For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jodie-Zisow-McClean, Steering Committee Member
House Appropriations Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh opposes anti-BDS Bill
On December 22, 2015 Chairwoman McIntosh released the following statement:
While I understand the concerns of Delegate Hettleman and others, I strongly believe in freedom of speech and would not support this type of legislation on those grounds. I plan to oppose this legislation should it come to the House floor for debate. Similar legislation aimed at the university system came up several years ago, and I opposed anti-BDS then, too.
This development is highly significant because Delegate McIntosh chairs the House Appropriations Committee. This is the committee through which pension-related bills must pass. Her opposition to this type of legislation makes the task of anti-BDS proponents significantly more difficult.