With the 2010 Session now one month away, MBBWL is gearing up for the battle 29 years in the making. Last week at a legislative priorities open forum with Speaker Mike Busch, Senate President Mike Miller thought it unlikely that wine shipping would pass this year. “Miller said he believed it will pass ‘sometime in the future,’ but not necessarily this session,” wrote the AP last week. At a minimum, he is aware of the noise we have been making this year, and ironically wine shipping was one of the pressing issues raised by audience members at the forum (in addition to possible tax increases, education funding and cuts to stem cell research). This is our one shot at getting this bill passed. We need your financial help to combat the moneyed liquor lobbyists this Session!
2010 will be our year. We have great press, support from the business community, approval from the Comptroller’s Office and thousands of engaged consumer supporters just like you. Most importantly, the legislation will have the endorsement of more Senators and Delegates than ever before. None of this will make a difference if key members of the Maryland General Assembly aren’t with us! We need to be relentless, putting pressure on those members that can break our chances. We are so close, but we cannot do it without your help.
No donation is too small. You’d be amazed what we can do with only $20. You can also send us a check to the address listed below if that is more convenient. We’re soon to start an aggressive voter engagement campaign that will be expensive but effective. During this holiday season, think about how next year you’ll be able to legally give or receive a bottle of wine and then give generously to MBBWL to allow that to happen.
Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws
4315 Underwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: (443) 570-8102