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Monday, March 9, 9:01am

General Assembly Update #8

In Annapolis . . .

This week saw hearings for many contentious bills, including Governor Hogan’s bill to repeal the Stormwater Management Fee, which failed in the Environment and Transportation Committee on Friday afternoon.  Our local Fox station had a short clip on the bill with some comments by me on Saturday night - check it out here.

The 2015 Budget

Sunday, March 8, 8:48pm

This past Thursday I had the opportunity to present one of my bills this session - HB 551, the Community Clean Up and Greening Act.  This bill prohibits most retailers from distributing plastic bags at checkout, with exceptions for meats, produce, and limited other items. Retailers would charge 10 cents for each paper bag requested by the consumer.

Monday, March 2, 5:23pm

We’re over halfway through the 2015 session!  Friday marked the halfway point in this year’s 90-day legislative session.  Veteran legislators keep telling me that it is going to get even busier in the next 45 days and I find that hard to believe - I’m not sure how I could pack more into my days!  Last week was my busiest week yet, with five days of hearings in the Appropriations Committee, and four hearings in other committees advocating for bills on which I am the lead sponsor.  

In Annapolis . . .

Sunday, March 1, 4:18pm

Last Thursday, the Environment & Transportation Committee held a hearing on my bill to create a board of directors for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), House Bill 546.  I introduced HB 546 to start a conversation – and hopefully make some big changes – about how to ensure that the MTA is a high-performing state agency.  Efficient, effective, and reliable public transportation is imperative to ensure that Baltimore and Maryland are attracting and keeping employers, millennials and others who want to be car-free, and to connecting our neighborhoods and towns.

Saturday, February 21, 3:08pm

Today, Senator Ferguson, Delegate Hammen and I hosted a Budget Town Hall for our constituents and all those interested in learning about the FY2016 budget.  I was blown away by the turnout!  Nearly 100 people braved the snowy forecast to join us for a discussion on this year's budget and its implications for our City, for our communities, and for our schools.  We began with an overview of the budget process, talked about the structural deficit, and then moved into issue areas.  Del. Hammen covered health care issues and cuts to physician payments and prenatal care, Sen.

Friday, February 20, 7:45pm

I’m writing on a chilly Friday morning instead of this coming Monday so I can urge all of you in Baltimore to attend our District 46 Budget Town Hall tomorrow, February 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Du Burns Arena in Canton.  You can read more information and RSVP online here.  Please join us!

Sunday, February 15, 10:05pm

Last Week

It’s only Sunday, but already last week is a blur! Between meetings with advocates and constituents, to sessions on the House floor, to Appropriation hearings, my days go by so fast!  

Monday, February 9, 9:50am
It was another busy week in Annapolis!

Last Week

Legislation

I was happy to attend the press conference on the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, HB 385.  This bill requires an employer with more than nine employees to have a sick and safe leave policy under which an employee earns at least 1 hour of paid leave for every 30 hours an employee works up to 7 days a year.

Monday, February 2, 8:54am

Last Week

Sunday, January 25, 11:25pm

It's hard to believe we are already entering the third week of session. Each week seems busier than the last! No sooner had I settled into my office than the General Assembly session began full steam with bill requests, advocacy days, and committee briefings. Rightfully so – we have less than 90 days to approve a budget and pass laws for this year.  

Inauguration

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