Discussion Groups

March Discussion Groups (Consensus) —
Should Maryland Allow Citizen Initiatives On the Ballot?

March Discussion Groups are consensus meetings that will focus on the LWVMD study on Citizen Initiatives.

Here’s some context: county residents voted this last November on various ballot measures related to county taxes and whether there should be more Council districts. Some of these were ballot measures put before the voters because some citizens petitioned to have them on the ballot. However, it is interesting to note that the citizen petition is not allowed at the state level. Right now, either legislators put a question on the ballot for voters across the state or citizens can collect signatures to propose repeal of a law already passed by legislators. Maryland citizens do not have a mechanism for proposing a law or change to the constitution—even if a majority would like to see a change! Should Maryland permit such an action by its citizens as 24 other states do? At the March Discussion Groups, LWVMC members will vote on whether the League of Women Voters of Maryland should support this position.

Consensus meetings often lead the League to adopt public policy positions that provide the basis for advocacy. Come to a DG meeting, voice your opinion, and be part of the vote on citizen initiatives.

See the citizens initiatives Fact Sheet for descriptions, details, and the questions that will frame the discussion and be the basis for a vote.

Choose from any of the four Discussion Group (DG) meetings:

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 7:00PM
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 3:00PM
Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:00AM
Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:00AM

How to participate

NOTE: LWVMC uses the videoconferencing platform Zoom for all DG meetings. Links to Zoom will be provided via an eblast (email). The same link is used for all of the meetings. If you do not get the zoom link via email, please contact Kathy Krause or Bee Ditzler at [email protected].

Join us!

All meetings are open to the public.