I hope you and your family are well as we have finally gotten into real Spring weather. Below, is an update on the abortion debate as it pertains to Maryland's recently passed legislation and Governor Hogan's action to delay compliance. I also have some good news about help for one of our towns and a list of upcoming events around Carroll County.
Hogan Refuses to Release Funds Early for Planned Parenthood
As I have mentioned previously, HB937/SB890, the Abortion Care Access Act bill (I opposed) was passed during the 2022 Legislative Session, vetoed by Governor Hogan, and in the last week of Session, was overridden very much along party lines.
This bill allows for a number of non-doctor health professions, including physicians assistants and midwives to become licensed in performing abortion procedures - even late term abortion surgeries. Maryland, without this change in the law, was already one of the most accessible and liberal in the nation for abortion access. The stated goal of this legislation is to increase the number of abortions (to allow for the many out-of-state abortions they are expecting) in Maryland. It also mandates $3.5 million in taxpayer funds be given each year to an outside organization to train and educate health professionals on the performance of abortions. While the bill doesn't specify the organization, it seems likely that it will end up being Planned Parenthood.
Although the law takes effect on July 1, 2022, the legislation, as written, would not allocate funding until the fiscal year starting in July 2023. Governor Hogan has been pressured to release the funds early in light of the leaked decision from the U.S. Supreme Court but he has rightly refused. The Governor has stated, “that non-licensed Physicians should not be performing these medical procedures”. I agree, regardless of where you stand on abortion overall - we cannot and should not sacrifice the standards for women’s health care nor should we be using taxpayer dollars in this manner. I will do my best to keep you posted on this and other issues.
Funds Approved for Union Bridge
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, the Board of Public Works approved a request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $99,800 to the town of Union Bridge for the town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Enhanced Nutrient Renewal Upgrade project. The project will mean an 83% reduction in nitrogen and 92% reduction in phosphorus, thereby reducing nutrients discharged to the Little Pipe Creek and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
ICYMI: Endorsements in District 5 race for Delegate:
In case you missed it, I sent a breakdown out a couple of weeks ago about how state legislative redistricting has impacted Carroll County and also my endorsements of April Rose and Chris Tomlinson for House of Delegates in District 5 and Haven Shoemaker for Carroll County State's Attorney. Read more details by clicking here.
May 12th – Delegate April Rose Business Breakfast @ Greenmount Station:
Join Delegate April Rose as she gives a recap of the 2022 General Assembly Session and kicks off her re-election campaign at Greenmount Station in Hampstead on May 12th. Event time is from 8:00-10:00 AM. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
May 15th Carroll County Veterans Celebration
The Carroll County Farm Museum will be hosting a Carroll County Veterans Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. This event celebrates Veterans, Military and their families, but everyone is invited to join the festivities. Admission and parking are free. Activities include: Food trucks, two live bands, military exhibits, and children’s activities. For more information, visit Home Page - Carroll County Farm Museum.
May 19th – Haven Shoemaker/Sheriff Jim DeWees Fundraiser @ The Flood Zone: The Haven Shoemaker & Jim DeWees Slate is hosting an event from 6:00-8:00 PM in Union Bridge at The Flood Zone. Proceeds benefit their campaign to continue the fight to keep Carroll County safe. Details about tickets can be found by clicking here.
May 21st – Hampstead Day – Main Street Hampstead:
This annual event with vendors, food, performances and more is a lot of fun for everyone and totally free to attend, including free shuttle from North Carroll High School parking lot into downtown. Runs from 9:00-2:00.