They say practice makes perfect. Baltimore County citizens opposed to the new Transgender Law have two battles to fight on the issue, once on the county level and once on the state. For info on the position of those of us opposing the new law, see the website at www.firstdonoharm7.blogspot.com.
Bill 3-12 “Human Relations”, amended pre-existing county Human Relations law.
Sponsored by Councilman Tom Quirk and co-sponsored by Vicki Almond, Cathy Bevins, and Ken Oliver.
- Introduced Jan. 17 2012.
- Three opportunities for public comment were well attended.
- Voted for passage on Feb. 21 2012 on a 5-2 party line vote with John Olszewski joining the bill sponsors in support. The two Republican councilmen opposed.
- Signed into law by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Feb. 23 2012. The law becomes effective 45 days after enrollment.
Opposition to the law is mounting a petition effort as the only recourse left to the people to overturn the legislation.
Referendum petition, if successful, would put the implementation of the law on hold until it can be placed on the November 2012 ballot for a vote of the people. It has never been tried on the county level in Baltimore County history.
In order to be successful, at least twice the required signatures should be collected in order to ensure enough valid signatures. The Referendum process in Baltimore County is extremely stringent. On the state level, the law requires a number of signatures equal to 3% of the total number of citizens who voted at the last gubernatorial election. In Baltimore County, however, the law requires a shocking 10%.
- A total of about 30,000 verified signatures must be submitted, so 60,000 must be collected.
- First deadline: 45 days after enrollment, one third (10,000) of the signatures must be submitted to the Baltimore County election board and verified. The goal of the petition drive is to collect at least 36,000 signatures by the First Deadline.
- Final deadline: If first deadline met, balance of signatures must be submitted and verified in another 30 days.
SB212, sponsored by Senator Raskin, with co-sponsors Madaleno, Gladden, Manno, Montgomery, Pinsky, and Pugh.
Bill introduced in Judicial Proceedings Committee on Jan. 20 2012.
Public Input Hearing on Tuesday Feb. 28 2012 at 1pm at the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee at 2 East Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis.
The recommendation is to park at the Naval Academy stadium parking lot, arriving by 10am in order to be on site to sign the witness register to testify at 11am (the sign-up ends at 11:45), to be ready for a hearing which starts at 1pm and could go all day and well into the evening.
If you can’t make it to testify, you can submit written testimony by sending 20 copies to be received by noon on Feb. 28.
The Referendum petitions can be signed soon at the petition website: www.mdpetitions.com.
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