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Good morning,

I hope you and your family had a great week. Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the second week of the 2023 Legislative Session.

Inauguration of Governor Wes Moore

The biggest story of the week was Wednesday's inauguration of Governor Wes Moore, making him the 63rd Governor of Maryland. 

The Bible pictured below once belonged to Fredrick Douglass, and was used for Governor Moore’s swearing in.

It should go without saying that I have a lot of concerns about the focus and agenda of the incoming Moore administration, though I do wish him and his family well personally as he begins service as Governor. From crime to education reform and parental control, to Maryland's extremely high cost of living made worse by inflation, I'm eager to enact policies that have been proven to make a difference and reflect our values. I do plan to hold Governor Moore and his administration to his promise to "leave no one behind" and continue to stand up for what is right, not always what is popular. I'll certainly keep you updated on this topic as we move further into the 2023 Session.

Ready Named "Ranking Member" on Senate Finance Committee

On Thursday, I was named as the Republican "Ranking Member" on the Senate Finance Committee.  Ranking Members are the lead Republican on their committees in crafting strategy and response to key issues that are being voted on in committee, and help prepare the debate and possible amendments when a bad bill (or on some occasions a good bill that we want) makes it to the Senate floor. 

Carroll County Farm Bureau Legislative Dinner

It was great to be at the Carroll County Farm Bureau Legislative dinner last Tuesday. I had the pleasure of meeting Hannah Haines, the Vice President of Maryland Future Farmers of America. She presented me with a very cool MD FFA lapel pin that I will definitely be wearing in Annapolis during Session.

Farmers and agricultural workers are extremely important to Carroll County, and the State of Maryland. Representing them is a huge honor and I will continue to have their backs.

District 5 Night in Annapolis - Save the Date

Please join us for our Annual District 5 Night in Annapolis. February 20, 2023, at the Maryland Inn, 16 Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland. More details coming soon but if you want to register for this event in advance, please email my official state account - [email protected].

Information on How to Testify Before Senate Committees

During the 2023 legislative session, it is highly encouraged that individuals who wish to testify on legislation in Senate committees do so in person, in Annapolis. However, there is a somewhat complicated process for those who wish to do so or testify virtually.

Luckily, the Maryland General Assembly website has complete video tutorials on this process, including how to make a MyMGA account, sign up as a witness, and more. You can find these video tutorials by clicking here.

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, 2023.