Maryland may be one of the smallest states in the country but this week they are making big waves! The state congress just passed several new measures, including a bill to provide funding to Planned Parenthood, should Trump try again to defund it.
The bill, which passed without the Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s signature, went into effect on Thursday. It’s officially the first bill of its kind for any state.
Along with the bill, another measure was passed in which state money will be allocated to the attorney general’s office in order to sue Trump and his administration for various policies dealing with health care, immigration and the environment, according to The Washington Post.
The Trump administration has given mixed messages on whether or not it plans to pursue another health care bill after “Trumpcare” failed to pass the House.
Senator Richard S. Madaleno Jr. pushed the bill through and later said,
Today, Maryland makes history . . . unfortunately without the support of the governor. While I wish our state didn’t need to fight the attacks on comprehensive health care by Congress, we are proud to stand up and protect access in Maryland.
Hogan allowed most of the measures to pass without his signature, with the exception of a measure to prohibit the school board from giving out taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private school. Luckily for the Democratic-run MD General Assembly, they were able to overturn his veto. No school vouchers for you, governor!
This is an exciting moment for the state and we seriously hope more states follow suit. Congrats Maryland on the victory!