Target: Gail H. Bates, Maryland State Senator and member of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
Goal: Ask state senator to support anti-fracking bill.
An anti-fracking bill in Maryland has passed the House, but has yet to move forward in the Senate. If it is not approved soon, fracking will once again be allowed in the state of Maryland. The bill is being held in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee because it lacks the votes that would be needed to overturn the governor’s possible veto.
To override a veto, 29 votes are needed. At least 24 votes are confirmed, which means five more senators must be swayed to join the anti-fracking movements. Senator Gail Bates is a member of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, but has not sponsored the bill. If her support can be garnered, however, it would perhaps help in rallying more Republican support.
As a member of the committee that protects the environment, Bates should take action to better protect the state of Maryland and its resources. She should also defend the interests of her constituents, a majority of which are against fracking in the state. Sign the petition and ask that Senator Bates stand against fracking so that enough votes are acquired to ban the practice forever.
Dear Senator Bates,
An anti-fracking bill is stalled in your committee because there are not enough votes in the Senate to guarantee its approval. The Senate is five votes short. As a member of a committee that seeks to protect the interests of the environment, you should understand the immense damage fracking will cause to Maryland and its resources, include water contamination and earthquakes.
If you can rally behind this bill, perhaps more Republicans will also show their support and stand against fracking and stand for the interests of their constituents. I ask that you join the others in your committee and support this anti-fracking bill so that the damaging practice can be banned from harming your state and its citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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