Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 9, 2014

Tell them

Let your legislators know what you think

Do you have an opinion on whether marijuana use should be legalized in Maryland? Do you favor expanding pre-kindergarten to all-day sessions? Afraid that the “rain tax” will be expanded to include Allegany and Garrett counties? What should legislators do about the future of Canal Place in Cumberland?

Those are just a few of the thousands of topics and decisions that will be addressed over the next 90 days as the Maryland General Assembly holds its annual legislative session.

Your opinion counts — and if you make it known to your senator or delegate, it just may influence the way he or she votes.

One of the best, and easiest, ways to keep in touch with legislators is via the website at mlis.state.md.us/  There you will find the names of every senator and delegate, which district they represent and how to contact them directly.

The website is a trove of information about the legislative process. Among the information it lists are Senate and House bills and their status, committee hearing schedules, budget information and legislative services.

If you do not go to the website, you can still contact your representative by calling 410-946-5400 or toll-free at 800-492-7122, extension 5400.

Through the wonders of social media, many legislators have Facebook pages. All of them have email that enables easier back-and-forth communication between lawmaker and constituent.

Follow what your legislators are doing and let them know your opinion. It’s what makes the democratic process so unique and relevant. Given today’s communications capabilities, keeping in touch is easer than it has ever been.

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