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D.C. United Study Bill Approved by House Committee

From the Washington Post Maryland Moment Blog: 

By a vote of 17 to 7, the House Appropriations Committee has given a favorable vote to a bill allowing the Maryland Stadium Authority to study the feasibility and economic cost of building a soccer stadium in Prince George’s County for D.C. United. But first committee members further amended the bill to reconfirm–really, truly, they mean it– that nothing in the measure would obligate the state to spend a dime more than the study nor commit the state to ultimately building the stadium.

It is not yet clear if the full House intends to attempt to take the bill up twice before the end of the day, as would be necessary for the body to give approval to the bill before tonight’s crossover deadline. After tonight, bills that pass one chamber are not guaranteed a hearing before the other chamber. D.C. United President Kevin Payne said he believes the study, which Stadium Authority officials estimated would cost $150,000 to $200,000, is a good idea. “We hope everyone will agree it makes sense to spend a little time to find out if it makes sense. That’s all we ask.”

This is great news, but it is only the first step. There’s a lot of work to go still. The next thing we need to focus on is call Prince George’s County Council.  Vamos United!

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ALERT!

House Bill 1282 will be voted on tomorrow, Monday March 30th, at 11am! Start calling the House Appropriations Committee and tell them you support the bill and United in Prince George’s County! Click here for the list of who to call.

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We’ve Got A Hearing Date!

The D.C. United stadium legislation, HB 1282, introduced by Del. Melony Griffith (thank her here) is scheduled for a hearing on St. Patrick’s Day! The House Appropriations Committee hearing will begin at 1:00 p.m. on March 17, in Room 121 of the House Office Building in Annapolis.

It is critical for you to contact the members of the Committee (see our previous post) to express your support. Also, we should be working to bolster support within the Prince George’s County delegation in the House and Senate by writing them to express our support for United’s efforts.

GOAL!Maryland is planning a press conference for the 17th to show our support, and everyone is invited. Details to follow soon.

Please let us know by posting a reply here or on Facebook about whether you can make it to Annapolis. We were thinking that a few people might be planning to duck out a little early on St. Pat’s Day anyway.  And if it seems like we’ll have a good turnout of United supporters, perhaps the press conference could become a rally. Let us know soon, so we can work on logistics.

This hearing is a big step toward United’s dream of playing in its own world-class stadium. We need to make our voices heard loud and clear during the next two weeks and on the 17th.

Thanks for everything you’re doing. Let’s try and do more.

Ben and Jim

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How You Can Help

Let us apologize up front, because this posting is going to be long. But we’ve had people asking us what they can do to help, and we wanted to begin to offer some options.

Thank the people who have gotten the ball rolling for D.C. United: Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson (his son is a H.S. soccer coach), Sen. Anthony Muse, Del. Melony Griffith and County Council Chair Marilyn Bland. Councilmen Will Campos and Sam Dean also committed their support at the stadium announcement, as well as Del. Michael Vaughn. And Lt. Governor Anthony Brown made positive remarks about the stadium in the press. These are our champions, and we need to make sure they are supported. Thank them for their efforts and ask them what they would like you to do to help.

Show our support to decision-makers: Ultimately, to make this project move forward, we need support from Governor O’Malley and the key fiscal committees in the legislature: the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Appropriations Committee. The Chairs are Sen. Ulysses Currie, who, fortunately, is from Prince George’s County, and Del. Norman Conway, who represents Wicomico and Worcester Counties. The bill has been introduced in the House of Delegates. It is HB 1282, and you can see the specifics here.

Reference the bill number if you write to a delegate. The Senate bill has not yet been introduced, but we’ll keep you posted – including when there will be hearings. If you would like to contact a Senator, just write that you support the stadium project and hope they will too. Tell them it is:

• Critical for the team’s continued success;

• A great economic boost in tough times for Prince George’s County and Maryland;

• And affordable – since the team and county officials pledge that private investment, and new revenue produced by the stadium, will enable the stadium to pay for itself.

Here is the list of the other Committee members. And you can use this page to find out who your Senator and Delegates are by typing in your address. Maryland residents please contact the Governor and Committee Chairs – but only contact members if you live or work in their district. If we start spamming them indiscriminately, they will ignore us. 

Chair: Ulysses Currie, Prince George’s County

Vice Chair: Edward J. Kasemeyer, Baltimore County

David R. Brinkley, Frederick County

Nathaniel J. McFadden, Baltimore City

James E. DeGrange, Sr., Anne Arundel County

Donald F. Munson, Washington County

George C. Edwards, Allegheny and Garrett Counties

Douglas J. J. Peters, Prince George’s County

Verna L. Jones, Baltimore City

James N. Robey, Howard County

Nancy J. King, Montgomery County

J. Lowell Stoltzfus, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties

Rona E. Kramer, Montgomery County

Bobby A. Zirkin, Baltimore County

Richard S. Madaleno, Jr., Montgomery County

 

Chair: Norman H. Conway, Wicomico and Worcester Counties

Vice Chair: James E. Proctor, Jr., Prince George’s and Calvert Counties

Susan L. M. Aumann, Baltimore County

Guy Guzzone, Howard County

Gail H. Bates, Howard County

Keith E. Haynes, Baltimore City

Wendell R. Beitzel, Garrett and Allegheny Counties

Henry B. Heller, Montgomery County

John L. Bohanan, Jr., St. Mary’s County

Mary-Dulany James, Harford and Cecil Counties

Talmadge Branch, Baltimore City

Adrienne A. Jones, Baltimore County

William A. Bronrott, Montgomery County

Murray D. Levy, Charles County

Galen R. Clagett, Frederick County

Heather R. Mizeur, Montgomery County

Steven J. DeBoy, Sr., Baltimore County

Barbara A. Robinson, Baltimore City

Adelaide C. Eckardt, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Wicomico Counties

Steven R. Schuh, Anne Arundel County

Tawanna P. Gaines, Prince George’s County

Theodore J. Sophocleus, Anne Arundel County

Melony G. Griffith, Prince George’s County

Nancy R. Stocksdale, Carroll County

Ana Sol Gutiérrez, Montgomery County

John F. Wood, Jr., Charles and St. Mary’s Counties

 

Thanks, and let’s get to work. Our next post will take on how we can influence – and add to – press coverage.

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