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Recent Activity

ACLU Urges DOJ to Reopen Wicomico Voting Rights Challenge

Wicomico leaders speak out for reform

Issues: Racial Justice Voting Rights and Elections

ACLU Heralds Signing of Bills Expanding Rights

Legislation on Death Penalty Repeal, Drivers Licenses, and Same-Day Voter Registration

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice Due Process Voting Rights and Elections Prisoners' Rights Criminal Justice

ACLU Seeks to Add Former Anne Arundel Police Chief Teare as Defendant in "Enemies List" Lawsuit

Audio Tapes Released by the County Reveal Teare's Involvement, Compilation of Dossier on Karla Hamner

Issues: Free Speech Police Practices Open Government

ACLU Calls for Immigration Reform that Respects the Civil Rights of All

Breakthrough legislation in need of improvement

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Privacy & Technology Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Prisoners' Rights

ACLU Files Information Requests on Immigration Detainers

Group also seeks to educate corrections officials on civil liberties concerns with immigration detainers

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Police Practices Due Process

ACLU Defends Right of Violinist to Perform on the Ocean City Boardwalk

Bill Hassay Jr hopes to return to entertain visitors this summer

Issues: Free Speech

ACLU hails passage of bill to reduce youth incarceration

Keeps youth charged with minor offenses out of juvenile facilities

Issues: Racial Justice Youth Rights Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

ACLU Defends Montgomery County Student Harassed for Not Standing for Pledge

Repeated Violations Demand Systemic Reform in County

Issues: Free Speech Youth Rights

Diverse Groups Continue Strong Stance against HB 153, Even As Amended

HB 153-Office of the Public Defender-Representation at Bail Hearings-Provisional

Issues: Racial Justice Due Process

General Assembly Passes Bill to Expand Drivers License Access for Immigrants

ACLU hails the "Maryland Highway Safety Act"

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice

ACLU Lauds Passage of the $1 Billion Baltimore City School Construction Bill

Legislation comes three years after ACLU's "Buildings for Academic Excellence" report

Issues: Education Reform School Facilities Youth Rights

ACLU Decries Bill that Would Deny Public Defenders to Poor People

Legislation has passed House; set for Senate Committee vote

Issues: Racial Justice Due Process

ACLU Decries Taxpayer Dollars Diverted to Private Schools in State Budget

Public money should be for public schools

Issues: Education Reform Religious Liberty

Senate OKs Bill Ensuring Pregnant Employees are Protected

Legislation has already passed the House

Issues: Women's Rights

Drivers License Bill Approved by the Senate

Bill would improve lives, public safety

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice

ACLU Lauds House Passage of Bill Improving Access to Voting

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland today lauded the Maryland State House for voting to approve House Bill 224, which would improve access to voting

Issues: Voting Rights and Elections

Senate Passes Bill Protecting Student Social Media Privacy

Maryland Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 838, which would prohibit academic institutions from requiring a students to provide access to personal internet or electronic accounts.

Issues: Privacy & Technology Youth Rights

Senate Passes Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Marijuana

Legislation now moves to the House

Issues: Racial Justice Criminal Justice

No Drones Without a Warrant

Bill would prohibit Maryland law enforcement from using drones to gather evidence without a warrant

Issues: Privacy & Technology Safe and Free Police Practices Criminal Justice

ACLU Heralds Passage of Historic Death Penalty Repeal Legislation

Group Has Worked for Decades with Partners to End Capital Punishment

Issues: Racial Justice Due Process Criminal Justice