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Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the eighth week of the 2022 General Assembly Session.

Weekly Video Update: Climate Bill, Some Progress on Crime & Redistricting News

You can watch my weekly video update where I cover a large range of issues by clicking here.

ICYMI: Joint Resolution Reaffirming Parents’ Rights - Hearing Next Tuesday

The past two years have brought the reality of how much impact our school system, and the local school boards that govern it, have on our daily lives - including the types of things that are taught and emphasized to children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. From concerns about reading materials that are assigned, to Critical Race Theory, to over-politicization in the classroom, parents around the country have risen up to get engaged directly in the process. This includes addressing their local boards of education about issues that concern them.

I have sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 7 (SJ 7 - Support of Parents Rights to Bring Grievances to County Boards of Education) which does exactly that. You can read more about why I chose to sponsor this resolution, and learn how to sign up to testify in favor of this legislation by clicking here.

Update on the Radical "Climate Solutions Now Act"

In case you haven’t already seen it, you can watch my full breakdown on SB 528, the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022, by clicking here.

Here's the latest update - the bill has undergone a full breakdown in a committee voting session in the Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee. There have been a number of big amendments offered to remove the worst parts of the bill. The final bill has not been voted yet in the committee. The battle is on the amendments. As you probably know, I oppose the bill in any form but the Democrats have made it clear they will pass...something.  Once the debate is through, the committee will vote to pass the bill out to the full Senate - where I will obviously fight it - but this is a crucial period. If you want to make your voice heard, you can contact members of the EHEA Committee and ask them to protect small businesses, family homes and working  families from spikes in energy prices and loss of livelihood - click here to see a list of members.

Watering Down School Discipline

Last week I updated you on 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 original bill even decriminalized suspended students who illegally return to the school and disrupt classes.

The Senate passed a version of this bill since my last update, however I did manage to get an amendment added onto it. My amendment states that a suspended student is still subject to criminal penalties if they illegally trespass back onto the campus to disrupt the daily routines. However the bill is still very bad. We held a final vote and it passed 30-16, mostly on party lines, with one Democrat joining the 15 Republicans in voting no. It is yet another example of the Democrats’ “soft on crime” attitude. I am hopeful that the House can delay the final passage long enough for Governor Hogan to be able to veto it and it not come up for a veto override before Session concludes on April 12th.

Continuing Prayers for Ukraine

As I said in my previous weekly update, I am 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. It was beautiful to see the Maryland State House illuminated in Ukrainian colors this week, and the displays of Ukrainian flags around the building. I am also continuing to pray for the men and women in our military stationed in the region.

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.