Week 13 of 2019 Legislative Session
Yesterday was met with the sad news of the passing of the Speaker of the House Michael Busch after a hospitalized illness. My thoughts and prayers are for his family. Today session is eerily quiet for the last day, but we must continue on this Sine Die.
Session is coming to a close today and I am quite busy. This is the second to last newsletter I will be sending out.
General Assembly Internships
Each legislative session my office employs extra staff and intern(s) to assist with the greater workload. We have had students from the University of Maryland, Salisbury University, Anne Arundel Community College Paralegal Department, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Liberty University. Students apply for internships through the General Assembly Internship Program. This year, our intern is again from Anne Arundel. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Darrell.
My name is Darrell and I am currently interning for Delegate Jerry Clark. I attend Anne Arundel Community College. The purpose of this internship was to explore the process of State Government and decide if I wanted to pursue a career in it. While I decided against it, Delegate Clark became a trusted mentor and teacher. He immersed me in Annapolis’ political culture by letting me tag along to the Environment and Transportation committee meetings and Southern Delegation meetings. I have learned more about government from him than I have from studying in school. My time with Delegate Clark has impacted my life immensely and changed the way I look at state government.
For more information about the Maryland General Assembly Internship Program or to apply read more at: http://dls.maryland.gov/careers/legislative-intern-program/
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Education HB 1314/ SB 1030
The Kirwan Commission report has positive and negative aspects. I am a big supporter of education, and believe it is critical in forming our children’s future. The positive aspect of the recommendations is that schools will be held to a higher standard. The negative is that the recommendations will cost approximately $7,000 per family in state and local taxes over the next five years.
The Senate version of the bill has passed. I voted in favor of the bill. In the first few years, the expected cost to the counties will mostly be for additional salaries. Once in place, I expect the recommendations will be evaluated and re-considered. At that time, we will have a better understanding of the full impact and my position may be re-considered.
Information on this bill can be found on the mga website: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=sb1030&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2019RS
State Government – Government Agents – Requests for and Use of Immigration Status Information HB 1165
Unfortunately, the above sanctuary bill passed out of the House of Delegates this week by a vote of 91-48. You will be glad to know that all the Delegates of Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties voted against this bill. The bill makes it illegal for state, local, or municipal government officials to ask a person about their immigration status. The bill is now in the Senate.
You can read more about this bill on the mga website: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=01&id=hb1165&tab=subject3&ys=2019RS
HB 28 - The aquaculture nursery intake/discharge bill passed! I am so excited! To view a bill summary, please reference Newsletter 1.
HB 477 – This bill adds EMT’s and other emergency medical volunteers to a list of individuals qualified for a property tax credit. It too has passed!
HB 841 – The aquaculture SAV bill also passed both houses. It allows for the farming of lease with the presence of underwater grasses/vegetation.
HB 1350 This bill expands the definition of "conservation property" for property tax assessment purposes. It passed the Senate today.
There is about a week left until scholarship applications are due! Please contact my office with any questions or concerns. The document is a locked google document, so please select ‘File’ in the top left, and then select ‘Download As’ to be able to edit the electronic copy.
The following is the link to the application: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eVZDhqSBc8aMRavX_ikwpndr5fqcTznZzHhG7Zaofec/edit?usp=sharing
I look forward to contacting you one final time as 2019 Legislative session concludes. Have a wonderful week.