Has tyranny reached the halls of the General Assembly in Annapolis?
The Tentacle heard that Speaker of the House, Delegate Adrienne A. Jones (D) announced there will be no more rallies and no more committee testimony allowed for bills. Only the Bill Sponsor will be allowed to speak.
In an email dated March 12, President of the Senate, Senator Bill Ferguson (D) and Speaker Jones confirmed they “have decided to end all public gatherings which are not related to the direct work of the functioning of the Legislator’s Committee and floor work. In addition, beginning next week, all bill hearings until Sine Die will be sponsor only.” Electronic testimony will still be available.
The email goes on to state they are still conducting the “business of the people”, but apparently the “people” won’t be participating.
If the Members of the General Assembly believe that such an emergency exists as to limit the public’s participation in writing the laws they have to live under, the Members should suspend this session and pick up next year.
Marylander’s have a right to participate in their government. Banning the public from speaking is not “participation”. You have been silenced Maryland, what are you going to do about it?
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