By Emily Scott, Producer
As Gov. Larry Hogan revealed his proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget in Annapolis yesterday, the People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland announced its legislative priorities for the 2022 legislative session.
The commission is made up of representatives of 28 advocacy groups mostly based in Maryland.
Christopher Dews, senior policy advocate for the Job Opportunities Task Force, said the commission has a focus on five bills this session he contended would help decriminalize poverty. Among those include eliminating the use of credit history and ZIP code as factors in auto-insurance rates, which disproportionately impacts communities of color.