Baltimore Sun Flags Anti-Boycott Bill as Violation of the First Amendment

The Baltimore Sun has written a great article explaining the contours of debate around the anti-Boycott Bill. Unfortunately for the bill supporters, it exposes the main problem with the bill. It's blatantly unconstitutional:

[Delegate Benjamin] Kramer denies the legislation would infringe on the rights of boycotters. He pointed to the strong economic relationship forged through Maryland's Declaration of Cooperation with Israel.

"There is nothing unconstitutional about saying we do not want to use taxpayer funds that would undermine state policy," he said.

[Donald F. Norris, director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County] questioned whether that logic will hold up in court.

"Now that the Supreme Court has told us money is speech, it will have First Amendment implications, which would make it unconstitutional," he said.

There is no way to square this circle. SB739/HB949 is fatally flawed. It cannot be fixed. It must be defeated. If you want to help defeat the bill, send a message to your legislator opposing it.

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