Maryland Delegate Introduces Consent of the Governed Act

Calls and Emails To Assembly Members Needed To Support HB17_Consent of the Governed Act.


HB 17 – Consent of the Governed Act is a bill seeking to protect our constitutional and human rights. 


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Title: Public Safety – Emergency Powers Limitations (Consent of the Governed Act)

Hearing 1/28 at 1:30 p.m.
Pending: House Health and Government Operations Committee

(Introduced) 2020-12-23 | By Delegate Cox |  Source

“Making certain provisions of law relating to the issuance of certain emergency orders subject to the Act; providing that a certain declaration is only effective with a certain approval by the General Assembly and for only a certain period of time; repealing a certain provision of legislative intent; altering certain criminal penalties; requiring the Governor to take certain actions within a certain number of days of the issuance of a certain emergency order; etc.”



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HB 17 – Consent of the Governed Act is a bill seeking to protect our constitutional and human rights. It would:

  • Require the Governor to seek a vote by the legislature in order to extend a state of emergency beyond 14 days
  • Require additional hearings after the initial 14 days that allow the legislature to debate the need for an ongoing state of emergency
  • Require the Governor to notify the legislature within 72 hours of issuing an emergency order, and allow the legislature to vote in certain cases
  • Exempt members of the Maryland Judiciary and General Assembly from those emergency orders

HB17 would also protect citizens by prohibiting any emergency order issued under this title from:

  • Requiring citizens to close or limit businesses, churches, or schools under certain circumstances
  • Requiring an American citizen to stay at home
  • Require that an American citizen wear a face covering, receive a vaccine, or be forced under penalty of law to make certain health decisions

In addition, HB17 aims to reduce the penalty for violating emergency orders from a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $5,000 to a civil infraction with a maximum fine of $50.

Testimony and communications to legislators deliver the greatest impact when expressed in your own words. Below are several key points you may want to include:

  • The Covid-19 mortality rate for Maryland residents under 70 years old is 0.2%, approximately equivalent to seasonal influenza. Asymptomatic infections, the majority of Covid-19 cases, have a contagion rate under 1%. Maintaining a State of Emergency is no longer warranted.
  • The only wide-scale randomized controlled study conducted on mask use found no reduction in Covid-19 among masked subjects
  • States and countries which have locked down and restricted commerce, education, and religious services do not have significantly lower hospitalization or mortality rates than states with limited or no restrictions
  • Hospitalization has not exceeded or come close to exceeding capacity in the state of Maryland over the past year. Concern that critical Coved cases would exceed hospital capacity was a fundamental premise for declaring and maintaining the state of emergency

Please share this message widely, and email your written testimony, including your full name and email address, directly to on Monday January 25, 2021. (New rules this legislative session require that all testimony be submitted 48 hours prior to the hearing.) 

PLEASE NOTE: My MGA accounts are required for all citizens who submit written testimony! Please create your account here the process takes only a few minutes, and minimal information is required.

*Please contact us directly if you’re interested and available to submit oral testimony live via Zoom. Oral testimony is limited to four witnesses per bill in support and four in opposition, and witnesses are selected in advance. See the new rules for the 2021 session here.

Members who prefer not to submit written testimony: Please ACT NOW and ask the HGO committee to support HB17!

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Call the offices of the Health and Government Operations Committee members:

Delegates Phone
Bagnall, Heather 410-841-3406 | 301-858-3406
Barron, Erek 410-841-3692 | 301-858-3692
Belcastro, Lisa 410-841-3833 | 301-858-3833
Bhandari, Harry 410-841-3526 | 301-858-3526
Carr, Alfred 410-841-3638 | 301-858-3638
Charles, Nick 410-841-3707 | 301-858-3707
Chisholm, Brian 410-841-3206 | 301-858-3206
Cullison, Bonnie 410-841-3883 | 301-858-3883
Hill, Terri 410-841-3378 | 301-858-3378
Johnson, Steve 410-841-3280 | 301-858-3280
Kelly, Ariana 410-841-3642 | 301-858-3642
Kerr, Ken 410-841-3240 | 301-858-3240
Kipke, Nicholaus 410-841-3421 | 301-858-3421
Krebs, Susan 410-841-3200 | 301-858-3200
Lewis, Robbyn 410-841-3772 | 301-858-3772
Morgan, Matthew 410-841-3170 | 301-858-3170
Pena-Melnyk, Joseline 410-841-3502 | 301-858-3502
Pendergrass, Shane 410-841-3139 | 301-858-3139
Reilly, Teresa 410-841-3278 | 301-858-3278
Rosenberg, Samuel 410-841-3297 | 301-858-3297
Saab, Sid 410-841-3551 | 301-858-3551
Sample-Hughes, Sheree 410-841-3427 | 301-858-3427
Szeliga, Kathy 410-841-3698 | 301-858-3698
Young, Karen Lewis 410-841-3436 | 301-858-3436


Maryland citizens have suffered tremendous hardships over the past year, living under restrictions which lacked supportive evidence. Now is the time to act! Please contact the HGO committee members using the links above and ask them to SUPPORT HB17!

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