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

The halfway point of Session is approaching, and the workload in our committees is where the primary focus is. Several issues have come through the Senate Finance Committee that I serve on. I think you’ll find them interesting. Get more details by watching my weekly video update below.

Weekly Video Update from Annapolis - Week 6

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

Concerns over Nominee for Department of Juvenile Services

This week, the Executive Nominations committee continued vetting Governor Moore’s Cabinet Secretary Nominations. On Monday, Republican members held the vote for the Secretary Nominee for the Department of Juvenile Services, Vincent Schiraldi, so that more Republican members could meet with him and discuss his background and vision.

Due to many concerns about his radical philosophies, including his advocacy for treating 25-year-olds as juveniles and a policy of prioritizing closing juvenile detention facilities. I do not support his appointment. Unfortunately, myself and other Republican colleagues on the committee were in the minority during Wednesday’s Executive Nominations voting session. His appointment will be the Senate floor on Tuesday for debate.

Carroll County - Community Solar 6-Month Moratorium Public Hearing

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners are seeking public input on a proposed ordinance establishing a six-month moratorium on the review and processing of applications and permitting of community solar facilities in the county’s Agricultural Zone. A public hearing will take place Thursday, February 23, at 6pm in the County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, in the Reagan Room (Room 003). The proposed ordinance can be viewed by clicking here.

Residents may speak in person at the public hearing (3 minutes to comment), or call into a virtual meeting using the following form to sign up: (3 mins to comment). Additionally, residents may submit written comments to the Board of Commissioners by mailing them to the following address:

225 North Center Street, Room 300

Westminster, MD 21157

Comments can also be submitted to: [email protected]

All comments will be considered if received within 10 calendar days after the close of the public hearing on February 23. The public hearing will be live streamed on the county YouTube channel, which can be found by clicking here, and on Comcast Channel 24.

Approved Funding for Several County Projects

On Wednesday, February 15, the Board of Public Works approved the following items that impact projects in District 5, and Carroll County as a whole:

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $383,687 from Program Open Space allocated to the following projects:
    • NW Regional Park: $245,000 to develop a master plan for the developments
    • Summit Ridge Park: $138,687 to purchase and install a new playground and safety surface
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Executive Board of the Community Foundation of Carroll County and the Westminster Elementary PTO for a new playground at Westminster Elementary School. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant.

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.