Our 90-day legislative session ended at midnight on Monday night. As I've communicated with you throughout the Session, there was good, bad and...ugly. Below I've tried to summarize the major issues we dealt with in my recap...
This week I put together a full recap of the 2021 legislative session (with a big thanks to my staff for helping me organize my thoughts). This recap letter highlights the FY 2022 Budget, battles over policing legislation, victories from the Session, bad bills that passed/good bills that failed and other information. You can access the full letter on my website, or by clicking here.
Ready in the Press:
This past Tuesday, I went on Baltimore’s Fox 45 to discuss landmark legislation that I was the lead sponsor on that passed the General Assembly. The bill in reference allows for collegiate student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, while also supporting their physical and academic well-being. Please click here to watch the interview.
This Year - Redistricting
The Maryland legislature is expected to reconvene in the fall to pass a congressional redistricting map. Every ten years following the national census, congressional, state, and local government maps are redrawn and realigned with changing populations. Maryland is notorious for political gerrymandering and has been warned by the courts to stop engaging in political representative map drawing. Because of COVID, the census data is delayed. While congressional redistricting will most likely be addressed in the late fall, the state and local redistricting maps may not be addressed until January of 2022.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 24th
Unfortunately, ever since the Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns were set into place, many of our friends, family members, and neighbors have turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. Reports of a troubling uptick in opioid abuse, along with other substances, should be a major concern to all of us. However, on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is on Saturday, April 24, community members have the opportunity to dispose of unused medications. I will share more information about locations and procedure as Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) Maryland releases it.
MDOT SHA to Improve Roadway Surface on MD 140:
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will mill, patch, and resurface a section of MD 140 (Taneytown Pike) between WMC Drive/Meadow Creek Drive and the MD 27 (Manchester Road) bridge, a span of 1.6 miles, in Westminster starting Sunday, April 18 at 8 p.m. The work will remove damaged portions of the roadway and replace it with new, smooth pavement. The project is expected to be complete in June.