- Contact your legislators for your district
- Contact the Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene
- Contact the Governor
- Contact the Lt. Governor
- Contact the committee members on the Health & Government Operations Committee
- Do you have a list of all the leaders and legislators?
- Do you have sample letters, emails or scripts of what I could say?
- If I want to write my own letter, do you have any recommendations?
- If I want to write my own email, do you have any recommendations?
- What are the proper salutations for the various leaders and Legislators?
- Meet one-on-one with your legislators or leaders
- Meet as a group
- Lobbying help
- How do I get to Annapolis if I want to lobby my legislators?
There are many different ways in which you can help. Please sign our petition. You can meet with Maryland legislators and leaders in person. You also can call, write or email Maryland legislators and leaders to tell them you support the legalization of medical marijuana for kids with epilepsy. For more specifics of current bills/recommended amendments, see the "Maryland Legislation" tab.
- You can lookup the legislator for you district here: http://mdelect.net
- You can also use the Verizon Maryland Government Directory in the app store to access information about all legislators
Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.
- Via email email@example.com
- Via phone (410) 767-4639
- Via mail 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2399
Governor Martin O’Malley
- Via email http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/
- Via phone 410-974-3901
- Via mail 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown
- Via email http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/ltdefault.asp
- Via phone 410-974-3901
- Via mail 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
|Eric M. Bromwell||410-841-3766||Eric||M.||Bromwell||D||415||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Eric.Bromwell@house.state.md.us||8||Baltimore|
|Robert A. Costa||410-841-3551||Robert||A.||Costa||R||159||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Robert.Costa@house.state.md.us||33B||Anne Arundel|
|Bonnie Cullison||410-841-3883||Bonnie||Cullison||D||220||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Bonnie.Cullison@house.state.md.us||19||Montgomery|
|John P. Donoghue||410-841-3125||John||P.||Donoghue||*||D||425||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||John.Donoghue@house.state.md.us||2C||Washington|
|Donald B. Elliott||410-841-3118||Donald||B.||Elliott||R||311||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Donald.Elliott@house.state.md.us||4B||Carroll and Frederick|
|William J. Frank||410-841-3793||William||J.||Frank||R||303||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||William.Frank@house.state.md.us||42||Baltimore|
|Peter A. Hammen||410-841-3772||Peter||A.||Hammen||D||Chair||241||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Peter.Hammen@house.state.md.us||46||Baltimore City|
|James W. Hubbard||410-841-3103||James||W.||Hubbard||D||363||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||James.Hubbard@house.state.md.us||23A||Prince George's|
|Wade Kach||410-841-3359||Wade||Kach||R||201||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Wade.Kach@house.state.md.us||5B||Baltimore|
|Ariana B. Kelly||410-841-3642||Ariana||B.||Kelly||D||210||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Ariana.Kelly@house.state.md.us||16||Montgomery|
|Nicholaus R. Kipke||410-841-3421||Nicholaus||R.||Kipke||*||R||Minority Leader||217||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Nicholaus.Kipke@house.state.md.us||31||Anne Arundel|
|Susan W. Krebs||410-841-3200||Susan||W.||Krebs||R||311||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Susan.Krebs@house.state.md.us||9B||Carroll|
|Pat McDonough||410-841-3334||Pat||McDonough||*||R||310||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Pat.McDonough@house.state.md.us||7||Baltimore and Harford|
|Dan K. Morhaim||410-841-3054||Dan||K.||Morhaim|| *
|D||362||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Dan.Morhaim@house.state.md.us||11||Baltimore|
|Peter Murphy||410-841-3247||Peter||Murphy||D||426||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Peter.Murphy@house.state.md.us||28||Charles|
|Shirley Nathan-Pulliam||410-841-3358||Shirley||Nathan-Pulliam||D||309||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Shirley.Nation.Pulliam@house.state.md.us||10||Baltimore|
|Nathaniel T. Oaks||410-841-3283||Nathaniel||T.||Oaks||*||D||411||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Nathaniel.Oaks@house.state.md.us||41||Baltimore City|
|Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk||410-841-3502||Joseline||A.||Pena-Melnyk||*||D||157||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Joseline.Pena.Melnyk@house.state.md.us||21||Prince George's and Anne Arundel|
|Shane E. Pendergrass||410-841-3139||Shane||E.||Pendergrass||D||Vice Chair||241||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Shane.Pendergrass@house.state.md.us||13||Howard|
|Justin Ready||410-841-3070||Justin||Ready||*||R||322||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Justin.Ready@house.state.md.us||5A||Carroll|
|Kirill Reznik||410-841-3039||Kirill||Reznik||*||D||225||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Kirill.Reznik@house.state.md.us||39||Montgomery|
|Shawn Z. Tarrant||410-841-3545||Shawn||Z.||Tarrant||*||D||151||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Shawn.Tarrant@house.state.md.us||40||Baltimore City|
|Veronica Turner||410-841-3212||Veronica||Turner||D||205||House Office Building||6 Bladen St.||Annapolis, MD 21401||Veronica.Turner@house.state.md.us||26||Prince George's|
- Here is an Excel list of all the leaders and legislators
- Here is a document to print labels that are 1" by 2-5/8" - Avery 5160
- Every legislator receives hundreds of letters every month. Each office does its best to respond to every one of them in a timely manner. To ensure that your letter stands out, here are some simple rules to follow:
- Be as concise as you can without leaving out important information.
- Please include all of your relevant contact information so your letter can be responded to or so a staff member can reach you.
- Include a date on your letter. It is important for us to know when your letter was originally written.
- If you can, avoid handwritten letters. Small handwritten notes of support or thanks are always appreciated, but if you have more detailed concerns or questions, it is best that inquiries of that sort are typed. If the legislator or staff cannot read your letter, they will not be able to respond to it.
- Refrain from using confrontational or abusive language. Every letter we receive is taken seriously, whether or not the Senator agrees with the author’s opinion. The Senator looks forward to productive debates with constituents from all points of view.
When writing an email to your legislator, following these guidelines will make the most of your correspondence:
- Use a descriptive subject line, where possible. For example, if you are making a scheduling request, note that in the subject line. If you are writing about a specific bill, put the bill number in the subject line.
- Be as succinct as possible. If you would like to discuss your concerns further with the legislator or a staff member, please say so in the body of your email.
- Refrain from using all caps or multiple fonts or colors.
- Please include your contact information, particularly if you would like a response.
- Refrain from sending chain emails or “forwards.”
- If you are sending an attachment, make note of it and describe what the attachment is for somewhere in the body of the email. Offices may be wary of attachments due to the threat of computer viruses.
- Governor O’Malley
- Lt. Governor Brown
- Senate President Miller
- Speaker Busch
- Senator [all senators]
- Delegate [all delegates in the house]
- Dr. Sharfstein
As a constituent, you are entitled to request meetings with your legislator. Because of the legislator’s undoubtedly busy schedule, he may not always be available to meet with you personally. However, all legislators have staff that is capable of handling meetings when the legislator is unavailable. Protocol dictates that the staff member you meet with will discuss the meeting with the legislator personally.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you are requesting a meeting with your legislator:
- If you are calling to request a meeting, please be clear and ask to speak to the person who “handles the [legislator’s] schedule,” typically known offhandedly as their “Scheduler.” The Scheduler handles all aspects of the legislator’s calendar and will be able to find a good time to schedule a meeting.
- Please let the scheduler know what the meeting will be about. Not only will you be meeting with the legislator in question, but a staff member will be present as well. It is important that the appropriate staff member is there so that your requests or concerns can be addressed properly.
- Please be prepared to give a brief overview of your request and have an idea of how you would like the legislator to assist you.
- If you have any information that might be helpful to the legislator and their staff before the meeting occurs, be sure to forward it to the office so that the meeting itself can be as efficient as possible.
- Plan to bring only 2-4 of the principle members of your group.
- Designate a spokesman.
- Prepare an agenda.
- Leave-behinds are important and should include names and contact information of principle members of the group and the specifics of group’s request.
Here's a general weekly schedule in Annapolis:
- Mondays are the late day for lawmakers, many do not come to Annapolis until after 6 or 7, Monday's Session starts at 8 pm.
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are hearing days, hearings typically start at 1pm and last as long as their agendas dictate.
- Friday are delegation days; the larger jurisdictions have their delegation meetings on local and state issues in the morning and most folks try to get out of town after the 10am Session that day.
Other lobbying suggestions:
- Do your homework. Understand that legislator’s district and their legislative priorities.
- Determine the factors that impact a legislator’s decision to support the bill: voting record, demographics, donors, position in the Caucus, the election cycle.
- Familiarize yourself with the current agenda in the General Assembly and consider where your issue fits in.
- Help the legislator understand both sides of the issue and be prepared to discuss what groups are opposed to it and the reasons why they are opposed to it.
- Provide the legislator with substantive facts and compelling reasons to advocate for your issue. Don’t be afraid to offer talking points.
- If the bill you are there to discuss has already been assigned to a committee, be knowledgeable of the members and the dynamics of that committee.
- Be yourself and appeal to the legislator on a human level. Be respectful. Legislators are mere mortals and the good ones appreciate your understanding of their situation.
- Don’t be afraid to ask them directly if you can count on their support. If they say no, don’t be afraid to respectfully ask them why.
How do I get to Annapolis if I want to lobby my legislators?
Plan on a 5-10 minute walk from either of the following garages to the State House (100 State Circle), Senate Building (11 Bladen Street), or House Building (6 Bladen Street)
- Noah Hillman garage (150 Gorman Street) is a good option as it's on main street
- Gott's Garage (250 Northwest Street) tends to be a little cheaper, but is further from main street
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