Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the seventh week.
Weekly Video Update: Making MD Retirement Friendly & Standing Up for Police:
Click on the photo below for my weekly video update.
FOX 45 Appearance on Anti-Parent Children’s Counseling Bill:
On Tuesday, I joined the State House Spotlight on Fox 45 to discuss legislation I opposed that lowers the age of consent for mental health treatment from 16 to 12. Senate Bill 41 allows for children as young as 12 to consent to mental health counseling and treatment without the consent of a parent or guardian no matter the circumstances. The bill also removes a requirement that parents or legal guardians be notified that the counseling took place.
This bill would create a default that no parent has to be informed that their child is seeking mental health treatment. In my view, it seems to assume that parents are not trustworthy when dealing with their child’s mental health. I strongly opposed this legislation but it did pass the Senate 31-16 and is now going over to the House of Delegates. Click here to watch the full State House Spotlight on Fox 45.
MPT “State Circle” Interview discussing Student-Athlete Bill & Taxpayer Funded Payments to Illegal Immigrants
Last Friday, I joined Maryland Public Television’s “State Circle” show to discuss two items. First, a bill that I introduced that allows student-athletes to profit off of their name, image or likeness and also put in additional safety protections for these student-athletes. Second, we discussed the General Assembly pushing legislation allowing illegal immigrants to get expanded, refundable child tax credits and the earned income tax credit in Maryland. I strongly oppose this and expressed that in the interview.
To watch the “Annapolis Faceoff” segment that I participated in, click here. It begins shortly after the 10 minute mark of the “State Circle” program.
How to Watch the 2021 General Assembly
In the 2021 General Assembly Session every Senate/House floor session, committee hearing and committee voting session will be live-streamed which is unprecedented. Until last year, only committee hearings were fully live-streamed. It's all on the Maryland General Assembly website but navigation could be tricky for people who are unfamiliar with it (which is most people).
Here is a link to a short video, created by Sam Jones from my staff, that shows where to go to watch both live floor Sessions and committee action. Please feel free to share with friends so people can see how to follow along and - as always - contact my office if we can be helpful in any way. You can click here to view the video.
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 15, 2021.