Thank you for following along with me during the 2019 Legislative Session. I am honored to represent so many people who take a vested interest in our community. Your input helps me better understand and represent the values and ideas of Southern Maryland.
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.
This week was full of excitement. Two of my bills passed out of Senate committees! The governor vetoed three bills and the Maryland General Assembly voted to override them. Read on to find out more.
We have had a lot of work this Crossover week. Crossover is the date during session by which bills from one house must be passed out that house and be read in the opposite house. It is a hectic and crazy week full of hearings, subcommittees, voting sessions. often long and multiple sessions in one day, and even weekend sessions. Additionally, the state operating budget was also voted and passed this week.
I would like to take this week to thank my constituents for their continued support. Every Monday as I walk into the House Office Building and see the beautiful artwork lining the walls, I am reminded of why I serve our community. Each piece of art is symbolic of a Maryland resident whose life my job here in Annapolis will impact. For this reason I am constantly striving for virtue and discernment, and encourage my colleagues to as well. I would like to remind you to contact my office with your questions or concerns, because as a member of our community your voice is important to us.
This week has been busy! I have been running from meeting to meeting lobbying for my bills. In fact, HB28 passed unanimously on Friday! HB 28 allows oyster nursery growers to no longer require certain licenses from the Department of the Environment or the Board of Public Works if they are using an existing pier or bulkhead. I am so excited that this bill passed and that I was able to help members of our community. In addition to this bill, I want to take this week to highlight bills that will specifically impact our community.
Welcome to Week five of 2019 Legislative Session! My car battery died on me this week! But I did not let that stop me. My car was jump-started and I was able to make it into work. Like my car battery, I jumped into work these past two weeks and proposed a few bills. Last week hosted the last day to propose bills for a guaranteed hearing in 2019. I proposed two bills. This current week was just as integral, and I would like to highlight two bills.
Governor Hogan delivered another powerful speech on Wednesday, January 30th. In his State of the State address, He quoted his inauguration speech from four years ago by stating his vow to “create an environment of trust and cooperation where the best ideas rise to the top based on their merit, regardless of which side of the aisle they come from.” The Governor also spotlighted previous work of the General Assembly to improve Maryland.
This week has flown by! My colleagues and I have been inspired by Governor Hogan’s call for all General Assembly Members to work together to create better Laws for Maryland. To act on this inspiration, the House Republican Caucus held a press conference on Friday, January 25th, to announce their four legislative initiatives for this 2019 Legislative Session. Many of these initiatives have been supported by both parties in surrounding states. The following is a link to the press release: https://mailchi.mp/7d7f1d28d845/for-immediate-release-house-minority-caucus-announces-session-priorities-2301669?e=b1e8520908 .
Below I will summarize the initiatives and their benefits.
This week was eventful! The Governor's inauguration took place on Wednesday, January 16th. Governor Larry Hogan is only the second Republican Governor to be re-elected in the state of Maryland. What an honor! And I am thankful to be serving during this historic time.