Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the seventh week of the 2022 General Assembly Session.
Weekly Video Update: Fighting Radical “Climate” Bill in Senate
An extremely radical “climate” bill is seemingly moving quickly through the state Senate. The ideas in this bill would drastically change the way that Marylanders live their daily lives, and would impose unrealistic goals for the next 20 years. I am strongly against this bill and am fighting to defeat it – if we cannot, our Republican Senate Caucus is doing everything we can to amend the bill. I encourage everyone to contact their state senator (if it’s not me) and Delegates to voice your concerns. Delegates Krebs, Rose & Shoemaker also strongly oppose the bill. You can watch and listen to my full thoughts on this bill by clicking here.
School Discipline Legislation
This week I spoke on the Senate floor against SB 119, which - shockingly - is trying to decriminalize disrupting school classrooms. Currently, it is against the law for students to disrupt or prevent the teaching of classes as well as threaten or try to harass other students or staff. This legislation even shockingly decriminalizes suspended students who illegally return to the school and disrupt classes. If it passes next week it sends a message that we are not serious about discipline or protecting our teachers and students. I say we need to help the students trying to learn and also the disruptive ones by enforcing laws and teaching discipline. Final vote is Tuesday. To watch some of the points I made during the floor debate, click here.
Election Integrity Bill Hearings
Earlier this week, two bills I’m sponsoring on election security and transparency were heard before the Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. These initiatives would give Marylanders much more confidence in the integrity and security of our elections.
SB 532 - Election Law – Polling Places – Proof of Identity (Voter ID) requires voters to present identification at the polls to verify their name and mailing address with an election judge. The required identification could be a driver’s license, state ID card or one of several other forms of government documents that show the voter’s name and address.
SB 544 – Election Law – Casting General Election Ballot in Multiple States – Prohibition prohibits a person from willfully or knowingly casting a ballot in a general election in more than one state in the same year. It is already illegal but there is no mechanism to prosecute someone in Maryland for voting in two states in the general election. The Carroll County Board of Elections actually requested this bill in an attempt to clarify existing law.
Election integrity is one of the most important issues we face - we must do all we can to ensure that elections in our state are fair and secure.
Prayers for Ukraine
Like many of you, I am concerned about the people of Ukraine and the future of their democracy. I hope you will join me in praying for all the people in Eastern Europe, including Ukrainian citizens that are now finding themselves in the middle of a full-on invasion and showing incredible bravery. We also know there is great uncertainty for those men and women in our military stationed in the region and will keep them in prayer as well.
Watching the 2022 General Assembly in Action:
In the 2022 General Assembly Session every Senate/House floor session, committee hearing, and committee voting session are being live-streamed. 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. You can click here to view the video.
Senatorial Scholarships Available:
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 be accepted up to April 15, 2021.