Preservation Maryland has become well known for its advocacy, in both public policy and direct intervention to save threatened historic resources. Preservation Maryland works closely with a coalition of community organizations, preservation and environmental groups and local governments to monitor legislative issues that affect both funding and programs that support preservation-related initiatives at the national, state and local levels.
On the federal level, Preservation Maryland has advocated for a number of bills including a federal tax credit to homeowners of certified historic properties for approved rehabilitation projects and the federal tax rehibilitation tax credit. It also supports federal funding for historic preservation including the Historic Preservation Fund that provides critical funding to the State Historic Preservation Offices. Preservation Maryland works closely with Preservation Action and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to monitor federal law affecting historic preservation.
One of Preservation Maryland's most successful advocacy efforts includes spearheading the passage of the Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit and its successor, the Sustainable Communities Act. The tax credit is the catalyst for revitalizing Baltimore's West Side and many other historic neighborhoods and commercial districts across the state. Past state advocacy efforts include supporting state legislation establishing Maryland's Heritage Preservation and Tourism Areas; and funding for the Maryland Historical Trust, including the Rural Legacy Program, Priority Funding Areas and Smart Codes. The Maryland General Assembly meets in Annapolis each year for 90 days to act on more than 2000 bills including the state's annual budget. The session convenes the second Wednesday of January and adjourns the second Monday in April. The General Assembly has 47 Senators and 141 Delegates elected from 47 districts.
Typically, the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee and the House Ways & Means Approriations Committees take up preservation issues including state budget provisons relating to historic preservation.
Preservation Maryland has provided technical advice to local organizations and communities on a wide range of issues including "big box" and sprawl related growth and local advocacy concerning infill development in historic areas.
Four Steps to Success in Lobbying
Guide to "Legislative Lingo"
"Who are my Elected Officials?"
General Assembly Organizational Structure
Dates of Interest for the 2014 Session
Guide to the Legislative Process
Advocacy Fact Sheets
Reauthorization of the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program
Funding for the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program
Funding for the African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program
Funding for the Main Street Maryland Programs
Funding for the Maryland Heritage Areas Program
Funding for the Maryland Humanities Council
State Budget Process and Timeline
National Advocacy Efforts
Creating American Prosperity Through Preservation (CAPP) Act Information
Letter Template - Support for the Historic Tax Credit
National Trust for Historic Preservation Advocacy Center
Send us news about preservation issues in your community at PM@preservation maryland.org