MD Federation State Legislative Committee Members’ Roles

The principal responsibility of our state federation is to support NARFE’s
mission.  To do that we have a State Legislative Committee (SLC)
comprised of 14 chapter members.  The SLC role is to persuade the
Governor, his staff, the Senate and House of Delegates to take legislative
actions that will support the mission of NARFE.

Success in supporting NARFE’s mission depends heavily on convincing
legislative decision makers that SLC staff members who meet with them do
indeed represent the interests, needs and requirements of their constituents.

To accomplish this, the SLC depends on input and participation by chapter
members.  We need NARFE members to make their wishes known through
communication with their elected representatives by phone, mail, e-mail,
individual meetings and attendance at legislative hearings.

Our immediate goals are:

1       To support state legislation beneficial to current and potential federal
annuitants and to oppose legislation contrary to our interests.  (This
concerns about 300,000 current Maryland resident federal employees and
retirees as well as other senior Maryland residents who are likely to benefit
from such actions on our part.);

2           To promote the general welfare of current and potential federal
annuitant residents recognizing our need for adequate income and services
to maintain their quality of life in Maryland; and

3           To establish the recognition by members of Maryland’s General
Assembly that NARFE members include a large number of highly
experienced individuals in areas of state responsibility and need to be
viewed as resources for Maryland.

The SLC will undertake needed actions to keep our members informed of
relevant legislation being proposed, analyses of it, dates of legislative
hearings and activities underway involving such legislation.  SLC will provide
updated information to the chapters for inclusion in chapter newsletters and
keep chapter legislative officers informed on a weekly basis or more during
the state’s legislative session, which runs from the second week in January
through mid-April.

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