Updated October 23, 2017
Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an unconstitutional anti-BDS Executive Order, prohibiting executive agencies in Maryland from entering into procurement contracts with companies unless they certify in writing that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel.
Click here to read the Executive Order
For the third straight year, activists in Maryland defeated anti-boycott legislation.
In 2017, anti-BDS legislation was introduced and defeated in Maryland. SB 739 and HB 949 would create a blacklist of individuals, organizations, and companies that participate in boycotts of Israel and "territories controlled by Israel," and prohibit the state from investing in blacklisted entities. These bills also prohibit those who participate in boycotts of Israel and "territories controlled by Israel" from contracting with the state.
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For more info:
Legal Letter by Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation, Palestine Legal, Center for Constitutional Rights, and others.
Baltimore Sun: Bill brings Middle East boycott conflict to Annapolis, Feb. 9, 2017
In 2016, Freedom to Boycott in Maryland successfully defeated anti-BDS legislation in Maryland . For more information, please visit:
Freedom to Boycott in Maryland, a coalition of groups and individuals advocating for free speech rights in Maryland in support of BDS.
Mondoweiss: "Maryland coalition defeats anti-BDS bill in State Assembly," April 26, 2016.
In response to the American Studies Association’s (ASA) resolution supporting an academic boycott of Israel, the Maryland legislature introduced bills that would prohibit public universities from funding associations that have an academic boycott against countries with which Maryland has a “declaration of cooperation.” These bills did not pass.
The Maryland legislature included a provision in its 2015 budget condemning the ASA over its academic boycott of Israel.