We’ve passed the halfway point in the 2020 Session. It’s been an extremely busy year as we try to sort out the Kirwan education plan, sanctuary for illegal aliens, crime in Baltimore City, and as of last week, a proposed massive tax increase. As always, your thoughts and opinions are welcome at [email protected]
Ready OpEd in Carroll County Times: General Assembly Focus Misplaced
My recent OpEd in the Carroll County Times gives an update on the misplaced crime legislation being considered in Annapolis. Governor Hogan has implored Democratic leadership to move his legislation to combat violent crime. Read the full OpEd by clicking here.
Sanctuary State Proposals Hearing This Week:
This week the Judicial Proceedings Committee, of which I am a member, heard many bills dealing with illegal immigrants and many different approaches from across the aisle that would prohibit cooperation with Federal ICE agents. Last week I filmed a segment for MPT’s “State Circle” opposite Delegate David Moon and highlighted my bill SB 332 to stop counties from refusing to work with ICE detainers.
Click here to watch the video and go to minute 14.
Click here to watch my weekly video on this topic.
Maryland Retains Triple-AAA Bond Rating
The three major bond rating agencies have reaffirmed Maryland’s AAA bond rating. Maryland is one of thirteen states* to hold the coveted AAA rating, the highest possible rating, from all three major bond rating agencies. The lower interest rates that the State will achieve on its bonds due to its outstanding credit rating will save the Maryland residents millions of dollars and allow those dollars to be directed to investment in our local communities, notably our schools, libraries, institutions of higher education, healthcare facilities and cultural projects important to the residents of our State.
Census 2020 – Be Counted
The 2020 census will take place this spring. The United States in required to perform a nation count of all people living in each state every ten years. The census is important because it determines representation in Congress and local legislative districts, is the basis for funding given to each state and county for critical programs and services. Please make every effort to be counted. For more information, visit https://census.maryland.gov/.
If you are or know a high school senior or college student, please consider applying for a Senatorial Scholarship. For more information or to request an application, email Emily Van Horn at [email protected] and include your full address. Scholarships will accepted up to April 10, 2020.
It is my honor to represent you in the Maryland General Assembly. Again, your feedback and ideas are always welcome at [email protected] or by contacting my office.