Advocacy Week

MASC Advocacy Week: Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 13

Advocacy Week is a designed time when MASC regions travel to Annapolis to meet with legislators and advocate on youth-related bills.   Many students are able to testify in committee hearings, attend part of a general assembly session, and also have time for sight-seeing in our state’s capital.

Although MASC has designated Monday, March 9, 2020, through March 13, 2020, as Advocacy Week, Regions may plan any day around that date that meets their needs (or the available time of their legislators).

Regions should contact their legislators to plan meeting times or informal “drop in” visits.  In addition, if delegates wish to attend part of a general assembly, they need to reserve space in the House or Senate balcony.  Legislators reserve the seats and will “announce” you at the beginning of the session (see Information from the Legislative Services web site below).

There is no set schedule for this week and it is up to regions/attendees to decide when they go to Annapolis, setting up appointments with their legislators, and any site-seeing they wish to do.  Legislative Services can also set up tours of the State House, Senate & House, and Legislative Services buildings (http://dls.maryland.gov/library/educational-tours).  There are also tours you can take of the greater Annapolis area via Trolley Car  (http://www.townetransport.com/tours).

Directions and Parking:  The easiest and least expensive parking ($5.00)  is at the Navel Academy Stadium.  The Annapolis shuttle / trolley is $2.00 one way.  (Directions and Parking in Annapolis pdf file

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  • Floor sessions usually begin at 8:00 p.m. on Monday evenings and at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Friday floor sessions usually start at 11:00 a.m. However, visitors should be aware that actual floor session start times may vary and that floor sessions increase in number and duration as the General Assembly moves toward the end of its 90-day deliberations. Visitors may check the Senate and House Proceedings on the Maryland General Assembly website for the time of the next floor session by scrolling to the end of the selected day’s action or by calling Library and Information Services.  On the Legislation by Session page go to the Legislation List to choose Proceedings – Senate or House.