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Website gauging support for petitioning measures passed in Md. General Assembly

April 05, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Del. Neil C. Parrott said Friday that a website he chairs is trying to gauge support for petitioning some measures passed during the current session of the Maryland General Assembly to the ballot.

Parrott, R-Washington, who is chairman of MDpetitions.com, provided an email that listed some of the measures that could be challenged.

They include Gov. Martin O’ Malley’s gun-control measure, the repeal of the death penalty and the question of implementing the federal health care overhaul in Maryland.

Parrott was behind the move that forced laws such as the ones on same-sex marriage and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants onto the ballot in the November 2012 election.

Parrott said the email was sent to people who previously have signed petitions with MDpetitions.com.

Parrott told the Associated Press that he learned last year that a referendum effort needs more than just signatures. It also needs financial support to campaign up to Election Day, so he will be looking to see if there are partners to fund an actual campaign.

“So now, we have to make sure that that happens from the very beginning,” Parrott said.

Opponents would need about 56,000 signatures to put a measure on the ballot.

“I just voted against a controversial piece of legislation that the Annapolis machine forced through this session.  On a vote of 78-61, the House of Delegates just passed a bill that unbelievably restricts our Second Amendment rights,” said a message by Parrott that accompanies the questionnaire.

Parrott told the Associated Press that he suspects the question on the gun-control measure would get a high response, based on the thousands of gun-control opponents who showed up in Annapolis to protest the measure.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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