CONTACT LEGISLATOR

Changing the law must start with the General Assembly. Every Marylander has a Delegate and Senator representing them in Annapolis. Click on the link below and enter your home address to find your elected officials:

Find Your Legislator

Once you identify your Delegate or Senator, here are a few pointers for contacting them:

  • Send them an email or give their office a call

  • Make sure you identify yourself as a constituent and provide your address, so they can confirm

  • Mention your particular point of view about legalizing chain store sales

Here is a sample email you can use to copy and paste:

Subject: Del./Sen. ___ (fill in blank) & Chain Store Alcohol Sales

Dear Del./Sen. ___ (fill in blank):

I am a constituent and am writing to ask for your support to legalize chain store alcohol sales. For too long, we as Marylanders have been living in the minority - 98% of of Americans can buy beer at grocery stores and 85% can buy wine there. I pay higher prices for less selection and want this to change. More importantly, I understand that legalizing chain store alcohol sales could generate over $100 million for our state priorities including schools, public safety and the Chesapeake Bay.

Please sponsor this legislation and bring change to Maryland that is long overdue. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

CONTACT

GOV. HOGAN

Ever since becoming governor, Larry Hogan has promised that Maryland is "open for business." This seems to fit the bill everywhere else except alcohol retailing. Governor Hogan has not moved the needle stuck in 1978 on chain stores selling alcohol ... but now is the time!

You can submit your comments to Governor Hogan using his web form (link also below). Here are a couple of tips when filling it out:

  • Choose Jobs as the message topic

  • Customize the message below

 

Dear Governor Hogan:

I am a Maryland resident and am writing to ask for your support to legalize chain store alcohol sales. When you ran and were elected to governor, your platform said that you were "open for business." Now five years in, I haven't seen any change to the alcohol retail landscape in place since 1978. As our state struggles to balance the budget with our priorities, we can't afford to leave over $100 million on the table. For education, for jobs, or for the Bay, I want that money to make Maryland stronger without raising taxes or fees.

 

We as Marylanders have been living in the minority for too long - 98% of of Americans can buy beer at grocery stores and 85% can buy wine there. I pay higher prices for less selection and want this to change.

Please introduce gubernatorial legislation this coming General Assembly Session to bring change to Maryland that is long overdue by legalizing chain store alcohol sales. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Governor Hogan's Contact Form

CONTACT

COUNTY EXEC

While your county executive or council can't introduce legislation directly in Annapolis, they have a strong voice with your county delegation. That's why we need them on our side!

Below is a table with links to contact every county executive or council chairperson. Some allow you email them while others require you to fill out an online form. We have made the appropriate links for each executive or county council. Here are a couple of tips when emailing your county executive or council chairperson:

  • Tie the increased revenue to priorities specific to your county

  • Make sure to mention your mailing address and neighborhood involvement

Here is a sample email you can use to copy and paste:

Subject: ___ (fill in blank) County & Chain Store Alcohol Sales

 

Dear ___ (fill in blank):

I am a Maryland resident and am writing to ask for your support to legalize chain store alcohol sales. When you ran and were elected to governor, your platform said that you were "open for business." Now five years in, I haven't seen any to the alcohol retail landscape in place since 1978. As our state struggles to balance the budget with our priorities, we can't afford to leave over $100 million on the table. For education, for jobs, or for the Bay, I want that money to make Maryland stronger without raising taxes or fees.

 

We as Marylanders have been living in the minority for too long - 98% of of Americans can buy beer at grocery stores and 85% can buy wine there. I pay higher prices for less selection and want this to change.

Please urge our county delegation to support legislation this coming General Assembly Session to bring change to Maryland that is long overdue by legalizing chain store alcohol sales. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

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