It’s been an eventful week both locally and in state government. As always, I want to do my best to give you information and ways you can make your voice heard in local and state government.
Redistricting County Commissioner Districts
This year, following the release of the decennial census, county representatives begin the process of reviewing and possibly redrawing the five existing county commissioner districts. Section 3-101(e) of the Carroll County Code requires that the Board of County Commissioners appoint a new Redistricting Committee, to examine the Carroll County Commissioner Districts based on the revised census data. The committee welcomes and encourages public attendance and participation at each of its meetings. More information can be found at:
Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission Second Round of Virtual Public Meetings/First Draft Map
There is one remaining meeting in the second round of hearings for the Maryland Redistricting Commission, this Monday, September 20th. This is the second of three rounds of public meetings, the third round will occur in October.
HOW TO JOIN THE MEETING OR SUBMIT TESTIMONY IN ADVANCE OF OR DURING THE VIRTUAL MEETING: To register for the meeting, sign up to give live testimony from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or to simply watch the meeting, click here. The meeting will be streamed in both English and Spanish. You can also dial in by calling (301) 715-8592 and entering the webinar ID 849 8786 8337. You can also submit your comments electronically or send a redistricting question to [email protected].
Update on Mask Mandate
This week, the Maryland General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review (AELR) voted to uphold the decision by State Board of Education to mandate masks in all public schools in the state of Maryland . This violates the key principle of local control by school boards elected by their constituents. The following statement that was issued by the Senate Republican members on AELR and I agree:
Senate Republican Members of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Issue Statement Following Vote to Approve Mask Mandate in Maryland’s Public Schools:
"We are disappointed by today’s vote approving the Maryland State Board of Education’s Emergency Regulation to institute a statewide mask mandate in every Maryland Public School.
This regulation is an overreach and political power grab by an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy. It usurps the authority of elected local school boards who made their plans to safely return children to school by listening to parents and following the latest health and safety guidelines. It is a one-size-fits-all approach that does not account for the variation in educational settings and COVID-19 metrics found throughout the state or allow for local flexibility to act and react quickly to changing metrics. It is an inappropriate overreach for the State Board of Education to reverse a local board’s decision and then require that local board to enforce a mandate or risk their funding.
This is much more than a mask requirement. This regulation presents many compliance questions that will negatively impact the classroom and learning environment as local boards and educators struggle with enforcement."
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected]. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
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