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Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the fifth week of the 2023 Legislative Session.

The filing deadline for new legislation was Monday for the Senate, and Thursday for the House of Delegates, meaning that most bills have been “dropped.” New bills can still be introduced but it is a more complicated process that involves asking the Rules Committee to give a favorable report. To see and search 2023 proposed legislation, visit the Maryland General Assembly website.

Weekly Video Update from Annapolis - Week 5

You can watch my weekly video update by clicking the picture below.

“Gun Day” in Annapolis

On Tuesday, hundreds of 2nd Amendment supporters rallied in Annapolis to make their voices heard, and to show strong opposition against SB 1. Along with other bills, this legislation seeks to re-limit the right of law-abiding citizens to conceal carry and targets 2nd Amendment rights – rather than criminals who hurt people with guns.

I spoke to a crowd of gun rights advocates outside of the Statehouse and encouraged them to keep fighting and to make their voices heard. The MD General Assembly should “go after the bad guys for once!” You can watch my short speech by clicking here.

Proposed Legislation Protecting Fundamental Parental Rights

On Monday, I introduced SB 566 which seeks to establish the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, care, and welfare of their children clearly in state law, and to prohibit state government from infringing on a parent’s right to do so. This bill is being sponsored in the House of Delegates by Delegate April Miller (HB 666). A full press release including quotes from Delegate Miller and I can be found by clicking here.

Proposed Tax Exemption for Student’s Musical Instruments

Another piece of legislation that I have introduced is SB 314, which is a simple tax exemption for musical instruments being purchased/rented by elementary, middle, high school, or college students. This would apply to students in public and private school, as well as those who are home schooled.

Delegate Kathy Szeliga is sponsoring this bill in the House of Delegates (HB 24). Music and arts education does so much for students of all backgrounds and skills, and our goal is to make it as accessible as possible to everyone.

District 5/Carroll County Night in Annapolis – February 20th

Please join us for our Annual District 5 Night in Annapolis. February 20, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Maryland Inn, 16 Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland. This event is free to the public and will include food and refreshments.

NOTE – while the official title is “District 5 Night” this is really for all Carroll County residents (as well as those who are the Frederick County portion of District 5). Hampstead, Finksburg and parts of the Manchester and Westminster zip codes are now in District 42C but if that’s you – you are still welcome to attend! Senator Chris West and Delegate Josh Stonko who represent District 42C will be in attendance and participating in the event. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 410-841-3683 soon as space is limited.