In a non-COVID year, I usually spend a lot of time in the Spring traveling around the District to share updates following the annual Legislative Session with local leaders, residents and business owners. This year for obvious reasons, that isn't possible, and I wanted to share several legislative items of interest with you. 71 Day … Continue reading Legislative Update
HB1363 (Human Services - Two Generation Family Economic Security Commission) passed both the House and the Senate before our early adjournment.
Last Monday, I spent nearly seven hours in a marathon joint hearing with the House Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees and the Senate Budget and Taxation and Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committees on the bill that would implement the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission.
Following the work of the Economic Stability Study Group over the interim, including a Western Maryland Listening Session attended by more than 150 community leaders, I am pleased to share that the Study Group has put forth legislation to establish the Two Generation Family Economic Security Commission.
Last week's big event was Governor Hogan's 2020 State of the State Address. Maryland continues to thrive with Governor Hogan at the helm. His address focused on accountability in government, bipartisan collaboration, tax relief especially for retirees, and redistricting reform.
The biggest issue of the past week in Annapolis were votes to override the Governor's vetoes on several pieces of legislation in 2019. The House and Senate overrode 5 of 8 vetoes. I voted to sustain all of Governor Hogan's vetoes.
The 2019 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly ended on Monday, April 8th at midnight, Sine Die. Sine Die is usually a celebratory affair, but this year it was overshadowed by the great loss of Maryland House of Delegates Speaker, Mike Busch, who passed away the day before the 2019 Session ended.
With just 31 days left in the 2019 Legislative Session, the pace is picking-up. We are all working towards the March 18th "Cross Over" deadline where legislation must move from the House to the Senate to be considered.