Week 3 of 2019 Legislative Session
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.
Murder and Repeat Violent Offender Registry Act of 2019
Minority Leader Nic Kipke introduced the Murder and Repeat Violent Offender Registry Act of 2019. He described it as a registry with names of persons who have murdered or have participated in more than one violent crime. This list does not publish these names to the public for the first time as the records are made public through websites like the case search database. The benefit of publishing this list is to inform families and individuals of possible threats near their homes.
Commonsense Tax Cut Act of 2019
House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga introduced the Commonsense Tax Cut Act of 2019. She explained that many families are struggling under the burden of state taxes. By creating a .25% tax cut across the board to working families, the Republican Caucus hopes to make Maryland a more fiscally comfortable state to raise a family or create a business. The fiscal policy should be about 400 Mill across the board, and the last tax cut was approximately 20 years ago.
Special Police Officers Act of 2019
Assistant Minority Leader Matt Morgan introduced the Special Police Officers Act of 2019. The school shooting at Great Mills High served as a catalyst for this legislation. The Special Police Officers Act of 2019 gives the Sheriff Department a choice to add a special police officer to protect schools in their jurisdiction. Our children are our future, and need to be protected.
One Person One Vote Act of 2019
Chief Deputy Whip Jason Buckel introduced the One Person One Vote Act of 2019. Currently there are large districts with up to 120,000 constituents shared by three State Delegates. Chief Deputy Whip Jason Buckel argues that this is an unfair example of gerrymandering. The One Person One Vote Act of 2019 will minimize the amount of constituents in a district to no more than 40,000, and limit each district to one State Delegate. This act will allow a Delegate to better directly represent their constituents, and will take away one form of voter-suppression.
2019-2020 Scholarship Application
We are currently accepting scholarship applications between now and April 15! Be sure to carefully read the requisites at the top of the application. You may access the application through the following link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eVZDhqSBc8aMRavX_ikwpndr5fqcTznZzHhG7Zaofec/edit?usp=sharing