Maryland may see bill that loosens petition requirements

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December 21, 2009

HOWARD COUNTY, Maryland: Grace Kubofcik, president of the Howard County League of Women Voters, is hoping for a bill to be introduced in January 2010 that would make it easier to qualify signatures on referendum petitions in the state of Maryland. After a meeting with Senator Joan Carter Conway, chairwoman of the Health and Environment Affairs Committee, Kubofcik's confidence for the bill grew. According to Kubofcik: "She clearly understood the issue. I think legislation is coming."[1]

Conway has stated that she will likely draft a reform bill, but wants to wait for Howard County Circuit Judge Timothy J. McCrone to rule on a legal challenge to current law. According to Conway: "We really feel that something needs to be done. I think we really need to change the law."

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