Interested in finding out which legislators made efforts to protect and improve your consumer rights? The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition (MCRC) recently released its 2012 Legislative Scorecard. To create this scorecard, MCRC “grades each legislator for his or her floor votes on eight key consumer-rights bills and on committee votes on a broader list of consumer concerns during the 2012 legislative sessions.” MCRC is “a statewide advocacy groups that protects and advances the interests of Maryland consumers through research, education, and advocacy.”
Eighty of your legislators earned perfect scores and were named to MCRC’s list of 2012 Consumer Champions for their advocacies of consumer rights bills. “These strong scores reflect the good work the legislators did on housing, health and identity theft issues this Spring,” MCRC Board Vice-President Robin McKinney said in a statement.
Despite the work of these eighty legislators, the overall record for 2012 was mixed. Bills on unfair auto dealing retribution, to limit unfair automatic renewal clauses in energy contracts, and other necessary steps to protect your consumer rights died in committee. These are concerns that consumer advocates plan on making known to the General Assembly before the 2013 legislative session begins.
Now is the time to give your legislators the extra pressure they need to assure that these issues outstanding are addressed and taken care of next spring. You can contact them directly by following this link and clicking “Contact or find a Legislator” on the right side of the screen.
You can see the complete scorecard here, the full list of MCRC’s 2012 Consumer Champions here, and the full list of floor and committee votes used to grade each legislator on MCRC’s legislative scorecard homepage.