The wine shipping bill is in trouble....once again. So send your letters to your Senators and Delegates. It appears that Senator Conway is the roadblock. So if you live in Baltimore City or know someone who lives in the city have them call, write, e-mail, and fax her office in support of the bill. There is a House and a Senate hearing on March 5! I am going to try and get to the hearings, and I have written my representatives about the roadblock.
Here is Senator Conway's information:
JOAN CARTER CONWAY
Democrat, District 43, Baltimore City
Miller Senate Office Building, 2 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3145 (toll free)
This comes from http://www.mbbwl.org/ and their facebook page http://apps.facebook.com/causes/219249
Here is some condensed information from Adam Borden:
Wine Shipping & Senator Conway’s Wrath
Posted by Adam Borden at 6:59pm on February 17th, 2010
Many of you probably saw last week’s Baltimore Sun article in which Senator Joan Carter Conway, chair of the committee that hears alcohol bills, went on the record saying that the wine shipping bill “is not going anywhere” despite having a majority of her own committee and both chambers supporting the legislation.
Did this make you angry? Some of our other members got pretty upset. Here’s what they had to say:
“To stop a bill from being voted on is to dishonor democracy.”
“I am truly concerned that you only represent the interests of liquor distributors, whose pockets must certainly be deep.”
“As one of her constituents, Monday's story about Sen. Joan Carter Conway's opposition to the direct wine shipping legislation infuriated me. It is inherently wrong and undemocratic that a bill with 108 of 188 legislators' signatures is being held in a drawer by the committee chair when six of nine of her committee members are co-sponsors … As a voter in the Free State, Chairwoman Conway's refusal to allow this bill to have a vote in her committee is a slap in the face to Maryland's legislative process … she has already lost my vote in the upcoming election; how many more will she lose from taking this stand?”
Email Chairman Davis & Vice-Chair Rudolph (http://citizenspeak.org/node/1923)
Lastly, we need more help getting the word out to all parts of the state. Please let me know if you would be willing to contact some of your fellow citizens from our membership roles to urge them to contact their officials. Now is crunch time! Our hearing is March 5th, and all hands are needed on deck.