Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the ninth week.
Weekly Video Update: Global Warming, Police Fight Continues & More Bad Crime Bills:
Click on the photo below for my weekly video update.
Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021 (Senate Bill 414)
This week, we extensively debated SB 414 - the Climate Solutions Now Act. This broad and expensive bill seeks to rob millions of taxpayer dollars from multiple "dedicated" funds including the Bay Restoration Fund (the "Flush" Fund) which was originally created by the Maryland General Assembly for cleaning up the Bay and tributaries by fixing failing wastewater treatment plants, remediating storm water runoff and fixing failing septic systems. They put that money into, among other things, planting 5 million trees over the next few years. I'm all for trees being planted but if that's the priority, it should come through a regular budget process NOT rob funds the government took from taxpayers for the specific purpose of cleaning up the Bay.
This legislation talks a big game but would have no measurable impact on the global climate or emissions. Please click here to watch my video explaining the issue further and you can click here to see my floor speech supporting an amendment that would have stopped the raid of these funds. Unfortunately the bill passed the Senate floor 34-11 on Friday. We are hoping that we can get help in the House of Delegates to defeat it.
Anti-Police Legislation in the House of Delegates Endangers Public Safety
The policing legislation package that was passed through the Maryland Senate last week was far from perfect. However, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate worked together for days amending and compromising on at least some of the measures - as I've explained in detail before.
Unfortunately, the House of Delegates this week passed a drastically different all-encompassing bill that is extremely radical and anti-public safety. The House Democrat Majority gave in to the loudest left-wing activists instead of listening to and working towards a reasonable approach. Now there will be a showdown between the House and Senate. You can count on me to stand firm in supporting our police officers and making sure we are listening to them.
Watching the 2021 General Assembly in Action:
In the 2021 General Assembly Session every Senate/House floor session, committee hearing, and committee voting session will be live-streamed which is unprecedented. 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.
My staff and I can be always reached at [email protected] or by calling 410-841-3683. My personal email is [email protected]. Both email and voicemail are checked regularly. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Sen. Justin Ready