Check out my 2016 End of Session Report - an overview of major legislation we passed, including the Baltimore City Package, my bills, and the FY2017 budget!
My time in Annapolis for the year is drawing to a close, but I wanted to send a short email this week before I send you my final End of Session report next week. It was a big week in Annapolis and Baltimore - and a great day at Camden Yards yesterday! It's always good to start the season in the W column. #LetsGoOs
We have now passed both FY2017 budgets - the Operating Budget and the Capital Budget. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I spent most of session working on both of these important documents. Passing a budget every year is the General Assembly's only constitutional duty - and so I'm pleased to say that this year we even finished early!
I've included links to two one-pagers below on the budgets. You can also find all the budget documents and individual Agency budget analyses at the General Assembly website here.
Wow! In the past two weeks, so much has happened that I hardly know where to start. I hope you had a wonderful Easter, if you celebrate! Eben, Teddy, and I enjoyed church at St. Ignatius in the morning, followed by an Easter egg hunt in our local park, and dinner with family and friends. And now, it’s back to Annapolis.
For Immediate Release
March 21, 2016
Contact: Katlyn Clark
It's crossover week in the General Assembly! Next Monday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. marks the deadline for bills to be passed in the chamber in which they were introduced and to “cross over” to the other chamber for consideration. Because a record number of bills has been introduced his year, this week will be very busy! Read below about more money for Baltimore City schools, Program Open Space funding, and local bond bills for District 46!
The past two weeks were busy with budget briefings and visits with constituents! Last week, I was honored to speak at a rally to preserve funding for providers treating behavioral health conditions. The rally to help “Keep the Door Open” to patients was a huge success, and I hope that we are able to pass this important legislation to make sure anyone can get the treatment they need.
When I ran for office, all around the City people brought up the issue of public transit: Why is MTA so unreliable? Why don’t we have a better subway system? Why don’t we have any say in how MTA runs our public transit?
Happy February - I hope you stayed warm during the very cold weekend! It has been an incredibly fast-paced session so far, with no signs of slowing down. Below I discuss some of the bill hearings and budget briefings we’ve had, but I’ve also found time to have many meetings with constituents who have come down to advocate on a variety of topics - from bikes to animals to transit!