From the office of Del. Rick Impallaria:
The House Judiciary Committee just voted to approve HB 175 – the “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage” Act, otherwise known as the Gay Marriage Bill.
Chairmen of committees do not normally vote on bills unless there is a tie. So the deciding vote was cast by Delegate Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. of Prince George’s County to move the bill out of committe with a favorable report, and to send it to the full House.
Also today, Democrats in the House voted on a bill to make it harder for citizens to petition the government, HB 101 – Election Law – Petitions and Ballot Issues – Prohibited Actions. If enacted into law, people collecting signatures on a referendum petition could be charged with an offense if a person they asked to sign “felt intimidated”. This will make it even harder to petition the government for redress of grievances, a right guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution.
Contact the members of the House of Delegates to voice your opinion.
Delegate, District 7