Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Speaker Tony Friend Testifies in Annapolis!
On Tuesday February 1, 2011-
Tony Friend, member of the Speakers’ Bureau, testified before legislators on HB 28-Public Benefits-Requirement of Proof of Lawful Presence. The purpose of this bill is to require adults to provide certain identification in order to receive public benefits.
Tony testified against the bill explaining that while being homeless he was unable to obtain any form of identification after being robbed of everything he had. This bill affects not just those who are in the
illegally, but US citizens who are robbed of their ID and have to go through a time consuming process to replace it. US
After Tony spoke, three legislators approached him and said that they were moved by his story and now feel compelled to help.