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We’re hitting the halfway point of the 2017 General Assembly session, it is amazing how fast these first six weeks have passed by. Last week was a very busy week for me. Six bills that I am either the primary sponsor on or represented the Carroll County Delegation on were up for committee bill hearings. Last night, we also had a great time at District 5 night with over 100 people coming down for the event. Governor Hogan even stopped by to say hello and greet attendees. Thank you to everyone who attended!

This week promises to be to just as busy. Below you can find the link to my most recent weekly update video, comments on Right to Work legislation I am sponsoring, and details on an upcoming Carroll County Business Reception in Annapolis.

Weekly Session Video Update:

This week’s video update relays my comments on the Senate Walkout that I participated in. I think it’s imperative for our State Legislators to focus on issues in Maryland, rather than being reactionary to the federal policies of the Trump Administration. To watch the video in its entirety, click here.

Right to Work

This week the Right to Work bill that I have sponsored, SB 490, will undergo a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee. In the early 20th Century, Labor Unions played an important role in protecting workers from dire conditions, twenty hour work days, and child labor in industrial factories. Unions have their place but Maryland has, over the years, allowed unions – particularly public sector unions – to have largely unchecked power in forcing people to join. Maryland state employees and many county government employees, including teachers, are forced to join a union or, if they don’t want to be a member, pay a union fee anyway. There are private sector jobs that are also “closed shops”, meaning you have to be a member of a trade union to work there. I am proposing SB 490 to give Maryland workers the freedom to work anywhere they are qualified to work whether they join a union or not. A majority of states in the U.S. are “right to work” states and are seeing very positive economic benefits including increased job creation. Marylanders should have the ability to choose what’s best for them in dealing with their employers, no one should be forced to associate or pay money to an organization that may not represent their views.

2017 Carroll County Reception Invitation

You are cordially invited to join Carroll County business, non-profit, and government leaders at a special “Carroll County Night” Reception from 6:00 to 8:00p on Thursday, March 9th, 2017. The event will be held at the Governor Calvert House at 58 State Circle, Annapolis MD, 21401.  This event is sponsored by the Carroll County Department of Economic Development with support from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. If you plan to attend, they do ask that you please RSVP to Sandy Yingling at [email protected] or 410-386-2070.

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