnyk 301-858-3502
Justin Ready 301-858-3070
Kirill Reznik 301-858-3039
Shawn Tarrant  410-841-3545
Veronica Turner 301-858-3212

3.  Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days.  Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or contact us with any information you get.

4. On Twitter?  Retweet!


5.  Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for HB1011. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Maryland no longer help the federal government carry out indefinite detentions. Passing HB 1011 will start that process.

6. Report Back. Tell us how your actions went. Click the button below

Matthew Shoemaker

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