Annapolis Week 2021

This message contains a lot of information, so please read through to the end. 

1.            WE are looking for volunteers to attend meetings with the Maryland General Assembly during our NFBMD Week In Annapolis. 

2.            We are also looking for volunteers to serve as Zoom hosts for those meetings. 

3.            We are sharing information about issue training meetings so participants can prepare to talk about our legislative priorities for the 2021 General Assembly. 

4.            We are sharing the Fact Sheets for our three legislative priorities for 2021. 

5.            We are explaining when each geographic area will have the bulk of its meetings.

6.            We are providing the Zoom information for the Issues Training meetings.


This year, instead of our usual Day in Annapolis, we will be holding a Week in Annapolis.  Due to some schedule changes on the part of the Maryland General Assembly, our Week in Annapolis dates are now January 21 – 28, 2021. 


1.         Seeking Volunteers to Participate in Legislative Meetings

We will specifically have meetings on January 21, 26, 27, and 28.  We have broken down the 188 appointments by geographic area, and so we do need volunteers to participate in those virtual meetings.  We’d like people to attend the meetings for their particular district (and we’ll try to make that happen) and also the general geographic area surrounding their district.  But there are also districts with few NFBMD constituents, so we are also looking for folks who can attend any district meetings on any day.  More information about the geographic breakdown later on this page.  Meanwhile, if you are available to participate in any of the days January 21, 26, 27, or 28 for our NFBMD 2021 Week in Annapolis, please let Sharon Maneki, our Director of Legislation and Advocacy know.  You can email her at or at 410-715-9596.  Please let her know by the end of the day Tuesday, January 19, 2021 if you can participate.  Be sure to tell her your name, how we can best reach you (email is preferred but not required) to share Zoom information, your state legislative district, if you know it, and your county.


2.         Seeking Zoom Hosts for Legislative Meetings

We are also in need of folks who are comfortable hosting Zoom meetings.  If you are able to perform the duties of a Zoom host, please contact Ronza Othman to let her know what days you are available.  You do not need to provide a Zoom account for us to use to be a host.  Please email Ronza Othman at by Tuesday, January 19, 2021.


3.         Training on Issues

We will also be holding two meetings to prepare for the Week in Annapolis and go over the issues, teams, and assignments.  You only need to attend one of the meetings and not both.  Team Leads will attend a separate meeting (on January 19 at 9PM; Sharon will send out the meeting information to team leads directly) in addition to one of the issues meetings.  The issues meetings will take place at 8PM on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and at 8PM on Monday, January 25, 2021.  Anyone attending legislative appointments on Thursday, January 21 should attend the issues meeting on the 20th.  The access information for both meetings is the same.  It can be found at the bottom of this message.


4.         Legislative Priorities and Fact Sheets

This year, there are three legislative priorities:



5.         Schedule of Meeting Broken Down by Geographic Area

We have tried to organize constituent meetings by geographic location. 

-              Thursday, January 21 – Ann Arundel, Howard, Carrol, and Frederick Counties

-              Tuesday, January 26 – Western Maryland, Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland (Tri-county area), and Harford County

-              Wednesday, January 27 – Baltimore City and Baltimore Counties

-              Thursday, January 28 – Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties


6.         Zoom Call In Information for Issues Training Meetings

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