Today, Senators Paul Pinsky and Shirley Nathan-Pulliam introduced a #SB607, a bill to keep antibiotics working by stopping the overuse of antibiotics on industrial farms.
For more details, check out this blog form Mae Wu at NRDC which includes new polling on Marylanders’ opinion on the issue:
New Poll Shows Strong, Broad, Bipartisan Support
A new independent poll commissioned by NRDC and also released today shows there is strong and broad support for the bill statewide – across party lines and geography. Across Maryland, 68 percent favor state legislation that would restrict the regular use of medically important antibiotics in industrial agriculture and reserve them for use only when animals are sick.
The geographic breakdown of support for the legislation is just as broad.
- 72.2 % of Baltimore City,
- 68.4 % of Baltimore suburbs,
- 67.6% of Washington suburbs,
- 66.6% of Eastern Shore and southern Maryland, and
- 67.1% of Western Maryland support such legislation.
State Director, Maryland PIRG; Director, Stop Toxic PFAS Campaign, PIRG
Emily directs strategy, organizational development, research, communications and legislative advocacy for Maryland PIRG. Emily has helped win small donor public financing in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County. She has played a key role in establishing new state laws to to protect public health by restricting the use of antibiotics on Maryland farms, require testing for lead in school drinking water and restrict the use of toxic flame retardant and PFAS chemicals. Emily also serves on the Executive Committees of the Maryland Fair Elections Coalition and the Maryland Campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working. Emily lives in Baltimore City with her husband, kids, and dog.