Voting and Advocacy Guide to 2024 Legislative Session

Repost from MD 4 Safe Tech Saturday, February 10, 2024 Summary of legislation (download pdf version here) What you can do: HOW TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY HB 505 / SB 682 increases oversight of the political activities of public utilities. The bill a) expands the list of political activities that public utilities cannot charge to their ratepayers and b) requires utilities to report political expenditures to the public service commission (PSC). Public utilities often rent out […]

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The International Declaration on the Human Rights of Children in the Digital Age: Invitation to sign.

Please consider signing and sharing (ASAP) The International Declaration on the Human Rights of Children in the Digital Age.  https://www.thechildrensdeclaration.org/The Declaration will be delivered in person to the United Nations on World Children’s Day, November 20, 2023. We encourage everyone to sign but will be highlighting to the United Nations the legal, health, and scientific experts, as well as child advocates. That said, signatures from the general public are essential. So please everyone sign on! 

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Is Montgomery County Cutting Corners When Trying to Close the Digital Divide? Presentation with Q&A.

Monday, May 22, 2023, 7PM EDT, Webinar by League of Women Voters MoCo Watch the presentation on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/live/g1DhA0b2wW4?feature=share PRESENTERS:THEODORA SCARATO — Executive Director, Environmental Health Trust MITSUKO HERRERA — Program Director, Montgomery Connects, Montgomery County Office of Broadband Programs SABINE NESCHKE — Policy Analyst (business and technology issues), Bipartisan Policy Center Public infrastructure is more than roads and bridges. Bridging the “digital divide” is important for improving educational, economic, health, and political equity. Montgomery County […]

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Opinion: The Montgomery County Council faces a defining moment (Letter to Editor of The Washington Post)

This letter appeared in The Washington Post on April 23, 2023 at 1:28 p.m. EDT The Montgomery County Council faces a defining moment as it considers whether to eliminate the Office of the People’s Counsel. Will the council act on its stated values of integrity and inclusion and keep the OPC? As reported in The Post over the past several months, including in the Oct. 24 editorial “A permanent Planning Board” and the Feb. 13 […]

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Rick Meyer Testimony Opposing Bill 18-23 and Urging Council to Fully Fund the Office of the People’s Counsel

Restore full funding to the statutorily mandated Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) Testimony of W. E. “Rick” Meyer Public Hearing. Bill 18-23, Structure of County Government – Community Zoning and Land Use Resource Officer April 18, 2023 Watch all of the public testimonies:Montgomery County Council Youtube Caroline Taylor testified earlier as part of a different hearing.Her testimony is available at this bookmarked link View all of the written testimony submitted. Read Rick Meyer’s full […]

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Cell Tower Application Alert: T Mobile small cells strand mounts coming to Takoma Park

This is just a small sampling of the recent cell tower applications submitted. The following applications have been submitted for Takoma Park: NEW Strand Mounted Antenna Application for corner of Hudson Ave & Flower Ave, Takoma Park  https://montgomerycountytfcg.s3.amazonaws.com/Applications/MC2023042144.pdf NEW Strand Mounted Antenna Application for corner Baltimore Ave & Takoma Ave, Takoma Park  https://montgomerycountytfcg.s3.amazonaws.com/Applications/MC2023042145.pdf Learn more: Where are the RF compliance reports? 

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Take 1 Minute Action to Strengthen Cell Tower Rules! (By 3/31/23)

20 years ago. March 25, 2003. That was the last time the County updated its rules for reviewing cell tower applications. And the process is notoriously opaque and residents are largely excluded from participating. Thankfully, the County Executive is now proposing to revise these outdated regulations. Click here BEFORE the deadline this Friday, March 31, to urge the County Executive to propose meaningful reform in how the County reviews applications — and bring greater transparency […]

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March 3: CANARY IN A GOLD MINE (Documentary Film and Panel Discussion)

CANARY IN A GOLD MINE Documentary Directed by Jonathan Mirin & Deanna Fleysher An original take on a documentary + panel discussion with the filmmaker & experts on health implications of cellphone usage; + reception Date & Time Fri, March 3, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST Landmark’s E Street Cinema 555 11th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20004 Part of the DC Independent Film Festival’s 24th annual salon collection Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/canary-in-a-gold-mine-dir-by-jonathan-mirin-deanna-fleysher-documentary-tickets-534502410097

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